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Just moments ago, the United States Senate voted down the cloture vote which has effectively killed the Kennedy-McCain-Bush-Graham amnesty legislation.

Be proud America, you have rallied in the face of the obstinate political elites in Washington who have forgotten us.

A defeat for President Bush?  Yup, who cares.  Biggest loser:  John McCain.  Pack it up, bro… you are done.

Thanks to everyone who got involved and called their Senators in the past few weeks.

Real people can make a difference!

PS – On the bright side, Senate “Leader” Harry Reid finally kept one of the Democrats’ promises… he moved on after the cloture vote failed the second time.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Baghdad

Wait… I’m confused (again). Senate “Leader” Reid, Not-My-House Speaker Pelosi, and their traitorous lapdog Jack Murtha want to retreat from Iraq to get out of a civil war and instead focus on “fighting the terrorists” (their words). So how can THIS be possible? (Via CentCom email).

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed a terrorist leader and detained three other suspected terrorists during an operation in Baghdad June 5 to disrupt a bombing network in the city.
Intelligence reports indicated the targeted building in the raid was a residence known to be a safe house for the targeted individual. 
As Coalition Forces were securing the targeted building, numerous suspected terrorists attempted to flee and were detained by ground forces.  One terrorist made continuous hostile attempts to evade the ground forces and refused to listen to instructions given by the interpreter with Coalition Forces. 
Coalition Forces, responding in self-defense, engaged the terrorist, killing him. Three suspected terrorists were also detained during the raid.
Muhammad Mahmud ‘Abd Kazim Husayn al-Mashadani, also known as Abu Abdullah, was the terrorist killed during the raid.  He was a known al-Qaeda emir in the Hay al-Jamah area of Baghdad and part of a deadly vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell.  He was positively identified as Muhammad Mahmud ‘Abd Kazim Husayn al-Mashadani by associates and individuals detained during the raid.

Maybe Pelosi and Company are talking about another Iraq??

-Bruce (GayPatriot…via mobilephone at Philly Intl. Airport)

Thursday Illegal Immigration Rant

I keep hoping that the thousands (if not more) of calls to Capitol Hill that I know have been happening the past few weeks will wake up a US Senator who is an actual defender of this country and our Constitution.   But as I wake this morning, it still appears that the Senate will pass their Illegal Invader Amnesty Act of 2007.  What I do know is that my efforts have helped a bit in that Senators Dole and Burr have been voting correctly on amendments to the McCain-Kennedy-Bush Amnesty Act this week.

If you support the rule of law, oppose amnesty for illegal invaders, and want border control first…. then call your United States Senator today and tell them to vote NO on the so-called “immigration compromise.”  The main US Capitol Hill phone number is 202-225-3121.  Here is a listing of all Senators and their direct office phone numbers.

If this legislation passes, we will see even more examples of illegals murdering our citizens like this doozie reported on by Confederate Yankee.

The Republican Willie Horton – Confederate Yankee

This is Michael Caldera De Latorre, or as fingerprints taken from when he was twice captured trying to sneak into the United States from Mexico in 2004 indicate, Ricardo De Latorre.

He is one of the millions of undocumented illegal aliens George W. Bush and many Congressmen and Senators would like to grant amnesty.

Yesterday morning, while driving a Chevy Tahoe reported stolen in Charlotte, Latorre careened across the median of I-40 in Raleigh, and stuck a Kia driven by George Alwyin Smith, a 54-year-old computer programmer at Duke University, before slamming into a car driven by Carolyn Hageman.

Smith died in the wreck, and Hageman was injured. Pulled from the wreckage reeking of alcohol, De Latorre has been charged with DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, no operator’s license and careless and reckless driving.

Perhaps if our federal government had done a better job securing our southern border, Latorre would still be in Mexico, and George Smith would still be alive. But our President, our Congress and our Senate seem primed to allow De Latorre and millions more illegals like him to slip across a border they refuse to defend.

Amen.  And President Bush dares to say that *I* don’t have the best interests of American in mind when I oppose this sham legislation designed to reward those who break our laws.  How dare you, Mr. President.

Call your Senator NOW!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Open Letter to Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole

Dear Senators Burr & Dole: 

As a natural-born American citizen and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance.  I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which is being debated this week in the United States Senate.  If my understanding of this bill’s provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I’m excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me because I paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Also, as a natural born citizen I seem to be saddled with the burden of following all of the laws of this nation.  Illegal aliens have the luxury of ignoring all of those laws, including those governing driving, murder and burglary.  That sounds like a fine set-up for me.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver’s license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.


Your Consitituent,
Bruce Carroll
Charlotte, NC

(Note: This letter was adapted from a similar letter emailed to me from a friend.  My apologies for not noting that when I first posted it.)

Back to Blogging, Athena, Media Bias & Freedom

Looks like it’s been slow blogging here for a while. As I mentioned in my previous post (which, I believe, attracted more comments than any prior post on this blog*) busy last week finishing the first draft of my “concept paper” for my dissertation, focusing on how Athena primarily serves men in Greek myth.

Well, today (it’s still Wednesday on the West Coast as post this), I shared that paper with my dissertation formulation seminar where, I am delighted to report, it was well-received. For a while I had debated not continuing on with my program, but, as I realize that my topic is not only an important one, but one which interests people other than myself, I am ever more eager to press ahead. And I’m enjoying the research as well. The more I delve into this topic, the more it fascinates me — as it seems that the Greeks were not the only ones to see a female deity as providing the civilizing influence in patriarchal society. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, quite possibly the oldest extant myth, goddesses set in motion the chain of events which help transform the eponymous hero-king from a tyrant abusing his authority to a more humble–and self-conscious–king.

I intend to explore how certain goddesses in myths serve to civilize men — and how they represent the feminine attributes we males need to become mature adults. The Greek Athena (as her Roman counterpart Minerva) counseled restraint and provided guidance to her male favorites, but, remained herself a virgin. Unlike her sister Aphrodite, she was always depicted fully clothed. Through Athena (and other similar goddesses), I will attempt to understand the power of the non-sexual feminine in men’s lives, something of which, I believe, we gay men are particularly in need. Given the nature of my program, I may well be able to explore this notion in my conclusion.

I hope to be back to regular blogging by the end of the week and have a number of things to say about items in the news, particularly how the MSM seems to be spinning the president’s trip to Europe by focusing not on the growing consensus between the president and our European allies on a number of issues, but on the areas of division. They seem to be using the same template to cover his foreign policy that they have used since former French President Jacques Chirac found common cause with then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in opposing the liberation of Iraq.

Yes, there are differences, but there is more common ground — and with Chirac and Schroeder no longer leading their respective nations, it’s clear that it wasn’t as much the president’s policies which created friction with our allies, but the determination of certain world leaders to oppose him at any cost. (This is not to say he didn’t make my mistakes, but to note that the president’s policies have not caused as much damage to our nation’s image as many in the MSM and in the Democratic Party allege.)

And I hope to do a post looking at both an Australian ruling allowing a gay pub to ban straight patrons and a lesbian’s suit against the dating service eHarmony “for refusing to offer its services to gays, lesbians and bisexuals.” Suffice it to say that I take the side of freedom in both cases. And expect to blog more about this in the coming days.

Finally, I’m not sure what to make of Bruce’s recent post. I would not have posted that picture for a great variety of reasons.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest):

*probably due to the absence of new content on this blog for several days.