Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tuesday Morning Group & HB372

Nickfinity at The Jefferson Mammoth gives and excellent recap of the Tuesday Morning Groups latest meeting. Nick is an excellent reporter, a credit to the Pajamah Hadeen (that's a term I'm fond of for the "new media").

It certainly makes me wonder what Gov. Gilmore's future job prospects are.

My apologies for not posting as much the last couple of weeks. There has been a lot going on offscreen.

Kilo at Spark it Up! had a post that threw me for a loop. Through a link in his post I discovered the Fred Phelps hate group will be protesting at the funeral of LCpl. Steven Phillips who I wrote about in an earlier post. Thanks to Kilo, I am now closely following the progress of HB372. God bless Delegate Carrico for introducing that bill.

Among the fatalities in Iraq this week, two more Marines in my son's battalion were killed and also a soldier from Virginia.

Please keep all of our Freedom Fighters, Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and Iraqi Troops in your prayers and let them know America continues to support them.


Blogger The Red Queen said...

I think it is an absolute outrage that
there are persons claiming to be Christian who cannot back off of their political agenda long enough to realize that protesting at a solemon occasion such as a soldiers funeral is in fact not at all what Jesus would do. Jesus would have too much love for the family to ever put them through that much anguish.

I posted earlier this week on another soldier and he he was honored as he was laid to rest. Check it out here.

February 17, 2006 1:59 AM  
Blogger f mcdonald said...

Thank you for the post. The picture gallery was so beautiful. Cpl. Lundstrom was truly honored.
Here is the link again:
Cpl. Lundstrom

My family was originally from South Dakota. The photos capture the beauty of the place and the people.

February 17, 2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger spankthatdonkey said...

You know it's one thing to protest the war if a draft is in place, and you risk the government sending you to that war.

All of these servicemen are volunteers... every last one of them.

February 17, 2006 11:52 PM  
Blogger The Red Queen said...

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to come visit anytime- I appreciate the wisdom you always leave behind at Spark It Up!

February 18, 2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Niall said...

while I really hate the people who do s*** like that at funerals and memorial services, provided that they are not overly loud, and that people are given the ability to ask them to leave, it seems like an unnecessary restriction of the civil right to assembly to make what they're doing a misdemeanor, however thoughtless and heartless and selfish their actions are.

February 18, 2006 11:12 PM  
Blogger f mcdonald said...

I have given a lot of thought to this issue. I am a take-it-to-the-streets kind of person and do not hesitate to protest, counter-protest or engage in street theatre to make a point. The ability to do so is one of the many things I love about America.

I also recognize the right of citizens to peaceably assemble not just for political purposes but for religious, family or community functions.

A funeral is a solemn rite. People gather to honor not only the deceased but their stricken families. I truly cannot imagine any circumstance where protesters should be allowed to disrupt and try to incite riots.

Absolute freedom is anarchy and is not really freedom at all but becomes bondage to fear and chaos.

The Westboro Baptist church group are neither quiet nor respectful. They scream at the funeral goers and carry obscene signs slandering the deceased.

The bill in the Virginia legislature would still allow them to protest but would restrict the time and distance from the funeral proceedings.

I think it is reasonable legislation that civilized people can understand and the families of our fallen heroes can welcome.

February 19, 2006 12:51 AM  
Blogger f mcdonald said...

I made a mistake in the post above. The limitations I spoke of as to time and distance are part of a bill just passed in the South Dakota legislature SB156.

The Virginia legislation under consideration HB372 does not specify any specific restrictions as to time and distance. I wish it did. The proposed bill can be read here.

February 19, 2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger Niall said...

I suppose what you're saying is fair. I just balk at any more restrictions on civil liberties, especially in light of all of the things done in the name of "security" and "dignity of others" such as smoking bans in outdoor areas, let alone smoking bans in private places that should be free to set their own environmental standards, and the violent drug raids that turn up nothing and have no warrants such as those described by Radley Balko (The Agitator) or the thankfully unment demands from the Justice Department that Google turn over the private, extremely private, search data from varying periods of time.

February 22, 2006 6:01 PM  
Blogger Niall said...

granted most of the above things I mentioned have little to do with the right to assemble... but they are similar in their restrictions of basic things found in the bill of rights and laws based on those amendments.

February 22, 2006 6:03 PM  

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