Obama administration will not add D-Day prayer to WW II memorial

It’s something akin to leaving the Gettysburg Address off the Lincoln Memorial.

FDR’s prayer, read over the radio and published in every newspaper in the country on June 6, 1944, united this country in a way it had never before and never since been brought together. Churches and synagogues were jammed as our men waded ashore in Normandy and the president asked the country to come together in prayer. It was one of the most important moments of the war, uniting the home front with the front lines in Europe in a uniquely American way.

But the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t quite see it that way. Fox News:

But Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, said any plaque or inscription of the prayer would “dilute” the memorial’s central message and therefore “should not be altered.”

“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors,” Abbey said in written testimony.

Abbey explained to lawmakers that altering the memorial would be contrary to the Commemorative Works Act – a law that prohibits “encroachment by a new commemoration on a existing one.” It also respects the design of the “completed work of civic art without alteration or addition of new elements.”

Johnson told Fox News that the administration’s objection should “give all Americans a great deal of concern.”

“For there to be objections to demonstrating a faith in God at critical points in our nation’s history – particularly D-Day – boggles my mind,” Johnson said. “I was very surprised they were going to object.”

Help Save Maryland – Illegal Immigration Issue Red Hot Across The Nation!

State lawmakers are working to pass a group of bills against illegal immigrants known as, the National Security Begins at Home Legislation.

Stolen jobs, and a burden on tax paying Pennsylvanians are just two of the reasons State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R) 12th District, is trying to pass a package of Illegal Immigration bills in Pennsylvania.

” Right now you have tens of thousands of citizens unemployed in Pennsylvania. There`s illegal aliens coming here specifically to find work and if we can find work for illegal aliens we should be able to find work for Americans,” says Metcalfe

Among three bills that have already passed in the house, a Sanctuary Cities Bill.

It would ensure cities are not setting policies that would attract illegal immigrants to their cities.

” We`re working with the Senate and our house leadership to protect American`s lives, liberty, and property here in Pennsylvania,” says Metcalfe

One of the more controversial bills in the package waiting to hit the house floor.

A bill that would allow police to verify a person’s immigration status if they’re stopped for a crime, and reasonably suspected of being in this country illegally.

” I think it could be considered racist, discrimination, and kind of not what America is all about,” says Evita Cotta, one of the founders of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center of Harrisburg

She says illegal immigrants are taking jobs that Americans don’t want, and that many times, illegal immigrants simply can’t afford to go through the citizenship process.

” They can`t afford it and it`s no different than any other citizen here that`s in need of services and they can`t get help and they don`t have the money,” says Cotta.

Read more here.

Occupy Wall Street Protestors Now Demanding Free Food From Restaurants

An Occupy Wall Street protestor was arrested early Friday after a violent rampage at a McDonald’s that refused to offer him free food.

The NYPD says it happened at about 2:45 a.m. at a McDonald’s near the make-shift tent city in Zuccotti Park.

Fisika Bezabeh, 27, went into the world’s largest restaurant chain and demanded free food, apparently craving a burger over the gourmet food being served in the park.

The people behind the counter, who are working instead of protesting, were not about to offer the man free food.

Bezabeh then turned violent, ripped a credit-card reader from a counter and threw it at workers before police arrived and arrested the protester.

There have been growing concerns about security and lawlessness among the protesters. Earlier this week, a cook at the camp was arrested on sex charges.

And video surfaced Friday morning showing two of the protesters having a fist fight inside of the park.

Read more here.

Police Arrest Suspect in Brutal Machete Attack at New Jersey Chicken Restaurant

Police said they’ve arrested the suspect captured on video using a machete in an attack at a New Jersey chicken restaurant.

The arrest came just five days after police in Paterson, N.J. posted the violent footage on Facebook in the hopes of getting a lead on the perpetrator. Two other suspects in the attack had already been arrested.

According to police, the trio attacked two victims in separate incidents at the U.S. Chicken Restaurant September 10.

More land off limits to development: a sign of things to come under PlanMaryland?

It was just another item on the agenda Tuesday evening at the County Council meeting, and since I don’t have the record of what happened yet I have to presume it passed without a peep of opposition. (I’d be happy to stand corrected, but I know the resolution passed. Whether it was 4-2 or 6-0, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference in the end.)

With that passage the county was authorized to spend nearly $2 million in state money to purchase easements on 710 acres of land along Nanticoke and Royal Oak Roads known as the Tracey Property – that’s a little over one square mile of territory.

In a statement, county PIO Jim Fineran quoted County Executive Rick Pollitt as saying, “This is another important step in the preservation of our rural way of life here. The fact that this unspoiled property will remain as that is of crucial importance to us and future generations. We are deeply appreciative of Governor O’Malley’s support through the Department of Natural Resources.” Well, they should be appreciative – but I’d rather see that funding come to us as highway money so the roads can be fixed and upgraded.

There was one statement in the briefing book that intrigued me, though:

Since the inception of Wicomico County’s Rural Legacy Program in 2000, the State’s Green Infrastructure Program (Established in 2004) has developed additional goals and strategies for protecting environmentally sensitive areas. A predominate (sic) attribute among the program’s goals and strategies is to improve connectivity between environmentally sensitive and naturally occurring areas through the use of greenways or corridors. Over 97% (461.1 acres) of this particular easement acquisition lies within a State designated Green Infrastructure Hub and will assist the State’s goals of preserving large consecutive tracts of land and promote connectivity between the County’s various land preservation programs. (Emphasis mine.)

So PlanMaryland’s goals are already in place; as greenways get larger less land is available for development. In the case of this parcel, the euphemistic estimate is that up to 110 lots were “extinguished” by the purchase of this easement – betcha that would have netted the Tracey trust far more than $2 million.

Read more here.

Failed Liberal Ideas

1) Hatched by social engineers who cooked up President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” the War on Poverty spawned a welfare mentality that has trapped the poor in a web of dependency, spent $16 trillion—without making a dent in the poverty rate—and will burn through another $10.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

Throwing good money after bad: It just doesn’t make sense.

2) The U.S. Department of Education has spent trillions of tax dollars growing a bloated, top-down bureaucracy, but American public education still lags behind other countries. Now, President Obama wants to bribe states with billions more if they give in to additional federal interference in their schools: “If states show that they’re serious about reform,” says President Obama, “we’ll show them the money.”

If these ideas are so good, why do liberals have to pay people to use them?

3)Despite funding numerous projects that never get off the ground, the U.S. Department of Energy has seen its budget grow by more than $11 billion in the last 10 years—a 76% increase! Because our nation is looking for spending to cut, the DOE might be the place to start. Instead of focusing on opening new sources of energy, the DOE pushes politically correct pet projects that are expensed to the American people.

Some of these ideas . . . like mood rings and polyester pants . . . are better left in the 1970s.

4)The Community Reinvestment Act spawned sub-prime mortgage lending, which boomed starting in the mid-1990s under President Bill Clinton. When the bubble burst, millions of sub-prime borrowers—the low-income people the CRA was created to help—found themselves owing more than their homes were worth. This set off the foreclosure cascade, tipped the economy into a prolonged recession, and plunged many families into poverty after they lost the homes they couldn’t afford but that Washington induced them to buy.

Ignoring the law of unintended consequences: It just doesn’t work.

5) They’re touting their Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 as the complete and real solution to America’s immigration problems. Hoping Americans will ignore history, though, liberals’ current manipulation is as catastrophically irresponsible as the amnesty law Congress adopted in 1986, which more than quadrupled the population of people here illegally.

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result: That’s not going to get us anywhere.

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