Nov 072010

Workers struggle against wind to assemble a crane that is to lift 32-ton head and shoulders to top a giant concrete and metal statue of Jesus in Swiebodzin, western Poland, Friday, Nov.5, 2010. The 108 feet (33 meters) statue is to be the world’s tallest and is supposed to attract pilgrims and boost business in the town. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (Czarek Sokolowski, AP / November 5, 2010)

(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Arms mounted onto giant Jesus statue in Poland–SWIEBODZIN, Poland (AP) – Step aside, Rio de Janeiro. This town is building a Jesus bigger than yours.

SWIEBODZIN, Poland — Workers have succeeded in lifting the shoulders and arms onto a giant statue of Jesus Christ in a small Polish town.After delays caused by strong winds, a towering crane lifted the massive piece on Saturday and very slowly placed it onto the lower part of the figure’s body. Later in the day, workers will attempt to finish assembling the statue by hoisting the head.

The statue is the creation of a local priest, Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki. Many local residents and business people in Swiebodzin (shvee-eh-BOHD’-jeen). They hope it will put their town of 22,000 on the map for Roman Catholic pilgrims and bring in money to their community. Organizers say it will be the largest statue of Jesus in the world, rising even higher than Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

SWIEBODZIN, Poland — A gigantic statue of Jesus that Poles claim is the world’s largest rose majestically above a small town on Saturday, as the grandiose dream of a local priest finally came to pass.

The white statue with outstretched arms and golden crown rising above the western Polish plains in Swiebodzin provides competition to Rio de Janiero’s iconic Christ the Redeemer.

The mayor of the western Polish town, Dariusz Bekisz, claims it is now the world’s tallest.

Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki, the 78-year-old priest who created the statue said it rises 108 feet, or 33 meters – one meter for every year that Jesus lived. Other members of the construction team, however, gave differing figures. One said it rises 167 feet if you include a mound it sits on and the crown on the head.

By comparison, the statue in Brazil’s Rio is 125 feet tall.

While it wasn’t possible to verify the exact height of the new statue, there was no doubt that “Christ the King,” as the golden-crowned Polish statue is called, cut an imposing sight as it was finally completed.

It has divided Poles and underlined the deep cultural divide between a deeply Catholic population and an increasingly confident secular society – with many mocking the statue project as tacky.

But many residents in Swiebodzin welcome it. They believe it will put their town of 22,000 on the map for tourists and Roman Catholic pilgrims and bring in needed money to renovate the historic buildings in the tiny town center.

“I am extremely proud,” said Danuta Gordzelewska, a 60-year-old who watched as the statue’s head was lowered into place.

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Gordzelewska has donated money to the statue, which was funded by contributions from as far away as Canada. “It’s special to watch something being built that later generations will have.”

After many delays, a crane on Saturday morning lifted the arms and shoulders and slowly placed them onto the figure’s lower body. Hours later, workers hoisted on the head, which is crowned with a golden king’s crown – rather than the crown of thorns favored in Christian iconography.

Hundreds of onlookers then broke into applause, and some prayed, grasping rosaries. Workers in safety helmets and neon vests gathered at the base of the statue for a group photo, and Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki, the 78-year-old priest who created the statue, waded into an adoring crowd.

“I have never been as happy as I am today,” he said, beaming but clearly exhausted after seeing through the project that experienced setbacks and delays.

Zawadzki, known in town as “the builder priest” after also erecting two churches and other buildings, said he felt that he was called by Jesus to build the statue.

“This is the culmination of my life’s work as a priest,” he told onlookers and reporters who pressed around him.

“I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus’ will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will.”

The priest, wearing a dark coat over his black robe, turned to walk away and local people flocked after him, some shaking his hand. “We thank you! We thank you!” they chanted.

The project faced numerous problems along the way. A skeptical bishop put the brakes on it at one point and state officials also suspended the project for some time, fearing the size made it unsafe. The priest had a heart attack but recovered.

More recently, an attempt to finally mount the figure had to be aborted because it turned out that the crane at hand was not powerful enough to lift the arms and shoulders – weighing 30 tons – onto the standing body. A more powerful crane was obtained but further delays were caused this week by heavy winds.

Zawadzki said he kept the faith all along.

“I never had any doubts, not even for a minute,” he said.

