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God Bless Oklahoma

Sgt. Jason McCluskey

From Tulsa World:

Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday.

Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed.

To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.

The minivan finally pulled over several blocks away in a shopping center parking lot, where AAA was called. A flatbed service truck arrived and loaded up the minivan. Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said the minivan was taken to Walmart for repairs.

Even before the protesters discovered their damaged tires, they faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counterprotesters at Third Street and Washington Avenue, two blocks from the First Baptist Church, where the soldier’s funeral was held.

Miller estimated that crowd to number nearly 1,000 people, and they not only drowned out the Westboro protesters with jeers, but with raucous chants of “USA, USA.”

A few motorcyclists interspersed among the crowd also revved up their engines to muffle the protests.

More than two dozen law-enforcement officers – state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and city police – formed a security cordon around the Westboro protesters.

“We’re here to protect everyone,” Miller said.

Westboro members picket military funerals across the country, spreading their message that “God hates America” because it tolerates homosexuality.

McAlester News-Capital

“Our Army and nation will be forever indebted to Sgt. McCluskey for his service,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps DCG. “Sgt. McCluskey laid down his life for his friends, his battle buddies, his unit, our Army and our nation.”

McCluskey, 26, a 2004 McAlester High School graduate and United States Army paratrooper, was killed in action on Nov. 4 while serving his country in the United States Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Anderson, who was co-officiating the funeral services with Dr. Tim Russell, said that McCluskey’s job in the Army was one of the most dangerous, and “he led his men from the front into combat.” McCluskey’s unit, and “battle buddies,” remain in Afghanistan, Anderson said, “still fighting the fight.”

Among numerous other awards, honors and medals, Sgt. McCluskey was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for his service.

I don’t care if you support the war or not (I don’t) but this young man died in the service of our country and he deserves to be laid to rest without a bunch of idiots yelling “God hates fags!” disrupting his funeral.

I’m one-half Okie on my daddy’s side. Lots of times I’m embarrassed to admit it. Today I’m not.

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  1. Beltway Confidential:

    This morning in La Plata, Md., the hate group’s parade of absurdity received quite a response: More than a thousand counter-demonstrators showed up early, established themselves on the rights-of-way around the church, and prevented the “God Hates Fags” crowd from getting anywhere near the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Terry Honeycutt.

    A few minutes ago, I called Holly Smith, one of the organizers of the counter-demonstration. I was surprised to hear no shouting or noise in the background. “American flags as far as the eye can see,” she told me. And the Westboro crowd? “They are up at a gas station probably a mile up the road, because they couldn’t get any closer,” she said. “We’re in the shoulder for probably ten deep for at least 300 yards.”


    After the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, Rev. Fred Phelps erected a monument that stated: “Matthew Shepard entered Hell on October 12, 1998, at age 21 in defiance of God’s warning”

    Fred Phelps is an asshat

  2. OT. Shilling my recap of Sarah Palin’s Alaska episode 1.

      • Progs must be so glad they harassed her out of office. 😛

        • Palin’s ‘refudiate’ named 2010 Word of the Year

          The New Oxford American Dictionary announced Monday that “refudiate,” a word made famous by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had won its 2010 Word of the Year award.
          “Refudiate” became an instant classic back in July when national media and Palin watchers ridiculed her for using a non-existent word that seemed to be a cross between “refute” and “repudiate.”
          “From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used ‘refudiate,’ we have concluded that neither ‘refute’ nor ‘repudiate’ seems consistently precise, and that ‘refudiate’ more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of ‘reject,’ Oxford University Press said in a press release accompanying the announcement.
          The winning word first entered the lexicon when Palin used it on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” show back in July.

          more at link

          Palin wins again 🙂

          • OMG! Now that’s fricking funny.

          • To slightly paraphrase Ann Richards, poor fauxgressives, they can’t help it, they were born with a silver shoe in their mouths.

            When will the creative class learn that irrational hate is exactly the wrong thing to do. Argue policies. Don’t create and follow a movement of hate. You will aways lose.

    • Good review. I was surprised that she was really funny.

  3. I’m happy to read this story & glad that happened to those Westboro loons. Does that make me mean?

    Those poor parents have to bury their 26 year old son & shouldn’t have to put up with that sh!t. Those Westboro folks have no shame.

    • I agree. If I was in a position of having to bury my son and then have to face these loons, I don’t know how I would respond. I love my son, as these parents did. Obviously the people from this so called church don’t understand love – they seem to be all about hate.

      • “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.” Mohandas Gandhi

      • Shaming the demonstrators is about the only response that might work. but I doubt they have shame.

        • I’m old fashioned. What ever happened to tarring and feathering fucking asshats?

        • They have no shame – they only have their ideology or should I phrase their Iditiology. If they understood shame, love, compassion they would not be doing what they continue to do. They have no knowledge of Jesus or his teachings, and they are a blasphemy – a disgusting spot on the the Xian beliefs. I type this as an atheist who has studied many religions.

    • I feel the same way. I guess we are the new Blue Meanies. 🙂

  4. This story warmed my heart.

    And may I add that I personally refudiate all that Fred Phelps symbolizes.

