Friday, February 29, 2008


When you speakie too much truthie, who they gonna call? The Legal Jihadist, that's who!! Our friend, Pam " It's on" Geller, had "legal jihad" declared on her site for something she posted. Now, pay attention, because this is how they'll get YOU to shut up. Read all about it at Atlas Shrugs. (click to enlarge)



We all knew he was getting old, not in good health and cutting back his workload, but that didn't make it any easier for us when we heard the news of his passing.

There's not much I could add to what others have said about William F. Buckley's life or what he did for the conservative movement, except that you could live ten lifetimes and not bump into another like him.

I found Buckley many years ago on PBS' Firing Line. Two things stood out immediately: his mannerisms and vocabulary. You definitely needed a dictionary close at hand to follow what he was saying, and if you paid attention you always learned something, especially about history. Buckley hosted Firing Line from '66 to '99. The Hoover Institution has archived his shows.

To say Buckley was a great debater would be an understatement. If you watched his show long enough, you'd surely be treated to a memorable line, followed by that smile. A couple of my favorites:

"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."

"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."

For a listing of more Buckley quotes, go here.

Finally, there are many videos of Buckley to choose from, but I think this one's perfect because he's talking about Ronald Reagan. It doesn't get any better. RIP, William F. Buckley:


Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Ever heard of Betsy Newmark? Well, if you have it's probably because of her blog, Betsy's Page. It's one of the more trafficked sites on the internet, and for good reason: she educates us.

This week, Andrea Shea-King focuses on what's NOT being taught to our children today, and she uses Newmark to begin her VOICE OF LIBERTY PODCAST. Last year, Newmark posted about the lack of military history being taught in schools, and since Newmark is a teacher, she would know. What's more, she's not afraid to write about it on her blog.

Ever heard of Norma Gabler? I doubt it. Andrea makes mention of Gabler because, like Newmark, she, too, influences how and what our children are taught. Gabler was just a housewife from Texas and, beginning in the early 60s, decided that she was going to have a say in what was printed in our school's textbooks. And from her kitchen table, along with her husband, she had her say--all across the Nation. Norma Gabler passed away last year and you can learn about her decades long fight here.

We could use a few more Newmarks and Gablers, that's for sure. Thanks for all you do, Betsy.

Andrea blogs at The Radio Patriot.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Last night, Andrea, Pam Geller, and co-host Doug Gibbs interviewed Dr. Jack Wheeler. And I'm happy to report that not one McCain supporter was injured. Many thought the show was going to focus solely on the now infamous article by Wheeler, but, instead, the show covered the entire political spectrum. Listen to the show here.

Earlier in the day, Pam Geller (Atlas Shrugs) interviewed Joseph Farah, editor and founder of WND. Farah is always a great interview and this one's no exception. No prisoners were taken during this exchange, however. Of great interest, I thought, was Farah's reasoning as to why you won't hear any of the "bigs" making critical statements regarding Obama, at least not at this time. Even O'Reilly. Farah's right about this. You can hear that segment in the first quarter of the interview. Click here.


Monday, February 25, 2008


In the past few weeks, asking questions has caused quite a stir on the internet, especially when the questions were pointed in the direction of John McCain. Ever since Dr. Jack Wheeler posted "How the Clintons will Destroy John McCain", bloggers on the right started wetting the bed. For some bloggers, asking any questions about McCain's service in Viet Nam or his personal conduct since taking a seat in the senate was out of bounds, even shameful.

I don't see a whole lot of difference between McCain and a democrat, and since our Nation's stability is circling the drain, I think it's our duty to ask a few pointed questions. However, the bed-wetters' rationale is to shut up, get in line, and support the candidate the republican party has put before us, lest we derail his chances in November. Oh, really?

Recently, a new blogger has come forth and, he, too, has some questions. His name is Mark Vance and he blogs at The PatriotMan 1787. Being an expert on our Constitution makes Vance quite familiar with our quadrennial process. In his post, Vance notices one thing that was missed by all:

"The one question no one bothered to ask is: what is the possibility that there might be some truth to the information?"

