Thursday, December 27, 2007

*America's Next Top Kitten* CuteWithChris#105

models take note

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Vic Campbell's video from Buzz Creek of snow shot in the early winter season of November 2007 with music especially made for it by Glenn Zervas. See to get lots of dvd copies for yourself to give away to friends. Visit to learn more about Glenn's music.

Friday, December 07, 2007

the gratitude campaign

A great idea for saying thanks to anyone. But especially nice to pass along a thanks when you see one of our current active duty service men and women.

Monday, November 26, 2007


View this on LiveDigital
IKMCC has a three day get-together each year. This one in Holland Michigan showed off 75 cars built between 1946 and 1969 in Athens, Ohio. You can learn more about the King Midgets at . A 90 minute DVD of the event with lots of car footage is available by contacting poorpete (at) optonline (dot) net. Pete lives in NW New Jersey.

WWII Veteran - The Ball Turret - B-17

Earl Mills tells his story about one particular raid over Germany. Eventually, Mill's B-17 was shot down on his 28th mission. He explains his disability in the full interview. He is 100 percent disabled for a chronic nervous condiion. His full interview from is on an hour long DVD. These interviews are designed to become a part of the collection of Veteran Histories at the Library of Congress.  Volunteers are encouraged to participate.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Seizing Destiny

Just finished Seizing Destiny-How America Grew From Sea to Shining Sea by
Richard Kluger (won the Pulitizer).

600 pages-easy read; would make a great college sophomore survey
course. Covers from Britian/France/Spain, through colonial times; the
addition of the "Old Northwest" from Virginia; the La. purchase/the Great
Lakes region/Florida (East and West) from Spain/Oregon Territory (54/40 or
fight!)/the War with Mexico/the Gasden purchase/Alaska/stealing
Hawaii/stealing Phillipines/trying to steal Cuba/with all respect to Ronald
Reagan: "the Panama Canal is ours, we stole it fair and square!" etc etc.
Gives the historical contex of each expansion, and our growing
"Manifest Destiny" philosophy. Did you know that President Polk added more
territory to the US than any president before or since?

I really enjoyed it-I knew practically nothing about the Mexican
War, except that there was one. (Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor, Santa
Ana, etc).

I am now moving on to Blood and Thunder-An Epic of the American
West-by Hampton Sides; picks up in the New Mexico territory in the middle of
the Mexican War with Kit Carson and the impact on the Navaho. To be followed
by Path Between the Seas by David Mccullough regarding building the Panama

Reading books is easy if you don't have a life.!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

11-15-07 Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (CALM) | Wallstrip

CalMaine Foods - Wallstrip
I learn more about the market here than in many hard boiled business magazines. Enjoy this episode and learn. this is one of my favorite websites to visit regularly. No - I do not invest in all the stocks they mention, but you learn a lot from just watching and enjoying the way business is presented. Hint: because Wallsrip's focus is on trending stocks that are at new highs - there is
always a strong potential for them to find a peak and take a bad tumble with any market dips (like recently).

Fauxtography (Military)
an interesting analysis of the many photos that come in our email.
Some are accurate - some are big-time fake.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Why do we think the USA is eternal?

Take a look and this history of the Middle East and consider how many different empires have ruled the same real estate.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Obama from Bill Lear - LEAR JETs

A serious comment by Bill Lear (Lear jet) a smart, successful business man and an Independent.
Most Americans are aware of Bill Lear, because of his Lear Jet business; His opinions are worth a read:
A Humble Plea to McCain and Obama Supporters:

Dear friends,
I am truly astonished by the ignorance Obama supporters have displayed in their quest to get someone - ANYONE - into the White House. Now, wait a minute. I can well understand your dislike or even hatred of our clown, GWB, but he is not the root cause of all of our problems. Our Congress is. And a change there would be welcomed by all. You ain't gonna get it done with Obama. You gotta fire the whole damnable crooked Congress. (Read my book, "BERNIE'S WAR!").

Perhaps I'm looking at all of this from a different perspective than you because my life experiences have been so different from yours. I'm 80-years old and have traveled the world where I've seen a great deal. I spent five years on active duty as a fighter pilot in the USAF and another seven years flying with the Air National Guard in California and Texas as well as a few years flying in the USAF Reserve. I spent three years on active duty in Germany flying Czech border patrol with "cold guns" in aircraft inferior to the MIG during the Korean "Police Action" when it was thought that Korea was a diversion for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.

I lived abroad for a total of 28 years. Three years in Germany, twenty years in Switzerland and five years in Great Britain where I was based doing "spook" work for the U.S. behind the Iron Curtain before it fell. During that era of the Cold War I ventured to Moscow, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Peshawar, Pakistan and Bulgaria posing as a Swiss French-speaking arms dealer purchasing weapons we surreptitiously supplied to the Afghani Mujahedeen in their successful fight against the Soviets - all of which came back to haunt us. I've been there and done that and have had close associations with top government people in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. I've had more foreign affairs experience than Obama could ever dream of and, yet, wouldn't have the temerity to deign myself "Presidential" material; although I feel eminently more qualified to judge who would NOT be best for our country. My long-time world experience should count for something in my plea to you to abandon this flake. You will only be doing yourself and our country an enormous disservice if you persist in your support of this flash- in-the-pan opportunist. On this, you MUST trust me.