  5. Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans

    President Obama’s picture book for kids, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf, $17.99), pays tribute to 13 Americans whose traits he sees in his own children.

    The 31-page book, for kids ages 3 and up, is filled with lyrical questions for Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, opening with, “Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?”

    The book, out Tuesday, is illustrated with Loren Long’s paintings of the Obama girls and their dog, Bo, as well as the 13 famous Americans as kids and grown-ups.

    A series of two-page spreads asks questions (“Have I told you that you are creative?”) across from short tributes. He writes of Georgia O’Keeffe: “She helped us see big beauty in what is small: the hardness of stone and the softness of feather.” His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn: (“A Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.”)

    Obama’s publisher says he’s not planning interviews or events for the book. His royalties are to go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers killed or disabled.

    Obama has written two best sellers: Dreams From My Father, a 1995 memoir reissued in 2004, and 2006’s The Audacity of Hope. The first printing for his kids’ book is 500,000 copies.

    Long, 46, who has illustrated picture books by Frank McCourt and Madonna, says that after reading Obama’s manuscript for the first time, “all I wanted to do was share its powerful message with my own two sons.”

    Obama’s lawyer, Robert Barnett, says the manuscript was written between the 2008 election and the 2009 inauguration, but publication awaited “the beautiful illustrations.”


    • I may barf.

    • Good thing he doesn’t use his kids for political purposes — you know, like that witch Hillary who pimped out her daughter & Sarah who used Trig as a prop.

      Pass the barf bag.

  6. Westboro members picket military funerals across the country, spreading their message that “God hates America” because it tolerates homosexuality.

    Can I ask what the hell they are doing demonstrating at military funerals if the serviceperson is not even gay? Not that it is in any way, shape or form acceptable if they are, but what kind of mental defect motivates these idiots? Boggles the mind.

    • Apparently, America doesn’t sufficiently discriminate against gays for their taste. They think God is happy when American soldiers die because of the things they write on the signs.

    • You expect reason from these people? 🙄

  7. You know, why do the Dems just have to be embarrassing? What is this now–create a leadership role for anyone and everyone so no one feels left out? If they would just concentrate on getting sh*t done and not all this nonsense we’d be a lot better off.

    Harry Reid creates special leadership job for Chuck Schumer

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to overhaul the Senate Democratic leadership next year, handing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer an expanded role spearheading the party’s messaging efforts.

    In a letter obtained by POLITICO, Reid tells his colleagues that the party needs to “better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics.”


    • What is this now–create a leadership role for anyone and everyone so no one feels left out?

      Have they created any for women yet?

  8. Alegre’s

    *[new] He is like GWB… (4.00 / 4)
    I’ve known that for a couple of years or more. Some of the interviews we did for the film were too incendiary at the time for even strident Hillary people, but they are devastating.

    One woman who worked with Obama in Chicago – and also happens to be a veteran of MLK’s staff – tells stories of his candid behavior that put him closer to Limbaugh than to what his early fan base imagined. One clip that we eliminated from the documentary tells of Obama ripping into a jailed teen who was asking him, as a state senator, for help with his younger siblings at home who lacked warmth and food. Obama’s response was something along the lines of, “you people are always asking for a handout. This is America, you have more opportunity than you deserve.” I can’t do justice to the interview. It’s more stinging than I can describe.

    I’m with Lambert. Obama isn’t spineless or a capitulator. He does cooperate with and accomodate the GOP, but that’s not the same thing. He’s conservative. He does what he wants to do.

    Why else would one of his few moments of passion have been spent defending the Roberts confirmation?

    by: Pacific John @ Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 16:45:58 PM EST

    Personally I think PJ should have put those interviews into the documentary.

    • I agree — if he said it, we should see it. Why is Obama always protected from himself?

      • Beats me but it apparently is very hard to go full tilt against Obama. In this case, I think the fear was that it might damage the credibility of the film. That could be true.

  9. Jindal: No plans to run for president in 2012

    “I’m not being coy at all. I’m not running for president in 2012. Period. No ifs, ands or buts, no caveats,” Jindal told The Associated Press in an interview. “We have made great progress in Louisiana, but we’ve got a lot more work to do.”

    Good. Let Billy-Joe-Bob Jindal stay in Looweezy-anna and keep the damage local.

  10. I hope nobody here is a Redskins fan.

    It’s 42-14 Philly in the second quarter.

  11. I live in mcalester. I was there this past weekend reading their signs that made me want to puke my insides up. They sent two women and 4 children (girls) under the age of 15. One of the children was 8. Sickening. It was, however, beautiful how my community pulled together to support the funeral. They got here Friday and the hotels and restaurants all turned them away and they had to go to mcdonalds. They tried to get their tires fixed and no one would do it. No one even serviced them in O’Reilly’s. It was way less than what they’ve got coming to them. Ass fucks. Fred phelps is gay.

    • Your people are impressive! Sounds like Phelps got more assistance (or at least less resistance) in San Francisco–where they picketed outside my church there many times– than he did in Oklahoma.

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