A Republic, if you can keep it

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Saint Joseph, Missouri Being Protested

A December 28, 2005 St. Joseph News-Press Article, "Church to picket St. Joe over funeral protest ban" BY Joe Blumberg tells about a plan to picket Saint Joseph, Missouri's City Hall next week.

"Westboro Baptist Church now intends to picket the city of St. Joseph next week, having added the city to its list of those it believes are bound for hell for defending homosexuals.

The city last week approved an ordinance that would ban protests at or near, and within ah hour of funerals. The church came to St Joseph in August as part of its recent movement to protest military funerals with its brightly colored signs, which contain slogans that are widely considered indecent.

The church requested clarification of the city's intentions for enforcing the ordinance, but the city didn't respond. Now the church plans to picket City Hall at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, according to a church news release.

The city doesn't require permits for demonstrations at City Hall. The St. Joseph Police Department only plans to ensure that the picketers don't impede the public's access to the building and that the demonstration remains peaceful.

"We will keep it under observation. We want to maintain a low profile but be available," said Cmdr. Jim Connors, police spokesman. "The group themselves, aside from having a message that tends to upset people, are not necessarily a group that causes any more problems if people just leave them alone."

The church has consistently shown that it will increase its efforts either through protests or litigation when faced with resistance, said Dr. Rick Musser, a University of Kansas journalism professor who wrote about the church and its efforts in his 1999 book Culture Wars & Local Politics. He said St. Joseph is a potential foothold for the Topeka, Kan.-based church to disseminate its message.

"You're not to far away, and they've kind of taken the show on the road," he said.

Dr. Musser said the church's views are almost entirely unto itself. Nearly all of the church's members are relatives of its founder, the Rev. Fred Phelps.

"It is a very idiosyncratic religion. There are extremely few other churches, church people or pastors who have ascribed to their religious stance," Dr. Musser said."

When members of the church came to Saint Joseph in August to protest a military funeral I was working. Last week I saw some photos that the News-Press had taken of them. I couldn't help but notice one of the church members holding a sign which read "Your Going To Hell". The person held the sign above their head for all to see, but the person was looking at the ground, like they didn't want their face to show in the photo. Was this person ashamed of what they were doing? I've taken part in protest in the past, in fact I have protested at Saint Joseph's City Hall a few times. If the media was there to cover the protest I didn't try to hide my face, I'd look right into the camera and let the public see who I was. As a rule I would defend anyone's right to protest even if I didn't agree with them, but there are some things that I feel you just should not do. Carrying a picket sign at a funeral would be one of them. It has nothing to do with my views on the war or homosexuality, it's about respect for the friends families and loved ones of the deceased, a funeral is not the place to express your political views. This coming Tuesday will be my day off, I didn't have anything planned for that day. I think I spend a part of it down at City Hall. Maybe I'll take a camera along to help me remember the day. I hope the protesters don't mind having their photos taken.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Question Of The Week, 12/25/05

Good morning and Merry Christmas To All. I'm proud of myself I could I been much later with this than I am. I was working on a Letter To The Editor of the Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska, I sometimes submit letters to papers outside my area)when my Daughter in Portland, Oregon sent me an Instant Message, it is always good to hear from her. I can vent about family issues to someone that is a part of the family but not in the area. Now that I have all of that out of the way I can move on to this weeks Question Of The Week. In your own words, what is the meaning of the Eight Amendment to the United States Constitution? "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." I will post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Saturday, December 24, 2005

National Debt 2005

I recorded the National Debt every Saturday during this past year. Right now it is $8,173,706,642,836.20. The current estimated population of the United States is 298,063,069. That means your share of the National Debt is $27,422.86. This New Years Eve. I will be e-mailing the file I kept this year showing how the debt has climbed from week to week. If you are interested in seeing this send a blank e-mail to schantz627@aol.com put Request National Debt 2005 on the subject line.

Even though it will be Christmas I will still be posting my Question Of The Week tomorrow morning, I do hope you will stop by to answer it.

Once again I want to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Infant Found In A Barn

When I stopped by to visit my old friend Jeff Bennett at the Federal Observer tonight I found something that it seems I had read before. It is a story about an infant found living in a barn with his parents. When the police and Family Protective Service personnel arrived to take the child into custody they were confronted by the child's parents and some of their friends/guest. I think we all need to take a break from life's daily stress from time to time. I have a feeling that this was an attempt Jeff made to do just that. Take a look at things from the lighter side. This will show you what could happen if Jesus Christ were born today. Once again I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Thank A Soldier Week

A lot of us are trying to get all of our Christmas shopping done so everything will be just right on Christmas morning. We don't want to forget anyone. In our rush to make everything perfect there is someone that could be forgotten. No, I'm not talking about Jesus. I think most of you that stop by here know the true reason for the season. I'm talking about the men and women that are serving in the United States military. December 19-25 is Thank A Soldier Week. If you see one of them in uniform stop them and thank them for everything they have done for you and your country. Many of them are far away from their homes, friends, families and loved ones right now. A message from someone that appreciates their efforts would mean a lot to them. Please use this link to send that message.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Question Of The Week, 12/18/05