To know that everything Wheeler mentioned in his article to be untrue would first require a question. And, being that the information proving Wheeler's assertions one way or the other is under seal, I think, is cause for more than a few questions. But, instead of questions, we get bed-wetting.

In addition to what Vance pointed out, Wheeler predicted McCain would have problems in the area of lobbying, the female kind. And, if I remember correctly, the NYT did a little piece on this very subject last week, one that everyone's still talking about. Funny, though, I don't remember any of the frenzied bloggers on the right making mention of Wheeler's prediction coming true. Is that the faint scent of credibility I'm smelling here? It could be.

OK, KIDS, GRAB YOUR PLASTIC PANTIES because Dr. Jack Wheeler is coming on our show tonight. Andrea will be asking questions too. To sweeten the pot a little, Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs will be dropping by to join Andrea. (I think she has questions of her own, but I could be wrong) The last time Pam stopped by the show, some listeners declared they would never listen again. Imagine that.

WHEN: Monday at 9 PM ET.

WHERE: The Andrea Shea-King Show on BlogTalkRadio.

WHY: Because some of us do have questions.


Friday, February 22, 2008


32 years ago today, just before noon pst, two planes lifted off from the airport at Ft. Ord, Ca. It was a perfect day. Not a cloud in the sky. It was Sunday. Our plane held 6 skydivers, one pilot; the second plane, an instructor with a student pilot. You couldn't have asked for a better day to be flying. And, to be sure, these 9 people were enjoying one of the most beautiful views the world has to offer: the Monterey Bay.

By chance, I was on the ground at the drop zone with my jumping buddy, John Plastini, along with other club members. Harry Oakes, Dick Williams, Rudy Ribbick, Tom Rains, and Joe Hankard, to name a few. I had just given up my seat to another jumper, Lt. Chris High. Two of us gave up our seats to last minute arrivals and I'm fairly certain John was the other. We almost always jumped together. Kathy Bradley took the second seat.

Then, about 15 minutes later, as if out of a bad movie, tragedy enters. In an instant, 5 of the 9 on board the two planes were gone from our lives. Just gone. And not a damn thing you could do about it. Tragedy works that way, especially in aviation. It can be very unforgiving.

31 years later, I would receive a letter from the granddaughter of the student pilot flying in the second plane. At the time, none of us knew the pilot, however, he was part of our history. And, although his granddaughter wasn't born yet, she, too, was part of our history. Here's her letter from July 2007:

Hello Dave,

I wanted to thank you for posting the memorial for those who were involved with the plane crash so many years ago.

Donald Waddell was my grandfather, whom I never had the opportunity to meet. My cousin found your article on a random search a few weeks ago.

I know that my family is very pleased to see that he is remembered. My grandmother would especially have appreciated it. Up until she died, the calendar in her bedroom was forever marked on that day. When I was a young girl, I always wondered why she had never changed the date, until I was older and learned the details of my grandfather's passing.

I feel that it is very important for those who remember to celebrate February 22 as a day of rememberance for those, kudos for the article!

Thank you,

Jennifer Waddell

NTSB reports here and here.


Thursday, February 21, 2008


Last week, I attended the MOVE AMERICA FORWARD rally in Berkeley to support our Marine Heroes. In terms of turnout, the rally was a huge success. However, the Berkeley City Council didn't really get the message, and I'm sure they think we'll simply tire of all this and go away. Think, again, Berkeley.

Beginning today, Feb. 21, 2008, MAF is unveiling a Nationwide Ad Campaign to put even more pressure on the City of Berkeley. This issue is not going away. At the very least, they owe our military and their families an apology.

Obviously, not all of you could be in Berkeley last week, but you can be part of the effort just the same by helping with the cost of this, and future, commercial spots--don't forget to SIGN the petition. Thousands have already.

