Jun 112013

With tears in my eyes, Glenn? If you see this, Thank You! How powerful. How emotional! Your words have inspired a nation, I promise! ~ JP

Patriots? This needs to go viral, PLEASE share!!!

Jun 062013

In gratitude to all who served!

h/t Michael Berry Show

Apr 082013

~ Kleenex Alert

Originally, Rex Burkhead was told he was too small and too slow to play running back at the collegiate level. Some thought he wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of Big XII football, and then B1G 10 football when the Nebraska Cornhuskers switched conferences between his junior and senior seasons.

Jack Hoffman is six year old boy from Atkinson, Nebraska, a small town of 1100 in north-central Nebraska. On April 22, 2011, Jack was life flighted to Childeren’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, after suffering a life threatening seizure, which turned out to be a side effect of a large tumor growing on Jack’s brain.

In May of 2011, Jack underwent surgery, which was unsuccessful. Only a small portion of the tumor was removed. Pediatric Neurosurgeon specialists gave Jack a grim outlook: he was likely going to die young.

In September, 2011, just two weeks before Jack would have a second surgery to remove the tumor (which successfully removed 95% of the cancer and stopped his seizures), Jack was able to cross something off his bucket list: meet Rex Burkhead.

Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman instantly bonded. Unlike many athletes, Rex spent an afternoon talking, playing, hangout out, and growing a bond with this little boy he never knew. Overnight, Team Jack turned into something incredible.

Because of this opportunity to meet Rex, Jack has been given a new hope in life. He has been undergoing chemotherapy for almost a year, which has seen his tumor shrink considerably.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Nebraska Spring Game, the Nebraska Cornhuskers let Jack Hoffman score the greatest touchdown ever in a spring game.

Former Husker quarterback Joe Ganz drew up a play for Jack, if he could outrun the defense, to convert the first down.

Jack, however, would do more than just pick up a first down.

The red team faced a fourth and short from their own 31 yard line when Taylor Martinez lined up and handed the football to Jack, who sprinted around the right side and outran the defense for a 69 yard touchdown, causing the fans to go crazy and both benches clearing to surround Jack in the end zone, celebrating his incredible feat.

“Team Jack — Pray”. The Big Ten Network recorded a segment about Jack and Rex which aired before the Cornhuskers played the Wisconsin Badgers in the B1G 10 opener for both.

As awareness about Team Jack grew, so too did the opportunities to educate America on pediatric brain cancer. Rex Burkhead has spearheaded the event, and has been rightfully honored. After founding an Uplifting Athletes Chapter at Nebraska, they awarded him with the Rare Disease Champion Award.

In the greatest touchdown ever in a spring football game, Jack and his family got to put all the worries from cancer behind them, and let Jack live a “normal” life, at least for another afternoon.

Whether you love or hate the Huskers, they deserve A LOT of respect for making this happen!

Apr 082013

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money” ― Margaret Thatcher

See My love of Margaret Thatcher: March 2012 Warning for a Nation: Where Have ALL the Heroes Gone?

Apr 032013

Seventy-year-old Dick Hoyt is getting ready to run the Boston Marathon for the 31st time this year, but interestingly enough, he says he was never ‘much of a runner.’ That is, until his wheelchair-bound son Rick came home 35 years ago with a specific request for his dad.

Rick, who “speaks” by communicating through a computer, had just attended a basketball game at which they’d announced a race being held to raise money for a player who had recently become paralyzed after being in an accident.

“He said, ‘Dad, I have to do something for him. I want to let him know that life goes on even though he’s paralyzed. I want to run in the race,’” Dick said of his son’s pronouncement.

Hoyt says he himself would only run, at that time in his life, about three miles a week – a mile each time. To make matters more challenging, Rick’s wheelchair wasn’t made for running, and it was hard for he and his wife to push Rick in it, let alone run with it.

“Everybody thought we would go to the corner and turn around and come back,” he said. They didn’t. They finished, second-to-last. And the next 35 years, as they say, is history.

Dick and his son have run in over 1,000 races with the goal of inspiring other people with disabilities.

Now the pair is about to embark on their 31st Boston Marathon, but this time, a special honor will be waiting for them at the starting line: a statue of Dick and his son.

“When Rick was born they said, ‘Forget Rick. Put him away. Put him in an institution. He’s going to be nothing but a vegetable for the rest of his life.’ And now, he’s turning into a bronze statue. And it’s a life-size statue, and it’s at the starting line.”

Team Hoyt

Mar 222013

The American imprisoned in Iran, in a vivid letter to his wife, described how he was beaten to the point where parts of his face were “swollen three times what they should have been” and was denied medical treatment because he was seen as an “unclean” Christian.

The letter was received by Saeed Abedini’s family this week, though it may have been written weeks ago. The new details come as his family, the attorneys representing them, and several Capitol Hill lawmakers urge the Obama administration to exert more pressure on Iran to release the Christian pastor.

The letter from Saeed Abedini to his wife Naghmeh described in detail how he’s been mistreated at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. He described how he saw his face for the first time in the mirror of an elevator.

