Thursday, April 30, 2009

ABC News "outs" two American Heroes in the War on Terror

ABC News "outs" two American Heroes in the War on Terror. These men were in the front lines and deserve thanks from a grateful nation. They kept us safe with their interrogation of enemy combatants. If either men is harmed their blood will be on ABC NEWS! These men are heroes! ABC NEWS is NOT!


Notice the hypocrisy of the press. It was wrong to "out" CIA employee Valarie Plane but ok to "out" and harass these two heroes. I was thinking last night about Walt Disney and how I wish he could come back and clean house. ABC NEWS and ABC are owned by Disney.No Disneyland vacation for me.....sorry Mickey!


The Weekly Standard on their blog point out that it is "open Season" on American warriors who fought in the war on terrorism:

ABC's Shame
ABC runs a report showing the names and faces of two CIA contractors who may have had a role in the waterboarding of KSM and Abu Zubaydah. The network apparently outsourced this report to a freelancer named Matthew Cole, whose record in Nexis includes just three bylines -- two stories for Salon (one of which about "how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops"), and one for the San Jose Mercury News just two days after 9/11 reporting "anxiety about a backlash" among Muslims, who assure the reporter that the attack "has nothing to do with Islam."

In other words, Cole is a left-wing partisan with questionable reporting chops. This is obvious from the quality of the story tonight. Cole repeats the now throughly debunked claim that Zubaydah and KSM were waterboarded 83 and 183 times respectively. He posts video of the two refusing to answer questions in what is staged as a faux perp walk with no discernible news value other than to portray them as criminals. And, most amazingly, Cole indicts the two men for not having any experience prior to their work for the CIA -- as though being "previously involved in the U.S. military program to train pilots how to survive behind enemy lines and resist brutal tactics" isn't relevant.

ABC's conduct here, exposing two men who will now become obvious targets for terrorists and left-wing extremists, is deplorable. Will the Obama administration investigate who leaked their identities? Or is it now open-season on Americans who were only doing what their government asked of them in order to protect their country from attack?

This will create a "chilling effect" in our intelligence community (CIA NSA Etc) that will take us back to the Church Commission days of the Carter Administration and will make us blind to the next terrorist attack. Maybe Western Civilisation has become too civilized to defend itself.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oregon's Spring Football Game

Saturday, a friend and I, will drive the three hour trip up I-5 from Medford to Eugene to watch the Oregon Duck's Spring football game. This is basically an inter squad game that ends spring football practice. My wife thinks I am craze to drive 3 hours up and 3 hours back to see an inter squad game. I pointed out to her that last weekend 95,000 fans showed up in Columbus, Ohio for Ohio State's Spring game. There should be at least 10 to 20 thousand Duck fans at this game. While in Eugene we will check out the progress on the construction of "Matt Court" the new basketball arena. May also check out the new baseball field and of course a trip to the Duck Store to see if there is anything I don't already have. I will get a hot dog or two and check out how the team is doing. At a Spring game you can concentrate on watching the various positions such as QB or running back and not worry about who is winning or the score. A football game in May.... it will have to last me through the hot days of Summer. What a great way to spend a Saturday! Go Ducks!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Arlen Specter... Goodbye and Good Riddance! (Update)

I am a "Big Tent" Republican; but, as Senator Specter said in his announcement today that he he would become a DemocRAT, he knew he could not be renominated by the Republican electorate of Pennsylvania due to his vote in favor of Obama's big government spending "stimulus package." He therefore took the expedient option of switching parties. The Democrats now control the White House, both houses of Congress and have a veto proof Senate. They will deserve the credit if things go well and ........ By partisanship is dead in this country on foreign and domestic policy.

National Review's Editorial on Specter:
Arlen Specter belongs to a type familiar to Congress: the time-serving hack devoid of any principle save arrogance. He has spent three decades in the Senate but is associated with no great cause, no prescient warning, no landmark legislation. Yet he imagines that the Senate needs his wisdom and judgment for a sixth term. He joined the Republican party out of expediency in the 1960s, and leaves it out of expediency this week.

Those who attribute his defection to the rise of social conservatism are deluding themselves. It is not as though he has been a reliable vote for any other type of conservatism. He has stood apart from the mainstream of his party on welfare reform, trade, taxes, affirmative action, judicial appointments, tort reform, and national-security law. The issue that finally caused an irreparable breach with Republicans was the stimulus bill. Some Republicans are blaming Pat Toomey for pushing Specter out of the party by challenging him from the Right. But it is not Toomey’s fault that Specter is out of step with Pennsylvania Republicans. Whatever they think of the prudence of his challenge at the time he announced it, conservatives should be rooting for Toomey now.

Reporters are lazily saying that the Democrats will now have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but in truth whether that majority holds will depend on the issue. Specter’s defection by itself will not make it possible for Democrats to pass their bill to effectively abolish the secret ballot in unionizing elections, or to enact a cap on carbon emissions. We can safely assume that the Republicans’ task, already difficult, just got harder. They will have less room to play an inside game of parliamentary maneuvers, and will therefore need even more to appeal to the public at large. They will, that is, have to work to make bad ideas unpopular ideas as well. Which is what their principal task was already.