I've associated closely with European royalty and African politicians. I've traveled to the Far East to observe their cultures. My point is that Obama, although formally well educated and a brilliant orator, is a neophyte when it comes to understanding the world and is uniquely unqualified for the job as President of these great United States. His knowledge of economics is nil and his tax proposals absurd and life-threatening to the U.S. not only in economic terms but in preserving our national security as well. I don't want a "citizen of the world" to be President, I want a citizen of the good old USA to be President. Screw the rest of the world as they have well and truly screwed us. The time has come for us to awaken and start looking after ourselves. Now THAT would be CHANGE if that's what you're looking for.

While McCain has abstained from playing "the race-card", Obama is playing it to the hilt even though he's technically not an African-American. To qualify for this distinction you must be at least one-sixth black. Obama is only one-eighth. His father would be, as he was one-sixth. No, Obama is more Muslim than black yet he trades on his blackness.

The larger question I have about him is that we really don't know much about him other than what HE tells us, what we read on blogs and from some serious non-partisan investigators whose factual reports are, unfortunately, generally ignored and which receive precious little media exposure.

I, as a registered Independent, a military veteran and a patriot, beseech you to put aside party considerations and vote for the lesser of the two evils. Yes, I am NOT a McCain supporter, but he is, at least, not a flake, doesn't carry Muslim baggage and is a PROVEN hero and patriot WITH experience. It's not a party issue. It's all about electing the best we can trust with what we've got to work with. Mr. Obama is NOT that guy.

Please, please rethink your voting position. Thanks for reading my innermost thoughts. I care about all of you, but I care more about our country. Please help me to do both.

William P. (Bill) Lear, Jr.

Friday, November 02, 2007

PR Opportunity Missed by alQaeda

It appears some very motivated soldiers - some who would not survive - had the honor of taking away a Photo Op from alQaeda only days before General Petraeus testifed before congress. This is a PR war as much as a blood war. Often our own press chooses to take the bait offered by the enemy and ignores the results from our own soldiers. Here is a close look at a battle for the headlines that might have highlighted enemy success.


I would have never expected these folks to support McCain.
This is a true story. (SEE THE END) Names and location not clear to permit privacy.
Ours is a BLUE state. Solid blue. No hope here for a McCain victory that I can see.
REGARDLESS - some will do their best to help the McCain/Palin ticket win. Today is November 1, 2008.

This is from TWO HOMELESS PEOPLE - explained that they were well aware of the news. They watch TV. They read papers. They understand completely the relationship between the Democrat agenda in past administrations and congress to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac destruction that contributed to the current economic crisis. They understood a LOT!

1. Democrat cronies placed in FRE and FNM made hundreds of millions in bonuses that fed back to support Democrat agendas and more cronyism that loops again and feeds off the less fortunate in our country. Many of the "high bonus financial executives" are ardent Democrats too. it PAYS !
2. Democrat congressmen blocked oversight and regulation of FRE and FNM when it was proposed by Bush and later by McCain - and other Republicans. Why? See #1 above.
3. They understand the difference between giving people a thousand dollars today versus leaving multiples of $1000 in a small business that will invest in more production and more jobs that can provide people with $30,000 a year plus health benefits - thereby not needing a hand-out.
4. They are fearful of an Obama presidency because they have not seen any record on his accomplishments. They have only heard platitudes in his speeches.
5. They do not believe he has been vetted for the job even as well as someone who might apply for the job of scoutmaster of a local cub scout den.
6. His history of associations tells them he is not likely to understand the nuances of capitalism and how it creates wealth for everyone. The McCain-Palin ticket exhibits strength here.
7. His vague disassociation from militant people in his past does not soothe their concerns that he might view some terrorists as morally justified in their acts.
8. They understood that Bush has made some poor choices in his administration, but he also made some good ones - that the economy after 9-11-2001 was due for an immediate crash except for some of his actions. So they understand the crash is partially a delayed effect of the Al-Qaeda attacks.
9. They think that McCain and Palin have none of the baggage associated with Obama and that their approach to job creation in the private sector is far more effective long-term than the Obama plan to create more government subsidized jobs. They know private sector job growth means more government revenue down the road whereas more government subsidized jobs mean more government spending down the road. It starves the chicken that lays the eggs. McCain includes ENERGY intelligence in the team. Oil and Nuclear are priorities with significant development assistance to bring along solar, wind, geothermal, clean coal and tidal energies.
10. McCain and Palin are known entities with track records that can be verified. McCain's is a long one - not all perfect - but well known. Palin's is a short record but with a lifetime of consistency - none of which is out of character to mainstream America.