DONATE TODAY --Help MAF stop cities like Berkeley from ever insulting and disrespecting our Heroes. MAF would also appreciate it if you would take the time to post about this commercial. Our Heroes appreciate your efforts as well. Now, make me proud!!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Pamela of Atlas Shrugs will join Andrea this evening on BlogTalkRadio. Don't miss this show. THE ANDREA SHEA-KING SHOW begins at 9 PM ET. Andrea blogs here.



My blogdaughter wishes she could make everyone watch this video. I did. Will you? (language warning; PC rules ignored)

Btw, M*A, thx for trying to call me in Berkeley; screaming code pinkos made it impossible for me to hear the phone ringing.


Monday, February 18, 2008


I always thought if things got bad enough for Her Royal Pantsuit, she could always find a crack whore who did drugs with Obama and had an abortion to boot. But, I guess doing drugs and having a little gay sex in the back of a limo works too. See what you think.


Sunday, February 17, 2008



Catherine Moy of MOVE AMERICA FORWARD will be with us to discuss the rally in Berkeley this past Tuesday. Moy was in Berkeley side-by-side with Melanie Morgan and about a thousand other pro-troop supporters. She'll give us a rundown on the day's events and what's to come for the City of Berkeley--this issue is not going away anytime soon.

Rep. Tom Feeney of Florida will join us to discuss yet another piece of legislation aimed at the City of Berkeley. Feeney isn't taking the actions by Berkeley sitting down--he's crafted legislation that will make it very costly for any state, city, or town that wants to follow in Berkeley's footsteps.

SHOW BEGINS at 9 PM ET on WDBO, Orlando. Streamed "live" on the internet.

Join the "live" in-show Chat Room.

Call the show with your questions or comments at" 1-800-329-5858


Friday, February 15, 2008


In an article at WorldNetDaily, Move America Forward's Melanie Morgan expresses her feelings about the City of Berkeley and the events surrounding the pro-troop rally held there this past Tuesday.

Morgan focuses on one of our young Marine heroes who attended the rally. Still recovering from surgery and in pain, Eamon insisted on being "present and accounted for" in support of his fellow Marines. Take a moment to read Morgan's article: EAMON'S STAND FOR AMERICA.


Thursday, February 14, 2008


Move America Forward has posted a comprehensive report on the activities from Tuesday's protest in Berkeley. Also, according to Andrea Shea-King, a Florida congressman is not yet through with the City of Berkeley, or similar cities. She reports to me by phone that the congressman will be introducing legislation regarding military recruitment. Andrea is contacting the congressman for an interview tonight. Check back for an update. UPDATE: Rep. Tom Feeney, Florida's 24th district, will check back with us Friday for a Sunday night interview on WDBO. Also, we're awaiting confirmation from Melanie Morgan. We want them both on the show that night. Here's Rep. Feeney's legislative proposal.


I arrived in the "belly of the beast" at 3:45 AM. As far as I could tell I was the first on the scene, save two TV vans. After I parked, both news crews wanted an interview with me, which I agreed to. Never done that before and I hope I didn't embarrass myself or MAF.

Just minutes after the interviews, I was greeted by Gold Star Mom, Debbie Lee, and Blue Star Mom, Deborah Johns. Both moms couldn't have been nicer in welcoming me. However, as the day progressed, I would realize just how "unwelcoming" these two could be--they were a force to be reckoned with when it came to shouting down Code Pink. Not long after I met the two moms, Code Pink had the pleasure of meeting them too:

Andrea at The Radio Patriot posted my updates and photos as the day progressed, so I'll just give you my impression of what took place. First, MAF had a permit for the park area; Code Pink and the the rest of the anti-military throwbacks were assigned across the street in front of the Civic Center. Both groups were to stay in their assigned areas.

However, the City of Berkeley had other plans. Officials, the police, would allow Code Pink to cross the street and enter our area so they could engage us, which led to lots of shouting and physical altercations. This happened soon after we arrived. Many of us were new to this protest thing, so we couldn't understand why the police were just standing around allowing this to happen. It was obvious that someone was going to get injured, or worse.

