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Monday, August 29, 2005

Move America Forward?

Eric Hogue has a blog entry about Move America Forward. In it he states, "Cindy Sheehan has no expert position. She has used the death of her own son as a soapbox to stand upon and shout her leftist ideologies at the President and our military." I totally agree with this. Just because Cindy Sheehan's son was in the military and was killed in Iraq DOES NOT give her indesputable insight on world politics.

The entry goes on: "Then, out of nowhere, 'Move America Forward' arrives to carry the water for the Cindy Sheehan story while she is licking her self inflicted wounds in Los Angles with Mommy.

MAF creates the caravan and the media 'camera candy', the story finds new life and Cindy Sheehan returns to her tents in Crawford with newly found emotions and victim hood.

We allowed her saga to return to life, and now she is planning a million dollar protest and rally in Washington DC for September 24th.


I disagree. I believe that the average person can see through Cindy's false crusade. The more people hear her, the more they will dislike Cindy and her message. The only people that believe that Cindy is a heroine are ones that don't look at the facts anyway, and won't anytime in the future.

But what if Cindy Sheehan went unchallenged and today was remembered as a time when everyone was against the war and Bush? Move America Forward showed that this was not the case, and that many military families did support the war effort. Move America Forward let other countries know that all of the US did not have the same opinion as Cindy Sheehan. I should think that would count for something.

And, wouldn't talking about Cindy Sheehan on a well-read blog also contribute to Cindy's moments of fame?

Saturday, August 27, 2005

al-Qaeda Attacks: 1998-2005

I found this presentation on all of the al-Qaeda Attacks since 1998, when "the International Islamic Front declared war on us." It's a little eerie, but very, very interesting. It really puts things in perspective.

New Song of the Week


There is a new Song of the Week. It's Someone Else Before by Hawk Nelson. Hawk Nelson is a Christian band from Canada. Check it out!

New Blog Design

You've probably already noticed this by now, but Stand Up and Speak Out has a new design/layout. However, because I am only a beginner at html, there might be some mistakes. If you notice anything wrong or just have suggestions, please email me or leave a comment.

Friday, August 26, 2005

MSN searches

I just realized that if you search for "You don't speak for me, Cindy! Tour" or something like that on MSN.com (see here), Stand Up and Speak Out is third from the top!!
It's even above Free Republic and Move America Forward. Move America Forward is, as I understand it, the main supporter of the tour. Yikes!!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Should the Government Pay for "Military" Abortions?

I just saw this editorial in the Sac Bee. Because I find fault with a lot of it, I will put the editorial in blue and comments of mine in black.


Editorial: Abortion politics
Military families find no leeway in law

The story of a Navy enlisted man and his pregnant wife is not pleasant to talk about.

The couple faced a terrible decision. A routine ultrasound revealed that their baby had a fatal condition called anencephaly. The brain had failed to form during the first 24 days after conception. As a result, the upper part of the brain and the skull cap were missing. The baby would have no chance of survival.

After extensive counseling, the family decided on an abortion - as do 95 percent of women in that situation.
So where is this fact coming from?
The decision, while wrenching, is understandable. Of anencephalic babies born alive, fewer than 2 percent survive more than seven days. Even extraordinary medical intervention would not prolong life more than two months.
So? How does this justify abortion? Because someone has severe development problems and is likely to die, they are not worth the trouble of being born? Where exactly do you draw the line? And abortion would be easier than birth for the baby?
For many civilian families with private health insurance, the decision doesn't create serious financial hardships. But military families aren't so lucky, thanks to the insane politics of abortion.