These homeless women are greatly concerned about an Obama administration. While in a life crisis mode - when they would be assumed by many to be thoroughly on the side of an Obama ticket --- YET - they are expressing themselves as ardent supporters of McCain / Palin.
I hope that more people in dire straits in this difficult economic period are thinking like these ladies.
And, I really hope things work out for them soon.
I do understand they will be able to move into subsidized housing in another week.
(Subsidized housing -- see -- there are sometimes things the government does that can be helpful).
Name Witheld
State Witheld
Blue State - Businesses and people leaving in droves for two years now since the state is among the highest taxed states in the nation. You may have noticed there are a number of states in this mode ... especially in the Northeast and around the Great Lakes region. You might also note that these states are in rapid economic decline beyond explanation by the current economic emergency. And they are all controlled by Democrats. You would think this would be obvious to the residents of those states who vote -- but maybe they never read "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman (the "Chicago School of Economics" - a mis-identification if there ever was one since the "Chicago Machine" is behind the current "Obama Economics School".

I Vote Democrat Because

I'm voting Democrat….

Liberals are so elite, and I don't want to be jealous anymore. They are just never wrong about anything. Read along and you will know why!

I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America .

I'm voting Democrat because it's better to turn corn into fuel than it is to eat.

I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America .

I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq , I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe people who can't tell us if it will rain in two or three days, can now tell us the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years if I don't start riding a bicycle, build a windmill or inflate my tires to proper levels.

I'm voting Democrat because it's alright to kill millions of babies as long as we keep violent, convicted murderers on death row alive.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe businesses in America should not be allowed to make profits. Businesses should just break even and give the rest to the government so politicians and bureaucrats can redistribute the money the way they think it should be redistributed.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe guns, and not the people misusing them, are the cause of crimes and killings.

I'm voting Democrat because when someone with a weapon threatens my family or me, I know the government can respond faster through a call to 911 than I can with a gun in my hand.

I'm voting Democrat because oil companies' 5% profit on a gallon of gas are obscene, but government taxes of 18% on the same gallon of gas are just fine.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four elitist liberals should rewrite the Constitution every few months to suit some fringe element that could never get their agenda past voters.

I'm voting Democrat because illegal aliens are not criminals, are not sucking up resources through government aid, hospital services, education, or social services, but are just people trying to make a better life by coming to America illegally. We can't blame them for that, can we?

I'm voting Democrat because I can now marry whatever I want, so I've decided to marry my dog Peanut.

Makes you wonder why anyone would ever vote Republican, doesn't it?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vietnam Veteran Navy

Starting in submarines, this navy veteran eventually came to a staff function that gave him a good deal of exposure to many outposts in Vietnam. His observations of events in Vietnam about 1970 are interesting and instructive. See more veteran interviews at ME3TV.

Ralph Fronczkowski is now retired from the Navy and lives in New Jersey.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Global Incident Map

When you click on the website link below, a world map comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world & is updated every few minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on. Global Incident Map: There is a lot happening in our world every minute. This 'map' updates every 300 seconds...constantly 24/7.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Young Americans Documentary
OK.. these guys are in the real war.
This video blog gives them a voice.
If you have a problem with bad language-
these American Kids who are fighting and
dying in Iraq are probably not for you.

Friday, October 19, 2007

WWII_Army Nurse - A.Quick

Alice Quick of New Jersey was a nurse in the Army in WWII. Her full interview for the "Veteran's History Project" is on a DVD and is provided to the Library of Congress, her family and the local library. Her service was in England -in Westminster (see the Chapel) and in France and Germany after the Allied Invasion. She did not work in surgery (wounded soldiers) but in the sick wards where she helped in the treatment of both American and German soldiers that came to her care. More veteran interviews are located in the website and in this Blip-TV channel for ME3TV. Volunteers are encouraged to help with videotaping and other tasks. See the website for details.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A LOT OF GREAT short Vids

commercials you'll never see in USA and more
pick and choose

Hillary Exposed - election fraud
Thanks, Jerry .. Very interesting.
"Hillary and Bill kill Spiderman"
"Hillary skirts all bounds of election fundraising - nobody squeaks a note"

She is very powerful. Most powerful of any candidate of any party in
She will BE the next president.
Even Spiderman cannot stop her.

A Veteran Perspective

Not a timely artilce. More than 15 years old. A Navy buddy that served with the Swifts sent it to me this week. A good read (Tom) .

Thanks, Tom .. (respected upper classman at - my rural high school - and former naval officer) .

This piece is very instructive. As people in the Navy at that period, it really paints a picture of the time. This man left Newport RI the year I went to OCS for my first ROC summer - (I was commissioned in 1971). In 1970 there were hundreds of Vietnamese Officer Candidates in training at Newport in some of the same classes I was taking. These are the ones that were replacing his boat crews in late '70 and '71. I've talked to a lot of swifties over the years and realize they were in quite a different war than most anybody else there. My time there in '72-'73 was nowhere near the delta - but way way North on the DMZ - in at Tin Can (Destroyer) gun platform. Different kind of war for sure. But this writer's history is very clear. I do think it is relevant to many veterans of all wars - even the current one. I recently interviewed a Vietnam Vet on tape (soon on the web at (from about this period of time - '69-'70. He actually talked about this river base in his narrative. He also talked about the Cua Viet River - near Quang Tri which was no longer a secure outpost in late '72 (when I was there) . The only people there were South Vietnamese Marines who were promptly massacred after our ships stopped all fire support on January 27, 1973 (the official end of US Combat operations in Vietnam).

