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Archive for April 19th, 2012

Bristol Palin: Bragging Just A Little

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 19, 2012

Bristol posted this article on her blog today:

Bragging Just a Little

April 19, 2012 By Bristol Palin

Okay, let me be a proud big sister for a moment.

I’d just like to say how proud I am of my sister Willow. She graduated from high school more than a year early!  And she did that while holding a job, and helping out with Tripp, Trig, and Piper.

Now she’s starting new adventures. On my upcoming Lifetime reality television show, you’ll get a sneak peak into her future.  What do you think she’ll do next?  Here’s a hint: she’s not quite finished with her education yet.  Any guesses on what career she’ll pursue?  (By the way, the show will probably air in June — thanks for all the questions about it.  I’ll definitely let you know when to tune in!)

And speaking of Willow, this week her best guy friend asked her to Prom.  While this is always a fun (and potentially awkward!) time of high school, I thought the way he asked her was just perfect. Check out the YouTube video he made for her below.  But before you go and start saying it was “so sweet,” note that she sent him back a picture that had a box marked with a check mark next to the word “Duh.”

Yep, that’s my sister!

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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2012: NEVER AGAIN!

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 19, 2012

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when people around the world remember the 6 million Jews who died at the hands of Nazi Germany.  Andrea Ryan at Gateway Pundit writes:

Today we make time to pause and remember the six million Jews who suffered untold cruelty and unimaginable horrors at the hands of those with unfettered and deeply evil power.  The Holocaust, which was the plan of the Nazi party for their “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jews, was rooted in one man’s hate-filled ideology.  Adolph Hitler, the Führer of Germany from 1934 to 1945, lead the mass slaughter of innocent human beings in his genocidal cleansing campaign to rid the world of our Jews.  One and a half million Jewish children were murdered, and approximately 2/3 of Europe’s Jews were exterminated.

She goes on to list a summary of Jennifer Rosenberg’s  Holocaust Facts and includes  historical images.  Read the rest of her article here.  We at SPIB join Andrea in saying, “Never Again!”

Ted Belman at Israpundit has posted the transcript of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Holocaust Remembrance Day speech.  Here is an excerpt:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Am Yisrael Chai [The nation of Israel lives]

Our enemies tried to bury the Jewish future, but it was reborn in the land of our forefathers. Here, we built a foundation for a new beginning of freedom, hope, and creation. Year after year, decade after decade, we built the foundations of our country, and we will continue to yearly strengthen the pillars of our national life.

On this day, when our entire nation gathers together to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the six million Jews who were murdered, we must fulfill our most sacred obligation.

This obligation is not merely an obligation to remember the past. It is an obligation to learn its lessons, and, most importantly, to apply them to the present in order to secure the future of our people. We must remember the past and secure the future by applying the lessons of the past.

This is especially true for this generation – a generation that once again is faced with calls to annihilate the Jewish State.

One day, I hope that the State of Israel will enjoy peace with all the countries and all the peoples in our region. One day, I hope that we will read about these calls to destroy the Jews only in history books and not in daily newspapers.

But that day has not yet come.

Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal.

I know that there are those who do not like when I speak such uncomfortable truths. They prefer that we not speak of a nuclear Iran as an existential threat. They say that such language, even if true, only sows fear and panic.

I ask, have these people lost all faith in the people of Israel?

Do they think that this nation, which has overcome every danger, lacks the strength to confront this new threat?

Did the State of Israel not triumph over existential threats when it was far less powerful than it is today? Did its leaders have any qualms about saying the truth?

David Ben Gurion told the people of Israel the truth about the existential dangers they faced in 1948 when five Arab armies tried to snuff Israel out in its cradle.

Levi Eshkol told the people of Israel the truth in 1967 when a noose was being placed around Israel’s neck and we stood alone to face our fate.

And when they heard these truths, did the people of Israel panic or did they unite to thwart the dangers? Were we paralyzed with fear or did we do what was necessary to protect ourselves.

I believe in the people of Israel – and this belief is based on our experiences. I believe that the people of Israel can handle the truth. And I believe that they we have the capability to defeat those who seek to harm us.

Those who dismiss Iran’s threats as exaggerated or as mere idle posturing have learned nothing from the Holocaust. But we should not be surprised.

There have always been those among us who prefer to mock those who tell uncomfortable truths than squarely face the truth themselves.

That is how Zev Jabotinsky was received when he warned the Jews of Poland of the looming Holocaust.

This is what he said in 1938, in Warsaw:

    “It is already THREE years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of World Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became grey and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brother and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava… I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries… Listen to me in this twelfth hour: In the name of G-d! Let anyone of you save himself, as long as there is still time, and time there is very little.”

But the leading Jewish intellectuals of the day ridiculed Jabotinsky, and rather than heed his warning, they attacked him.

This is what Sholem Asch, one of our nation’s greatest writers, said about him:

    “What Jabotinsky is now doing in Poland is going too far. His statement is detrimental to Zionism and to the vital interests of our people… It is disgraceful that these are leaders of a nation.”

I know there are also those who believe that the unique evil of the Holocaust should never be invoked in discussing other threats facing the Jewish people.

To do so, they argue, is to belittle the Holocaust and to offend its victims.

I totally disagree. On the contrary. To cower from speaking the uncomfortable truth – that today like then, there are those who want to destroy millions of Jewish people – that is to belittle the Holocaust, that is to offend its victims and that is to ignore the lessons.

Not only does the Prime Minister of Israel have the right, when speaking of these existential dangers, to invoke the memory of a third of our nation which was annihilated. It is his duty.

There is a memorable scene in Claude Lanzmann’s documentary Shoah that explains this obligation more than anything.

In the harsh existence in the Warsaw Ghetto, Leon Feiner of the Bund and Menachem Kirschenbaum of the General Zionists met with Jan Karski from the Polish World War II Resistance Movement.

Jan Karski was a decent, sensitive man, and they begged him to appeal to the conscience of the world against the Nazi crimes. They described what was happening, they showed him, but to no avail.

They said: “Help us. We have no country of our own, we have no government, and we even have no voice among the nations”

They were right.

Seventy years ago the Jewish people did not have the national capacity to summon the nations, nor the military might to defend itself.

But today things are different.

Today we have an army.

We have the ability, the duty and the determination to defend ourselves.

As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never shy from speaking the truth before the world, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem to some.

I speak the truth at the United Nations; I speak the truth in Washington DC, the capital of our great friend, the United States, and in other important capitals; And I speak the truth here in Jerusalem, on the grounds of Yad VaShem which are saturated with remembrance.

I will continue to speak the truth to the world, but first and foremost I must speak it to my own people. I know that my people is strong enough to hear the truth.

The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat of the State of Israel.

The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is an political threat to other countries throughout the region and a grave threat to the world peace.

The truth is that Iran must be stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons.

It is the duty of the whole world, but above and beyond, it is OUR duty.

The memory of the Holocaust goes beyond holding memorial services; it is not merely a historical recollection.

The memory of the Holocaust obligates us to apply the lessons of the past to ensure the basis of our future.

We will never bury our heads in the sand.

Am Yisrael Chai, veNetzach Yisrael Lo Yeshaker

[The Nation of Israel Lives, and the Eternal one of Israel does not Lie]

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Shot Heard ‘Round the World 237 Years Ago Still Reverberates Today

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 19, 2012

Video retrieved from 

Also see this historical video.

Today is the 237th anniversary of the first battle of the American Revolution.  After a tense night in which Paul Revere made his famous ride, the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired as the British approached the town green  in Lexington, a suburb of Boston.  That shot marked the beginning of the American War for Independence, and the first American blood was shed for freedom there.

Jarrett Stepman at Human Events writes:

The events surrounding the battles of Lexington and Concord have been popularized and mythologized by a number of famous 19th century writers and poets, but the real impact of events concretely and profoundly changed the course of world history.

This past year the battles of Lexington and Concord became a national story when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was asked by a reporter about Paul Revere’s ride through Massachusetts.

“He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed,” Palin said.

Unsurprisingly, Palin was mocked by the liberal media and was accused of being ignorant of history. She was attacked for trying to make the battles of Lexington and Concord an argument for the Second Amendment and gun rights.

But what was barely reported on was that Palin was entirely correct in her comments that the patriots who went through town warning the people of Massachusetts to prepare were also warning the British that the militia would resist them through force.

Chris Matthews took a shot at Palin on his program, saying that Palin’s answer disqualified her from office. He then went on to say that everyone knows that Revere actually warned the Americans by using the signals “One if by land and two if by sea.”

Matthews was actually quoting a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that, while an important piece of literary work, is not historically accurate.

The truth about the battle was that it was in fact a great demonstration of an armed and civically active citizenry making their country free from tyranny.

Americans should remember Lexington and Concord today for both its larger political context, as well as for the individual bravery of the citizens and militiamen who worked to defeat British plans to subjugate the citizens of Massachusetts. Those who opposed the British would cease to be merely British colonists and would soon become Americans.

It must be noted that another famous event preceded the battles of Lexington and Concord, one that was set in motion at midnight April 15, 1775.

That night, American spies discovered that British soldiers in Boston under Gen. Thomas Gage, who had served with George Washington in the French and Indian War, were beginning to break camp. This information was acted upon by several colonial leaders in Boston, including Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren and William Dawes.

Gen. Gage told the commanding officer for the campaign, Lt. Col. F. Smith, “You will march with the Corps of Grenadiers and Light Infantry, put under your command, with the utmost expedition and secrecy to Concord, where you will seize and destroy all artillery, ammunition, provision, tents, small arms, and all military stores whatever.”

The British intended to confiscate the arms and munitions of the American colonists, the safeguards of liberty for citizens living in a free society, and they wished to capture American revolutionary leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Lexington during the process.

Unlike the popular story mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” which depicts a solitary patriot warning American colonists and militia that “the British are coming,” the operation to warn Americans of the imminent attack on their gun stores was a team effort. It was also a message to the British that Americans would resist the British government by force, if necessary.

Their actions set the stage for April 19, when the British tried to make good on their intentions to seize weapons and stores. About 70 American militiamen under Capt. John Parker met the British army in Lexington, and a brief skirmish ensued. Accounts of the conflict don’t tell us exactly who fired first, but the confrontation would be termed by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as the “shot heard ’round the world.”

The Minutemen, armed mostly with Kentucky long rifles, held their ground at Lexington and repulsed the British regulars at Concord long enough for revolutionary leaders to escape and supplies to be saved.

Those two engagements would set off a chain of events that would lead to the permanent separation of the British from their American colonies, which would be the first time in history that a European colony would break off and form its own nation.

Read more  here.

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