Saturday, September 11, 2010

God Bless Phil Valentine


When you start lumping all Muslims into as terrorist then you are playing into the terrorist hands. That is what they want. They want all Muslims to be considered like them. They want you to consider all Muslims to be considered terrorist, because if you do, that makes their job all the easier.

If you want to build a Lee Harvey Oswald souvenir shop at Dealey Plaza you have a right to. This is America!

We need to be standing up for rights and freedoms in this country, and sometimes that is the right and freedom for people to do things you don't agree with. That is part and parcel of the whole "liberty Gig" folks!

What it the terrorist want to do? They want to beat us with our own freedom. They want to defeat us by using our own freedoms against us, and you are going to allow them to do it.

I have been so disgusted by conservative leaders such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich and Tennessee's Ron Ramsey and 6th District Congressional contender Lou Ann Zelenik and various conservative political commentators and talk show host just as Mark Levin and our own Steve Gill. I have been disgusted by those who would throw the Constitution under the bus in order to pander to bigots.

On the other hand, people like Chris Christie and Ron Paul have defended freedom and risen in my estimation. I am so very proud of our own Phil Valentine. He is a voice of reason and respect for the constitution in a world gone mad.

God Bless Phil Valentine!

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'Justice Will Be Done'

Below is the transcript of President Bush's Speech To a Joint Session of Congress on September 20, 2001, after the World Trade Center and Pentagon Bombings. I think he set the right tone and said exactly what needed to be said. Reading this speech you will recall how united our country was at the time and how the world showed their support for us. In today's climate of anti-Muslim bigotry and acts of violence against Muslims, President Bush's words are worth recalling.

Sept. 20, 2001

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans: In the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is needed. It has already been delivered by the American people.

We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight?

We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion.

We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.

My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of union, and it is strong.


Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.


I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time.

All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol singing "God Bless America."

And you did more than sing. You acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for your service to our country.


And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support.

America will never forget the sounds of our national anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo.

We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.

Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own. Dozens of Pakistanis, more than 130 Israelis, more than 250 citizens of India, men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan, and hundreds of British citizens.

America has no truer friend than Great Britain.


Once again, we are joined together in a great cause.

I'm so honored the British prime minister had crossed an ocean to show his unity with America.

Thank you for coming, friend.


On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.

Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians.

All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking, "Who attacked our country?"

The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.

The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.

The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children.

This group and its leader, a person named Osama bin Laden, are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.

They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.

The leadership of Al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan we see Al Qaeda's vision for the world. Afghanistan's people have been brutalized, many are starving and many have fled.

Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough.

The United States respects the people of Afghanistan — after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid — but we condemn the Taliban regime.


It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists.

By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder. And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban.

Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of Al Quaeda who hide in your land.


Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities.

Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.


The Taliban must act and act immediately.

They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate.

I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.


The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.

The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.


Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.

It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.


Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?"

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.


Americans are asking, "How will we fight and win this war?"

We will direct every resource at our command — every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war — to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network.

Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.

And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.


From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. Our nation has been put on notice, we're not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans.

Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security.

These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight, I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me, the Office of Homeland Security.

And tonight, I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend, Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge.


He will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism and respond to any attacks that may come.

These measures are essential. The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.


Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents, to intelligence operatives, to the reservists we have called to active duty.

All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers.

And tonight a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I have called the armed forces to alert, and there is a reason.

The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.


This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom.

This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.

We ask every nation to join us.


We will ask and we will need the help of police forces, intelligence service and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded with sympathy and with support — nations from Latin America to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Islamic world.

Perhaps the NATO charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all. The civilized world is rallying to America's side.

They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror unanswered can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments.

And you know what? We're not going to allow it.


Americans are asking, "What is expected of us?"

I ask you to live your lives and hug your children.

I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.

I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here.

We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.


I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information,, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it. I ask for your patience with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity; they did not touch its source.

America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today.


And finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their families, for those in uniform and for our great country. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.

Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for what you will do.

And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together.

Tonight we face new and sudden national challenges.

We will come together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air marshals on domestic flights and take new measures to prevent hijacking.

We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying with direct assistance during this emergency.


We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home.


We will come together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of terrorists before they act and to find them before they strike.


We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy and put our people back to work.

Tonight, we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all New Yorkers, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.


As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress and these two leaders to show the world that we will rebuild New York City.


After all that has just passed, all the lives taken and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them, it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear.

Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them.

As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror. This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.


Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.

Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us.

Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.


It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines and that is good.

Even grief recedes with time and grace.

But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.

Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others.

It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end.


I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.


Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.

In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America.

Thank you.

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President Bush's address to the nation Tuesday night September 11, 2001

Below is the text of President Bush's address to the nation Tuesday night September 11, 2001, after terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. He set the right tone and his words were healing. I was proud that George W. Bush was our President.