Interviewing a WWII vet yesterday - A B-24 bomber crew (and POW) from the 15th Air Force - I was reminded again of the challenges many veterans have in taking their lives forward - or in being simply understood. This article describes the same issue. The WWII vet explained that - often - very early after returning from the war, he was asked what he saw and what happened. He told them. The reactions and expressions from those who listened were consistantly disbelief or a touch of fear that one might have touched a nerve - a nerve better left untouched. SO - after a few experiences like that - these WWII vets closed up and never talked about it again. While some could tell their stories - many reached the conclusion that silence was best. The man yesterday explained that - now, after well over 60 years - he has a mission - not to tell HIS story - but to tell the story of those who died beside him. Their voices will never be heard except by those who were with them. (some of his story will soon be on as well).

The volunteer veteran interview project is quite rewarding. It feels as if there is a treasure of memories here from which future generations can learn. I hope to develop a systematic interview program that will make it easier for students and others to participate in capturing these life treasures on video tape.

Vic Campbell

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Republican Collapse - New York Times

Well written but largely misguided by assumptions...
One chord he strikes that is common among all those who see the last 6 or 7 years as a republican wasteland... the huge budget deficits....

But they miss several things in their analysis..

1. The bubble burst under Clinton began a long tech slide that blew away any of the future surpluses the dems endlessly brag about under the same president.
2. The 9/11 attack killed off the rest of the economy in one fell swoop. It was the major intent of the terrorists who did it.
3. What would have been HUGE domestic progress with massive tax-cut-induced, free-flowing-revenue to the government and huge surplus funds making for an idyllic period of world history were WIPED out in one day.
4. To salvage the nation and the economy (of the WORLD) the USA (Bush) fired up MASSIVE government spending to flood cash into the economy through homeland security and to fight a war. THIS CASH FLOW pumped the whole economy in a Keynesian way - much as is the traditional method of Democrats. Add a couple of bad weather events and this task becomes even harder to accomplish. Sometimes even Republicans must turn to the Keynesian solutions when things get THIS bad.
5. The problem with the Keynesian solutions is that they tend to never come to an end ... and the spending never seems to stop (ie. government programs are expanded - entitlements go on forever and whole departments (homeland security) come into being and remain in place. But in THIS case and in others in history - there was no OTHER choice at hand. You must take the bad
with the good.
6. The massive influx of funds to the government because of the TAX CUTS (see above) were essential to keep the Keynesian solution funded -- so they never did more than "creep up" in their contribution to erasing the "9/11 - Bubble" deficit. But they ARE, amazingly, reducing the deficit - a little every year regardless of the Keynesian solution.

The deficit will be a political issue - blown up huge by the Democrats in their battle for supremacy. But don't you know - THEY would have done the same thing (spend money like crazy by the government) with less results because THEY would have also RAISED taxes and REDUCED the flow of revenue to the government (raised taxes stymie the private sector from which the taxes are flowing - and which has never been a concern of Democrats since their
intent seems to be to "control business" not "stimulate" it.

SO .. the article below has points to bear in mind .. about conservatives and the economy .. but one must look at the history of the last 10 years to fully appreciate the value of the Bush and Republican contribution to solving problems arising in the course of this time frame.
Vic Campbell
RE: Subject: The Republican Collapse - New York Times

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

WWII Story: 10 days in the jungle

Airman in South Pacific - Recovered after a crash. Notes in Youtube say he is now deceased. This kind of interview is important to tape NOW! If you know a WWII vet - see if you can tape their story soon. Helpful hints at

Veteran's History Project Compilation Part 1

This is a collection of clips from videos made by other volunteers for the Veterans History Project.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Make a Video Interview - Cheap but GOOD!

I could not find a quick - simple video on the web to let novice historians learn how to make a reasonably good video interview.  I wanted this to be 5 minutes - "Here You Go" Now go do it.  The most important thing about interviewing veterans and the elderly is simply TO DO IT. So maybe this will help some of the people who learned of the Veterans History Project and wanted to volunteer to help. I started volunteering my time - a news feature got out and people called me to volunteer. ONE of my biggest goals is to help others make the videos too - because it will help if more of those video cameras in closets and camera bags are pulled out and put to good use.  More about my own work is at

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Bronze Star WWII - Jim Newby 65th Infantry Division

Mr. Newby tells about his Bronze Star awarded for his action in the war in Germany.

B-17 Eighth Air Force Tribute

YOu'll find several B17 veterans in the interviews on This is a nice film from the period.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Bill Grant

Mr. America/Mr. World
My friend Bill Grant . He has a whole health program for you at his website. See his latest press release.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weird America :- World of Art Cars 4 -:

VIDEO:  Here we wrap up the Art Car quad of videos. 

WWII - Veteran John Traylor

John Traylor - THIS AMERICAN - Veteran John Tralyor - 46th Infantry Brigade- 5thArmored Division, is interviewed on Aug 16, 2007 as part of a weekly volunteer Veterans History Project by ME3TV. Traylor talks about the action on 2 April 1945 at the Dutmund-Ems Canal Bridge near Munster, Germany. 5 veterans were interviewed this day in New Jersey. A part of each interview will soon be available here on ME3TV. Complete interviews will be available on DVD for the veterans themselves and for the National Veteran's History Project. A VETERANS CHANNEL on ME3TV will collect all the interviews into one easy to find location. Me3TV accepts volunteer help from anyone. Contact by e-mail.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


Jim Owen has these clips on youtube. Great music from a good time.

