“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

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Rapid City Observance of 911 10th Anniversary

Rapid City Observance of 911 10th Anniversary

When al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the United Stated on September 11, 2001, two former Ellsworth commanders were directly involved. Brigadier General Scott A. Vander Hamm and Col. Debra Shattuck (ret) will return to Rapid City to remember the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 and will be the focus of a special event at the Western Dakota Technical Institute on Saturday, September 10 at 9 am.

The Imperial Presidency: Illegals Get to Stay

The Imperial Presidency: Illegals Get to Stay

Once again our imperial president His Lord and Highness Barack Obama has taken it upon himself as head of the executive branch to decide which of the laws of our nation he will and will not execute. He has now decided to cancel the deportation of illegal aliens if they meet certain “criteria.” Is it getting about time we seriously considered impeaching this lawless man who occupies the office of the President of the United States?

Rep. West’s Message to CAIR: NUTS!

Rep. West's Message to CAIR: NUTS!

Retired Lieutenant Colonel and now U.S. Representative Allen West (R-FL) continues to impress. In this video report, Rep. West sent a reply letter to Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which his only statement was “NUTS.” According to the reporter, “Nobody seems to know exactly what it means.” Do you know your history? Do you know what Lt Col West meant when he replied to this organization which serves as apologists for Muslim extremism?

Sometimes War IS the Answer

Sometimes War IS the Answer

In his latest “Klavan on the Culture,” Andrew Klavan examines the iconic, mindless-liberal slogan/bumper sticker “War is not the answer.” Sounds good…if you’re about five years old and don’t have a clue about the real world or about the nature of evil. Unfortunately that is the mental level on which most liberals operate, especially when it comes to the nature of evil. As reality shows, frequently, war IS the answer.

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Practical Advice for VA-Medicare Billing Problems

SOS: Speaking of Seniors - Practical Advice for VA-Medicare Billing Problems

Fixing a problem among the Veterans Administration, the Medicare system, and an insurance company to make sure that the VA, Medicare, and the Medicare supplement insurance policy all pay the correct amount on a medical bill is an ordeal. There is a much easier way: Ask a Congressman or Senator to help. Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate can get the cooperation of the VA and Medicare systems to correct a medical billing error. They have the power to fix these problems, and if there is systemic failure, they need to know about it.

President Obama Debates Senator Obama

President Obama Debates Senator Obama

The great folks at the Media Research Center have put together a debate on the issues between Senator Barack Obama and President Barack Obama. These two individuals have striking differences on how they want to handle issues such as listening to the American people, enforcing the law including DOMA, forcing Americans to buy products they don’t want, and the use of the military.

Obama Green-Lights Open Homosexuality in the Military

Obama Green-Lights Open Homosexuality in the Military

President Barack Obama signed off on allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military today, and barring a miracle the decision will take effect on our armed forces in 60 days. This further illustrates that elections have serious consequences, often very bad ones. A growing number of people are pointing out that the entire DADT repeal was handled in a dishonest fashion from the start, and even now there are pertinent documents that are being kept from the public. The American people have a right to full disclosure when their safety–which depends on military readiness and effectiveness–is being undermined.

Getting to the Bottom of the Debt Limit

Getting to the Bottom of the Debt Limit

Often times, someone outside the family is better able to define a problem or the real issues in a conflict than those in the middle of the dispute. So it is that Jeremy Warner of London’s Daily Telegraph put his finger squarely on the real, underlying nature of the blood-fest surrounding the proposed increase in the national debt ceiling.

Last week was the biggest birthday party of all

Last week was the biggest birthday party of all

Last week’s birthday of the nation was an unusual one for the Garnos family (I’ll explain later). Therefore, today’s column was written on Independence Day, the Fourth of July. It is of reflections of what the day and our American flag mean as the two are inseparable. One is from a National Guardsman and there is one or two from this columnist. Did the day and the flag have any special meaning to you other than it was a great day to barbecue and shoot fireworks?

US House Moves to Block Pentagon DOMA Violations

US House Moves to Block Pentagon DOMA Violations

The Family Research Council (FRC) praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for overwhelmingly approving U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’s (R-NC) amendment to the 2012 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit using Pentagon funds in contradiction of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes.

Reagan Honored for Freedom in Europe

Reagan Honored for Freedom in Europe

There has been little coverage of this here in the States but one of America’s greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan, is being honored overseas for helping free millions of people from the oppression of Marxism. A statue of Reagan is being unveiled today in London, another in Budapest, and a street is being named after him in Prague. Reagan’s vision of peace through strength helped bring down the world’s most Evil Empire and set free many countries that had suffered under the yoke of communism for decades.

Rep. West on America’s Security Interests in the Middle East

Rep. West on America's Security Interests in the Middle East

This video features Rep. Alan West (R-FL) at a Center for Security Policy event in New York City. West is a highly decorated and respected retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, and he discusses U.S. security interests, primarily in the Middle East. He examines our military action in Libya and the “Arab Spring,” among other topics.

What kind of financial condition is your town really in?