We are not sure why self-respecting liberals would vote to have Specter as their representative. Most Democrats believe the country is with them and Pennsylvania even more so; why not have a true believer in the seat? We rarely give Democratic primary voters advice and still less frequently see it taken. But here’s hoping that Pennsylvania Democrats become the second party to turn down Specter’s dubious services.

New DYLAN album:"Together Through Life" (UPDATED)

Bob Dylan's 33 studio album was released today. The pre release reviews are fairly good so this morning I stopped at Target and picked it up on sale for $9.98.

The following is from Wikipedia about the album:

Rumors of the album, reported in Rolling Stone magazine came as a surprise, with no official press release until March 16, 2009 — less than two months before the album's release date. Dylan produced the record under his pseudonym of Jack Frost, which he used for his previous two studio albums, "Love and Theft" and Modern Times. The album is rumored to contain "struggling love songs" and have little similarity to Modern Times.

In a conversation with music journalist Bill Flanagan, published on Bob Dylan's official website, Flanagan suggested a similarity of the new record to the sound of Chess Records and Sun Records, which Dylan acknowledged as an effect of "the way the instruments were played." He said that the genesis of the record was when French film director Olivier Dahan asked him to supply a song for his new road movie, My Own Love Song, which became "Life is Hard" and "then the record sort of took its own direction."

Dylan is backed on the album by his regular touring band, plus David Hidalgo of Los Lobos[4] and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


I had such a busy day I haven't had a chance to listen to the album in one sitting until tonight. What a great album, I love it! It has a bluesy, border town tired sound. In "feeling" I would compare it to Sinatra's "In The Wee Small Hours"(1955) Dylan's best in a long time. I like it better than "Modern Times"(2006)It's as good as "Time Out of Mind"(1997) if not better. There is not one song I do not like and it's heard to think of a Dylan Album I would say that about since "Blood on the Tracks(1974). None of the songs is great , it's just that they are all good.
A summary of some other reviews as posted on Wikipedia:
Reception has been favorable. The Daily Telegraph, Mojo, The Times and Rolling Stone gave the album 4 stars out of 5. Describing the album as a "murky - sounding, often perplexing record" David Fricke of Rolling Stone writes, "Dylan, who turns 68 in May, has never sounded as ravaged, pissed off and lusty". BBC noted that the album is "a masterful reading of 20th century American folk, albeit shot through with some mischievous lyrical twists" and compares it to "some Chicago urban blues tribute". According to Mojo, "Together Through Life is an album that gets its hooks in early and refuses to let go". The reviewer described it as "dark yet comforting". Uncut' and Blender' gave the album 5 stars out of 5, saying that it was "unbelievably good." During the Flanagan interview, Dylan himself stated that "I know my fans will like it. Other than that, I have no idea". iF says it "explores the bluesy side of his skills in a slight, but delightful set of ten originals."[

Dylan is 68 and I'm getting there, maybe that's why I like it, he sounds like I feel.

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Growing up Buckley" by Christopher Buckley

Click on the title for a link to a long article, in the New York Times Magazine, written by Christopher Buckley about his parents who are now both dead. As a fan of William F Buckley I was both fascinated and appalled as I read the article. The article is an excerpt of a soon to be published book about his parents. He spills a lot of family secrets and I find it difficult to understand why he would tell the public such intimate details about his parents. For example, he describes how his father came to his college graduation and was bored after about 10 minutes and gathered up the family and friends and went out to dinner somewhere leaving Christopher alone after the ceremony. While he clearly loves his parents there is a "Mommy Dearest" quality to the article. Even for the sake of "history" or to sell a book why would you write such a book? Much better to have been a source for a book written by someone else who could write it with some perspective, and emotional distance. Will I read the book?.......YES. Apparently, at the urging of family he left out some "facts"..... he should have left out more!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Music Collecting on CD

I have always been a collector of things. When I was very young I collected rocks and toy cars. When our son was growing up we collected football cards of Oregon Duck players. Now that my wife and I are "empty nestors" we have each taken up new hobbies. She is now into quilting and has turned our daughters old room into a sewing room. I have been collecting DVD movies and music on CD. When I was in high school, college , the Army and through law school I collected records of my favorite music. However, after the kids came along I got busy with other things and stopped buying music. Oh, I bought a few tape cassettes to play in the car but not much else. Well about the time the kids left home we got a car with a CD player and I bought a shelf CD player for next to my computer. I have now gone back to my hobby of collecting music but now on CD. My daughter accuses me of just converting my old record collection to CD and she may be partially right. As I have posted before I like 1960's folk and rock.I am a big fan of Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.

Friday night I was watching the DVD I have of the movie "High Fidelity" (2000) with John Cusack and Jack Black. The movie is about Cusack's troubled love life. He is the owner of a record store in a poor section of Chicago. He and his two nerdish clerks are always talking about music and making lists . Cusack when depressed re organizes his record collection at home based upon his life. It is a very funny movie and I tend to identify with the characters. Remember the scene in "Dinner" when the Daniel Stern character gets mad at his wife for putting a record back on the shelf in the "wrong place"? Much to my regret, I have done the same thing with my wife and kids when they put a DVD back on the shelf in the wrong place. Sorry!In any case, after watching the movie "High Fidelity" I spent part of Saturday at a local used record store here in Medford that is so "rustic" my wife will not go in.They have a large section on "punk rock"!