Scarred for Life

I think this fellow is telling it like it is. I am impressed with his bearing and his sense of reality and leadership qualities. Need more like this fellow.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

about Revlon... stock

Well, nieces and nephews ---  to be honest... I gave up on Revlon ... it was a bad pick by me. It may yet pan out but there never appeared to be any real change in direction or management and the stock would fall back after every weak attempt to move up.  SO ... I SOLD IT  with just a little profit (luckily) and have re-invested.

I am convinced the earth will melt on cue as Al Gore has told us.  To benefit from that tremendous heat from the sun ... I looked around for a way to invest in the trend of the melting earth.

I discovered solar power.
Now ... China is building a new coal burning plant every week to create electrical energy for the growing demand of its people. (The USA has not built a coal burning plant in 20 years and has not built a nuclear plant in 30 years.. makes you wonder).  Now, China knows it has a  problem with its carbon footprint. They watched the movie "convenient lie" also - by Gore. So they are throwing all kinds of effort at alternative energy sources and with cheap labor to boot.  Two or three companies in china are now building photovoltaic cells as fast as they can to meet the Al gore demand for solar power cells. Their market is the world - not just China.

One such company is JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (JASO). YOUR $30 investment ($60) is now invested in TWO shares of JASO instead of 50 shares of REV.

Here is a chart of JASO ... and REV compared....;range=1y;compare=rev;indicator=volume+stochasticslow;charttype=ohlc;crosshair=on;logscale=off;source=undefined

see the difference GORE can make? 

Not to worry that China is a commie nation.  We will be too in a few months when Hillary gets elected.  Then - the GORE magic on solar will go even stronger because we will become even more aware of how quickly the planet is melting.


Online film on modern Russian history

Carl Z says this is a must see.
See this excellent movie on modern Soviet & Russian history from Revolution
(1917) to the present free online. Not to be missed:

Green Township (4) Lackawanna Line

A HISTORY (PART 4) by Kelsey Falkowski. This was produced as a part of an Eagle Scout Service Project. Anyone from Green Township will appreciate the history in these videos. There are SEVEN segments for more than an HOUR of interesting information. Learn more about GREEN TOWNSHIP HERE. The township of Green offers the DVD at the Town Hall. Sparta, NJ is another small NJ town in Sussex County - with a video featured on ME3Tv. You may enjoy a DVD "Voices of The Land" about NW-NJ History. The county produced an overview of the rural tourism opportunities that you can view HERE. Northwest NJ is surprisingly rural.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Real War

This is the most cogent and powerful essay on the threat of Islamic terrorism I have seen. Dr. Vernon Chong. It is without a doubt the most articulate and convincing writing I have read regarding the War in Iraq. If you have any doubts please open your mind to his essay and give it a fair evaluation. It's also eerily aplicable to other current issues such as Iran's nuclear program, immigration, NAFTA's impact on American jobs, trade deficits, etc.. I had no idea who Dr. Chong is, or the source of these thoughts, so when I received them I almost deleted them, as well- written as they are. But then I did a Google search on the Doctor and found him to be a retired Air Force surgeon and past commander of Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. If you would like to see who this fellow is, go to this Air Force web site and look him up:

-------- Subject: Muslims, terrorist and the USA : A different spin on Iraq war. This WAR is for REAL! Dr. Vernon Chong, Major General, USAF, Retired To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it. Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII) The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means. First, let's examine a few basics 1. When did the threat to us start Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us: * Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; * Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; * Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; * Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988; * First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; * Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; * Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998; * Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; * A! den, Yemen USS Cole 2000; * New York World Trade Center 2001;* Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide). 2. Why were we attacked? Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessor, President Ford. 3. Who were the attackers? In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims 4. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25%. 5. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful? Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian (?)), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). (see ) Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the six million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others. Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US , but kill all in the way -- their own people or the Spanish, British, French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing -- by their own pronouncements -- killing all of us "infidels." I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die? 6. So who are we at war with? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting. So with that background, now to the two major questions: 1. Can we lose this war? 2 What does losing really mean? If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions: We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - What does losing mean? It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post-Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get. What losing really means is We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us, over the past 18 years. The plan was, clearly, for terrorists to attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them. We would, of course, have no future support from other nations, for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see; we are impotent and cannot help them. They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do will be done. Spain is finished. The next will probably be France Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast! Without our support Great Britain will go too. Recently I read that there are more mosques in England than churches. If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslim terrorists, how could anyone else? The radical Muslims fully know what is riding on this war, and therefore are completely committed to winning, at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost. Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win. So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by "imploding." That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose, and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win! Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation. President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war! For the duration, we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently. And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII, and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness, and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to war. Get them out of your head. Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose. I think some actually do, I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening. It concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause. Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue, involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war, by a small group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. ! And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type of enemy fighters, who recently were burning Americans, and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently, the same type of enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of American prisoners they held. Compare this with some of our press and politicians, who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners -- not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can they be for real? The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned -- totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they are absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us, for many years. These people are a serious and dangerous liability to the war effort. We must take note of who they are and get them out of office. Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels! That translates into ALL non-Muslims -- not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense. We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant.' That charge is valid. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world! We can't! If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if we are defeated. And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, equal rights for anyone -- let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the world. This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self- inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read. If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little, on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves, over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar? Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. Muslims have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over whom will be the few who control the masses. What is happening in Iraq is a good example. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"? I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I hope now, after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in, and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about! Do whatever you can to preserve it. I reiterate. A national election is months away. After reading the above, we all must do this not only for ourselves, but our children, our grandchildren, our country and the world. Whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal and that includes the Politicians and media of our country and the free world! Please forward this to any you feel may want, or NEED to read it. Our "leaders" in Congress ought to read it, too. There are those that find fault with our country, but it is obvious to anyone who truly thinks through this, that we must UNITE! Lastly, I wish to add: At the risk of offending someone, I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without sending it on, is part of the problem. Let's quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our leaders in this war against terror. They are trying to protect the interests and well being of the US and it's citizens. Best we support them.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I think it's over
Thanks, Carol,
i can see Catherine in a lot of those kinds of memories.
God Bless Her, She was a good woman.... and always treated us like we were just as good as everybody else.
Well, what she never knew wont hurt a thing.  We'll miss her.  Vic