“I said hi to the person staring back at me because I did not recognize myself,” Abedini wrote. “My hair was shaven, under my eyes were swollen three times what they should have been, my face was swollen, and my beard had grown.”

Jordan Sekulow appeared Fox News with Pastor Saeed’s Wife, Naghmeh, to talk about her testimony before Congress.

Also featured today: Dept of State Must Speak Out for Pastor Saeed

Letter from Saeed Abedini to his wife

Full article…

Original ACLJ Report

Mar 072013

The administration, in recently-leaked memos, claimed the president has the power to order a drone strike against an American terror suspect overseas. Paul has argued no American can be killed without a trial or due process. He has raised the prospect of drones being used someday on American soil, pointing out that Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to rule it out completely.

The president has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to try to do it “when it’s convenient.”

This is a fundamental American freedom and that’s what we’re fighting for around the world. If we give up on that, I think we’ve done a great disservice to those who are defending our country,”

– Rand Paul

The Letter From Eric Holder to Sen. Rand Paul in Response to Filibuster on Drones came minutes before the interview.

The Attorney General

Washington, D.C. March 7, 2013

The Honorable Rand Paul United States Senate Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Paul:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Paul asked why that statement could not have been made yesterday while he asked for an answer to that question for 13 straight hours.

“So there is a result and a victory. Under duress and under public humiliation, the White House will respond and do the right thing. It took a month and a half to get them to admit that the CIA doesn’t operate in the United States. That’s been the law since 1947. So now, after 13 hours of filibuster we’re proud to announce that the president is not going to kill unarmed Americans on American soil,” said Paul.

Mar 072013


Mar 072013

As many of you know I tweeted SO much that I wound up in the Twitter Gulag. So I came up with a new word ‘FilaTweet’ :)

“It’s been like pulling teeth to get him to say that he’ll support the Constitution,” he added, referring to John Brennan.

* C-Span experienced viewership levels rarely seen (The channel does not release ratings, but called the day “robust.”)

* The hashtag #IstandwithRand topped the Twitter charts.

* Even Liberals like Van Jones, actor John Cusack the far Left group Code Pink were supporting the filibuster.

State run Media Coverage

This picture Says it all to me:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to a waiting vehicle as he leaves the Capitol after his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Thursday, March 7, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil. But Paul stalled the chamber to start what he called a filibuster of Brennan’s nomination. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Sen. Rand Paul in his first interview since his nearly 13 hour filibuster ended Thursday morning told radio host Glenn Beck that he will not vote for CIA nominee John Brennan unless the White House offers clarification on its secretive drone program.

(Note Brennan speeches begin @ 2pm est)

“I won’t vote for him on any of the votes if I don’t get information from the White House saying they’re going to adhere to the Constitution,” he said.

He reiterated that he’s not against the Obama administration and he’s not against drones. Rather, he simply wants to know what authority the White House believes it has in using drones on U.S. citizens.

“I try to make it less about President Obama and [more about] what if someday we elect someone who would abuse this power,” he said, adding they are legitimate tools of war. “I want to kill terrorists … and I think if you’re in a battlefield fighting us, you don’t get due process.”

The Blaze

On Obama’s civil liberties flip-flop:

“I think its also safe to say that Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone-strike program if he were in the Senate.”

On John Brennan:

“I have hounded and hounded and hounded him… Only after yanking his chain… does he say he’s going to obey the law. We should be alarmed by that.”

~ MY personal favorite…
On his colleagues in the Senate:

“If there were an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by other senators… saying they will not tolerate this.”

On White House “kill list”: “The people on the list might be me.”

On Congress: “Nothing ever happens around here.”

Top 10 Quotes From Rand Paul’s Amazing Filibuster

GOP Senators That Participated:

The White House had nothing to say on Wednesday.

Several GOP senators joined Paul in his crusade, however, many others didn’t and were not in attendance. Further, very few Democrats participated. Just one Democrat joined in the filibuster, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

The Republican senators who participated in the filibuster with Paul include, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

When the late comers began to file in, I knew it was to give the sign they wanted Rand to end it. Especially when McConnell spoke. ~JP

There are a total of 47 Republican members of the U.S. Senate, meaning 33 other GOP senators sat out the filibuster protesting the federal government’s controversial drone program. To find out who those senators are, comb through the full list here.

At obama’s dinner:

Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Tom Coburn, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Bob Corker, Ron Johnson, Saxby Chambliss, John Hoeven, Dan Coats, Richard Burr and Mike Johanns. Toomey, Johnson and Chambliss headed to the Senate floor later that night.

Millions of Americans and others around the world participated via Twitter Wednesday night, making #StandWithRand the number one trending topic worldwide on the social network.

The Blaze

Mar 062013

Senator Cruz JUST read this on Senate Floor in Rand’s filibuster:

Col Travis’s speech at the Alamo ..

Colonel David Crockett of Tennessee, played by John Wayne, explains to a young native Texian woman named Flaca why people should be willing to make sacrifices to crush evil, and how that validates the worthiness of a person’s life. He characterizes doing right as being alive, and doing wrong as tantamount to a walking “dead man”.

Click image for the Full Movie The Alamo:

Thanks to Michael Berry!