Friday, April 24, 2009

"Shaun Harris" Album (1973)

Shaun Harris is a friend of mine. I have known him for over 15 years. I first met him when our daughters were on the same soccer team.He and I have lunch from time to time and have even driven to Eugene together to watch Oregon Duck football games on several occasions. I have always know that Shaun was in the music business in Los Angels, as some point in his life, and has been awarded a number of "Gold Records" for albums he helped produce but I never thought of Shaun as a performer. In the last few months I have have taken a real interest in Folk and Rock music from my youth. I had lunch with Shaun last week and asked if I could listened to some of his albums. He was kind enough to let me barrow some of his albums and I was very impressed at his singing ability. I particularly liked the "Shaun Harris" album from 1973 (see Picture above ). The album has an introspective soft folk/rock sound reminiscent of the later Beach Boys. I played it for my wife and she liked it too. I then took it to the office and all of my co workers liked it as well. I highly recommend it. Your can buy it on and even listen to part of the songs. Click on the title for a link to the page. This is how describes the album.

Shaun Harris was bassist, singer and founding member of the groundbreaking hydra-headed beast that was The West Coast Pop-Art Experimental Band. While the WCPAEB have rightly become the stuff of legend, little attention has been paid to Shaun's subsequent recordings in the early '70s. Until now. Together with former WCPAEB band mate and general all-round musical genius Michael Lloyd, Shaun cut an album's worth of his own compositions for Capitol Records in 1973 featuring star turns from the likes of Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and the ubiquitous Jim Gordon and Larry Knetchel. The album also features Shaun's brother and WCPAEB lynchpin Danny and was orchestrated by their father, the world-renowned composer Roy Harris. Shaun's memorable, hook-laden songs (akin to the softer side of the WCPAEB oeuvre) are set beautifully against a backdrop of Burritos-flavored country rock and layers of warm Beach Boys vocal harmonies. Contains the classic single 'I'll Cry Out', a high watermark in Harris' esteemed back catalog.

To read more about Shaun go to and type in his name to access his full biography and discography.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Presidential Poison" (the criminalization of policy differences can go both ways)

Editorial from the Wall Street Journal:

Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.......

Mr. Obama may think he can soar above all of this, but he'll soon learn otherwise. The Beltway's political energy will focus more on the spectacle of revenge, and less on his agenda. The CIA will have its reputation smeared, and its agents second-guessing themselves. And if there is another terror attack against Americans, Mr. Obama will have set himself up for the argument that his campaign against the Bush policies is partly to blame.

Above all, the exercise will only embitter Republicans, including the moderates and national-security hawks Mr. Obama may need in the next four years. As patriotic officials who acted in good faith are indicted, smeared, impeached from judgeships or stripped of their academic tenure, the partisan anger and backlash will grow. And speaking of which, when will the GOP Members of Congress begin to denounce this partisan scapegoating?.....

Mr. Obama is more popular than his policies, due in part to his personal charm and his seeming goodwill. By indulging his party's desire to criminalize policy advice, he has unleashed furies that will haunt his Presidency.

To read the rest click on the title for a link.


Further, as David Frum notes, the criminalization of policy differences can go both ways:

Obama is musing about extending the political reach of the criminal law. If he does so, he will find he has opened a new front of political warfare that will not soon end.
After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush drew a curtain of oblivion against all the errors and mistakes that had led up to the attacks. There was accusation and counter-accusation in the media, but at the official level there was no recrimination against President Clinton's decision not to kill bin Laden when he had the chance, no action against those who had failed to stop the 9/11 hijackers from entering the country.
If Obama proceeds to take legal action against those who did what they thought was right to defend the country, all that will change. Prosecutions launched by Obama will not stop when Obama declares "game over." If overzealousness under Bush becomes a crime under Obama, underzealousness under Obama will become a crime under the next Republican president.
( Criminal Negligence)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Timid Advocate of Freedom by Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney speaks for me and a lot of Americans when in an opinion piece posted on National Review Online he writes that President Obama has failed his early foreign-policy tests.

By Mitt Romney

At last week’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama acquiesced to a 50-minute attack on America as terroristic, expansionist, and interventionist from Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. His response to Ortega’s denunciation of our effort to free Cuba from Castro’s dictatorship was that he shouldn’t be blamed “for things that happened when I was three months old.” Blamed? Hundreds of men, including Americans, bravely fought and died for Cuba’s freedom, heeding the call from newly elected president John F. Kennedy. But last week, even as American soldiers sacrificed blood in Afghanistan and Iraq to defend liberty, President Obama shrank from defending liberty here in the Americas.

In his first press interview as president, he confessed to Arabic television that America had “dictated” to other nations. No, Mr. President, America has fought to free other nations from dictators. And in Strasbourg, the president further claimed that America has “showed arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” London’s Daily Telegraph observed that President Obama “went further than any United States president in history in criticizing his own country’s action while standing on foreign soil.” Of course, it was not just the Daily Telegraph that was listening: People around the world who yearn for freedom, who count on America’s resolve and support, heard him as well. He was heard in China, in Tibet, in Sudan, in Burma, and, yes, in Cuba.

