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A day in the life of President Bush (12/17/05): photos & transcript of today's address
White House & Yahoo News Photos ^ | 12/17/05

Posted on 12/17/2005 1:00:51 PM PST by Wolfstar

PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: The President is in Washington preparing for his address to the nation tomorrow evening.

Remember the following the next time some congress-critter or senator whines about not being briefed by the White House about something:

At yesterday's press briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said that General Casey and Iraqi Ambassador Khalilzad briefed members of Congress on the elections and the political progress, as well as on the security progress in Iraq. Ambassador Khalilzad talked about how we would work with the new Iraqi government and assist them as they work to put a permanent government in place.

General Casey gave an update on the security situation, and another sign of progress was that the violence was down yesterday. McClellan said we know that the terrorists and Saddam loyalists want to continue to carry out their attacks. And we expect that violence will continue. That's why we've got to continue to work to train and equip the Iraqi security forces going forward. We are making important progress. There are still challenges ahead. At this point, though, we congratulate the Iraqi people for a great day yesterday.

And now for a little fun -- it is Christmas time, after all...

President Bush discloses iPod playlist

President George Bush yesterday discussed the contents of his iPod in greater detail with Sky News, noting various artists as he toyed with Apple's "high tech stuff." The Commander In-Chief perused his selections, listing among the The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, The Archies, Aretha Franklin, and "Dan" McLean as favored artists, among others on his playlist. One bystander quickly corrected the president, reminding him that Don, not Dan, was the artist who sang "American Pie." Bush remarked that "Bono came in and dropped his new iPod on me," comparing his older device to the lead singer of U2's iPod nano. "This is a clunker compared to the newer version," Bush said. The President failed to mention whether Bono's singing with U2 is among his selections. The music-fan-in-chief also took time to mention that his iPod "can shuffle the shuffle."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: This is the entire transcript of today's Presidential Radio Address, without question the most important such address since World War II. I have emphasized portions with bold type.

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.

As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We're fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we've been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders.

One of the first actions we took to protect America after our nation was attacked was to ask Congress to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the legal and bureaucratic wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing vital information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.

Since then, America's law enforcement personnel have used this critical law to prosecute terrorist operatives and supporters, and to break up terrorist cells in New York, Oregon, Virginia, California, Texas and Ohio. The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do: it has protected American liberty and saved American lives.

Yet key provisions of this law are set to expire in two weeks. The terrorist threat to our country will not expire in two weeks. The terrorists want to attack America again, and inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that law enforcement and intelligence officials have the tools they need to protect the American people.

The House of Representatives passed reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Yet a minority of senators filibustered to block the renewal of the Patriot Act when it came up for a vote yesterday. That decision is irresponsible, and it endangers the lives of our citizens. The senators who are filibustering must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.

To fight the war on terror, I am using authority vested in me by Congress, including the Joint Authorization for Use of Military Force, which passed overwhelmingly in the first week after September the 11th. I'm also using constitutional authority vested in me as Commander-in-Chief.

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.

This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.

As the 9/11 Commission pointed out, it was clear that terrorists inside the United States were communicating with terrorists abroad before the September the 11th attacks, and the commission criticized our nation's inability to uncover links between terrorists here at home and terrorists abroad. Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the United States to other members of al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn't know they were here, until it was too late.

The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.

The activities I authorized are reviewed approximately every 45 days. Each review is based on a fresh intelligence assessment of terrorist threats to the continuity of our government and the threat of catastrophic damage to our homeland. During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation's top legal officials, including the Attorney General and the Counsel to the President. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.

The NSA's activities under this authorization are thoroughly reviewed by the Justice Department and NSA's top legal officials, including NSA's general counsel and inspector general.Leaders in Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this authorization and the activities conducted under it. Intelligence officials involved in this activity also receive extensive training to ensure they perform their duties consistent with the letter and intent of the authorization.

This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I'm the President of the United States.

