Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Full Day of Tea Parties

Who would have dreamed that a tea party could be such an uplifting experience? We went to Joplin to start the day at noon with those Jasper county folks. They definitely had their act together and gave a solid presentation of protest against the new Marxist and self-destructive actions from our congress. The solid emphasis was on tax revolt, the sacred value of the United States Constitution, the useful purpose of our military and a genuine, courteous, and friendly exchange among like-minded people.

They occupied the front steps of city hall and had the reassuring presence of the local police who apparently didn’t get the bulletin from DHS that we were a bunch of terrorists. About a thousand folks showed up with flags, posters, signs, handouts, and a patriotic spirit. We heard much of our country’s history reviewed and apt reminders of the words of our constitution. The sound system worked well and not one single ugly breech of conduct marred the occasion.

It’s a small thing but when we drove by after the rally we noted there was not so much as a gum wrapper left in evidence of the occasion. The crowd included dogs, babes in arms, teens, young adults and on through the geezer brigade. Their interaction was remarkable. All in all, I was very proud to be a part of this group of Americans who demonstrated their reluctance to give up their freedoms.

We drove back home for a break in the action and a chance to let our feet and legs recover from the walking and standing and then went to Springfield, MO. We made it in time to join them before 5 pm lined up along Chestnut Expressway across from the post office. Including those for turning, it is eight lanes of very busy traffic. Our group lined one side and the first sign the motorists saw was an invitation to honk in support. With a constant stream of “just got off work” traffic it was deafening as a result of near universal support for the protestors. The cars and trucks passed nearly 500 feet of individuals shoulder to shoulder along the curb waving, shouting and exchanging greetings with the traffic. It sounds rowdy but it was beautiful.

About a hundred fifty feet behind the curb, an impromptu stage had been set up with speakers and a full program of events. Liberty loving citizens shared in the prayers, songs, and speeches from a wide variety of participants. Some protesters were unwilling to give up their place at the curb and continued to attract the drivers on the expressway. All together it was generally like the one in Joplin but appreciably larger. Probably, the crowd could be measured some where north of 2000.

I can’t be sure what happened at all 7-or-800 other locations where Tea Parties were held but now that Jan and I have broken the ice we are anxious for the next one. Another rally is scheduled for Saturday in Springfield and I shall probably attend. It is a joy to be with those who understand our country: its greatness and its history.

If you have any tales of protests, I would really appreciate hearing about them. If you have the opportunity to attend one near you, do so with confidence. It is a singular experience. Come join us and experience a better side of America.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Right-Wing Extremist

I have been defined. According to a publication released to sheriffs, police chiefs and other law enforcement nation wide on April 7, by Homeland Security; let there be no doubt. Having sworn allegiance to the Constitution of the United States on repeated occasions and the sacred words therein; plus having served in the United States military; plus lining up unequivocally against abortion and illegal immigration; I now know who I am.

I am now a threat to the republic. In my dotage I have been identified as a peril which local law enforcement should be aware of. It could not be more clear according to this vile document released by Janet Nepolitano’s agency. That’s what I get for clinging to our founding documents, believing the teachings of the Bible and seeking the enforcement of existing laws in the United States.

Now, here’s the bad news. If you routinely follow this space, you more than likely have some measure of agreement with the dangerous thoughts expressed here. If you have served our country in the armed forces, have a fixed opinion on critical issues which are in opposition to the current administration, are opposed to changing our form of government to a socialist/fascist cabal, or recognize that a protest needs to mounted in opposition by the attendance at a Tea Party or other function you may join me as the accused. You have demonstrated the identical characteristics of a right-wing extremist radical.

I have no choice—I plead guilty! These are my beliefs and I have no intention of denying them. I urge you to join me in this plea. I am seriously considering turning myself in to local law enforcement here in Lawrence County to save them the trouble of having an already over-burdened department investigate that which would soon become obvious. As part of my civic duty I should give them a break and lessen their work load.

When I go to the Tea Party in Joplin tomorrow noon I will encourage everyone to emulate my actions and turn themselves in. They say that confession is good for the soul. While it will not purge the thoughts; at least we will be giving the authorities a valuable leg up. I will keep you posted on the results. Meanwhile; pray for the nation and its God fearing people.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 87

There is a special joy to join with other Christians to celebrate the empty tomb and the promise implicit in that event. I was fortunate to be with others, who appreciate the personal importance of that happening who were eager to be with others of similar understanding. Brother Lee Parsons brought the message and was at the top of his game. The music was inspirational and the congregation left with a spirit of renewal and a challenge for the future of their faith.