The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” a surge of confidence rose that would ultimately breach the bounds of the evil empire. It was the same confidence that had been ignited decades earlier when John F. Kennedy declared to a people surrounded by Communism that they were not alone. “We are all Berliners,” he said, because “freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s confident commitment, spoken as he led us into the war that would free millions in Europe, inspired not only Americans but freedom fighters around the globe: “The American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” Such words of solidarity, of confidence, and of unwavering conviction that America is indeed “the last best hope on earth” are what freedom’s friends would have expected to hear from our president when our nation was slandered. Instead he offered silence, smiles, and a handshake.

Even more troubling than what he has or has not said is what he has not done. Kim Jong Il launched a long-range missile on the very day President Obama addressed the world about the peril of nuclear proliferation. As one of the world’s most oppressive and tyrannical regimes is on the brink of securing the “game changing” capability to reach American shores with a nuclear weapon, the president shrinks from action: no seizure of North Korean funds, no severance of banking access, no blockade.

Not to be outdone by Kim Jong Il, President Ahmadinejad announced that his nation has successfully mastered every step necessary to enrich uranium, violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it has signed. So, like North Korea, Iran will have changed the world’s equation for peace and security: It will be capable of devastating Europe and America, and of annihilating Israel. And as with North Korea, the Obama administration chooses inaction — no new severe sanctions, no hint of military options. Ahmadinejad can act with confidence that the forceful options once on our proverbial table have been shelved.

Vice President Biden was right that the new president would be tested early in his administration. What the world learned was not good news for freedom and democracy. The leader of the free world has been a timid advocate of freedom at best. And bold action to blunt the advances of tyrants has been wholly lacking. We are still very early in the Obama years — the president will have ample opportunity to defend America and freedom, and to deter nuclear brinkmanship. I am hoping for change.

— Mitt Romney, formerly the governor of Massachusetts, was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

I am sure President Obama loves America but he is used to being around people who hate America and not standing up to them!

Monday, April 20, 2009

MOVIE: "April Love" (1957)

This is a re write of a posting I have posted for several year in April. The Movie "April Love" came out in 1957 and I can still remember watching Pat Boone walk down a country lane singing the song near the beginning of the movie. As a young kid, growing up in the 1950's in a small town in Southern Oregon, I though Boone looked so sophisticated,( ha). I saw it at a Saturday matinee . In those days grade school children could go to movies themselves in small towns like Roseberg, Oregon. Every April I think of that movie and song. The Lyrics are as follows:

"April love is for the very young. Every star's a wishing star that shines for you April love is all the seven wonders One little kiss can tell you this is true Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet But April love can slip right through your fingers So if she's the one don't let her run away[Instrumental Interlude] Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet But April love can slip right through your fingers So if she's the one don't let her run away"

Pat Boone plays a JD (juvenile delinquent) who is sent to live with his relatives who own a farm in the country. He meets Shirley Jones and there is car racing and lots of singing . It is a sweet movie in glorious color. Everyone in the movie is nice and it's is a happy movie like a walk in a park on a sunny day. I wish they would put it out on DVD. It's not great cinema but it left an impression on me. Things were a lot simpler then.

Oregon Duck Season Football Ticket

Today I renewed my season ticket to Oregon Duck Football games for 2009. Of course, I had to take out a second mortgage on our home (attempt at humor). The fans in section 13, are the best fans at Autzen Stadium. (Just behind the Oregon bench on the 30 yard line.) Go Ducks


Thu, Sep 03 Boise State at Boise, Idaho 7:15 PM ESPN

Sat, Sep 12 Purdue, Eugene, Ore. TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 (or vs. Utah)

Sat, Sep 19 Utah Eugene, Ore. TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 (or vs. Purdue)

Sat, Sep 26 California, Eugene, Ore. TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Sat, Oct 03 Washington State, Eugene, Ore. TBA

Sat, Oct 10 UCLA at Los Angeles, Calif. TBA

Sat, Oct 24 Washington at Seattle, Wash. TBA

Sat, Oct 31 U$C, Eugene, Ore. TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 Sat, Nov 07 Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif. TBA

Sat, Nov 07 Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif. TBA

Sat, Nov 14 Arizona State, Eugene, Ore. TBA

Sat, Nov 21 Arizona at Tucson, Ariz. TBA

Thu, Dec 03 Oregon State, Eugene, Ore. 6:00 PM ESPN ( "CIVIL WAR" at home his year)

A total of 7 home games with at least 5 on national TV and probably more to be scheduled

The Spring Game is Saturday after next on May 2, Road Trip!


Hot Time in Medford!

Sunday it was 83, today it is predicted the high will be 89, 90 on Tuesday and 86 on Wednesday. It will not last, and it will drop to the 60's by the end of the week.Got a lot of yard work done yesterday and even washed the car. Beautiful morning out there today. It's only April!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Janet Napolitano: Looking for "man-caused disasters" in all the wrong places

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano SHOULD BE FIRED!

This is what she told the German magazine Der Spiegel

In my speech, although I did not use the word 'terrorism,' I referred to 'man-caused' disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”

And what "risks" is she looking at...... You and Me ........that's who!