CBN ~ Marta Kucharska contributed to this report.

Nov 072010

One year after the Nov. 5 shooting, Fort Hood is reflecting and recovering from the tragedy.

Thousands turned out this morning for Fort Hood’s “Run to Remember,” even the families of victims and those wounded in the shooting.

The first to cross the starting line was Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler, who doctors say was almost the 14th victim.

But Zeigler proved to be a warrior today by leading the race.

Jessica Hansen is Zeigler’s fiance, and she cycled alongside, mile after mile, him until the finish line. Each mile was marked by a picture of the victims.

“Each mile marker we talked about that person and that keep us gong through that mile. We talked about Patrick’s recovery and each month. It was an emotional but very proud ride,” Jessica said.

A proud ride for this soldier since he’s come so far.

Pieces of bullet and his skull were pushed into his brand. Zeigler had to have nearly 20-percent of his brain removed.

“Finding out that Patrick was shot in the head, they said he wasn’t going to survive the first 24 hours. And that he should’ve been number 14,” Jessica said.

But Zeigler survived and testified last month in Major Nidal Hasan’s Article 32 hearing where he gave a tragic and gruesome tell of Nov. 5.

“I was crawling and blood began pouring out of my head,” Zeigler recalled during testimony. “I knew I was in serious trouble. There was a pool of my own blood on the ground, I could see it very clearly. At some point, I lost consciousness. The next thing I remember, sir, I was in a hospital room.”

It’s a story that Staff Sergeant Zeigler has lived to tell one year later in a race to honor the 13 lives lost.

“It’s hard,” Zeigler said, “but it would’ve been ten times harder without the people that I love.”


Survivors share solemn remembrance at Fort Hood

By: News 8 Austin Staff

Statement from Gov. Rick Perry

“One year ago, our nation, our state and our military community were shaken to the core by a cowardly and vicious attack that left 13 dead and dozens of others wounded.

Today, we pause to remember those lost, honor those whose bravery helped prevent the tragedy from becoming more widespread, and renew our commitment to respect and care for all of America’s heroes who have sacrificed in the name of freedom.

The thoughts and prayers of all Texans remain with the families who lost loved ones at Fort Hood, as well as those still recovering from wounds both seen and unseen.”

Visit our Fort Hood Shooting section to take a look at News 8’s continuing coverage of the shooting.

Nov 072010

~And THIS is How We Do IT !!!

Members of a small Missouri town banded together Saturday to block a controversial pastor and members of his Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of a fallen U.S. soldier, reports.

Hundreds of residents in Weston, Mo. — as well as people as far away as California and Australia — rallied in support of Sgt. First Class C.J. Sadell, who died from injuries suffered during a surprise attack in Afghanistan.

The residents sought to block Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., and his followers from picketing Sadell’s funeral, according to the station.

Phelps’ church has been the subject of intense criticism for holding more than 44,000 pickets at funerals and other events – including the services of fallen service members.

Citing their First Amendment right to protest, Phelps’ followers say they use funerals as an “available public platform” to “deliver the message that there is a consequence for sin.” Phelps is openly opposed to homosexuality and all government policies they he says supports homosexuals.

“We got everybody here early so we could take up all the parking spots,” Rebecca Rooney of Weston, Mo., told “We did that so Mr. Phelps wouldn’t have a contingency that was really close.”

“I’m glad they left, but I’m sad they came,” she said.

Sadell, who leaves behind a wife and two sons, was stationed in the Arif Kala region of Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed on Oct. 5. Five soldiers were killed in the attack and Sadell was badly injured.

The 34-year-old died from his injuries on Oct. 24.


People came from Blue Springs, California and even Australia to be a part of the band of patriotic supporters. Half of the group lined up at the intersection while the the other half created a human shield at the funeral home.

C.J. Sadell was 34-years-old. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.

~Full local Fox4kc story…

Nov 072010

I’ve had a few run-ins with Capitol Hill and White House staffers. Most of them nice, but the rest are a bunch of arrogant punks who need to rejoin the humility of the real world.

We also need to fix the Congressional aides, they are more numerous, even less accountable, and often more noxious than the Congressmen who nominally control them. They are the ones who do the real work, including writing the bills that their Congressmen introduce, writing the letters that Congressmen sign, and briefing the congressman on what to say and how to vote.

