I’m not sure where she found it, but my wife passed this along to me this morning. Given the day, I thought you might appreciate it.

Happy Memorial Day.

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Our founding fathers used GOD’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation. It’s time to re-educated ourselves in our Nation’s history. Be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our ‘GOD GIVEN’ rights and freedoms.

The Flag draped coffin has a deeper meaning than you might think. Here is how to understand the flag that is laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to Correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but it has a much deeper meaning.

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens
Trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen
Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’

The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that
they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the
Shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been
through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons
and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the
Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the
Appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Hate to admit it, but me thinks Joe Sestak is screwed. Or maybe not—that I’d hate to admit it, that is, not that Joe’s going to get thrown under the bus. The only question he will be asking is, “do those all-season radials come with white walls?”

In case you’ve been hiding in a cave, or exploring the deeper part of Penn’s Woods for a week with the fam in a cabin like me (remind me to tell you about the personal encounter I had with a bat in my shower), by now you know that Joe has beaten the political equivalent of Freddie Krueger in the primaries – badly too, I might add. Arlen should have prayed for a sunny day in Philly, as well as a blizzard across the rest of the state, in order to win. But alas, like a 60 year-old woman working on a 30 year-old tan, his time in the sun is over (no cancer references intended).

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Newt’s flirting with 2012 is starting to move past the casual let’s-get-a-drink stage and to the more serious what-would-we-name-our-kids stage.

Gingrich drops presidential hints
Posted: May 27th, 2010 09:18 AM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – Swinging through Iowa Wednesday to promote his new book, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested he and his wife may be spending a lot of time in the key campaign state next year.

Though declining to discuss the specifics of his political future, Gingrich said his wife – who attended college in Iowa – may be preparing to make an extended return to the Hawkeye State.

“She likes being in Iowa and its very possible she’ll be spending a lot of time in Iowa,” he joked with reporters in Des Moines, according to CNN affiliate KCCI.

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An article that ran in the Wall Street Journal last Friday titled “Tea Parties vs. Unions in November” (written by John Fund) articulates the 2 strongest, or at least the two loudest political ideologies at work in our nation. It would seem that our political boundries are no longer Democrat vs. Republican, but instead Small Government vs. Large Government.
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As you may know, the GOP announced YouCut two weeks ago.  The project allows anyone with an Internet connection or a phone with text messaging capabilities to vote on one of five spending cuts.  The cut with the most votes is put to an up or down vote on the House Floor each week.

The New Non-Reformed Welfare Program was the winner of the first week. Read more

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Love him or hate him, Jon Stewart’s rants on The Daily Show are some of the funniest things you can experience in politics, and his recent rant on the Gulf Coast oil spill, the reaction from politicians and just the situation in general is just classic.

It’s a bit long (over eight minutes), but highlights include an oil spill version of West Side Story, and always a fan favorite, politicians saying dumb things.

Enjoy!

Just a funny bit that landed in my email today. Enjoy

Rats!

Does this portend the proverbial sinking ship?

Arthur Brooks, the still relatively new president of the American Enterprise Institute, has a remarkable piece in the Opinion section of the May 23 edition of The Washington Post, titled “America’s New Culture War: Free Enterprise vs. Government Control.”

He nails it. For starters:

“This is not the culture war of the 1990s. It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion. Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country’s future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise — limited government, a reliance on entrepreneurship and rewards determined by market forces. In the other, America will move toward European-style statism grounded in expanding bureaucracies, a managed economy and large-scale income redistribution. These visions are not reconcilable. We must choose.”

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Curious to hear from some Paul supporters about his first week as the GOP nominee. He’s going to have to get a lot better than this:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/2010_Elections/rand-paul-fires-back-critics-civil-rights-act/story?id=10705651

Among the resident chattering class inside the DC beltway, there are few opinions I value more than that of Charles Krauthammer. He just does it very well.