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin in Thursday's Washington Times wrote:

"What and who exactly are President Obama’s homeland security officials afraid of these days? If you are a member of an active conservative group that opposes abortion, favors strict immigration enforcement, lobbies to protect Second Amendment rights, protests big government, advocates federalism, or represents veterans who believe in any of the above, the answer is: You.”

I no longer have any confidence in the Department of Homeland Security and many American feel the same way.......that's scary and why she must go!

Another President from Illinois

"If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Abraham Lincoln

Friday, April 17, 2009


Tonight my wife and I, after work,went to Tinseltown here in Medford to watch the new movie "State of Play". The movie is a political thriller reminiscent of those types of movies from the 1970's. I liked it a lot. The movie deals with the death of a congressional staffer for a United States Congressman. Much of the movie was filmed in Washington DC and deals with a reporter (Russell Crowe)for a Washington Newspaper (read Washington Post) who along with a female blogger for the newspaper attempt to solve the crime and and end up in a world of political intrigue. The best part of the movie deals with the world of Newspapers and their role in society. Read a review from National Review Online, by clicking on the title for a link, that gets it about right. We both liked the movie and recommend it.

Pictures That Make Me Sick!


EXCEPT FOR: veterans, small-business owners, practicing Catholics,Christians, gun owners, talk-radio listeners, tea-party attendees, Texans, smokers, limited-government proponents, pro-lifers, libertarians,taxpayers, NASCAR fans, Boy Scouts, oil-company employees, secure-border advocates, capitalists, global-warming agnostics, Cuban refugees, school-choicers,Republicans, conservatives,. . .

By Peter Kirsanow on National Review Online.(with some additions by me)

DHS "hit job" on Conservatives

United States Senators Coburn, Brownback, DeMint, Burr, Murkowski, Inhofe, and Vitter have sent the following letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday concerning the DHS conservative hit job:

April 16, 2009

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
The Department of Homeland Security
310 7th street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20528-0150


Dear Secretary Napolitano,

We write today concerning the release of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” prepared by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, of the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division.

While we agree that we must fight extremists who are both foreign and domestic we are troubled by some of the statements your department included as fact in the report titled above, without listing any statistical data to back up such claims.

First, your report states that “Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists…” without listing any data to support such a vile claim against our nation’s veterans.

Second, the report states that the millions of Americans who believe in the Second Amendment are a potential threat to our national security. Why? Do you have statistics to prove that law-abiding Americans who purchase a legal product are being recruited by so-called hate groups?

Thirdly, the report states that those that believe in issues such as pro-life legislation, limited government, and legal versus illegal immigration are potential terrorist threats. We can assure you that these beliefs are held by citizens of all races, party affiliation, male and female, and should not be listed as a factor in determining potential terror threats. A better word usage would be to describe them as practicing their First Amendment rights.

Also, you list those that bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India as being potential rightwing extremists. We would suggest that the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the manufacturing industry to foreign countries are not potential terror threats, but rather honest Americans worried about feeding their families and earning a paycheck.
In closing, we support the mission of DHS in protecting our country from terror attacks and are proud of the many DHS employees who make this possible in conjunction with our state and local law enforcement. We ask that DHS not use this report as a basis to unfairly target millions of Americans because of their beliefs and the rights afforded to them in the Constitution. We also ask that you provide us with the data that support the unfair claims listed in the report titled above and to present us with the matrix system used in collecting and analyzing this data?
Finally, we look forward to your prompt reply and we offer our assistance to DHS in our shared effort to fight terrorism both home and abroad by using data that is accurate and independent of political persuasion.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


"The globe is hearing a deeply pessimistic view of what America was and is."

As usual Victor Davis Hanson writing in National Review on line has an excellent analysis of the Obama Administration and their dealing with foreign governments.

Given Obama’s performance on his recent trip, three developments were quite astounding.

First, despite this fresh climate of atonement, there was a complete absence of a single apology from any other foreign leader —.......

Second, there was no other example of “He did it!” about supposedly inept predecessors.......

Third, we saw no concrete evidence of any help — or hope and change — from any foreign leader. Zilch. There were expectations of American concessions, but nothing new or helpful from anyone else......

At present the world is watching, probing, and digesting the Obama presidency. But it has already concluded that Obama is nourished by applause and will work to maintain it — not merely for personal gratification, but because he realizes that loud public endorsement is essential to his perpetual candidacy, given its absence of experience and sagacity.

Those abroad are also reassured that the American media, so heavily invested in hope and change, will do almost anything to transmogrify American embarrassments into Obama successes. Meanwhile, the contours of the new world order are clear. Iraq’s democrats are snubbed; Iran’s cutthroats are courted. A Saudi royal receives a bow; the British queen, a presumptuous squeeze — while her prime minister receives unplayable DVDs.......

In short, we have a return of Jimmy Carter’s postnational idealism, but this time with the charismatic face of a Ronald Reagan. For 40 years we have had well-meaning moral equivalence, utopian pacifism, and multiculturalism taught in our schools, and we are now learning that all that was not just therapy, but has insidiously become our national gospel. The world is hearing a deeply pessimistic view of what America was and is — now offered in mellifluous cadences by a messianic president who not so long ago in more unguarded moments called for more oppression studies and reparations.