Thank you.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: barney; bush; cowardlycongress; dickcheney; firstlady; georgew; ipod; iraq; luara; lynnecheney; nsa; nyslimes; patriotleak; president; radioaddress; vicepresident
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DUMB MEDIA QUESTION OF THE YEAR: This exchange is from yesterday's press briefing by Scott McClellan. There was no indication of who the report is in the exchange, but he or she really is too dumb to be let out in public without a minder:

Q: Let me follow with one other question. Is it your position that the congressional authorization for war against al Qaeda in 2001 allows the President to take some steps to collect intelligence?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just told you why I'm not going to get into discussing ongoing intelligence activities.

Q: You mean you cannot say whether it's lawful to spy on Americans or not?

MR. McCLELLAN: We have a Constitution and we have laws.

Q: We're not asking for any details. We're asking you --

MR. McCLELLAN: That's why I'm making a broad statement to let you know that we --

Q: It is broad. Is it legal to spy on Americans?

MR. McCLELLAN: We have a Constitution and we have laws in place, and we follow those --

Q: You say you are abiding by the law?

MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely. And there's congressional oversight of intelligence activities, there's other oversight of intelligence activities.

Q: Why do you have to have secret orders then?

"Why do you have to have secret orders then?" A perfect example of -- ahem -- reportorial "intellect." Remember this the next time the media gets all huffy-puffy and expects us to take them seriously.

Also from the same briefing, there was this little revelation of reportorial jealousy. It seems the President and First Lady invited a number of talk radio personalities to the annual White House correspondents reception, including Neal Boortz of Atlanta, Blanquita Cullum and Laura Ingraham of Washington, Scott Hennen of Fargo, North Dakota, and others. So some doltish reporter whose first name is Les asked, "You've been attending these parties for five years, and I have since 1974. Have you ever seen so much of talk radio invited before?" With all that's going on in the world, Les is worried about this!

1 posted on 12/17/2005 1:00:54 PM PST by Wolfstar
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A_perfect_lady; ...

Pinging you to the Saturday Dose. I hope we all join the President in fury at the NYslimes, whoever leaked national security information to them, and the United States Senate for its cowardice.


2 posted on 12/17/2005 1:02:40 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
PHOTO OF THE DAY: An angry and determined President Bush delivers his live radio address in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005.


3 posted on 12/17/2005 1:03:22 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

oh my ;)


4 posted on 12/17/2005 1:03:49 PM PST by STARWISE (THIS DAY WILL LIVE IN HISTORY! God Bless Pres. George Bush-NEVER FORGET what brought this day.))
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To: Wolfstar
The President of the United States speaking from the Roosevelt Room this morning. I am reminded of the profoundly touching scene in "To Kill a Mockingbird," when Scout is sitting in the balcony with the black folks, and Atticus stands to leave the courtroom. All of the black people stand out of respect for him, but Atticus' own daughter, Scout, remains sitting. The older black man next to her says almost reverently, "Stand, child, your father's passing."

We are, of course, reading these words in the virtual world of the internet, so we can't literally stand as the President passes. All Americans should, however, have the same reverential respect for this great, visionary man. Is he human? Yes. Does he make mistakes? Yes. Are there things he might have done better or differently? Yes. But none of that diminishes what George W. Bush is at his core, an enormously honorable, courageous man who is trying to drain the swamp of Islamic radicalism at its source. The fact that there are Americans -- including elected leaders -- who do not wish him well in this endeavor in a post-9/11 world is mind-boggling.


5 posted on 12/17/2005 1:05:17 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar


6 posted on 12/17/2005 1:05:37 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
Yahoo decided to repost this file photo to use as a hook for another one of it's scurrilous captions. We'll happily use the photo on the Dose while figuratively giving Yahoo the finger. President Bush speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, February 28, 2005.


7 posted on 12/17/2005 1:06:09 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

Top ten?