Captain Phillips Released

Shortly after church on Sunday, we learned that Captain Phillips had been liberated from the Somali pirates. The president’s OK for the military to use whatever deadly force was necessary was granted on Friday and on the 83rd day of his presidency we find our new leader worthy of some isolated praise. After the decisions and worse, the non-decisions, by the current administration we find the old adage true. “Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.”

In this case, we applaud the approval from the oval office for our superb military to do that which they do so well.

There is still one matter which requires some attention if these attacks are just interrupted and not stopped completely. These vessels are totally and absolutely unarmed. I realize that you are probably stunned to find that there are not even small arms aboard. It has to do with liability issues with the owners of the vessels and also the cargo. Their avoidance of financial responsibility has presented an irresistible target for these terrorist pirates. No matter what the ownership of the vessel or cargo they are undefended. The only exception is when special security forces are provided in advance of a trip for a sensitive cargo. In this circumstance, the crew is in no way equipped to assist.

If we had any influence on the laws of the sea; if the United Nations were something other than an ineffectual toothless and corrupt tiger; if the nations involved could be convinced to cooperate: it would be a perfect world and then immunity could be provided to those who choose to protect their property and the lives of those who deliver it. Until that day arrives, nations and their carriers will continue to be subject to abuse at the hands of these renegades.

I predict that more stories such as the one we have just watched will continue until some definitive action is taken.

April 15 is Approaching as are the Tea Parties

A pivotal point in American history will no doubt take place on this coming Wednesday. It will mark an event which will occur simultaneously in about 400 American cities. This is the centralized date for the grass roots expression of disgust at the current financial polices we have seen implemented in the last few weeks.

As previously stated it is vital to the future of the republic that each citizen avails himself of the opportunity to voice his views. Within this structure of nationwide protest we can peacefully inform our leadership of our displeasure and the unlikelihood of returning to office anyone who supports the continued abuse of our treasury.

Please consider joining a Tea Party and enjoy the fellowship of folks like you who want to show their colors and protest. Thank you for supporting the America we know and love.

A Politician You Can Love

In the interest of fairness I will share a video taped with the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario. This remarkable politician is one you need to meet and applaud if you agree. Not only has she demonstrated individual competence but she represents accomplishment in an age group with which we may identify. It is extremely entertaining and I guarantee you will enjoy hearing from this “salty” lady.

I have visited her city several times over the last few years and can assure you that it is indeed a very pleasant place. It is a large suburb of Toronto and the seventh largest city in Canada. Click and enjoy.

A Stroke of Islamic Genius

This is a riot! It seems that the Islamic troublemakers have smuggled a quantity of stinger missiles into Gaza to be used against the Israeli Defense Forces. When the US made helicopters of the IDF approached the Hamas operatives found out too late that the manufacturer had equipped the stingers with a disarming device when it was directed to that specific brand of chopper. This had been added to avoid the tragedy of “friendly fire” incidents.

For more information and the source of the comment please check here.

Bowing to Authority

I refuse to show the tape one more time. Everyone has seen it and has come to their personal conclusions no doubt influenced by individual political bent.

At issue is whether our president bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia.. I clearly saw the bow. There is no (not little; no!) doubt in my mind. For whatever reason, he chose this obsequious gesture to a foreign sovereign. I really don’t care what he does as Barack Hussein Obama; I do care what he does as the President of the United States. I do not want to see the President genuflect to any man or nation. All of this occurred after treating our friend and loyal ally, Queen Elizabeth of England as though she were a petitioner in a welfare office. Bow to a tyrant and kiss off the Queen; about par for the course I’d say. I would probably be much happier if I were able to accommodate the fact that our nation is now led by a clueless and clumsy man with few social graces or wisdom.

And finally

At last, a new visitor to the bird feeders. What appears to be a brown creeper has shown up for treats. It is slightly smaller than its cousin, the white breasted nuthatch, with a mottled brown back, tail feathers with varied white and black at the wing tips. He showed up with the same ability of his kin to stroll up-side-down on a vertical surface and also shares the same voracious appetite.

As spring continues, the next project is planting grapes which will; we hope and pray, eventually climb the new deck and take advantage of the open hatch work of the covering. The redbuds are still with us as are most of the dogwoods. The bushes are leafing and all is well in God’s world. It is a joy working with Him to further beautify our home.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon