Sunday, November 28, 2010

Iranian Pastor To Be Executed By Hanging

Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor in Northern Iran, may be executed by an Iran court for "apostasy," because the Christian pastor organized Christian meetings, invited Muslims to become Christians, baptized new Christians, told other people about his Christian beliefs, believes in the resurrection of the dead and made it publicly known that he believes Muhammad "'is the prophet of Muslims but not a messenger from God...'" The pastor is waiting for a possible execution by hanging. "The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has asked President Barack Obama to seek the release of Nadarkhani, who is married with two young children."

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani told other Christians not to fear his possible execution in Tehran, Iran, because he receives strength from these words spoken by Jesus: "'Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.'" The article does not state what President Obama's response was when he was asked for his help in this grave matter.

Author's Comment: I find it interesting that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has the courage to state that he believes Muhammad is the prophet of Muslims, but he does not believe Muhammad is a messenger from God. I also find it interesting that the article is completely silent about any response having been made by President Obama. In doing a brief Google Search, I was not able to find any mention about Obama's response. The silence is deafening.


Monday, November 22, 2010

JFK/Kennedy Assassination Mourned by Americans

Today, November 22, 2010, marks the 47th anniversary of President John ("Jack") Fitzgerald Kennedy's (JFK's) assassination. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. JFK was the 35th President of the United States of America. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's untimely and unexpected death was a huge shock to all Americans, who deeply mourned his loss.

The beloved American President John F. ("Jack") Kennedy was assassinated on the November 22, 1963, at the young age of 46. The young and handsome President John F. Kennedy, with his cultured and beautiful wife, First Lady Jacqueline ("Jackie") Bouvier Kennedy, are commonly called the rulers of Camelot, because the American public idolized them as if they were a king and queen of a kingdom. The shock of President John F. Kennedy's unexpected and untimely death was almost too much for many Americans to bear.

Although President John F. Kennedy was officially a Democrat, there are some conservatives today who do not believe that President John F. Kennedy was a true liberal. The reason for this belief is due to the fact that the basic tenets of the Democratic party have become a great deal more liberal since the era in which John F. Kennedy was the U.S. President.

President John F. Kennedy's assassination is cloaked with various conspiracy theories. Did Lee Harvey Oswald really assassinate President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, or was Kennedy's death the result of some strange, secret plot? If you want to know the truth about JFK's assassination, check out The Kennedy Assassination by John McAdams. John McAdams debunks the conspiracy theories, myths and hoaxes surrounding the President John F. Kennedy's untimely death by assassination.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Conspiracy Theories: Why People Believe In Hoaxes and Myths

Why do people want to believe in conspiracy theories, hoaxes and myths like the 9/11 conspiracy theory and the FEMA Concentration Camp myths? Is a theory a fact? Is a legend the truth? Is mythology reality? Is a myth real or make-believe? The truth is that truthers (those who choose to believe in hoaxes) are as far away from the truth as people can possibly get. American truthers think they have all of the answers. American truthers choose to believe in conspiracy theories against the American government, and against America, especially when conservative Republicans are in the majority of governmental leadership positions. 


Why do some people prefer to believe in ridiculous theories that people who have common sense recognize as being lies? Truthers choose to believe in myths  because they do not have any true respect for truth, but prefer to believe in lies and falsehood. Truthers believe that  a lie (myth, hoax, or conspiracy theory) is the truth. Some truthers have accused me of trying to brainwash the public, but the truth is that if any brainwashing is going on, it is the conspiracy theorists, in whom truthers have put their trust, that are the guilty ones.


If you believe in a conspiracy theory, you may as well also believe in occult teachings. Maybe you already do believe in the supernatural realms of the occult. Legends are legends, and truth is truth. A theory is a theory and a fact is a fact. This is the truth about 9/11 conspiracy theories and the FEMA Concentration Camp Hoax: they are both lies, myths, hoaxes, or conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theorists want to steal your common sense away from you. If you value your own ability to think for yourself, do not believe in conspiracy theories, myths or hoaxes.


*Dig Deeper Into The Truth About Conspiracy Theories, including 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and the FEMA Death Camp Hoax: 


FEMA Concentration Camps in America: Myths, Hoaxes and Lies
FEMA Concentration Camps: One More Conspiracy Theory for Truthers
9/11: NO MORE CONSPIRACY THEORIES PLEASE



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day: A History Of Military Honor

The history of Veterans Day is clearly explained in this publication. Veterans Day is an annual Federal Holiday, set aside to honor United States military veterans. Veterans Day is an annual Federal Holiday that is celebrated in America every year on November 11, for the sole purpose of honoring and celebrating United States military veterans who are alive, and also United States military veterans who have died.