After a couple of these incidents, it became clear what was happening: MAF was "the story." Many had traveled from as far away as the east coast. Code Pink and their throwbacks were "old news." Decades old. The press was set up on our side of the street. So, for Code Pink to get their message out to TV viewers, they had to come to our side of the street to engage us. All day it went something like this:

Code Pink crosses the street, clashes with MAF, sometimes getting physical, TV crews move in for action shots, police enter the fray to regain control, TV crews interview both groups. This cycle repeated all day long. As the day progressed, though, the groups became larger and the situation more dangerous. By larger, I mean, a couple thousand at its peak. The City of Berkeley allowed this to happen all day long. It was a set up from the start, as was the council meeting later on that evening. I don't blame the police, either. They were just following orders, but even they had to know this was wrong.

Between clashes, there were periods of calm, and it was during these times that I had the pleasure of meeting some of the best folks in the world. At one point, I noticed that Debbie Lee (l) and Deborah Johns (r) were both in the same location, so I asked for a picture.

I would've liked a picture with Melanie Morgan but I didn't have the heart to ask her. She is best described as a "tornado with running shoes." The woman was in two locations at the same time. Amazing. And this brings me to what I think is the real story of Berkeley and MAF: The Mothers.

There were many mothers at the protest. I told Andrea many times that I couldn't believe their energy, their dedication, and their willingness to go straight into a crowd of Pinkos to unleash their unbridled anger at the drop of a hat. To say the least, I was inspired.

Because Debbie Lee, Deborah Johns, and Melanie Morgan are the faces of MAF, the ones you see on TV, I want to comment about them, specifically. The nicest ladies you'd ever want to meet. Soft spoken and just pleasant to be around. However, if Code Pinks were in the area slamming our boys and girls in uniform, these mothers were in their faces with the ferocity of any combat vet I've ever met. They needed no invitation; they just flew into action at a moment's notice. I was never so proud.

Then, there's the other side of these woman--their personal stories. The next photos are of Morgan, Lee, and Johns as Morgan gathered hundreds around to hear them and other family members talk:

When it comes to organizing and motivating a group, Melanie is the master. No doubt she's done this before.

Melanie first introduced Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee. Her son, Capt. Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq. To be honest, when she began talking, I was trying to get position for a good picture. But, after I realized what she was saying, tears were flowing down my cheeks. I wasn't alone, either. The crowd was frozen. It was clear to each of us why these mothers do what they do. And if you didn't understand it by then, you never would.

As I said before, this day, for me, was about the mothers. They were standouts. A force. And when Blue Star Mom Deborah Johns took the stage, she summed up the whole shootin' match for me in one statement:

Said Johns, "There's only one thing worse than a pissed-off Marine, and that's a pissed-off Marine's mother!!"

Enough said.


I'd like to thank all who linked my site and The Radio Patriot, Move America Forward for organizing the Berkeley event, and to all who attended and donated the funding. Thanks also to MAF's Mary Pearson for all the hard work--you never seemed to stop. And to Andrea for sticking with me all day long. I was part of something I will never forget, and I hope to do it again. God willing. More pics and commentary at Andrea's blog.

Now, go over to MAF and donate a few dollars so they can do this again when the need arises. And it will, trust me.

To Robert in Gold River: Tell Buck to get out the checkbook. That's an order! (and thanks for the coffee Tuesday morning)

One more for the road. Melanie Morgan (middle) with the Queen of Pinkdom:



Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Later today, I'll share some of my thoughts on the Camp Berkeley experience. In the meantime, The Radio Patriot has the entire batch of photos I took and will be posting some of them for you to enjoy. The photo below is just one example of who we were up against. Cowardly Lion, anyone?


Monday, February 11, 2008


(Photo by Claire)

Update: Where's the senate leadership, McCain?