President Obama will get his much-needed praise and adulation abroad, and Americans will finally be somewhat admired for a while. And thereafter, there will be real hell to pay — either abject U.S. appeasement as the world heats up, or some sort of frantic eleventh-hour hyper-response to restore stability and lost deterrence.

Just watch.

(To read the entire article click on the title for a link.... the above are just small excerpts of a much longer article)

Medford, Oregon Tea Party

Just got back from the Medford, "tea party" on the front steps of the Jackson County Court House. There was a very large crowd that spilled across the street to the lawn of the old Carnegie Library. There were a lot of signs and placards of people protesting the increase in government and taxes both on the national and state level. Most of the signs and placard's were home made. A local radio personality with an amplified sound system got the crowd wound up with a message of how proud he was to be an American. The group formed earlier this morning in a parking lot in downtown Medford next to a Chinese restaurant and marched the 8 to 10 blocks to the Courthouse. We are silent no more!


Who is Janet Napolitano of Homeland Security watching? According to Michelle Malkin:

If you are a member of an active conservative group that opposes abortion, favors strict immigration enforcement, lobbies to protect Second Amendment rights, protests big government, advocates federalism, or represents veterans who believe in any of the above, the answer is: You

Yes, and this is the lady who will not even use the term "The War Against Terrorism" preferring "man made disasters" when referring to the acts of Islamic fascist!!

To read the rest of Michell Malkin's column click on the title for a link.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

APRIL 15Th.... Time For Another Boston Tea Party

Obey the law but exercise your right to free assembly by rallying to a Tea Party demonstration near you! Taxes are too high and in a time of recession they should be reduced for everyone. This is not the time to raise taxes! The Obama Administration and the Oregon Legislator are attempting to raise taxes on select unpopular groups such as smoker's, and the so called rich. If we don't protest we all will be next!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bruce Snyder RIP

Former University of Oregon football player Bruce Snyder (1960, 1961 and 1962) has lost his gallant battle with cancer. He was one of coach Len Casanova's "boys". When I first arrived at the University of Oregon in 1967 he was an assistant coach to, Head Coach,Jerry Frei.(Picture above is Frei kneeling with Snyder the first coach standing to your right) I collect Oregon memorabilia and still have the game program of the October 7, 1967 game at Autzen Stadium between Oregon and Ohio State. It was the first season for Autzen and the cover has an architect's rendering of what Autzen Stadium would look like when built. Guess, they hadn't had time to take a real picture. I thought of that program a lot today after I heard the news that Bruce Snyder had died. On page 9 is a picture of Jerry Frei surrounded by pictures of his assistants. There is Max Cooley, Offensive Backfield; Jack Roche Defensive ends; Phil McHugh, Offensive Receivers; John Robinson, Defensive backs; George Seifert, Freshman Coach; Norm Chapman, Defensive Line; Ed Johns Offensive Line and Bruce Snyder, Asst. Offensive Backs. We didn't know back then how lucky we were to have such a talented group of coaches. We just didn't know. After these coaches were forced to leave, in the early 1970's, Oregon entered the "Dark Ages" of Duck Football.

Bruce Snyder's career after leaving Oregon is best summarized in this Wikipedia article:
Bruce Snyder (March 14, 1940-April 13, 2009) was the head football coach of Utah State University from 1976 to 1982. He was the head football coach of the University of California from 1987 to 1991. And from 1992 to 2000, he served as the head football coach at Arizona State University. At Arizona State he compiled a 58–47 record. Snyder was chosen as the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1996, the same season the Sun Devils played in the 1997 Rose Bowl losing to Ohio State, 20–17. His career record stands at 126–106–5. Snyder was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1990 with Cal and 1996 with ASU) and is a member of the Arizona State Hall of Fame. His 58 wins ranks second in Arizona State history and is the second-longest tenured football coach in school history. Snyder led the Sun Devils to four bowl games while at Arizona State. More than 40 players who Snyder coached at ASU were drafted into the NFL, including seven first round selections. In addition, more than 40 other players who played under Snyder at Arizona State signed rookie free contracts in the NFL. He died on April 13, 2009 of melanoma.

Click on the title above for a link to Terri Frei's Blog (Jerry's Son)where he has a nice post about Snyder's battle with cancer.

A sad day to be a Duck. Go Ducks!

I Knew It!

Bob Dylan in his autobiography "Chronicles Volume One, "writing about his life in Greenwich Village in the early 1960's

"I had a primitive way of looking at things and I liked country fair politics. My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who reminded me of Tom Mix, and there wasn't any way to explain that to anybody. I wasn't that comfortable with all the psycho polemic babble. It wasn't my particular feast of food. Even the current news made me nervous. I liked old news better. All the new news was bad. It was good that it didn't have to be in your face all day. Twenty-four-hour news coverage would have been a living

Yes, the "voice of a generation"!!!!!