Veterans Day is a day when Americans can show their patriotic love for America in the simple gesture of displaying American flags on their front lawns for all people to see. How is Veterans Day different from Memorial Day? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many Americans are confused about the meaning of these two national holidays. Also, there are Americans who do not know the reason why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year. In other words, many Americans are not familiar with the history of Veterans Day.

Here is a little bit of history about Veterans Day, in the hopes that the reasons for celebrating these two national United States annual holidays, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day, will be clearly understood:

Veterans Day was previously known as Armistice Day. The legal holiday known as Armistice Day was created to celebrate the end of World War I.  World War I ended on November 11, 1918. The Act of 1938 was passed on November 11, 1938. Armistice Day was "'dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" 1 Armistice Day paid tribute to veterans of World War I.

After the end of World War II and the Korean War, various Veterans organizations asked the 83rd U.S. Congress to amend the Act of 1938, by substituting the word "Veterans" for the word "Armistice." This legislation was approved on June 1, 1954. The original date of Armistice Day, November 11, was kept, and, to this day, Veterans Day, which is an annual holiday celebrated every year on November 11, is the day Americans take the time to remember and honor all American Veterans who served in any war.

Memorial Day honors servicemembers who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s letter to Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs, designating him Chairman, Veterans Day National Committee:

The White House Office

October 8, 1954

Dear Mr. Higley:

I have today signed a proclamation calling upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954 as Veterans Day. It is my earnest hope that all veterans, their organizations, and the entire citizenry will join hands to insure proper and widespread observance of this day. With the thought that it will be most helpful to coordinate the planning, I am suggesting the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee. In view of your great personal interest as well as your official responsibilities, I have designated you to serve as Chairman. You may include in the Committee membership such other persons as you desire to select and I am requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch to assist the Committee in its work in every way possible.

I have every confidence that our Nation will respond wholeheartedly in the appropriate observance of Veterans Day, 1954.

Sincerely,

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER  1
What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Memorial Day remembers and honors military members who have died in service to America, or died due to war injuries. Although military members who have died in service to America are also honored on Veterans Day, the main purpose of Veterans Day is to honor and thank military veterans who are still living. Veterans Day also honors all military veterans who served America in the military, whether in times of war or in times of peace.

Veterans Day is not just an annual Federal Holiday in which some people receive a day off from their jobs. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, has a purpose. Please remember to take a few moments during the day to remember those brave military veterans who willingly sacrifice their lives in order to protect Americans and America. Veterans Day is a day to wave your American flags and show your patriotism.

1 The History of Veterans Day

*For more information about the history of Veterans Day, click The History of Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Marines Guard Heaven's Streets on 235th Birthday

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! Marines, proud members of The United States Marine Corps, or USMC, celebrate their 235th birthday today, Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

You are invited to celebrate the Marine Corps' 235th birthday at the Marine Corps' official ball. The Commandant of the Marine Corps is inviting the general public to officially celebrate the Marine Corps' 235th birthday. The United States Marine Corps' 235th Happy Birthday Celebration will be this coming Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. This is the Marine Corps' official ball, and everyone is invited. For more information, please click Commandant's Marine Corps Birthday Ball. If you are unable to attend the Marine Corps' 235th birthday ball, please contact your local Marine Corps' unit to find out if there will be a birthday celebration in your area.

The Marine Corps began on November 10, 1775, when the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to pass a resolution which stated: "'two Battalions of Marines be raised' for service as landing forces with the fleet." The Continental Marines were established with this resolution. These Marines served on both land and sea. The Continental Marines ended after the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. The Marine Corps was established again on July 11, 1798. The Marines often fought against Barbary Pirates along "the Shores of Tripoli." The United States Marine Corps has protected America throughout its long and honorable history. 1

1 Click
Brief History of the United States Marine Corps to read more interesting information about the history of the United States Marine Corps.

The "Marines' Hymn" has been widely used since the mid-1800's, but the "Marines' Hymn" did not become the official hymn of the Marine Corps until 1929. The writer of The Marines' Hymn remains anonymous to this day. There is a bit of a controversy as to who actually wrote the hymn. According to Heritage Press International -- History of the Marines' Hymn, Col. A. S. McLemore, USMC, spent years trying to discover who wrote "The Marines' Hymn." Finally, in 1878, Col. McLemore told the Marine Band leader that he believed the hymn had been adopted from Jacques Offenbach's operetta "Genevieve de Brabant." However, other people think the hymn was derived from a Spanish folk tune. 2

Lyrics to the famous "Marines' Hymn"

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job --
The UNITED STATES MARINES.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES. 2

2 Click
Heritage Press International -- History of The Marines' Hymn to read more about the history of "The Marines' Hymn."

