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  • Happy Birthday United States Marines

    11/11/2011 6:52:57 AM PST · 39 of 47
    StatenIsland to Michael Barnes

    My Dear Fellow Patriots;

    It was a brew house built in 1693 at the intersection of Water Street and Tun Alley near the docks, and so the wooden structure built by Samuel Carpenter and his brother Joshua was ultimately known simply as Tun Tavern.

    Over the decades, while fires of independence were being stoked that would eventually enflame all thirteen colonies, it became a favorite gathering place in that part of colonial Philadelphia known as Carpenter’s Wharf, attracting the likes of Jefferson, Washington and Franklin. So it was that when Captain Samuel Nicholas was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress on November 10th, 1775 to raise two battalions of Marines, he appointed Robert Mullen, the proprietor of the establishment, to the position of Chief Marine Recruiter.

    It must have been a raucous scene in that watering hole, night after night, as Mullen set out to attract able-bodied volunteers, though he was instructed that “no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required…”

    The newly-established Continental Marines were to provide on-board security for the ship’s Captain and crew, and during naval engagements Marine sharpshooters were dispatched to the top of the fighting masts. From there, they targeted enemy officers, gunners and helmsmen.

    They wore green coats with white lapels and a distinctive high collar made of leather, designed to protect against sword and cutlass slashes. Even today, the Marine Corps dress uniform features a high collar in commemoration of those first two battalions - and they are still known as “Leathernecks.”

    I could not let this date go by without asking you to think of them. I am, as you are, intensely and rightly proud of ALL branches of our military, but I must admit that I experience a little surge of adrenalin when I read the words, “The Marines have landed!”

    They have defended our flag in God-forsaken, pestilent jungles across the globe. They have defended our liberty and independence with glory and honor, engaging and defeating enemies who may have had the advantage in numbers and guns, but could never surpass them in heart and courage.

    They have been fighting and dying for our freedom since the days when the fate of our Republic may have depended upon the outcome of the next battle. They are symbolized by men like Sergeant Dan Daly, exhorting his Marines up and over the top against overwhelming odds in bloody Belleau Wood with the words “C’mon you sons-of-bitches, do you want to live forever?”

    They are the stuff of legends.

    Happy 236th Birthday, Marines. We couldn’t have made it without you. May God bless you and keep you, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

    Yours in Liberty,

    Frank Santarpia
    Staten Island, NY


    “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”

    - President Ronald Reagan

  • Election 2012: Republican Presidential Primary National Poll: Cain 26%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 14%

    11/04/2011 12:48:06 PM PDT · 69 of 82
    StatenIsland to mandaladon

    Big event coming up this Saturday night, in Texas, I believe. Newt vs. Cain head-to-head, Lincoln/Douglas style. I believe C-Span picked it up...

    I KNOW Newt is great with long answers - here’s a chance for Herman to show that he can hold his own against a seasoned and well-respected wonk.

    BTW, in the spirit of full disclosure - Newt’s my guy.

    From WSJ:

    When Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas in seven counties over three months in 1858, thousands packed town squares to hear the two men face off over three hours. And no one paid a dime for the pleasure.

    Fast forward to Nov. 5th, when presidential aspirants Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain plan to meet in Texas for a one-on-one modified version of those famous debates—a chance, both of their camps say, to get beyond the quick punchlines and pointed questioning of the usual televised presidential debate.

    The verbiage may be weightier, but so will the entry fee.

    Bleacher seating at the Gingrich/Cain debate, hosted by the Texas Tea Party Patriots at the Woodlands Resort in Houston, costs a cool $200. The next step up, the $500 ticket, gets you “prime seating” and a ticket to the “Nite Cap party after the Debate,” says the group’s website. And for the really high rollers, $1,000 will get you “the best seating in the house for the debate” and “a professional picture taken with the candidates.”

    The debate will focus on steps to rein in government spending and fix Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Cash earned from the verbal sparring match will go to support the tea party group’s “mission to organize, educate and inform our citizens regarding public policy, and to support the election of local, state and federal candidates who share our conservative values.”

  • Newt plans very, very, very important speech

    09/20/2011 11:16:43 AM PDT · 14 of 57
    StatenIsland to jageorge72

    It’s hard for me to watch Newt in a debate and NOT write a check. If his numbers continue to creep up, watch the donations start to pick up - and when that happens, Mitt and Rick better watch out.

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 9:57:14 AM PDT · 19 of 41
    StatenIsland to StatenIsland

    Here’s another reason why there’s a Jewish Tea Party:

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 9:54:41 AM PDT · 17 of 41
    StatenIsland to DManA

    Here’s why there is a Jewish Tea Party:

    Mission Statement of the Jewish Tea Party of New York:

    The Jewish Tea Party of New York has at its core the three common beliefs of the tea party movement in the United States: constitutionally-limited government, fiscal sanity and free markets.

    Our goal is to raise our voices in the defense of private property and individual liberty, one the beating heart of our sovereign nation, the other the immortal soul of our society and culture.

    And we raise our voices in staunch and unwavering support of the Jewish state, recognizing that Israel is the primary outpost of democracy in a region that is the flashpoint of the war on terror, and whose total destruction is the stated goal of the nations that surround her. We believe that America has no better friend than Israel, and that Israel should have no more reliable ally than the United States.