Three Bad years-Vietnam
Very few of my college classmates joined up , some became school teachers and my fellow EE classmates got defense contractor related jobs to stay out.Most of my working class neighborhood friends ended up going in for one reason or another.The National Guard and Reserves, another great place to hide, got all types from various economic classes .Gee our current Gung Ho President took this route I believe and still has not completed his part-time six years. (From RG - marine)
... From me- Navy... I was from High School Class of '67 and my class had a high percentage to go. I was a latecomer because I worked and sold off my cows and eventually muddled through 4 years of college - but joined after the #8 draft lottery (Navy-Reserves) so I could go the officer route - thinking I might even want to make it a career but later figured out I was not great military material.
It was almost a fluke I wound up in Vietnam at all. Most of my buddies from HS let the draft take them so they could get out of it over with in two years. All in our area were lower economic strata. The route Bush took was earlier than mine but if you wanted to FLY, maybe his was not a bad choice. Alas, he was in "thunderthuds" which were really meant for a nuclear bomber support fighter/bomber. These were heavy and not agile and did not have great "recycle value" after a few trips over N. Vietnam. As the war wound down Bush was becomming eligible for this type combat flying -- but the "thuds" were ALREADY out of use there and in fact by that time, ALL the forces were encouraging people to leave early to thin out the cost structure. They were probably very happy to encourage him to fly less and hurry his exit. My brother did 2 years of college (which was expensive for the family) and joined the Navy in 1968. By luck of the draw - he became a stateside based operating room technician instead of an assignment to the fleet marines. Today he is a Capt. in the Medical Service Corps - USNR. So much is fate - but for sure the draft could be avoided more easily by those with money and connections.

Blue Angels
Great Photos of Blue Angels. This chief took over Admin for Blue Angels in 1967. That is the year after my Dad retired from the Navy and the year I graduated High School. Dad was an ADJ Chief (jet mechanic). He worked with VT-4 that kept the same hangar (home field) as the Blue Angels. I often went "to work" with dad and several times, I had my shoes shined by the man who shined the shoes for the "angels". Dad was native to the area and we grew up on the family farm nearby at

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Politics Gone Bad - So Stupid

How COME? Why SOOOO Stupid?

The video blog that follows will comprise mainly a series of observations about people and business and governments in which the actions taken defy all logic in the pursuit of some lofty goal. Often the goal being sought is being destroyed by the very means promoted in its pursuit. SO how did people get this stupid anyway? Maybe a pattern will emerge after a few of these observations are given the light of day.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lions vs WaterBuffalo + crocs

This remix of a tourist video is a look at nature in action. I think vegetarians might find this to be a bit of a conundrum.

A Mom and Her Blog

A Mom and Her Blog
I found this blog to be interesting. Maybe you will too.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hearts and Minds - Afghanistan

This video is from a feature. This series chronicles the mission of the 321st Civil Affairs in Afghanistan. Few Americans today are aware of the work of the US Army Civil Affairs Command. Their sole mission is to bring order to devastated lands, while winning the hearts and minds of people that live there. Whether it's restoring power grids and sewer lines, getting hospitals and schools up and running or liaising with the local government, these soldiers get it done.

Flying Rats are Tasty!

Cook a pigeon? Who would cook a flying rat? in Paris no less. Oh right, that would be Grace Piper!

buzzcreek - Google Video

buzzcreek - Google Video
This is a link to our videos at VIDEO.GOOGLE. most are posted in our various blogs (channels) at based on subject matter.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

United States Navy Monument at Normandy

United States Navy Monument at Normandy
The Naval Order of the United States is working hard to ensure funding for this monument to the Navy is placed on the beaches of Normandy. The planned dedication is June of 2008.