8 posted on 12/17/2005 1:07:21 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: Wolfstar
Vice President Dick Cheney, right, leaves a briefing in the U.S. Capitol along with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card Friday, Dec. 16. 2005 after talking with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee leadership. (Another briefing. Maybe the problem with the senate is that they all are suffering from dementia. They sure do seem to forget the many briefings they receive.)

The Vice President will go to Afghanistan next week for the first session of its new parliament, and also make stops in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman. (I'll bet this is the first most of us have heard that Afghanistan has elected a new parliament. While it rushes to give away national security secrets, our media can't be bothered telling us some really significant good news.)

The Vice President and his wife, Lynne, sit down to a town meeting with U.S. troops. They are flanked by 42nd Division's Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, left, and Lt. Col. James Lettko, right, after a rally for the 10th Mountain Division and the 42nd Infantry at Fort Drum, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005.


9 posted on 12/17/2005 1:08:31 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
Sen. John McCain (R-Loony Bin) looks startled as PRESIDENT Bush pats him on the arm while bursting the senator's self-delusion: Thanks for dropping by, John. By the way, you do realize the Republican rank-and-file will never give you the nomination, now don't you. There, there, now. Don't take it so hard, John.

Rocked by the news, McCain stares fixedly into space while the PRESIDENT talks with Sen. John Warner (R-VA).


10 posted on 12/17/2005 1:09:45 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
Former first lady Barbara Bush receives an honorary doctorate in letters from Texas A&M during afternoon commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. She looks great, doesn't she.


11 posted on 12/17/2005 1:10:19 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
Iraqis celebrate their elections. Our media (and the Left everywhere) cries and changes the subject.


12 posted on 12/17/2005 1:11:40 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
From lucianne.com...an early arrival in Iraq trying to blend in.


13 posted on 12/17/2005 1:12:24 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
What's a Dose without Barney's happy mug? A scientific study was released this month which proved that dogs DO laugh. In fact, the study says that the laughter of one dog will calm other dogs. Of course, Barney's laughter only enrages Schumer, Kennedy, Pelosi and other Leftists on Capitol Hill. That's because Barney has laughed uproariously every time he's nipped their heels.


14 posted on 12/17/2005 1:13:25 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: STARWISE

Hi STARWISE. The transcript is for those people who won't have a chance to see or hear the speech in its entirety.


15 posted on 12/17/2005 1:14:09 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: squarebarb

Top 2. My posts don't count. :-)


16 posted on 12/17/2005 1:14:54 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
As one of our own Freepers said on another thread:

How many victems of a terrorist attack will have as their last thought "well, at least I know that the government wasn't listening in on my phone conversations or reading my e-mails"

How many people have to die before this country finally wakes up? How many senators are taking bribes from Al Qaeda to get them to aid the terrorists?

17 posted on 12/17/2005 1:15:17 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: STARWISE

STARWISE, in some ways the Photo of the Day is one of the very best photos of our Dubya ever.


18 posted on 12/17/2005 1:16:26 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 12/17/2005 1:17:01 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (The right wants victory, the left wants to surrender. It's that simple.)
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To: McGavin999
How many victms of a terrorist attack will have as their last thought "well, at least I know that the government wasn't listening in on my phone conversations or reading my e-mails."

Indeed. Very well said.

20 posted on 12/17/2005 1:17:24 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

Hot diggety, where's my toaster?

I especially appreciate the pictures as I have no television. Will be depending on FR for the President's speech tomorrow.


21 posted on 12/17/2005 1:17:40 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: tiredoflaundry

You're welcome.


22 posted on 12/17/2005 1:17:42 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

I wish I could remember the name of the Freeper who came up with that, because it was totally brilliant.


23 posted on 12/17/2005 1:18:39 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Wolfstar

Tomorrow's speech should be a barnburner. The left doesn't care that they endanger our security. Harry Reid actually bragged about killing the Patriot Act. He may as well brag about killing Americans.