Good morning. If anyone is interested it is snowing in Saint Joseph, Missouri. This weeks Question Of The Week is. What is the meaning of the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution? "In suits at common law where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law." I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Merry Christmas (no matter how you say it)

My family and I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

Afrikaans: Geseende Kersfees
Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/Eritrean/Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian: Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Felix Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri: Tezze LLiniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Felix Ano Novo
Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Felix Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Columbia: Felix Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian: Pace e saulte
Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme vam Vesele Vancoe a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Duri: Christmas-e-Shoma Mobarak
Dutch: Vrolijik Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian: Ruumsaid juulujhi
Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggiar!
Farsi: Christmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in prottle Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Galician: Bo Nada
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ur!
German: Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras
Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith ghugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n Moi Nijjaar
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: Il-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag unen hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Ano Nuevo
Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swait Bozego Narodzenia, or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island) Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche: (sursilvan dialect) Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Serbian: Hristos se rodi
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serb-Croatian: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tami: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yilniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

So, no matter how you say it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

It's December 15, 2005, Happy Bill Of Rights Day

The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified on December 15, 1791. Happy Bill Of Rights Day, I hope you will find a way to celebrate them. Maybe you will take the time to read a poem.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Question Of The Week, 12/11/05

Good morning. Before I ask this weeks question I want to remind everyone, Bill Of Rights Day is just four days away. I hope everyone will take a little time to think about our Founding Fathers and the First Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution this Thursday, December, the 15th. This weeks Question Of The Week is. What is the meaning of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution? "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense." I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, December 09, 2005

A Visitor From The Past

I don't read a lot of poetry, I just don't care for most poems. Every once in a while I will hear one that I really like. Today I thought of one that I heard several years ago. Maybe I thought of it because Bill Of Rights Day is only six days away. It's a time to think about your rights and the people that secured them for you. What would you say if Thelen Paulk's A Visitor From The Past came to you as you slept?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pearl Harbor Day

It's getting late but I didn't want to let this day get away from me without posting something(Links and Photos) in memory of everyone that was serving their country at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. God Bless each and every one of them.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Public Service Announcement

I don't know that I have ever posted anything like this before, but a good friend sent me something I pray you will check out. A Minot, North Dakota family is asking you to help find a missing family member. If you live in the area I hope you will be on the look out for her. If you know someone that lives anywhere in that area please forward this to them. Lets pray that Sariah Lynn Olsen makes it home safely, and soon.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Just What Is Kwanzaa Anyway?

Has anyone ever ask you what Kwanzaa is? When I was ask in the past I was never able to explain it. Today I found an article that helps to explain what it is, I hope you will check that out. The article contains a link to BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny) an organization founded by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. After reading the article and visiting the site I came away with the feeling that Kwanzaa is a special time set aside to celebrate Socialism and racism.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Question Of The Week, 12/04/05

Good Morning. Since this will be a question about the Bill Of Rights I hope you will read the message I posted Friday if you haven't seen it. This weeks Question Of The Week is what is the meaning of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution? "No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." I will post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Bill Of Rights Day

No one seems to have any problem remembering Christmas is December the 25th every year, and New Years Eve always falls on December the 31st. Some people can even remember that December the 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. How many can remember that the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (The Bill of Rights) were ratified on December, 15, 1791? "America's Aggressive Civil Rights Organization", JPFO (Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership)urges everyone to celebrate their freedom every December 15th. They post some ideas for things you can do to make it a special day at their web site. This year they have challenged the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to celebrate with all of us.

JPFO Alert: A Challenge To The ACLU

For years, supporters of the Second Amendment have complained that the ACLU tends to "cherry-pick" the rights that they defend, promoting some while turning a blind eye to others. Of particular concern, of course, is the ACLU's tendency to ignore rights violations when firearms are involved... even when it isn't the Second Amendment being violated!

We at JPFO believe that the Bill of Rights must be protected_in its entirety_. As one avowed liberal proclaimed (while ordering dozens of our Gran'pa Jack Bill of Rights booklets!) "You can't seperate the Bill of Rights and say, "I want this part, but not this part.""

Darn straight. And that's why we make it a point to promote December 15 as Bill of Rights Day every year. We don't discriminate, either, we want ALL the Bill of Rights, for ALL citizens!

But this year, we want even more. The ACLU claims to honor the Bill of Rights, stating on their website, "These rights are indispensable to a free society..." We agree, and challenge the ACLU to invite THEIR membership to celebrate Bill of Rights Day with us. We've provided the resources:

-The Bill of Rights in 15 languages!

- Lists of activities

- Sample Letters to the Editor

-Sample Resolution

- We'll even give 10% off all orders over $10 from our Bill of Rights or Bust_website

So how about it, ACLU? Join with JPFO in an agressive defense of the_entire_Bill of Rights. Bill of Rights Day is only a few days away-celebrate with us and ask your members to do the same. We look forward to your response.

ALL the Bill of Rights for ALL citizens!

- The Liberty Crew

I hope you will use some of those links to celebrate your rights this December 15th. I think we should celebrate them every day (while we still got em). I want to ask you to celebrate Bill of Rights Day 2005 with me by sending a message to ten of your friends. Remind them of what the day is, and let them know what it means to you.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.