"In great deeds something abides"

These are the words of Joshua Chamberlain, the Union hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for the defense of Little Round Top on the second day of fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. His unit the 20th Maine was the last unit on the left end of the Union line. They had to hold or the Confederates would have been able to outflank the Union Army and destroy it. Robert E Lee believed if he could defeat the Union at Gettysburg the North would allow the Southern States to leave the Union. Chamberlain's story is featured in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and in the film Gettysburg that was based on this book.

"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream; And lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: 20th Maine,speaking 26 years later at the dedication of the Monument to the 20th Maine, October 3, 1889, Gettysburg, PA

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Score One for the Good Guys !!!

The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The official said Capt. Richard Phillips is uninjured and in good condition, and that three of the four pirates were killed. (YES!!!)The fourth pirate is wounded and in custody. Phillips was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship.


Navy snipers on a U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Baimbridge, took out the three pirates when they had a clear shot of the three. The fourth pirate was on the Bambridge as a negotiator and was taken in custody. Captain Phillips was then freed from the lifeboat where he had been held captive.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Perfect Weekend for Movie:"Wind and the Lion" 1975

This could be a good weekend to play my DVD copy of the 1975 movie "The Wind and the Lion" directed by John Milius. This movie, based upon a historical event,is about an American (Candice Began) and her young son who are kidnapped by a Moroccan Bandit (Sean Connery). President Teddy Roosevelt(Brian Keith) sends the American fleet and the United States Marines to get her back. Keith as TR has several good lines in the movie:

TR:What do I want? I want respect! Respect for human life and respect for American property! And I'm going to send the Atlantic Squadron to Morocco to get that respect

TR:The American grizzly is a symbol of the American character: strength, intelligence, ferocity. Maybe a little blind and reckless at times... but courageous beyond all doubt.

Theodore Roosevelt: Loneliness. The American grizzly lives out his life alone. Indomitable, unconquered - but always alone. He has no real allies, only enemies, but none of them as great as he.
2nd Reporter: And you feel this might be an American trait?
Theodore Roosevelt: Certainly. The world will never love us. They respect us - they might even grow to fear us. But they will never love us, for we have too much audacity! And, we're a bit blind and reckless at times too.
2nd Reporter: Are you perhaps referring to the situation in Morocco and the Panama Canal.
Theodore Roosevelt: If you say so... The American grizzly embodies the spirit of America. He should be our symbol! Not that ridiculous eagle - he's nothing more than a dandified vulture.

You know as well as I do that we can't have Arab desperadoes running around kidnapping American citizens. If I had my way, I'd go in there with a couple of Winchesters, a battalion of Marines - but, I can't do that, can I?

Thanks, John Milius, a perfect movie for this weekend.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dont Tread On Me !

Tonight after work my wife and I walked through the "street fair" at Vogal Park that is part of the Pear Blossom Festival and at the Republican booth had the above flag for sale for $12.99. What with the political climate in this country and the fight against the Somali Pirates I was tempted to buy one. I resisted the temptation and will post this picture on my blog instead. At another booth I did buy for $10.00 a great metal sign which has a picture of John Wayne from "The Searchers" that looks great in our movie room. (See Below)

Pear Blossom Weekend

This is the weekend of the Pear Blossom Festival in Medford, Oregon. The Parade and Running events will be tomorrow. . The street fair is opening today at 3 PM and will be open all day on Saturday only one block from my office in downtown Medford. On the way in to work this morning I saw them setting up for it in Vogal Park. I may go over there after work and get dinner on the way home. We will come back to the office on Saturday to watch the parade unless it is raining very hard. Though the years we have watched the parade in 80 degree temperatures and in other years in pouring rain. I am getting to old to stand out in the pouring rain for anything other than an Oregon Duck football game.I do enjoy these community events although it was more fun when the kids were living at home and sometimes marching in the parade or running in the various runs. They have a "fun run" and a longer one for real runners. Portland has their Rose Festival, New Orleans has Marti Gras, Ashland has the 4th of July Parade and Medford has the Pear Blossom Festival.

The Pear Blossom Festival was started to celebrate the pear orchards that surround Medford and were a major industry . Unfortunately the orchards have lost their importance but the Pear Blossom Festival is still going strong as an event the unites the community. In times like this that is comforting.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

You know you’re an Oregonian when :

You weep during both Pre movies, the rising-tide scene in “Sometimes a Great Notion” and on high-pollen days.

You find yourself defending the socially redeeming value of “Animal House.”

You remember where you were on Columbus Day 1962.

You’ve sat through a rainy Civil War football game while wearing a Glad trash bag.

You know the significance of 0-0.

To read the rest of Bob Welch's column in the Eugene Register Guard click on the title for a link.

Register Guard Story on Havercroft

UPDATE to post below. Click on the title above for a link to the Register Guard news story on Jeanne Havercroft.

The greatest Duck fan of them all is gone.

“Absolutely the biggest Duck fan I ever met,” said Yvonne O’Herron, who is now the “lone survivor” among active Daisy Duck members who helped start the University of Oregon athletics booster group in 1972.

O’Herron was talking about Jeanne Leilani Havercroft, who died Tuesday of cancer at Eugene’s Valley West Health Cancer Center. Havercroft was 72.