And the president made clear in his speech this morning that he's briefed congress (small c on purpose) at least a dozen times about NSA and spying. So their pretend indignation that this is the first they've heard about it is all the more disgusting.


24 posted on 12/17/2005 1:19:09 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Wolfstar

Love your editorial comments to go along with the pictures, Wolfstar. You do a much better job than the MSM at writing captions.


25 posted on 12/17/2005 1:20:31 PM PST by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: Peach
The left doesn't care that they endanger our security. Harry Reid actually bragged about killing the Patriot Act. He may as well brag about killing Americans.

Cornyn is on the Senate floor now speaking about the Patriot Act.

26 posted on 12/17/2005 1:20:56 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (The right wants victory, the left wants to surrender. It's that simple.)
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To: squarebarb; snugs
Hot diggety, where's my toaster?

Grin...wait, now. STARWISE was #1 today. Toaster only goes to #1.

I especially appreciate the pictures as I have no television. Will be depending on FR for the President's speech tomorrow.

The President will be speaking at 9:00pm Eastern time, which is 6:00pm where I live on the West Coast. I do the Dose tomorrow also, so I'll try to get at least a few photos up on the Dose if any appear tomorrow night. Snugs does the Dose on Monday, and she will undoubtedly post most of the photos from the speech.

27 posted on 12/17/2005 1:22:31 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: tiredoflaundry

Thanks for the heads up..He is my Senator.


28 posted on 12/17/2005 1:23:10 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: McGavin999
I wish I could remember the name of the Freeper who came up with that, because it was totally brilliant.

It is brilliant, and that FReeper deserves a commendation.

29 posted on 12/17/2005 1:23:17 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: MEG33

;-)


30 posted on 12/17/2005 1:23:47 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (The right wants victory, the left wants to surrender. It's that simple.)
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To: Wolfstar

A Saturday afternoon Dose! Thanks for the treat, Wolfstar. Making plans now to be stationed in front of my TV tomorrow night at 9pm for an even bigger treat...........Our President "telling it like it is"!!!!


31 posted on 12/17/2005 1:24:01 PM PST by Carolinamom (Winter is in my head , but eternal spring is in my heart. ---Victor Hugo)
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To: Wolfstar

http://www.gunstuff.com/america-attacked.html
Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives;
all those who sacrificed their lives;
And to all the Heroes that responded to the emergency 11 September 2001

Some seem to have forgotten!


32 posted on 12/17/2005 1:25:32 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Peach
Tomorrow's speech should be a barnburner. The left doesn't care that they endanger our security. Harry Reid actually bragged about killing the Patriot Act. He may as well brag about killing Americans.

That's exactly what the Dems and Left want to see happen. I make no bones about calling them on their anti-Ammericanism and having made common cause with the Islamofacists.

I don't know if the speech will be a barnburner, though. I expect it to be more of a way for the President to update the general public on progress in Iraq.

33 posted on 12/17/2005 1:26:01 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: kayak
Love your editorial comments to go along with the pictures, Wolfstar. You do a much better job than the MSM at writing captions.

Thanks. Grin...mine are better because they come from the heart. We won't discuss where the MSM's come from because this is a family thread. ;-)

34 posted on 12/17/2005 1:27:07 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
an early arrival in Iraq trying to blend in.

LOL.

35 posted on 12/17/2005 1:27:13 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Wolfstar

ROTFLMCO! Now THAT is funny!

36 posted on 12/17/2005 1:29:02 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Carolinamom

Good afternoon, Carolinamom. I hope people won't be disappointed tomorrow night, because my instincts tell me the President is just going to update the general public on progress in Iraq. But who knows...he seemed angry enough today to maybe change tomorrow's speech and include some of what was in today's radio address.


37 posted on 12/17/2005 1:29:34 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar

LOL! I know what you mean!


38 posted on 12/17/2005 1:31:00 PM PST by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: MEG33
Some seem to have forgotten!

