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If you go here, you will learn the Pledge of Alegiance and its meaning as well as the do’s, don’ts and etiquette of the U.S. flag.  You need to know this for a reason and I will relay to you why thru my Memorial Day experience.

Thousands of WWII veterans are dying each month.  A generation with first hand experiences is about to be lost forever, fading into history books, to be taught to others as people deem fit.  Korean War vets are close behind.  Then it will be the Vietnam era.  I, like many others, look forward to the 3 day weekend for cookouts, gatherings, even shopping and this is all okay.  We are a society that gets to enjoy our days as we deem fit…….as long as a tribute is paid for the occasion of the holiday-Memorial Day.

I took my ride in Rolling Thunder as I have for 23 years now (although I did take a break twice to watch live the CocaCola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte).  I have been noticing as of late that the purposes to many just seems to be a “group” ride to the city.  Once there, people sit in the shade away from the ride to drink, talk and relax.  Many make new friends or meet up with old buddies they served with.  I watch the bikes for awhile (the procession takes about 6 hours these days) and although it was cruelly humid, the drenching was part of the price.  I happened to have my oldest daughter ride with me this year as well as my nephew.  It was a first for the both of them.  We walked the Wall, saw the nurses memorial and then went to the WWII memorial.  I noticed many foreigners that were marveling on their vacation the sights of the memorials.  Some with disrespect such as sticking their feet in the WWII memorial fountain or the loud talking and running past people at the Wall.  They showed no regard to the vets crying over their buddies or the families remembering Dad with gifts, memorabilia, pictures and poems.  This hit me hard.  Do people not have respect for our fallen heroes?

Depending on which side of Costitution Ave. you are on, if you haven’t returned to the side you need to before the parade starts at noon, you will be stuck for at least 4 hours.  We returned to our side, watched some of the parade and then left to visit my parents at the Lee estate.  We rode into the cemetary and parked at the curb next to the row where my parents headstone is placed.  I saw many people walking the paths going to “those special attractions” and even tourist trams for those that want the riding tour.  I marveled at this.  How do you get to understand the enormity and the individuals in Arlington Cemetary if you DON’T get off the path?  Every headstone has a name and every headstone has a story.  The story, albeit brief, gives a name, rank, war served, birth, death and, sometimes, award.  These are but a smattering of the heroes buried in this nation that served our country so that I could write and talk about this.  My daughter had noticed something and it got my attention in a very upsetting way.  It appears that all too many gravestones had numerous scratches and chips in them due to the people mowing the grass.  The headstones are always trimmed by other means so that this doesn’t happen.  This, in my mind, is another sign of disrespect and contempt.  And, as usual, every headstone and market had an American flag in front of it to show honoring.  This is a timely endeavor but is part of the price paid.  Do tourist really understand what it is about?

As with Sunday, I noticed as I went out Memorial Day to visit my wife’s Dad in Leesburg that there were no flags about.  I will be generous and say that for evryone 40 residences there was ONE flag.  It was no different in Leesburg either, although, on a couple of streets, they had hung flags on the light poles.  This is a day to give honor; a day to remember those who fought and died protecting our freedoms yet I guess everyone was too busy with their own needs.  A flag doesn’t cost much yet where were they?  I know I will see more during the 4th of July than I saw this weekend.

Everyone should own a flag for display outside.  They are very affordable and it is our patriotic duty to fly said flags during special times.  I have many American flags of different materials, sizes and patterns.  They range from $10 to $100 and I USE them.  I do not own an American flag made anywhere but in America.  It just doesn’t seem honorable to fly my countries’ flag that was made in communist China.  I have given you flag etiquette…..read it.  Some people just put a flag out and leave it out.  Okay.  Some put there flag out on special days.  Okay.  Believe it or not, flying the American flag can be a chore at times because you must keep track of all conditions and how to do it.  Flying the symbol of my country will NEVER be a chore because it is my duty to not only do it but to know how to do it respectfully.  I like to fly my parents flag because that is what they flew on their house when they were living.  Regardless which American flag I fly I will always have pride and give honor to the people of my country.

Where is all this going?  Let me tell you how I feel and why I needed to write this before I just broke down and cried.  I have felt a rage and deep loathing for those politicos, teachers, parents and all others whose job it is as Americans to instill knowledge and duty into every citizen about our heritage, the sacrifices of our citizens for this country and what is so important about its symbol.  I feel pity for those Americans that are ignorant of the value of our flag.  Those that pursued that knowledge on their own and kept it I have great admiration.  I have disdain for those who come to this country, having no “skin in the game”, that give no honor or respect of their perspective new home or that use us with no regard to those who gave sacrifice of which they reap reward.  I am saddened and, at times, cry for those fallen or living that have a deep respect and understanding of duty, honor and valor, yet feel betrayed, lost or remorseful for their contributions.  We are losing America and I feel betrayed.

I would like to leave you with the folding of the flag and TAPS story.  Read the story and read the words.  My eyes do well-up by the understanding.  At this point I feel that I have done my duty to inform you.  I believe it is up to us all to inform others and keep our nations symbol in honor.  And although you might come across those people that feel their right to burn or mutilate that symbol; my knowledge and understanding of that symbol gives me the right to go to jail for pummeling said individuals.  That is another price that needs to be paid.  Freedom is not free and will always carry a price that every citizen must pay.

I wish to thank my Dad, my Mom and all those service men and women as well as civilians who have made my liberty possible.  GOD bless you all!

I think we should all be able to agree on one point of fact: Barack Obama is presiding over the most secretive, corrupt and incompetent presidency in American history. In addition, by virtue of his complete lack of managerial experience, he is the least qualified individual to ever hold the office.

These propositions seem so obvious at this point I believe discussion is unnecessary. However, since we have been in a state of semi-hiatus here at NVTH, with just a few of us posting periodically, I would like to propose that the title of this post become a theme for future work – especially as we approach the 2010 elections.

Understanding and explaining history usually requires some sort of “model” or prism through which analysis is conducted. I think this should be ours. Thank you; please enjoy the remainder of this Memorial Day weekend.

Sen. John Kerry is suffering from a craniorectal inversion. (BTW, Senator, we are still waiting to hear your plan for getting us out of Iraq. Why haven’t you introduced that legislation yet?)

Yes, Sen. Kerry calls people hypocritical if they criticize government spending…

But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. “There’s a huge contradiction on a daily basis,” he said.
U.S. News and World Report; Wed., May 26, 2010

As for Social Security and Medicare, his position is akin to Bernie Madoff’s saying that he did not understand how people could oppose his lavish lifestyle, but still want the money back that they put into his Ponzi scheme. Folks, Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes. (Any CEO that modeled his company retirement plan on Social Security would be put in jail.) Social Security was set up that way for the purpose of making it politically unassailable.

As for wanting the government to take on a greater role in Gulf cleanup efforts, that goes to the general welfare of the States, which is a proper role for the U.S. government in accordance with the Constitution. Sen. Kerry apparently does not make such distinctions. Like most liberals, he either has not read the Constitution, or does not care what it says.

This is a funny combination. Democrats pontificating on a Law they never read. How pathetic is that?

This almost as dumb as thinking there are 57 states.

Yes, the MadLibs are at it again. The prototype for the space shuttle replacement, the X-37B robotic spaceplane, is now in orbit. And the ulterior motive? Surveillance.

Sure, folks.  We’re going to put very expensive sensors on the FIRST EVER launch of a new spacecraft, when we have many other launch vehicles available that are extremely reliable.  Right.  And the WTC buildings were an inside job, too.

Greg Letiecq was set up to videotape the Convention but was shut down at request of the Dave Schmidt campaign. Anna Lee told Greg he was forbidden from taping by the rules, and then Fauquier County’s finest stepped in as the enforcers.

So despite whatever we don’t know about him, we know Dave Schmidt has a campaign that fears transparency. Losers.

Glad we are here to vote for Howie Lind. Definitely the good guy in this contest.

UPDATE: good for Greg – he just tried to get the censorship ruling overturned, however meeting chair Tom Rust declined to recognize the majority vote and upheld the censorship.

Wonder what the Dave Schmidt loser campaign has to hide.

UPDATE II: Frank Wolf is giving a wonderful speech, an excellent speech with the theme “America’s best days are ahead” (hey thanks a LOT Dave Schmidt for ensuring there would be no video of this outstanding message!)

Frank is always good but hopefully he will keep it short since this is an uncontested GOP nomination; save your energy for November, Frank.

UPDATE III: 823 total delegates, 309 from Loudoun. Fairfax was next with 200-something. No other jurisdiction was in triple digits.

UPDATE IV: our AG Ken Cuccinelli takes the podium to nominate Howie Lind – very cool. Says Howie “will grow party openly, transparently …” (As opposed to, for instance, the Dave Schmidt approach) “If you want to need a bigger auditorium for your next Convention, vote for Howie Lind.”

Lind: “I want to beat Democrats at every level – I want to beat the dogcatcher.” Nice speech, not exactly electrifying but very good and, hey, he was not afraid to be videotaped.

UPDATE V: After being introduced by five people, Dave Schmidt comes out from behind the bush he was cowering under and, unthreatened by recording devices, boldly states: “we are here to retire Harry Reid and fire Nancy Pelosi.” Incisive, and also original. No wonder he was afraid to be videotaped because someone might have pilfered that gem.

UDATE VI: there is some controversy about the availability of pencils, and now Jim Rich is demanding everyone be quiet so he can fully discuss the notion of folding the ballots, which point he has just made for the third time. Good job, Jim. Maybe this was what they were afraid of having videotaped.

Ok, voting has begun. I am guessing we won’t stay for the results. One can only ask one’s spouse to sacrifice so much on a weekend after a busy week. But who knows, maybe this has been a revivifying experience for her.

UPDATE VII: we have just been informed that instead of a simple box or circle to fill in, the ballot has “an uncompleted arrow” which must be completed to point at one’s desired candidate. This is interesting and, in two words, incredibly stupid.
Could we possibly do more to confuse people and muck up the voting process? I mean, this is the kind of idiocy that makes you say Wow.

UPDATE VIII: I have been informed we will be staying for the results, so stay tuned.

UPDATE IX: Greg just informed us it was Jim Rich who sicced the Sheriff on him to shut down the videotaping. Tom Rust upheld it. What a couple of tools.

UPDATE X: and the new 10th District Republican Chair is Howie Lind, nominated by acclamation.

And they all lived happily ever after.

LAST UPDATE: Someone just sent me a message saying that in their opinion Dave Schmidt would not have had it in him to censor coverage of the Convention, but that more likely the outrageous prohibition on recording was just Jim Rich “being an ass.” Around where I was sitting it certainly looked like the Schmidt people supported suppressing the recording, and the Lind people were in favor of transparency. Anyway, it worked out for the best, Jim Rich is gone and repudiated, and the 10th District is now managed by the folks who are not afraid. Good result.

CORRECTION? My posts here were written in real time throughout today’s Convention and reflect my perception of the videotape controversy as it unfolded. Greg Letiecq just noted the following in the comments.

One thing I want to make clear — I have no evidence that Dave Schmidt had anything to do with this, and based on my previous interactions with him I would be very surprised if he was. Dave has always been an upstanding guy with me, and I have and will always maintain the highest respect for his skills, demeanor and judgment. I do not believe he deserves criticism here.

Instead, Jim Rich was well aware of my criticism of his behavior and I have no doubt that he and those who allied themselves with him are solely responsible for this. My big question is why Tom Rust, someone who I’ve always held in high regard, chose to act the way he did today in making a bizarre decision, refusing to allow discussion about that decision, and ultimately ruling that a vote he clearly lost was won by him. When Republicans fail to adhere to the principles they publicly espouse it’s time we cleaned house a bit before Democrats inevitably would do that housecleaning for us. If Tom Rust is this so ethically malleable by someone of vanishing political power as Jim Rich, it begs the question whether he really is the best candidate to serve the residents of the district that he currently represents.

Don’t focus on Dave Schmidt. By all appearances he is an honorable man. Instead, your questions should be directed to Tom Rust, and alternately to some pretty sharp people I know in the area who would do a tremendous job of representing the District Rust currently serves.

So while to me the controversy made Dave look like a loser, in reality it was the people who appeared to be his allies not doing him any favors. Apologies to Dave Schmidt for the caustic comments above if he indeed had no hand in trying to suppress the video recording.

Jim Rich just weighed in at TC to explain the decision to shut down the videographers. I recommend reading his argument. I think the reasoning is overly paranoid – not solely on Jim Rich’s part apparently but as Committee policy – and I don’t know if it is going to convince anyone outside the Committee. But I have to respect Jim Rich for stating his case in a timely manner here in the blogosphere.

Where is the outrage from the ACLU? When someone’s first amendment rights are trampled, and they are terminated from a position because of their speech, you would think the ACLU would be all over it. Not so if the expression is politically incorrect. Regardless of what Mr. Katz stated, he was chosen because he is one of the best in that field for control of the old spill. The arguments against him were that he expressed ideas that were controversial on topics unrelated to the oil spill.

From the Washington Times article:

“[Energy secretary] Dr. Chu has spoken with dozens of scientists and engineers as part of his work to help find solutions to stop the oil spill,” a statement from the Energy Department said. “Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department’s efforts.”

So the professor’s writings are a distraction? Tell those that are distracted to either get on task or go home. If Professor Katz is doing his job, those that are bringing this up should be reminded that free speech is not just “comfortable” speech … free speech is speech that goes against what is accepted and “correct”. Professor Katz has been wronged.