I would be more worried about the psychological hardships.
In Congress, grim adherence to ideology has taken precedence. The enlisted man and his wife could not get U.S. military health insurance to pay for the medical procedure to end the pregnancy. So why should the Government pay for this? Did the government cause this?Congress decided in 1979 to forbid use of public funds for abortions "except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus is carried to term." Members of Congress could have drafted the law to make exceptions also in cases of severe birth defects, but chose not to. You can see the absolutism at work in this couple's ordeal.
The enlisted man and his wife together earn less than $21,000 a year. Should they be impoverished by paying $3,000 themselves for a recommended medical procedure ONLY THIS MEDICAL PROCEDURE INVOLVES KILLING! (you would think that this would be a reason not to have the government pay, but no.) or force the wife to go through nine months of pregnancy
(actually, it would probably be much less by the time they had figured out that they were even having a baby and then found out that it had a "severe defect") even though the baby has a fatal condition? ABORTION IS A FATAL CONDITION! so having an abortion would not end this differently at all, except to change the cause of death. This is a shameful, heartless way to treat our military families. And this person's opinion is not a shameful, heartless way to view the disabled in general?
Early on, a federal judge ordered U.S. military health insurance to pick up the $3,000 tab. The U.S. Justice Department then sued to force the family to repay the cost - and won. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it is not the role of courts in this case to "judge the wisdom, fairness or logic of legislative choices." So they got that straight for once. Good for them. Congress made the law. It is up to Congress to fix it.
But while the judges deferred to congressional judgment, they didn't like having to do it. They noted that their analysis upholding the law may seem "callous and unfeeling" and expressed "deepest sympathy for the families who must face this difficult ordeal." Again, I would like to see some sources here.
Pin this one on Congress. U.S. military health insurance should cover the cost of a legitimate medical procedure recommended by doctors to end a pregnancy (Notice that this is what it is called instead of abortion.) in the case of anencephaly and other fatal birth defects. Congress can make this coverage happen.


Ok, so the result of an abortion (Whoops! I mean, a legitimate medical procedure recommended by doctors to end a pregnancy, of course) is a dead baby, correct? (Please forgive the bluntness.) This would mean that the baby would have to have been alive sometime. So if the baby was alive and then is dead and someone caused this, what would that mean? And how is this unborn baby different than a newly born one? Think about it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Song of the Week

I have decided to try having a "Song of the Week" where I put one of my favorite downloadable songs on my blog (it's on the right side under the About Me part). This week it is Gypsy Girl (What Love Is) by Everyday Sunday. It has great guitar and is just an all-around great song. Try it out!

Recruitment and Reenlistment

I know this isn't new news, but an article in USA Today says, "Soldiers are re-enlisting at rates ahead of the Army's targets, even as overall recruiting is suffering after two years of the Iraq war." This leads me to believe that the would-be Army recruits are being discouraged by the news here at home, but the soldiers that have been to Iraq or Afghanistan and have seen the actual situation, believe in what they are doing and want to be there to finish the job.

Anyone with any other opinions on this? (Please leave a comment.)

Monday, August 22, 2005

You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy! Tour

Today I joined the "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy!" caravan at their stop in Sacramento. Soon afterward, I left this audio post:

this is an audio post - click to play

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Case Against Cindy Sheehan

As any readers ("readers" is probably wishful thinking) that listen to the news probably know, Cindy Sheehan has been using her son's death in Iraq as a reason for the withdrawal of troops and has been demanding that President Bush talk to her. I am sympathetic to her loss, but find it very hard to stay that way for these reasons:


  1. Casey, her son, voluntarily enlisted in the army, reenlisted, and "By all accounts, he was aware that his unit would be going to Iraq when he re-upped." (from recoveringliberal.com), which means that he had a chance to "get out" and didn't. This leads me to believe that he was not as against the war as Cindy says.

  2. Soon after meeting the President after Casey's death, Cindy said
    Quote(from article in The Reporter, Vacaville's newspaper):"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." I suppose that this might be very deep sarcasm, but since the rest of the article said that the Sheehans "felt whole again" and since Pat, Cindy's husband said "We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us." , I think it was truly her thoughts. However later she changed her mind: Quote:(from CNN) "He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject." Sheehan said she was so distraught at the time that she failed to ask the questions she now wants answered. So she was "distraught" but "felt whole again" AT THE SAME TIME. Right...
    See how the Democrats try to explain this here.

  3. Cindy says quote: (from World Net Daily) "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004," Sheehan told an audience of Veterans for Peace. "You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny. ... You give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me [for back taxes] and we'll put this war on trial."
    You would think that Cindy would realize that part of taxes go to buy supplies for our troops. Also, Cindy was not paying her taxes in 1996 (see proof here in the Solano County records.) This leads me to believe that this was not in fact a way to protest the war, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE WAR HADN'T EVEN BEGUN THEN.

  4. Casey's family does not agree with Cindy. Cindy's husband is divorcing her. And Casey's aunt and godmother sent this to the Drudge Report:

    Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish.

    Thanks, Cherie

    In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

    The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

    Sincerely,

    Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

  5. Lastly, Cindy Sheehan is just plain whiny. In her blogs at sacramentofordemocracy.org she describes herself as "the sacrificial lamb of the peace movement" and complains about not having enough shade. But read for yourself and tell Cindy how you feel. I have left Cindy comments under the screenname "kt". Unfortunately, she has not answered back.