In the case of Leftist everywhere -- and that includes on Capitol Hill and in the MSM -- they haven't forgotten. They just don't care. They want this nation to be defeated.

39 posted on 12/17/2005 1:31:25 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar; BUSHdude2000; DaveMSmith; redhead; WaterDragon; Wphile; ohioWfan; Brad's Gramma; ...

Psalm 123

 1 I lift up my eyes to you,
       to you whose throne is in heaven.

 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
       as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
       so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
       till he shows us his mercy.

 3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,
       for we have endured much contempt.

 4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
       much contempt from the arrogant.


Please remember the following members of the military and their families/friends in prayer:


~ WomanofStandard ….. a dear friend's sons, Troy (Air Force) in Italy and Tyler (Army) at Ft. Bragg, NC
~ leenie312 ….. son Nicholas is in the Marines
~ rintense .…. friend's brother, Brian Z.
…..… friend, Matt (who is a Freeper), deployed to the Mid-East
~ AF_Blue ….. active-duty AF
~ fc2tomschermuly (Navy) … he is a FReeper, as is his sister (mjaneangels@aolcom) and their father is a lurker
~ EuroFrog ….. husband, SSG Mike, deployed to Kuwait
….. SSG Kris, friend of SSG Mike in Kuwait
~ annyokie ….. son, Ian (Navy)
~ azGOPgal’s friend’s friend, Jeremy who is in the 10th Mountain Division
~ FresnoArmyBrat ….. a cousin
~ Jim Robinson ….. two nephews
~ tinacart ….. best friend's son, Cody - 4th Infantry
~ bigghurtt ….. 5 years in the Army, soon-to-be Special Forces
~ JulieRNR21 ..... friend Betty's grandson, Matt, in US Army
~ ladyinred ….. Josh, newly deployed to Iraq
….. Also, Josh's sister Pamela
….. their mother now has 2 children over there and one who has just returned home
~ ntnychik ….. the members of the 10th Mountain Division (which will be in Iraq for the long haul) and their families
~ Pan_Yan & Pan_Yans Wife ….. friend, Mike, stateside now but expects to go back to Iraq in late winter
~ hoosier_RW_conspirator ….. son Jake
~ Jaguar Girl ….. nephew Jimmy is serving in the Air Force
~ Kewlhand Tek, a FReeper, is currently serving in Iraq
~ St.Mark ….. nephew, somewhere between Syria and Fallujha (Marines); and son, in Twentynine Palms CA in training (Marines)
~ savagesusie ….. son Cory is in Afghanistan
~ Militiaman7 ..... son, Jonathan, who is a FReeper, is in Afghanistan with the Virginia Army National Guard.
~ jonsie ….. son Ryan has been in Iraq as a medic with 1st Cav since Sept. 2003, he is now guarding the green zone
~ elder5 ….. brother-in-law W0-2 Brian F., Army Reserve Chopper pilot, on his 2nd tour in Iraq
~ Kate of Spice Island ….. son has been sworn in as a Marine Reserve in the delayed entry program as he finishes up high school
~ Don'tMessWithTexas ….. 2 brothers-in-law in the service
….. … a Lt.Cmdr in US Navy deployed in Guam
….. … a Major in US Army deployed in the Sunni Triangle outside Baghdad.
~ notpoliticallycorewrecked ….. scoutmaster of our BSA troop, Rick (Army National Guard). His unit will be leaving for training in Sept. and shipping over to Iraq before the end of the year though he will not be going with them.
~ Texas Princess ….. nephew Roland, (Air Force), currently stationed in Korea
~ an anonymous FReeper ….. son, Stephen (Army), in Baghdad
~ Kentucky ….. has a request for prayer from a Marine Mom whose son, Ramsey, is in Iraq
~ snowtigger ….. Peter, 1/24 INF (he drives a Stryker armored vehicle) ….. just shipped out to Mosul
~ homemom ….. Kelsey, a young lady now serving in Iraq
~ mamaduck ….. cousin, Carl, is a Sargeant Major stationed in FL right now and will deployed to Iraq after the new year
~ Pippin ….. niece’s husband, Sung, (Air Force and brand new American citizen) is deployed to S. Korea
