Wednesday, June 29, 2011

God Bless Our Military! Just not at the Houston National Cemetery. **Updated!**

Yes, you read that right.

As I sat today and listened to the Michael Berry Show today, I overheard a story that has left me disgusted.  Seems the Houston National Cemetery Director is requiring grieving families they cannot use the words "God" or "Jesus" at any funeral ceremony without her approval.

Nik Rajokovic at Houston's KTRH broke the story here.


I can barely get my thoughts together to type this post, but I'm not going to sit by and not speak up for those families who have lost a loved one and are having to now worry about submitting a written request for prayer to someone for approval.  Last time I checked, this was the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free. Heads up, Director of the Houston National Cemetery.  It still is.  

Thanks to the Berry Brigade, here is how YOU can help STOP this disrespectful and unacceptable "requirement" put forth by the Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio.  How dare she require families to submit their prayers to her in writing for approval?!   Oh.  And there's more.  And no bibles.  And no chapel.  Oh wait.  The chapel was closed.  Read on.

Let your voice be heard here! Please call and write and stand for our military and their families in their greatest time of need!  Their service and sacrifice is what is allowing us to do this and all things in freedom today.

Call President Obama's appointee, Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio at 281-447-8686 (extension 206) and tell her this will not be tolerated!  The lines are busy, but keep trying.  **UPDATED** Word is the Director is not answering calls and that they've taken the phone off the hook.  As my son says all too often: meh.  She's not going to change her mind.  Make a TRUE difference and call EVERY. SINGLE. CONGRESSMAN. on the list below!  ;)

Thank you to Congressman Ted Poe for already calling into the Michael Berry Show personally to support stopping this unacceptable action against religious freedom.  He's confirmed that this Director is violation of the law and should be fired.  AGREED.   Congressman Poe has written a letter to the Secretary of Veteran Affairs demanding answers.  God Bless You Sir!

Thank you to Congressman Pete Olson for his press release urging there is no room in America for censorship and certainly no place for it in a private military funeral!  God Bless You Sir!

Thank you to Congressman Gene Green for his statement that these acts are unacceptable.  God Bless You Sir!  Note:  The Michael Berry Show is awaiting a return call to see if Congressman Green in on board to the immediate firing of Ms. Ocasio.

Thank you to Congressman Michael McCaul for his support of the removal of Ms. Ocasio from her position at the Houston National Cemetery.

Please also call the VA in Houston and Washington DC, along with your local Congressman.  The phone numbers are listed below:
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Houston Office) 713-383-1999
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs  (DC Office) 202-373-5400


Sheila Jackson Lee (Houston Office) 713-655-0050 
                                 (DC Office) 202-225-3816
Ted Poe                   (Kingwood Office) 281-446-0242
                                 (DC Office) 202-225-6565
Michael McCaul       (Katy Office) 281-398-1247
                                 (DC Office) 202-225-2401
Kevin Brady             (Conroe Office) 936-441-5700
                                  (DC Office) 202-225-4901
Al Green                   (Houston Office) 713-383-9234 
                                  (DC Office) 202-225-7508
Gene Green              (Baytown Office) 281-420-0502
                                  (DC Office) 202-225-1688
Pete Olson                (Sugarland Office) 281-494-2690
                                  (DC Office) 202-225-5951
                                  (Clear Lake Office) 281-486-1095
John Culberson         (Houston Office) 713-682-8828 
                                  (DC Office) 202-225-2571
Ron Paul                    (Lake Jackson Office) 979-285-0231    
                                   (DC Office) 202-225-2831                          

Be polite.  Be firm.  

Join me in telling each of the Congressman, the Director of the Houston National Cemetery and the Department of Veterans Affairs that they CANNOT treat United States veterans and their families in this manner!  Demand this cease immediately.

We will win all "political" arguments by the force of our votes so please make calls to our Congressman today! In fact, if you're not from Texas, bring this to the attention of your own Congressman and Veteran's organizations. Think it can't happen somewhere else? It's happening in Texas and we must end it. Now.

Don't leave it to someone else.  You ARE someone else!

GOD BLESS America and GOD BLESS our military!

***UPDATE***  This Monday, Independence Day, July 4, 2011, there will be a Religious Freedom Rally at the Houston National Cemetery!  At this event, coalition of Houston area pastors representing various ethnic and denominational spectrums, will call for the removal of Ms. Ocasio, from her position as Director of the Houston National Cemetery.  JOIN US to stand FOR religious freedom and our great military veterans!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Help Elect True Conservative Ted Cruz: 72 Hour Fundraising Blast

It is an exciting time for Texas, my friends!

Ted Cruz is running for the U.S. Senate seat of Kay Bailey-Hutchison who will be retiring at the end of her term next year.

And with this excitement, we have found a true conservative candidate in Ted Cruz!  

To date, Ted Cruz has been endorsed by:

As The Great One said in his radio endorsement of Ted Cruz, America is in desperate need for more Constitutional Conservatives in Washington to defend and promote the American exceptionalism we all know to be true while fighting for spending cuts, limited government and preserving the awesomeness that is our Constitution.  

This Thursday, 6/30 is a critical fundraising deadline and the Ted Cruz campaign is in need of our help.  

Let's support him now so that we can help him help each of us in Washington!

Do it now.

For your family.  

For Liberty.  

And For America!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Review of "The Undefeated"... Game On.

I was fortunate enough to view a film screening of the unrated version of "The Undefeated" - the Sarah Palin documentary - by Stephen K. Bannon this past weekend while attending this year's Right Online conference in Minneapolis, MN.  The documentary is a chronicle of Sarah Palin's rise from small town Alaskan Mayor to Republican party nominee for the Vice President of the United States of America.