(Chris Morris For The Washington Post)

They be 'smokin' Arugula...

While I don’t wish anyone ill, especially during this horrendous job market, many of these people wrote legislation they knew wouldn’t do anything for the American people but was good politics. Now, they get to sleep in the bed they made for all of us to endure.

Already we hear about GOP efforts to assure that the incoming freshmen will have “experienced” staffs and aides. This will be overseen by the staffers and aides themselves. I fear that Noem’s office will be staffed mainly by Herseth’s soon to be out of work staff, and the game will go on. On a day to day basis, the staffers stride the earth like giants, arrogant with the borrowed glory and privilege of their “nominal” masters.

In order to clean House, we really need to clean House. Unfortunately, it appears that the GOP has taken a couple of steps already down that same ol’ path.

~Amen my friend! ~JP

~Bob Parks

Nov 072010

~I am smitten with John Lilipop after his following statement!

Tuesday’s shellacking of liberals, Marxists, socialists, and those resembling liberals, Marxists, socialists, i.e., moon bat Democrats

In remembrance of President Obama’s infamous whining that Republicans “treat me like a dog,” GOP freshmen, including ladies where appropriate, coming into the 112th Congress have decided, unanimously, to reboot the Obama-Congress relationship.

Get a new start—CHANGE, if you will.

In keeping with this new spirit and in light of the president’s calamitous election results, the newcomers have agreed on a motto that will reflect proper respect for the Obama presidency while preserving the autonomy and independence of the legislative branch.

The new motto—Roll Over, Dude!—is certain to draw criticism, mostly from dog lovers loathe to see canines brought so far down, so quickly.

Still, the motto is a catchy reminder of just who is in charge after Tuesday’s shellacking of liberals, Marxists, socialists, and those resembling liberals, Marxists, socialists, i.e., moon bat Democrats.

For his part, President Obama remained defiant, and unwilling to compromise on any of his core principles just to get along.

Said Obama from the Rose Garden of the White House just before fleeing Washington with most of the U.S. military and a goodly portion of the Treasury in tow on the way to Mumbai:

“Let the message go forth to friends and foes alike: The torch of freedom has been passed to a new breed of Democrat, hardened by war waged by right-wing extremists stuck in the folly of the 18th century, most particularly the decade beginning with 1776.

I refer to simple-minded, gun-toting, Bible-thumping, red state racists who actually believe that arcane documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights have relevancy in the Age of Enlightenment, also known in sophisticated circles as ObamaMania.

These renegades, enemies worthy of unrelenting punishment, would like nothing better than to water-board yours truly in rancid tea to protest the legitimate and wholly fair transfer of wealth from the talented and overly successful to the untalented and slothful.

Notwithstanding this repugnant abuse of patriotic fervor, let the faithful rest in the knowledge that this president will never—repeat NEVER—yield to political expediency just to curry favor with the vile and unwashed.

Indeed, we will fight tea party maniacs with every Senate and House seat we can offer, with how ever many billions of worthless dollars it may take, and with all of our spiritual might to prevent the backward slide of our great nation into one blinded by the promises of the antiquated U.S. Constitution as amended by the Bill of Rights.

Should we fail to achieve our objectives in this manner, then, and only then, will this president answer the GOP’s “Roll Over, Dude” order by aggressively demanding, “Where and when?”

May the force be with you, fellow dudes and duds!

And so it is: The new Obama-Congress relationship on display!

John Lilipop CFP

Nov 072010

You know how billionaires like to gab.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently believes President Obama ranks up there on the arrogant quotient. This according to a recent interview with Rupert Murdoch.

According to Murdoch, Bloomberg said, “I never have met in my life such an arrogant man,” after returning from a day of golfing with the President in late August.

ABC News reporter Jake Tapper notes the contrast with the pool report:

“The pool report at the time said that ‘We are told Bloomberg and Obama talked in the clubhouse for about 15 mins about the economy. They then went to the driving range.’

Apparently – at least from a second-hand report – the Obama-Bloomberg convo could have gone better.”

Bloomberg described the conversation he had with Obama as “verbal ping-pong,” Murdoch said in a recent interview with the Australian Financial review.

Bloomberg also described the day of golf with the President as “pleasant” according to Murdoch.

