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This morning in Seattle Evergreen Washelli hosted its fabulous annual tribute to veterans. It is quite a sight to see flags all over the cemetery, color guards, and veterans of all wars.

When they asked any World War II veterans to stand or wave to be recognized, two stood up. Perhaps there were more, but each year there are fewer.

Canada geese were on patrol.

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The color guard begins the walk up the hill. As is tradition, local Cub Scouts were on hand to pass out programs, and they’re usually who hand out flags as well.

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Proud of our veterans! Note the female veteran to the left. The keynote speaker was also a woman.

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It’s great to see parents bring their children to such events. Kids need to know our history and learn that freedom isn’t free.

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Thanks in part to one of our longest stretches of sunny weather ever, there were still flowers in the grass.

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At 7:00 this morning volunteers, including children, placed flags on all the veterans’ graves. A sea of red, white, and blue flows from the bell tower.

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Veterans of all ages participate.

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The rifle salute. Some people bring their dogs to this event, and this is one good reason not to.

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Taps, always a sobering moment.

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The colors are retired.

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Another great event by Evergreen Washelli concludes. In a city of over 700,000, it’s crazy that only a few hundred people attend this service if that. It’s well worth coming out for, and a great way to honor our men and women in uniform.

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The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. -Douglas MacArthur


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What better way to celebrate Presidents’ Day than at a statue of our Founding Father George Washington on George Washington Lane at the University of Washington in the State of Washington?

Today members of the public and patriotic organizations from across the area gathered for a commemoration of Presidents’ Day in Seattle. After a program and speech, participants surrounded the Washington Statue– just down the stairs from the By George Cafe– for a wreath laying ceremony.

Among the organizations represented were the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), and CAR (Children of the American Revolution). These people are direct descendants of American patriots, some of whom served with General, later President, George Washington. (more…)

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The City of Auburn, Washington holds an annual Veterans Day parade that is one of the largest in the United States.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending this annual gala. It was fantastic to be with other people who, in spite of our strong opinions on whether or not American military personnel should fight in foreign conflicts, were there to thank our veterans for putting their lives on the line so we can be free. (more…)

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(wildninja) Whether or not you agree with Joel Rosenberg’s politics or religion, the man is a wealth of information on the Middle East. His books like The Twelfth Imam and Damascus Countdown are bestsellers for good reason.

While some have compared his insight to Nostradamus because details in books he wrote just a few years ago are playing out in real life right now, I don’t see it that way. The Manufacturer’s Handbook (aka the Bible) tells us what’s going to happen and Rosenberg is adept at weaving the Scriptures into his stories like the Left Behind series did.

I’m largely with Rosenberg on this one. I am, frankly, horrified to see OUR tax dollars being sent to the Middle East and used to support organizations that would rip our hearts out with their teeth if they had the chance. While I could see the value in coordinated airstrikes in Syria IF– and I want to emphasize if– chemical weapons were actually used, I oppose sending in ground troops and getting involved further.

If America takes out the Assad regime, then we’re just enabling some other twisted, evil, Jew-hating, American-hating, bigoted group come to power. Is that really what American blood should be spilled for? How does that protects America’s interests? How does that promote human rights or freedom?

I never thought I’d see the day when we had a president willing to put our soldiers and our resources to work helping people who stand for just about everything we Americans stand against. I’ve expected that from others in time like the UN, but not from our own leadership.

Syria is not a partisan issue and it’s not an issue where atheists should be taking one side and Lutherans take another. The issue is whether America should be used to support regimes that bring genocide, rape, torture, destruction, intolerance, and all the dangers we’ve fought AGAINST in past wars.

While I am extremely concerned about the people of Syria, especially what’s being done to their Christians, I’m distancing myself from Obama’s plans. I’ll even take it a step further than Rosenberg and say that I strongly question his motives. Also– we’re supposed to trust the administration that still won’t come clean about Benghazi?!

This point of view says Syria will be an excuse to get us into World War III. While that might sound kooky to the average American, realistically, wars are always about money to a large degree and there are powerful people who can benefit from the American military being dragged into this conflict.

The author, who I was unfamiliar with before I read this, expresses concern over possible Obama ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Evidently the MB gets to attend meetings at the White House and Obamas’ own half-brother is alleged to be a bigwig in the organization.

Yes, I have some interesting relatives too, and that doesn’t make me guilty by association. But the more I read, the more I think to myself, “God, please let all Americans, regardless of our differences, unite as a country and not allow ourselves to be used as pawns in this deadly international chess game.”

We haven’t spent 237 years building this nation with our own blood, sweat, and tears to– especially at a time when many of us are struggling financially– let our tax dollars become a casual allowance awarded to genocidal extremists.


If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand. -Milton Friedman


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(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Last night, Lynn and our sons celebrated Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We ate apples dipped in honey. We watched a YouTube video of someone in Israel blowing the shofar. And we prayed.

As we did, I found myself wondering, What kind of year is ahead for Israel? For the people of Syria? For the people of Iran and Egypt and Lebanon and Jordan and all those in the Middle East? There is so much pain and uncertainty in the epicenter right now. More than 110,000 people have been killed in Syria during their civil war, some, reportedly, because of chemical weapons. More than two million Syrians have fled their country as refugees from the violence. An estimated five million Syrians have been “internally displaced” — they have fled away from their towns and villages to be safe from the violence, but they haven’t fled outside the borders…

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Vigil for Saeed Abedini

American Saeed Abedini’s eight year prison sentence in Iran will not be shortened. News outlets are reporting that the Tehran Court of Appeals has refused to back down.


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Bizarro World

Our country is being carried off to a dark place by shadowy forces. Today it bears an alarming resemblance to the Bizarro World of Superman comics in the 1960s, where up is down and ugly is beautiful and it is a crime to make anything perfect. (more…)

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Want control?

Create a crisis.

In a crisis people are desperate for solutions and will often consent to the quickest fix to avoid further adverse effects from the emergency. Steeped in crisis-fueled emotions, reason can take an abrupt back seat (or fly out the window) because we want to be rescued. (more…)

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