Explaining the importance of the JMIDS program to participants at one of the early evaluations. Doug Chensnulovitch, speaking. The JOINT MODULAR INTERMODAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM is a project involving all the armed services to improve logistical efficiencies. This program is directed from a team at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


By Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
Due to the thunderous applause that I received from the far-left over the "I Am Tired" letter written by one of our troops in Iraq , I thought it prudent to follow up with one last attempt to be very specific about what I have observed and actually personally encountered during my 36
years of service to this Great Country. Unlike Bob McClellan, I will not continue to whine, twist and degrade our country's leaders on a weekly basis. Instead, this will be a one time input attempting to reach some of those who are confused by McClellan and his ilk's unethical rantings and give some insight through my personal experience as a professional military officer over the years. These examples are but a few. In real life there were many more which space and time will not allow.
As a young fighter pilot, flying F-4s in Vietnam , I was stopped in my tracks by the decisions made by Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara. I was young and naive, but even then I knew their daily interference was wrong and would not allow us to win this thing and go home. Decisions like not allowing us to strike enemy aircraft while still on the ground, keeping real targets off the target list, and allowing us to strike only rusted-out trucks made us basically a toothpick factory. However, the big one for me came the day I saw the President Lyndon Johnson on television, forcefully lying to the American people. I'll never forget the language, "I want to assure the American people that the United States of America has never, and will never, bomb or use force inside the borders of Cambodia ". On and on he disavowed the reports that this was happening.
I was amazed. Guess where I had put several F-4 loads of 750 pound general purpose bombs every day for the past five days. You guessed it, Cambodia !!! So much for Mr. Johnson. The only question in my mind was simply, "Was it just Johnson or was it the methodology of a particular political party?" I decided to delay answering that question until more experience was gained.
Years passed, and I ignored politics as much as possible, as a good military man should. Then came Jimmy Carter. Our young people don't remember 18% interest rates and 18% inflation, but I'll bet someone in your family does. That is one really bad thing Carter did for our country, but it is not the worst. During this period, I was an F-15 Squadron Commander, located at Langley AFB, VA. Jimmy Carter and his democratic party stopped spare parts procurement for almost every weapon system in our military, and diverted the funds to social programs. The F-15 was brand new at the time with leading edge technology designed to provide air superiority anywhere in the world on a moments notice. That was my job.