Murdoch also said Obama “might make great speeches but doesn’t get things done and doesn’t listen to anybody,” according to an excerpt of the interview published by The Age.

Murdoch, who was born in Australia, is the founder and chief executive officer of News Corporation which owns many media outlets including Fox News Channel.

Bloomberg and Murdoch have recently rallied together for federal immigration reform through the group Bloomberg started, Partnership for a New American Economy.

by Lynn Walsh The Blaze

Nov 072010

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Nov 072010

~Go Young Guns !!! FOX News Sunday , thank you for a major shot in the arm with FRESH AIR!

~Bonus…What would Washington look like (and how much less would it spend) under GOP-led Oversight and Government Reform? MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan asked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) 11/3

Nov 072010
pelosi looney tunes

JUST in on our balance of power:

GOP 239 seats
Them 188 seats
And there are still 8 or 9 undecided

–only Alaska is in limbo in the Senate, along with two gubernatorial contests.

~Click image for election integrity…

I of course am upset many socialist liberals are still in Congress, especially Jan Schakowsky Ill 9th dist & Raúl Grijalva AZ 7th dist. There are many who have hung on by whatever means necessary but these two upset me greatly. What I saw when I was home encouraged me enough to believe Joel would oust Jan.

This FRESH article from American Thinker By Joel B. Pollak is a must read:

On a J Street conference call Thursday evening, Jan Schakowsky thanked the group for its financial and moral support. Her opponent, she said, was “an Orthodox Jewish Republican, Tea Party-endorsed candidate.” It wasn’t the first time Schakowsky alluded to my Orthodoxy: she did it in a July fundraising letter, and hinted at it again at an Israel forum we addressed in October, which she has since described as an “enemy camp.”

In some contexts, there is nothing wrong with referring to someone’s religion. I have occasionally drawn attention to my Orthodox Jewish faith, usually to explain where my values come from, or to dispel negative stereotypes the media tried to attach to the Tea Party. But in Schakowsky’s chosen context, when she addresses far-left activists and J Street donors, “Orthodox” is a proxy for “extremist”–and she means it exactly that way.

That becomes even clearer in light of the false charges Schakowsky has made against me, and the way I ran my campaign to unseat her in Illinois’s 9th congressional district. Schakowsky told the J Street conference call that “the majority” of my campaign’s efforts involved a “vicious” misrepresentation of her position on Israel. She also accused my supporters in the Jewish community of “vitriol” that was “shocking” and “terrible.”

What is beyond questionable is SEIU Offshoot ‘Mi Familia Vota’ is credited as the key 2012 wild card.

Hispanic voters saved the Democratic Party Tuesday — buoying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, keeping California blue, playing an outsize role in preserving the party’s Senate majority and demonstrating a partisan loyalty Democrats didn’t exactly earn in two years of inaction on immigration policy.

~I know this has to be heartily investigated.

On another note Cantor says Pelosi isn’t listening to voters

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says Democrats are aren’t listening to voters if they keep Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House Democratic leadership. “It is almost as if they didn’t get the message from voters in this election,” Cantor said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The voters outright rejected” the Democratic agenda. “This is a woman who puts ideology first, and this is the direction they want to take again,” he said.

Pelosi has announced her intention to run for minority leader in the next Congress.

* We have a brawl going on between The brawl between Reps. Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn for the No. 2 House Democratic post in the next Congress pits two congressional heavyweights against each other, with the loser potentially out of the leadership. This is thanks to Queen Pelosi.

* On an interesting note Alex Sink pointed an accusatory finger Friday at what she called a “tone-deaf” Obama White House to explain why she narrowly lost her campaign. She is pissed about her loss to Republican Rick Scott.

* WASHINGTON – There were a lot of surprises on Election Day – and many landslide votes.

But how about this one for defying the political odds? One California incumbent – a conservative Republican member of the House of Representatives in a very Democratic state – won unanimously, or just about any way. In fact, this emerging young Republican congressman actually ran unopposed in his Central Valley district. His name is Devin Nunes – and judging from his popularity on the TV news channels, he’s being seen as an up-and-comer.

NOTE: Hot Air has a great Post-Election House scorecard. What a night to be a Republican.

~To see the election results, click the image for Fox’s A1 Interactive Map:

Remember November: The Final Act from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.