…..niece, Melissa, is in the AirForce, currently stationed in GA
~ Blue Scourge ….. a Freeper (Air Force), leaving for basic training
~ Collier ….. friend, Jim, father of 3 girls....Iowa National Guard, currently in Afghanistan
~ GOP-Pat ….. cousin's husband Tommy, retired from sheriff's department in July to volunteer to go to Iraq to train the Iraqi troops.
~ SE Mom ….. son Tommy, 101st AB, home now in Florida undergoing chemotherapy
~ Severa ….. husband, Jason (FR screen name Hostel), USN P-3 Aircraft Mechanic
….. ….. brother Wes, USAF First Lieutenant
….. ….. Jason's cousin David, 101st Airborne
~ MontanaCowgirlCop ….. brother Ted, who is an 18-year-old Marine medic overseas right now
~ FReeper MikeinIraq
~ reformed_dem ….. brother Drew is in Iraq
~ gatorbait ….. brother-in-law John (Army) and nephew Andrew (Marine) in the mid-East
~ nelibeli ….. nephew Tres (Army), is serving his 2nd deployment to Iraq (he volunteered to go back!)
~ pGfwabf ….. son Mark (Marines) has been assigned state-side duty after graduating from boot camp.
~ It's_me_K.E.T. ….. son, Brian (U.S. Army), deployed March 6 to Iraq for 13 months.
~ FreedomHasACost ….. brother Ted (Marines) is in the Middle East
~ arbee4bush ….. daughter Kristen (Freeper KB4W) training for loadmaster C-17 US Air Force.
~ hoosier_RW_conspirator ….. son, Jake (Army) deployed to Afghanistan
~ hoosier_RW_conspirator ….. friend's son, Danny (Army) awaiting deployment for 2nd tour in Iraq
~ jch10 ….. son, Maury, US Army, who is in Qatar, soon to be in South Korea before returning home
~ GVgirl ….. son Nathan, active duty, California National Guard
~ herewego ….. brother-in-law Robert has just left for Iraq
~ FReeper stompk has re-enlisted, this time in the Army Reserves after serving active duty in the past in the Navy, and hopes to be serving in the War on Terror soon as a medic
~ jtill ….. Vic, Youth Minister at her church, will be leaving for Iraq for one year
~ BUSHdude2000 ….. brother currently stationed at Fort Drum, NY, will be going to Iraq in August
~ TruthNtegrity ….. Friend from church has returned from the mid-East. Retired Navy pilot hubby trying to get his wife to retire but she is committed to helping the military in her field of expertise and wants 2 more years to support the WoT.
~ Prophet in the wilderness ….. nephew (Marines) has returned home from Iraq but has shipped out elsewhere.
~ LUV W ….. son David is a Captain in the Air Force, currently on deployment in the mid-East
~ ntnychik ….. friend's son, Erik, an Army Ranger, on second tour in Iraq
~ from hoosiermama …
….. … George, in Iraq
….. … Bill was home but is heading back to Iraq
….. … Dan, our teacher, is still working stateside and his son has been accepted to one of the Military academies (West Point I think).
….. … Brad is doing his second tour in Iraq
….. … Tre, from work, has reinlisted and is currently working stateside.
~ PhiKapMom’s daughter, Jennifer, U. S. Navy; Jennifer’s husband, Tyler, U.S. Navy – both currently deployed
~ Happy2BMe ….. son Aaron has returned safely from Iraq (having been awarded a Bronze Star), though quite a few from his Arkansas National Guard unit made the ultimate sacrifice. Prayers for their families.
~ CyberAnt ….. nephew Jody (USMC) … awaiting deployment orders
~ Jet Jaguar (U. S. Air Force) - Republic of Korea
~ Sea2ShiningSea … Chad, her “adopted” soldier
~ Marysecretary ….. Jerry, a dear friend's only son, is going to Iraq
~ RoseofTexas ….. Richard from Texas left for Iraq this past Feb.
~ Reagan79 ….. brother, Chris, a Marine Reservist from MS, is in Iraq
~ JulieRNR21 ….. a friend's grandson, Wesley in the USAF, is in Iraq
~ Slip18 ….. nephew, Allen (USMC), is expecting to soon be deployed for his fourth tour of duty in the mid-East
~ Himyar ..... son, Robert (Air Guard), is home from the mid-East but volunteered for more active duty in the states