What kind of financial condition is your town really in?

With the flooding in the Pierre-Ft. Pierre area and at Dakota Dunes, financial difficulties in the state, counties and towns, appear to have taken a back seat. But the difficulties are still there. At the same time these governmental entities continue to work for us. As I see it, the flood and these financial problems are helping to create a new spirit of cooperation in South Dakota.

The New FBI Powers: Cointelpro on Steroids

The New FBI Powers: Cointelpro on Steroids

Listen closely and what you will hear, beneath the babble of political chatter and other mindless political noises distracting you from what’s really going on, are the dying squeals of the Fourth Amendment. It dies a little more with every no-knock raid that is carried out by a SWAT team, every phone call eavesdropped on by FBI agents, and every piece of legislation passed that further undermines the right of every American to be free from governmental intrusions into their private affairs.

Dakota Voice Week in Review, Ending Jun. 18, 2011

Dakota Voice Week in Review, Ending Jun. 18, 2011

The best of the best articles at Dakota Voice this past week, including: NBA, Old Navy Lend Support to Radical Homosexual Movement; Results of the New Hampshire GOP Debate; Dems object to amendments to DADT repeal bill; Homosexual Recruiting With Government Help; Hanks Campaign Ad May Backfire; Fathers: Key to their Childrens Faith; and more!

Dems object to amendments to DADT repeal bill

Dems object to amendments to DADT repeal bill

It never ceases to amaze me how Democrats will completely turn the debate on its head and claim to be advocating for the same values as mainstream Americans. Maintaining the values of thousands of years across a multitude of cultures and religions is a “radical social agenda” and despite two-and-a-half centuries of military success in keeping America safe and prosperous and “our families safe,” it can no longer be accomplished without unrestrained sodomy in our military ranks.

Time for a Return to Checks and Balances

Time for a Return to Checks and Balances

In 2007, Candidate Obama made it clear that the president does not have constitutional power to unilaterally authorize military action, but should seek advice and consent from Congress. My, what a difference an election makes. The Senator who made criticism of George W. Bush’s “imperial presidency” a cornerstone of his campaign is now, as President, quite oblivious to his own constitutional limitations with regard to executive power.

Air Show Teaches History

Air Show Teaches History

Shad Olson of the Shad Olson Show was at the Dakota Thunder 2011 Air Show at Ellsworth AFB last weekend, and has produced a great video presentation on the historical aircraft featured at Dakota Thunder. Aviation is relatively young in history, yet in such a short time, aviation has changed our world and changed the way we conduct warfare. See the tools that changed forever the very world we live in.

Video: Heavy Metal Jet Team Demo

Video: Heavy Metal Jet Team Demo

These video clips are from the demo performed by the Heavy Metal Jet Team at Dakota Thunder 2011 on June 4, 2011. The team is based in Lancaster, PA and is composed mostly of retired military pilots but with a couple of civilian pilots as well. They fly four L-39’s and one T-33.

Video: B-1 Bombery Flyby

Video: B-1 Bombery Flyby

The video clips below are from a B-1 bomber flyby at Dakota Thunder 2011 at Ellsworth AFB, SD on June 4, 2011. These heavy bombers are stationed at Ellsworth AFB and Dyess AFB, TX.

Video: B-2 Stealth Bomber Flyby

Video: B-2 Stealth Bomber Flyby

The video clips below are from a B-2 stealth bomber flyby at Dakota Thunder 2011, the air show at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota yesterday. Flyby 1 Flyby 2

Dakota Thunder 2011

Dakota Thunder 2011

My family and I had the pleasure of attending Dakota Thunder 2011, the air show at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota yesterday. Among the demo teams that were featured: Viper West Demo Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Heavy Metal Jet Team, MiG Fury Fighters and more. There were flybys the B-1 bomber (stationed at Ellsworth) and the B-2 stealth bomber (stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO).

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day Remembrance

This Memorial Day I encourage us all to pay homage to those who have given all they have for the unmerited benefit of so many. To give honor to whom honor is due. To Ryan Miller and so many others, we owe a great debt, a debt we can only pay in remembrance. One of the ways we remember them is to preserve the ideals and values they fought to defend and pass them along to our children. Secondly, we must teach our children to remember and honor those who have given so much for their benefit. In the same way we also remember the One who gave of himself for the unmerited benefit of so many.

Religious Agencies Express Concern Over Religious Freedom in Military

Religious Agencies Express Concern Over Religious Freedom in Military

Twenty-one religious agencies providing chaplains to the U.S. military sent a joint letter to the military’s chiefs of chaplains Monday voicing strong concern over the continuing absence of religious liberty protections if openly practiced homosexual behavior is definitively imposed on the military. The letter asks the chiefs for their help in urging Congress and the Department of Defense to adopt such protections.

Revisionism Corrected on Iraq and Al Qaeda

Revisionism Corrected on Iraq and Al Qaeda

She’s done it before, but it’s always good to watch a pro at work. In this interview between MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and Bush Administration National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, she schools the recalcitrant revisionist newsman on the facts concerning Iraq.