For anyone that knows me, it's no secret that I'm a fan of Sarah Palin.  After all, I credit her for making me sit up and take notice of politics and about what was/is happening in our country.  The date was August 29, 2008.  I was in my kids' game room at that moment when Senator McCain introduced Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for Vice President.  She began speaking.   I sat down and listened.  My life changed forever.

So, when I heard there would be a viewing of the Sarah Palin documentary while at Right Online, I was naturally excited, but part of me thought I should be patient and see it in the theater or even at the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis next month.  Instead, I chose to follow my gut instinct at the conference and stay to watch ... to listen ... to learn.  I'm glad I did.

This movie moved me.  I could hardly speak afterwards from the emotion I felt by her story.  Even if you're not her "fan," please go see it and form your own opinion.  The media has been allowed to do that for too many for too long.  That is change I can believe in.

The film was introduced by Andrew Breitbart.  His explanation of how pissed off he was at the Republican establishment for not standing up for Sarah as the mainstream media began their quest to discredit her every move spoke truth to me.  I felt this back in 2008 and I still feel strong disappointment in the GOP today at their lack of support.  Despite this frustration, I was hopeful as the movie began, that "The Undefeated" would somehow help in her vindication.

As this version was unrated, it begins with the vitriol of Hollywood "stars" spewing their disgust for and towards Sarah Palin.  There are screen shots of cursing and descriptions I will not share in my review as the words are as unworthy as those who spoke them.  Matt Damon.  Sharon Osborne.  Rosie O'Donnell.  Letterman and his Top 10.  Joan Rivers.  Joy Behar.  Howard Stern.  Pamela Anderson.  Madonna.  Roseanne.  To name a few.  These few were the supposed spokespeople of our country who the media repeatedly highlighted with their personal attacks of Sarah Palin, her values and even her family.  Here we see what hate looks like.

From these snapshots of the Hollywood elite, we then turn to Sarah as a child in photos and video with her family outdoors, with animals, playing high school basketball with the Warriors, being an average kid in America.  Piper looks like Sarah when she was younger.  Sarah looks happy.  But doesn't she always look happy?  Even now when she's talking about our great country and the troubles we are in, she is joyful.  

I don't want to ruin the film for you, so I won't go into specifics; however, after taking a couple days to reflect on the films substance, I can say this about Sarah Palin:
  • The specifics of how entire communities and families were affected by the Exxon Valdez disaster is truly heartbreaking.  This tragedy planted a seed that she would work for the ordinary people.
  • She is not afraid in making decisions that made/and still make some unhappy.
  • She was under fire since the day she took office yet she won re-election in a landslide with 75% of the vote for Mayor of Wasilla.
  • She stood up to the elected establishment and blew the whistle on her own party when she found some of them guilty of ethics violations.
  • The small Alaskan town Mayor ousted a 26 year veteran for Governor with over 50% of the vote.  
  • Governor Sarah Palin put Alaskans first over party establishment and big oil.
  • She saw spending as "spending other people's money" and continued fiscal prudence by going through the state budget line by line as Governor.  
  • Her Governorship approval ratings were 88% in August of 2008.  
  • She was the spark of the McCain/Palin ticket.  She is what ignited our base and still does today.
  • She fought the ethics violations filed against her for a year after the election loss in 2008, and while she paid for her own legal fees, she saw these complaints as hurting her state and its citizens so she chose to step down as Governor.  Each and every accusation was proven false. 
  • She has always spoken fondly of our country's founding documents.  Before any tea party.  To me, she is the beginning of the Tea Party.
  • She has held her head high with class and strength as various news sources and websites posted daily vile commentary on her and her family.  Just a couple short months ago, I witnessed a despicable post about her youngest, Trig.  I am still and will always be a proud member of Trig's Crew! Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, as is choosing with whom you advertise.
  • Sarah Palin is a threat to the left and the right.
Andrew Breitbart said in his introduction, "As we've noticed in the past few weeks, the truth is like a nuclear bomb to the mainstream media."  Take notice, "real" journalists and Republican elitists, this film speaks even more truth about Sarah Palin.  Even the NYT and WaPo witch hunt of going through her emails as Governor found she was honorable, caring, and fought corruption on all levels.    Duh.  We already knew that.  "The Undefeated" goes into detail as to how she won the good fight against corruption within her own state.

Sarah Palin was then and still is a leader FOR the people.  We are lucky to have her on our side.

As for the mainstream media, we all see how continue to promote attacks against Sarah Palin's viewpoints, beliefs, values and even go so far as to discuss how she speaks or what she wears as they dissect her every move.  BREAKING:  ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and their "real" journalists = TMZ.  Gossiping, trashy, no balance bias "news."  These stations will continue to lose viewers, ratings and advertisers. The respected journalists of yesteryear are now extinct.  America is watching.  Just not your channels.

And then there's the good ole GOP.  Their lack of chivalry, courage of conviction and honor are addressed in the film as well.  As it should be.  The GOP hasn't been in my good graces for many years now and I'm not very certain they ever will be any time soon unless they step up and return to the their foundation.  Take note elected officials, we are watching you too.  Man up!  Lead by example or we will vote you out.  We can see 2012 from our homes.

Americans are more informed than every before with the internet and other media sources to get their daily news. And we're working together to find the truth.  We are citizen journalists and we will ensure these truths are shared throughout our networks.

So, the big question at the end of the film is:  Will Sarah run?  We shall see.  In the meantime, I can say with all my heart that "The Undefeated" is a vindication for Sarah Palin. This is only the beginning of something bigger.

Go see it.  For America.