As all of you know, the United States Marine Corps is under attack by the City of Berkeley, California. Beginning Tuesday at 5:00 AM, Berkeley's City Council Chambers will be "ground zero" in the fight against the city's mayor, council members, and CODE PINK. If you're not familiar with this situation, Move America Forward has all the details. Jamie Colby of Fox News is all over the issue as well. Check Malkin's site Tuesday for coverage.

I'll be pulling into Camp Berkeley around 3:00 am. And, I might add, I'll be leaving a huge carbon footprint, too. After getting organized, I'll be joining Gold Star Mom, Debbie Lee, and the rest of the pro-Marine, pro-military supporters, including Melanie Morgan. MAF will be set up in front of the chambers from 5:00 AM until the council meeting ends at around 10:00 PM that night. Media from the bay area will be on hand; Fox and CNN will be covering the event too.

***Andrea Shea-King at T
he Radio Patriot will be checking with me at least hourly at GROUND ZERO for updates on the situation. She'll be "live" blogging at her site the entire day as well as discussing it on her nightly BlogTalkRadio show.

Go to THE RADIO PATRIOT and follow the action in Berkeley as it unfolds. "Live" blogging begins about the time Kitty has her first cup of coffee Tuesday morning (ET).

Note: If any of you on the regular email thread wish to call me, just drop Andrea an email and she'll give you the number. Some of you have it already, so feel free to ring me up--you'll be able to hear real, live "code pinkos" in their natural habitat!



Saturday, February 09, 2008


WARNING: Reading this could cause your hair to start on fire. You've been warned.

John Ruberry at Marathon Pundit just sent an email alert about our good friends at Verizon Wireless. After reading the post, it's clear to me that Verizon just needs a good, old fashioned, blogger beat down. Sometimes corporations simply lose their way and need a little economic slap up-side-the-head to get them back to thinking more clearly. From Marathon Pundit:

"A member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, Terry recently returned from his third tour duty in the Middle East. He is a genuine patriot and has proudly flown his unit's American flag over the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan.

When he's not defending our country overseas, Terry Skiest works as a technician for Verizon Business. For three years, Terry displayed his American flag outside his cubicle. But when Terry left his flag hanging outside his cubicle during his last tour in Afghanistan, Verizon Business removed it.

A co-worker of Skiest's reported that a local manager said that the American flag 'could be considered to be propaganda' and 'might be offensive to some workers.'

Terry isn't trying to organize workers against VZB - he just wants to put the flag back up on his wall. Tell Verizon Business to put up Terry's flag."

MY THOUGHTS: Not only does Verizon need to put the flag back up, they need to issue an apology to Terry, all active-duty members of our Armed Forces, Veterans, and their families. Then, Verizon needs to make a SIZEABLE donation To SOLDIERS' ANGELS. I'm sure Patti Patton-Bader would have no trouble putting the donation to good use.

AND, I would like all of the above to be done at a televised press conference or through the use of a commercial. This is completely unacceptable and shouldn't be tolerated for one second. Verizon should be taken to the woodshed on this one. No doubt about it. Based on Verizon's behavior, you'd think their corporate HQ is based in Berkeley.

If you'd like to get Verizon's attention, and I know you do, go here--it's all set up for you. There's a video with Terry telling the story.

Plus, you can get on the phone: Verizon Corporate in NYC 1-800-621-9900, FAX 1-813-229-3988



Friday, February 08, 2008


Last week, Dr. Jack Wheeler wrote an article about John McCain that created quite the controversy. I think you remember the article. Then, Andrea interviewed Wheeler on her BlogTalkRadio show. I think you remember the interview.

Well, the story doesn't end there. Dr. Wheeler has written another article in response to the "firestorm" the first one caused, and this one is sure to light-up the blogosphere, again.

Andrea Shea-King has the details at The Radio Patriot.

**Col. David Hackworth commented on McCain back in 2000.

ADD ON: Malkin has a good post reflecting the mood at CPAC on Thursday. Pics and video.


Thursday, February 07, 2008


At CPAC, Mitt steps aside. Read the speech here. Certainly one of his best. Follow the action at Malkin's site.