Good evening.

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night. And God bless America.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

David Hall at Hermitage-Donelson Eggs and Bacon Summit

P.O. Box 158419 • Nashville , TN 37215615.320.9018 info@DavidsonCountyGOP.org
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Eggs & Bacon Summit

(Dutch treat)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dutch treat breakfast 8:30 am, meeting 9 am.

Ryan’s Steak House

3455 Lebanon Pike

Hermitage, TN 37076

David Hall

Candidate for 5th Congressional District

Event Chairman – Jer Dunlap

SEC Committeeman – Nathan James

SEC Committeewoman – Betty Cannon

This event sponsored
by the

Davidson County
Republican Party

The DCRP gratefully thanks the TNGOP for forwarding this important information to you.

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The nutty right-wing fringe and David Hall connection

TV Station Known for Conspiracy Videos managed by David Hall

by Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NewsChannel 5 Investigates has uncovered ties between some controversial, anti-government videos and a candidate for Congress.

David Hall, the Republican nominee to face Congressman Jim Cooper, insists he had nothing to do with videos that suggest some federal agents may be responsible for the deaths of innocent Americans, but he won't repudiate them either.(link)


We did not need this. About the time I was beginning to think the bad news about the Hall campaign was over and we could rally behind David Hall and put our energies into defeating Jim Cooper, something else is revealed. None of these stories by themselves would disqualify David Hall. All of them however are disturbing. The phony Marsha Blackburn endorsement, the phony polling firm and incorrect FEC fillings, the Do the Hard Thing youth camp, and now this: they add up.

Some will criticize me for rehashing the list of negatives. They are out there, however. We can be assured that if David Hall does get within sticking distance of Jim Cooper, that the Cooper campaign will bring them up so there is no point in ignoring them.

I have warmed to David Hall. Having heard him speak several time, he seems to be a solid common sense mainstream conservative, a man who cares deeply about his country, and a smart, hardworking strategist. He and his family are likable people. I would be comfortable having David Hall represent me in Congress.

I am really surprised by this latest revelation. The other revelation could be excused as minor flaws of a person who so wanted to win that he bent the rules a little and used poor judgment or someone who just made some mistakes. This revelation paints Hall as an extremists.

Having heard David speak now on several occasions, I have never heard him say anything nutty or extreme. The Phil Williams piece does not say how long, but it says that "for years," Hall managed the TV station owned by his father. The Station produced videos that were popular among the "patriot movement". One of the videos is about the Weaver family and Ruby Ridge, the other is about the Branch Dividians and Waco and a third, which cannot be located, apparently alleges the government was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing.

These terrible incidents became rallying cries among a tiny extreme fringe element on the right. Those sympathetic to what was sometimes called the "patriot movement" or the militia movement saw the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents as an out of control government at war with its citizen and willing to commit murder when citizens dared stand up to the Federal government. While I also think that the government was over zealous and the tragedies of Ruby Ridge and Waco could have been avoided, many in the patriot movement have a conspiratorial view of these incidents and viewed Ruby Ridge and Waco as the start of a campaign against gun owners and dissidents. They saw black helicopters and concentration camps.

In the Williams piece, David Hall says he had absolutely nothing to do with the production of the videos and that he has not even watched them and that he does not have enough information to have an opinion on Ruby Ridge or Waco. This is plausible, but just barely. I do not expect for a TV station manager, or a radio station manger or magazine editor to endorse and defend and agree with ever product or ever point of view presented by the media outlet they manage. On the other hand, this was a small family-owned station and the video producer was David Hall's father.

This report does not present information that makes David Hall unworthy of serving as a US Congressman but it is one more unfortunate piece of bad news that will add up to making it more difficult for David Hall to win an uphill battle. I hope this is the last of it.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

People have a constitutional right to burn a Qur'an if they want to...

just as they have a right to build a mosque. I oppose those who would restrict the right of either.

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Spending Revolt Bus Tour is Landing in Nashville

Spending Revolt Bus Tour is Landing in Nashville
The Spending Revolt Bus Tour has made a last-minute adjustment to its schedule in order to make a stop in Nashville. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research will be on hand to sign the bus with a giant marker to "send a message to Washington" about out of control government spending. Join TCPR president Justin Owen, radio host Ralph Bristol, state Rep. Susan Lynn, and Tennessee Tax Revolt's Ben Cunningham as we stand strong against wasteful government spending.
WHAT: Spending Revolt Bus Tour - Nashville Stop (

WHEN: Friday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: The MTA Station,
1011 Demonbreun Street, Nashville (directly behind Union Station)
Help us spread the word! Forward this email to your friends, and post about the event on Facebook and Twitter. And then come out and sign the bus!

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Davidson County Republican Party Open House


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