    To those who seek the eradication of the Jewish people and the Jewish state we say: NEVER AGAIN!

    To those who seek to impose socialism on the free and independent people of America, we say: NEVER!

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 8:16:23 AM PDT · 1 of 41
  • Eyewitness: Root of fair violence needs examining

    08/06/2011 4:03:35 AM PDT · 33 of 114
    StatenIsland to csvset

    “If it had been me, I’d have ran him over. “

    This is just plain wrong.

    In the past perfect tense you don’t say “would have ran,” you say “would have run.”

    I’d have run him over, too.

  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #2 - June 13, 2011 8pm/5pm: New Hampshire

    06/13/2011 7:53:31 PM PDT · 964 of 1,316
    StatenIsland to newzjunkey

    I think Bachmann did better than I expected; Cain definitely disappointed. Newt still the smartest guy in the room - and seems to still be in it. Pawlenty disappointed. CANNOT warm up to Romney - phony as the day is long.

    Santorum? Like him, but nothing impressive tonight. Love listening to Paul, but can’t follow him out to loony land.

  • Which Candidate or Would-Be Candidate Would You Most Like to see Debate obama? (Poll to Freep)

    06/13/2011 1:00:16 PM PDT · 45 of 91
    StatenIsland to sjneuf

    Newt. It would be a beat-down of epic proportions.


    05/28/2011 8:36:47 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    StatenIsland to SWAMPSNIPER

    Support your LOCAL tea party. LOCAL! LOCAL!

    They are your neighbors and friends and members of your community. Stay away from the national orgs who DARE to speak for the “tea party.”

    Every time I hear that someone is interviewing a “national tea party spokesman” or “national tea party leader” I want to puke. What is it about the words “grass roots” that they don’t get. If they really believed in the movement they would all fade from the scene.

    WE DO NOT NEED THEM. They are no smarter than you or I, and have no right to speak for anybody but themselves. Yet somehow, they never make that clear - any of them.

  • Morgellons: A hidden epidemic or mass hysteria?

    05/21/2011 1:18:09 PM PDT · 4 of 59
    StatenIsland to Windflier

    Creepy weird. I almost wish I hadn’t read the article....

  • Gingrich To Launch Campaign Next Week

    05/01/2011 3:20:14 PM PDT · 1 of 64

    02/09/2011 3:34:57 PM PST · 2 of 56
    StatenIsland to StatenIsland

    My apologies for the duplicate post - I did a poor search. Admins, please delete.


    02/09/2011 3:33:29 PM PST · 1 of 56
    Sleaze knows no party...
  • WikiLeaks: Britain secretly advised Libya how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber

    02/01/2011 5:03:02 AM PST · 84 of 104
    StatenIsland to Wallop the Cat

    In a perfect world, complete transparency in government would be a good thing.

    But in a world where where WMD exist, and illiberal leaders rule illiberal people with designs on world conquest - secrets need to be kept.

    One-way street transparency is a dangerous thing that has been and will continue to be used against us...

  • Staten Island Tea Party to Try to Take Over Local G.O.P.

    01/04/2011 10:14:13 AM PST · 1 of 4
    Here we go...
  • Wife totalled car; Considering many models; Recommendations?

    12/31/2010 12:32:11 PM PST · 68 of 164
    StatenIsland to Thebaddog

    “Those two models don’t get speeding tickets either.”

    I dunno. They look pretty fast to me...: ))

  • Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

    12/30/2010 4:13:34 PM PST · 40 of 153
    StatenIsland to Smogger

    Doesn’t matter how you feel about Palin’s electability, the fact that such a scheme can be hatched, and can be effective, is frightening.

    There are many who believe that this flawed process gave us McCain, and thus Barack Obama. I’m one of them.

    The bottom line is that this primary system is BROKEN and NOTHING has been done to fix it.

  • Tea Party Group Reveals Republican Targets For 2012 (RINOs Lugar, Corker, Hatch, Snowe, Brown)

    12/30/2010 2:55:36 AM PST · 158 of 270
    StatenIsland to rabscuttle385

    This illustrates the dangers of a so-called “national” Tea Party organization. They are only as good - or as smart - as their “leaders,” and this one is dumb. A true TP leader is not a media whore with an inflated sense of self-importance, and a true TP leader does NOT make a profit from the movement.

    When we allow someone to purportedly speak for the TP movement nationally, we ALL run the risk of one of these blowhards making a stupid statement, which the media will be only to happy to report ubiquitously. That puts the rest of us on the defensive - explaining away positions and/or endorsements that reflect NO national consensus.

    All that being said, Brown and Snowe do not belong on this list - conservatives cannot win those seats, and I would rather have anyone with an (R) next to their names (IN THOSE SEATS) for counting purposes, if nothing else.

    That (R) just might result in a Senate majority, the implications of which go far beyond making a statement about RINOs. IF we had a super-majority in the Senate, we could afford to punish RINOs like those two, but until then, in some seats we have to take what we can get.

  • A Truce in Culture Wars as Voters Focus on Economy

    12/30/2010 2:25:57 AM PST · 1 of 25
    I think the question is NOT whether or not these social issues are important - they are obviously of paramount importance and speak to who and what we are as a society - but whether or not they should be addressed further down the line, beyond 2012...