I loved it, but guess what? In a two year period from 1979 to 1981, there was not one day when more that one-third of my assigned aircraft were flyable. It is amazing the lengths we went to in those days, cannibalizing parts, expending twice the time and energy to fix every little item, and
still two-thirds of the birds were always broken because of no spare parts. Had this country faced a really serious military threat during that time frame, only Montana Hunters could have saved us. The military had some equipment, but it was all broken. Do you want to know the really bad part for me and the young fighter pilots working for me? Our flying sortie rate
was so low that pilot proficiency dropped to dangerous levels. The accident rate tripled. That obviously was totally unacceptable, as we were losing expensive airplanes and highly trained young pilots at a rate comparable to losses seen in actual combat. All of a sudden, even a Texas Aggie like me began to see a trend. Forward a few years to 1986. I am an F-16 Wing Commander at MacDill AFB, Florida , and Ronald Regan is president. His change in attitude and policy toward the military had time to fix the spare parts problem. We were flying 26,000 flying sorties per year out of MacDill AFB, my aircraft fully mission capable rate (FMC) was above 90%, the aircraft accident rate was below 1.75 per hundred thousand flying hours, fighter pilots were flying and proficiency levels were at an all time high. The United States Air Force was ready to defend this Wonderful Country.
Proof of the pudding is simple. Look what the USAF, and the military in general, accomplished in Iraq during Desert Storm. And, they did it in less than 100 hours. Yeah, at this point I was starting to realize there was a difference in mentality between Democrats and Republicans, or should I say, the Right and the Left. Then, came everyone's favorite---Bill Clinton. If there ever was an individual 180 degrees out of sync with the ideals and the values of the US military, it was Clinton He was a known draft dodger, military hating, self absorbed, unspeakingly shameless and immoral individual, who the Left managed to elect President of the United
States of America. Clinton's antics in the White House would have brought court martial, conviction, and Dishonorable Discharge had he been a military member. We still suffer oral sex on school buses, because the President told the world it wasn't real sex, and some of our children believed him. It took a lot of years, but now I became certain. There is a big difference in
the right and the left on all fronts, and for the first time I started feeling angry and shamed that the majority of the American people were actually willing to vote for such an individual.
Sometimes, an abstract such as the following tells the story in very simple terms: Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, Ted Kennedy , Howard Dean, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore , Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer, John Kerry, Benedict Arnold, and the list goes on. America , wake up. Giving in to the likes of these people and Abraham Lincoln's prediction of destruction from within just may come true. There is not a country in the world that can be considered a conventional military threat to the United States today. However, this country faces a new kind of threat---one that will not go away. It is a threat even more serious that WWII, because money, industry and technology will not defeat it. It is a threat of defeat from within. It is a threat of a faltering economy because of a lack of resources, or the even the simple threat of such a loss brought on by terrorism. It is a threat created by the American people trusting the inept. It is a threat created by the people wanting change, and perilously believing that the left can successfully deliver that change. Have you seen anything from the left that remotely resembles an answer to the Iraq situation? Have you seen anything more than continued Bush-Bashing? Is that an answer? If there was ever a need for a strong, well trained military, it is now. THE LEFT HAS HISTORICALLY DISMANTLED OUR MILITARY IN THE NAME OF REDISTRUBITION OF WEALTH FAVORING SOCIAL PROGRAMS. We just cannot afford to let that happen now. If we do, the entire country will be bowing to the east several times a day within the next 50 years, maybe
Now a final thought meant to upset as many as possible on the far-left. A s you might guess, I don't believe in political correctness. So, let's look at the facts, not far-left rhetoric attempting to empower the democratic party. Initially, I was not a George Bush fan. I am not even a Republican. I normally vote Republican, because of my total despise of Communism, Socialism and the far-left in this country. I am a Conservative. However, during his watch, I feel President
Bush just happened to stumble upon the leading edge of the greatest threat this country has ever faced. Mistakes have been made, because of the newness of the threat. Overall, the President has done a superb job dealing the threat, and at the same time held off the constant ranting, raving, deceitful and malicious escapades of the far-left attempting to regain political power. IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER AND BACK OUR PRESIDENT, IT IS RIGHT NOW. WITHOUT CONCENSUS WE ARE EMPOWERING THE TERRORIST!!!! The far-left is totally absorbed with the power struggle and regaining control of congress. They could care less about defeating the threat. It literally disgusts me to hear the constant disagreement with everything the President tries to do, all in the name of trying to make him look bad to the voters. Unfortunately, by the time the
American people really appreciate how bad the far-left really is, it may too late.
What are the real facts? On the home front this country's economy is the strongest that it has been in my lifetime. Interest rates are as low as they were when I was in high school forty years
ago. Inflation does not exist for all practical purposes. For you youngster's, please remember the Jimmy Carter comments? The Dow is approaching 13,000. Unemployment is nonexistent. Wages are at an all time high. Home ownership is at an all time high. Taxes have been lowered to an almost acceptable level. Because of the surging economy the deficient is under control and projected to go away far ahead of schedule. The far-left is rich beyond its wildest dreams, so Mr. President when are you going to "fix" all these domestic problems? Bob and George, give me a break!!!!
On the war front this country has not been touched since 2001. I remember being part of a seminar at the USAF War College in 1983 discussing the terrorist threat. There were some good minds at that table and a lot of disagreement. However, one common thought was that the US would be hit within the next five years. Answers to the terrorist threat were just as hard to come by then as they are now. Well, it took a little longer than the projection, but the attack occurred. For an old military guy like me, the main point here is that it has not happened again. We have suckered the bad guys into entering the fight somewhere other than in our country. To hell with political correctness. The President can't say this, but I sure can. I smile every morning when I get up and realize that one of our great cities has not been blown away. And, there is
zero doubt in my mind that if we pull out of Iraq prematurely, that will happen within a short period of time after our departure. I don't care what you might think of President Bush personally. He has done the best he can with what he has, and this country is not smoking because of it. So, back off McLean and McClellan. You honestly don't have a clue about what you are talking about. Call me, and I will tell you what I really think. I realize there are different points of view on war, and I do not believe the meek will inherit the earth, at least not in the next few hundred years. To those like McClellan, McLean, poor Eve Kyes and Sinowa Cruz let me say, "This is a strong country!!!" It has survived the uneducated thinking of the far-left before, and I'll just bet it will again. Regardless of who is President, the people will not tolerate
mass explosions on a daily basis, as our good friends in Israel have been forced to do. To protect that position of power, even Hillary will be forced to become a true hawk. To guarantee a few more votes Ted Kennedy may be forced to begin supporting a strong military. One more attack on America might even wipe the giddy, 'I-am-finally-somebody' grin from Nancy Pelosi's
face, and make her realize that is not about votes and personal power. IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING THIS GREAT COUNTRY FROM ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND
DOMESTIC. Jimmy L. Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret. 349 Jib Lane
Lakeside , Montana

D-Day Paintball Scenario Game

About an hour away in Pennsylvania, is where large scenario paintball events take place. We were at this one in mid July. Worked out well. Our group was made up of people who do a lot of business with PREDATOR's DEN in Newton, NJ. It's a good place to get paintball supplies and to learn more about the game and the equipment. Our own photos and video clips from the event are in THIS WEB PHOTO ALBUM.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


The paper stated today that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane. The following is a letter from a pilot. This well spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully.... Read, absorb and pass this on.

By American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalco
I've been trying t o say this since 9-11, but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. Inotice you, and it worries me.

I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.

The Palestinians Celebrated, The Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I
must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children?

The events of Sept em ber 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads?
Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America ? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of
condemnation for the unprovoked

attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy. I am only interested in action. What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of crisis, at this time of war?
I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting 'Allah Bless America ' I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You
have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing 'leaders' like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat.

If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, and pure, and true,

when your 'leaders' are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon
a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A
form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up ar ms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution

that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American.

But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then . 'YOU WORRY ME!'