A few days back, I saw this picture of the latest foreign policy disaster on The One’s watch and I just couldn’t find the right words to describe my abject disgust at the picture of so called world leaders gathered around a murderous tyrant with their hands raised in triumph as they did a kabuki dance.

kabuki dance

Actually, I did find some choice words to direct at Brazil’s very own Luis Ignacio “Lula” da Silva, but they were colorful Portuguese metaphors. Since The One declared that most American’s understand only English, I figured nobody would understand. But I digress.

In today’s Washington Post, Mr. Krauthammer summed up the real meaning of this picture. Here are the key paragraphs of his column:
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WSBTV Channel 2 in Atlanta Georgia spurred on by the Arizona immigration law issue went to that state to investigate the border issue. What they found shocked them and they had to show the facts to Georgia Congressman Paul Brown.

The station was able to obtain the Captured OTM list. What is the Captured OTM list? It is the list of people Other Then Mexicans that have been caught crossing the Southern border. They include countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and other countries with terrorist activity. Congressman Brown is on the Homeland Security Committee and had never seen this list until shown in this investigation.

This issue isn’t about racism. This is about protecting our border and is a national security issue. The report is in two parts.

Part I is here.

And here is part II.

An interesting piece on what Tuesday really meant from Fred Barnes.

Anti-Incumbent? Try Anti-Obama
Serious Democratic analysts concede it’s their party that’s facing trouble in the fall.

By FRED BARNES

The hordes are not massing at the gates of Washington—not yet. They won’t arrive until after the midterm congressional election in November. Most are likely to be Republicans, a good number of them old Washington hands. Yesterday’s primary elections, including the impressive victories of Republican Rand Paul in Kentucky and Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, didn’t change that.

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Panera Bread recently opened a new location in Clayton, Missouri, an upscale suburb of St. Louis.  It doesn’t sound like news, but this Panera is different from the rest.  It’s nonprofit, meaning that they do not charge for their food.  Customers are asked to donate whatever they want, anything from a penny to the suggested retail price to $1,000 an item.  Their motto is “Take what you need, leave what’s fair.” 

This particular Panera location is called St. Louis Bread Co. Cares, the original name of the Panera chain, and is supported by the Panera Foundation.  The foundation will pay all costs, including food, salaries, equipment and rent.  If this goes well, they plan to begin opening others across the country within months and eventually have one in every community where they currently have Panera stores.

Will it work or will they be out of business within a week?  What kind of lessons can we (or our government) learn from their success or failure?

What does it all mean for November?

And in case you missed it, here’s the ad ended Specter’s career.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is sending up more signs that he could be running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012, and is also making dire predictions for Democrats and President Barack Obama:

Giving predictions for November’s midterms, Gingrich said House Republicans will pick up “somewhere between 40 and 65 or 70 seats” — enough to gain control of the House. “I believe John Boehner will be speaker in January,” he said.

Gingrich said he even sees a chance of Republican control of the Senate. “If they can beat Barbara Boxer [in California], I think that [Mitch] McConnell is going to be the Senate majority leader.”

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Predictions for PA?

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Predictions for tomorrow’s PA primary?

TRENDING: No room for error in Pennsylvania nail biter
Posted: May 17th, 2010 09:25 AM ET

From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
Specter is fighting for his political career one day before the Senate primary.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak are spending the closing hours of this bitter primary for the Senate Democratic nomination hunting for votes, as two final public polls show that the race is too close too call.

Specter and Sestak are making multiple stops throughout the state in an effort to rally support before Pennsylvania Democrats head to the polls Tuesday to choose their nominee for the November election.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday morning shows that Sestak holds a 1 point lead over Specter, 42 percent to 41 percent, well within the survey’s 3.2 point margin of error. The Quinnipiac poll also shows that 16 percent of Democratic primary voters remain undecided and 25 percent of those who stated a preference for a candidate noted they could change their vote.

This cheeky attempt to keep LeBron James in Cleveland is worth watching. If for no other reason because you’ll “enjoy” seeing Gov. Strickland and other politicos “sing.” It’s pretty clever, actually, if you can handle the off-the-charts cheese factor.