Happy 235th Birthday, United States Marine Corps! Thank you, honored Marines, for everything you have done, and continue to do, for Americans and America.
If there is any truth to the lyrics in The "Marines' Hymn," regarding the sentiment that Marines even guard Heaven's streets, then I am glad to know I can depend on the Marines to keep me safe!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

United States Marine Corps Celebrates 235 Years

I just received an email reminding me that Wednesday, November 10, is the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. This will be Wednesday's focus on Conservative Wordsmith TM.  

 

George W. Bush Reveals All In Memoir 'Decision Points'

Decision Points, a book and memoir by Former President George W. Bush, is available in stores today. In Bush's new 481-page book, President George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America, discusses the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and many other aspects of his United States presidency.

On George W. Bush's official Facebook page, President Bush mentions that the book is available on his website. I visited this page and read the description of President George W. Bush's book. On this page, there is a detailed description of President George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points.

The book description mentions that Decision Points is a revealing and honest memoir, which includes a personal look at the Texas Governor's Mansion on the night of the controversial 2000 Presidential Election, President Bush's trip on AirForce One during 9/11, and many other fascinating details about George W. Bush's presidency.

The book description also states that Decision Points is an honest memoir, in which President George W. Book writes about both his accomplishments and his mistakes. For example, how many people, especially liberals, know that President Bush played a big role in helping to treat AIDS/HIV in Africa? In his memoir, President Bush also reveals personal details about his decision to stop drinking alcohol, a decision that led to his newly found religious faith.

Decision Points, a book and memoir by George W. Bush, is available at many stores, including Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, Borders, Family Christian Stores, Target and Walmart. If you purchase Decision Points, you will have a chance to receive a signed bookplate by President George W. Bush. The former president plans on signing a limited number of bookplates. Click Decision Points by George W. Bush for the address, and other details, as to how you can receive a signed bookplate.

 



Sunday, November 7, 2010

NYC Marathon Winner: Olympic Medalist Shalane Flanagan Finishes Second

New York City Marathon Update: A 28 year old American woman, Shalane Flanagan, finished second in today's New York City Marathon. Shalane Flanagan almost won the NYC Marathon race; Flanagan, from Massachusetts, ran the race in 2:28:40. The winner, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, ran the race in 2:28:20, just 20 seconds faster than Shalane's impressive run. Shalane Flanagan also won the U.S. Marathon championship.

Shalane Flanagan is not by any means a newcomer to marathon running. In 2008, American runner Flanagan won the Olympic bronze medal in Beijing, China. In the same year, Flanagan broke the American record in the 10,000m two times, and won three United States running titles.

Click the following link to read a great interview with NYC Marathon runner-up Shalane Flanagan: 

As featured in the Web Only issue of Running Times Magazine 



Shalane Flanagan: 'I Love the Marathon'

A solid half marathon debut for the Olympic medalist

Chilean Miner Will Run In NYC Marathon Today

New York City, USA: Chilean miner Ed Pena, one of the 33 Chilean miners rescued in the massive October Chile mine rescue, is planning on running in the NYC Marathon race today. Ed Pena is 34 years old and is an avid runner. Ed Pena practiced for the New York Marathon by running through tunnels for several miles a day while he was trapped in a Chile mine for over two months.

Marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie met Edison Pena at the airport on Thursday morning. Pena said, speaking in English,  "It's incredible". Pena entertained more than 100 media members with his rendition of some lines from his American idol Elvis Presley's song "Return to Sender." Pena listened to Elvis Presley when he was trapped underground. Pena practiced for the NYC Marathon with his daily 6 to 7 mile run through the Chile mine's underground tunnels. I just saw a clip on NBC of Ed Pena singing Elvis' "Return to Sender," and I must add that his performance was quite charming. NBC is airing the New York City Marathon, which is in progress now.

Ed Pena told the media that he was thinking about beating destiny during those weeks when he was trapped underground in a Chilean mine:

"What I thought about as I ran in the mine was that I was going to beat destiny," Pena said through a translator at a packed news conference Thursday, hours after flying into New York. "I was going to turn the tables on destiny. I was saying to that mine, 'I can outrun you. I'm going to run until you're just tired and bored of me.'

 

"And I did it." 1 

The NYC Marathon officials wanted to invite Ed Pena as a guest of honor, but Ed Pena insisted on running the race himself. Chilean miner Ed Pena is currently suffering from a bad knee, and his goal is to complete the New York City Marathon race in 6 hours . The race is 26.2 miles long. 

 I am so happy that Chilean miner Ed Pena is strong enough to run the race in the NYC Marathon. The entire world, the United States of America and all of New York City salutes you, Edison Pena. You are a hero today.

1 Chilean Edison Pena in NY for Marathon


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