Sad day for Oregon Ducks

Long time University of Oregon Duck booster "Jeanne Hovercraft, 72, died on Tuesday, and a mass e-mail went out a few minutes later informing the boosters at the University of Oregon and her former co-workers at the American Cancer Society." Jeanne was always a fixture at Oregon games and she will be missed. Below is a picture of Jeanne from a fund raising event for the Ducks. Click on the title for a link to John Canzano's column about Jeanne in today's Oregonian. Jeanne became famous for taking her deceased husbands ashes to Oregon Bowl games and spreading the ashes on the football field. To quote Canzano:

Jeanne told me she'd placed Bob's ashes on the field at Autzen Stadium and the hardwood at Mac Court. During the postseason, she enlisted help from the sideline chain crew, the local media and school officials to help spread Bob, too. There was a Rose Bowl, a Cotton Bowl, a Las Vegas Bowl, a Fiesta Bowl, a couple of Holiday Bowls, and two Sun Bowls.

I can still see in my mind Jeanne waving that Oregon Duck Flag she would bring to Oregon football games.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Yeah, that's the trick

"President Obama's Spring Apologies Tour" aka His Trip to Europe

Ralph Peters in The New York Post:

Obama means well. Just as Jimmy Carter, his policy godfather, meant well. But the road to embassy takeovers and strategic humiliation is paved with good intentions -- coupled with distressing naivete.

On every stage, Obama draped Lady Liberty in sackcloth and ashes, drawing plentiful applause but no serious economic or security cooperation in return.


He told the Europeans that the global economic crisis is all our fault. No mention of European greed, overleveraged governments, destructive Euro-loans or Chinese currency manipulation. We did it. Whip us, please.

In return, the Europeans gave him . . . nothing.


And Obama's disdainful remarks about President Bush were just shabby.

After those overpriced tour T-shirts have shrunk in the wash (trust me -- they will), what will we have gained from Obama's superstar act?


I believe that our president wants to do the right thing. But he doesn't have a clue how. For now, he's enraptured by the applause. But he hasn't tried to charge his fans for their tickets. And they've already made up their minds they won't have to pay.

To read the rest click on the title for a link. The author has some particularly good point about Obama's trip to Turkey.


Now, Charles Krauthammer's take on Obama's "Spring Apologies Tour"

To various degrees of directness or obliqueness, he held America guilty for a range of offenses, a partial list of which includes arrogance, having caused the financial crisis, torture, genocide, racism, Hiroshima — he didn't even leave that one out — Guantanamo, of course, an insufficient respect for the Muslim world.

And as we say, what did he get in return? On Afghanistan troops, nothing. On stimulus in Europe, nothing. And on Guantanamo, what did he get? The French offered to take one prisoner. Now, you'd think that is an attempt at Gallic humor. It was a serious offer. I guess the guy that comes out of Guantanamo will have to leave his swim buddy behind.

U.S. Crew Regains Control of Ship from Pirates!

"Prepare to repel all boarders!" "Only one thing to do with pirates is to catch them and hang them from the yardarms!" "We have not yet begun to fight!" "Don't give up the ship!" ..........Love talk like that.

The United States crew member probably figured unless they took action into their own hands and took control of the ship from the pirates they were in for a looooooong wait what with Barack Obama as President of the United States. They remember Jimmy Carter and the U.S. Embassy staff in Iran who were held for 444 days or until Ronald Reagan took the oath of office. 2009 is not a good time to be an American hostage.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Reconstruction and Restoration of the John Wayne Movie "The Alamo"

"THE ALAMO is the greatest picture I've ever seen. It will last forever, run forever, for all peoples, all families everywhere."

- Legendary Director, John Ford, 1960.

In 1960 John Wayne produced, directed and stared in this movie. It is his heartfelt statement on America and American ideals. He mortgaged everything he owned to make this movie and the actual original film is disintegrating as you read this. There is a major effort to restore the film including the 192 minute "Roadshow" version of the film which was latter cut down to 161 minutes for commercial reason. I have the 192 minute version on VHS but the only version released on DVD is the 161 minutes version which I also own. However,the film for BOTH versions are now turning into "vinegar" because the life of the original film is at an end. As a result there is a major effort going on to restore the film. To learn more click on the title for a link.

I love this movie!

A "washed up" politician speaks from his "wilderness years"

A disliked, washed up, politician who left office in disgrace and who writes historical books. A politician who is even distrusted within his own political party. No... not Winston Churchill in the 1930's, I am writing about former Speaker of the House,Newt Gingrich! In an interview with the Politico this week he said:

The U.S. is at greater risk of terrorist attack because of the Obama
administration's actions, Newt Gingrich said Monday.

In a chat with POLITICO readers, Gingrich also called the administration’s response to the North Korean missile launch a “vivid demonstration of weakness in foreign policy.” He said Obama’s proposals for a resumption of nuclear arms limitation talks reflected “a dangerous fantasy that runs an enormous risk. ... Not since Jimmy Carter have we had an administration this out of touch with reality.”

“Dick Cheney is clearly right in saying that between the court decisions about terrorists and the administration actions, the United States is running greater risks of getting attacked than we were under President Bush,” said the former speaker of the House and Georgia congressman.

To read the rest click on the title for a link.

Will Newt ever be called back to power by his country in a time of crisis?