~ repubmom ….. son Brian has finished basic, Airborne training and is now in Selections for Special Forces
~ TruthNtegrity ….. cousin's son, Andy, is a Firstie (senior) at the US Navy Academy, and passed Phase 1 of qualifying for pilot training.
~ BonnieJ ….. cousin Doug (Army) will be returning to Baghdad by December
~ BonnieJ ….. cousin Josh will be going to Afghanistan with the Green Berets by the end of summer
~ OldSarge ….. a FReeper, Kentucky National Guard, is deployed to the mid-East
~ SuziQ ….. nephew, Alexander, an Apache Longbow pilot in Afghanistan
~ SuziQ ….. cousin Johnny serving with the MS Natl. Guard in Iraq
~ SuziQ ….. Chrissy, a West Point graduate and the daughter of friends, serving in Army Intelligence in Iraq
~ SoldiersPrayingMom ….. son Greg is in Iraq
~ Marine_Uncle…..nephew LCpl Steven (USMC) currently in Iraq, second tour
~ StarFan….. son's friend Scott (USMC) just ended basic and will be deployed to Mid-East soon
~ Warriormom…..requesting prayers for the family of the Navy Seal in Afghanistan whose death has been confirmed
~ Warriormom….. updates prayer requests for Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell, CIA agents whose plane crashed in Columbia two years ago and are being held captive by the FARC according to a State Dept. briefing on June 27, 2005.
~ Kate of Spice Island ….. cousin, Kenneth, US Navy in California
~ Keith Matthew Maupin, the soldier who was taken hostage and whose whereabouts are unknown. Prayers for his well-being and for his safe release and for strength and courage for his family.
~ Scott Speicher from Desert Storm
~ shezza ….. husband in Afghanistan, brother in Germany (med-evac crew bringing wounded troops to Walter Reed), sister-in-law in Afghanistan
~ N8VTXNinWV ….. brother-in-law in Afghanistan, brother in Germany (med-evac crew bringing wounded troops to Walter Reed), sister-in-law in Afghanistan.
~ notpoliticallycorewrecked ….. Kenny (Marines) is going to Iraq in August. Please remember his mother, also … she is having a very difficult time with this.
~ pGfwabf ….. nephew Sam (Marines) leaving for Iraq in September
~ jtill ….. Bob, who is the son of her friend Bess
~ hoosierkitties ….. brother Philip is currently at Groton, CT, training for submarine duty
~ Jewels1091 ….. Ross, friend of daughter, is about to deploy to Iraq for a year (his third deployment in the War on Terror and he’s only 23!)
~ marylina ….. friend’s son, Brandon (Navy), has returned from the Middle East and is now in San Diego, awaiting Navy Seals school
~ Jen's Mom ….. daughter SPC Jennifer is in Ramadi where she is a medic
~ mtngrl@vrwc ….. son Sean deployed to Iraq
~ TexKat ….. son, SS Khevin (US Army), is currently in Iraq
~ Gosh I love this neighborhood ….. grandson is in Germany after a year in Iraq and his Dad (National Guard) is being sent to Kosovo.
~ Ladysmith ….. brother's fiance's son, Shane, is in Iraq
~ JFC ….. nephew Micah who is a Marine fighting now in Iraq.
~ saberpride ….. son's friend's dad, Don and his Michigan National Guard unit, currently in Iraq.
~ Kate of Spice Island ….. Sister-in-law, Deanna, USAF stationed in Alaska
* ~ MozartLover ….. son Ev and his National Guard unit have deployed to the Mid-east
* ~ mrs tiggywinkle ….. nephew Michael is being honorably discharged from the Navy after serving 4 years in service to our country.
* ~ mrs tiggywinkle ….. cousin, Jason (Army National Guard), has deployed to Iraq for a year
* ~ DebWisconsin ….. nephew has graduated from his specialty training and now is in South Korea for one year.
* ~ reaganite ….. gr nephew, Scott (Marine), just arrived in Iraq
* ~ patriciaruth …..
….. In Tal Afar – James
….. In Mosul – *Steve, Tommy
….. In Kirkuk – *Timothy
….. In Baghdad – Keith, Karl, Phillip, Terry, Barry, Michelle, Michael, Sheila, Lysandwr, and Rebecca
….. In Bagram, Afghanistan – *Sam, Erica
….. In Irbil – *Dave
….. In Kosovo – *Stuart