Waiting for McCain to give his speech at 3 ET.

Update: Speech is over; Malkin comments.

Aaron comments on Mitt's withdrawl. It's not all bad news, though, he's in ESCROW!



From John McCain's website:

Enforcing Fiscal Discipline

As president, John McCain will work to ensure that money spent by Congress, and contributed by hardworking American taxpayers, is used wisely and prudently on legitimate national priorities, not squandered on wasteful pet projects and special interest earmarks.

American families rightly expect the government to wisely manage the dollars they send to Washington. As responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, the federal government must respect the bottom line, just as families do when balancing their own checkbooks.

As president, John McCain will not just talk about fiscal discipline, he will exercise it. The practice of excessive borrowing and deficit spending in Washington must stop. To do otherwise robs the American people of their right to responsible government, and places on future generations of Americans the burden of paying the bill for today's waste and indiscipline. (emphasis mine)

Michelle Malkin posted about the defeat of the bloated stimulus package. For the package to move forward, it needed 60 votes. The final tally was 58-41. Only one democrat voted "no" with the republicans (for "technical" reasons)--Harry Reid. Out of the 100 senators, only one didn't vote--John McCain.

McCain was in Washington in plenty of time for the vote, however, he failed to show. The voting came down in such a way that politics got in his way. Leadership? I think not. Read the Malkin piece for his reasons for not showing.

Now, from what I read at McCain's website--printed above--McCain says he will "not just talk about fiscal discipline, he will exercise it". That all sounds well and good, but you have to be there to vote, to lead by example, otherwise you're just full of crap. After all, spending is one of his core issues. I'm pretty sure McCain's mentioned his leadership skills at least a thousand times. I'm just not seeing it here.

Should be fun to watch how he explains this at CPAC today. That is, if he shows up.

And speaking of CPAC, Ronald Reagan said the following in 1975:

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.

I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way."

Those of you thinking of voting for McCain simply because he's the republican candidate should be required to read the entire Reagan speech, lest you do something stupid.


Monday, February 04, 2008


The article written by Dr. Jack Wheeler, "HOW THE CLINTONS WILL DESTROY JOHN McCAIN", was posted at Andrea's blog, THE RADIO PATRIOT. Since the posting, the article has created a great deal of buzz--both good and bad. So, we decided to invite Dr. Wheeler back to the show to answer the many questions coming from the blogosphere.

Andrea will be taking some of your calls, so prepare your questions for Dr. Wheeler regarding his article posted at To The Point News.



BlogTalkRadio, 9 PM ET--Chat room will load on same page. If you don't see it, refresh your page until you do.

Call in number will be posted at the show page.

NOTE: Spread the word at your blogs about the Wheeler interview. Thx.


Friday, February 01, 2008


I've been through a few election cycles since I began voting in the '70s. But the '08 cycle is unlike any I've ever been through and I'm sure it won't be soon forgotten. Conservatives everywhere are calling for action as McCain nears a republican nomination. I agree with their calls for action--McCain must not be allowed anywhere near the White House. Period.

Greybeard at Pitchpull is one blogger who's calling for some kind of action as well. He invokes Howard Beale. He's correct in mentioning Beale because something must be done to stop this insanity, this madness. McCain must be stopped. (Thx for the phone call, too, Greybeard)

ALERT: Andrea is about to drop something on you from Dr. Jack Wheeler that will soon be burning up the blogosphere. Head over to The Radio Patriot for a look see. I don't know if it's true, however, I trust Wheeler.

And now, here's Howard:



All aspects of the flight can be found here. The BBC reports here. President Bush's statement to the Nation. Say a prayer for the crew and for the families they left behind.

**The first video is from inside the shuttle as it begins reentry. The crew is making last minute preparations, talking, joking, and looking out the window as the bright lights from reentry begin to show up.

**The second video is from NASA's perspective, radio communications and video from the ground as Columbia begins its descent over California. (Thx, DAR)

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