* denotes change to the list (an addition or sometimes, thankfully, someone who has come home safely)




(Please FReepmail me with changes to the list because I may miss pings.

Also, please let me know if you would like to be on or off of the ping list for this scripture and prayer post ... it is different from, and much smaller than, the Dose Ping List. Thanks.)

40 posted on 12/17/2005 1:31:53 PM PST by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: McGavin999; Bahbah

It is very funny. Notice that Santa is wearing an Army issue glove.


41 posted on 12/17/2005 1:32:51 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: kayak

Thank you for posting the prayer list, kayak.


42 posted on 12/17/2005 1:33:43 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Wolfstar
Hi, Wolfstar. Thanks for the pictures, and I especially appreciate the speech transcript. I was baking cookies with my granddaughter today and missed it.

I certainly hope that he emphasizes this again in his speech tomorrow.

43 posted on 12/17/2005 1:36:27 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Wolfstar

"You've been attending these parties for five years, and I have since 1974. Have you ever seen so much of talk radio invited before?"

They're just scared. As well the a$h*les should be.

They are over.


44 posted on 12/17/2005 1:37:15 PM PST by Sweetjustusnow (Oust the IslamoCommies here and abroad.)
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To: Wolfstar
the Republican rank-and-file will never give you the nomination

No kidding. McCain is delusional if he thinks he'll ever be called 'Mr. President.'

45 posted on 12/17/2005 1:38:23 PM PST by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: Miss Marple
I certainly hope that he emphasizes this again in his speech tomorrow.

My guess is that his prime-time speech was originally planned as a way to update the general public on progress in Iraq and to urge people to stay the course. But maybe he will work some of what he said today into tomorrow's address.

46 posted on 12/17/2005 1:38:48 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: Sweetjustusnow
They are over.

Remarkable, isn't it, that a "reporter" bothered to take up his valuable question time at a White House press briefing to whine about talk radio personalities being invited to an annual function. Sheesh!

Well, since I can use this forum to expose them for what they are, I hope they keep making fools of themselves.

47 posted on 12/17/2005 1:41:11 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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To: MEG33

The senate of the United States should be required to watch that once a week.


48 posted on 12/17/2005 1:41:31 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Wolfstar

LOL, yes and he also has a very military salute too. Gee, that means that Santa must have spent some time in the military ;o)


49 posted on 12/17/2005 1:42:18 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: radiohead
McCain is delusional if he thinks he'll ever be called 'Mr. President.'

He looks delusional in those two photos I posted here. The man genuinely looks like he's several cards short of a deck.

50 posted on 12/17/2005 1:42:24 PM PST by Wolfstar ("In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat." Mark Steyn)
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