This video was made in honor of Evansville Indiana 200th anniversary. Thanks to all who were responsible for all the photos taken through out the years! 1812 to present time.
Dana and Tony throw a party at Carts Gone Wild -- the midwest's only full-service golf cart customizer. www.cartsgonewild.com.
Pence Lets The Truth Slip On His Uncompromising Stance. April 6th, 2011-Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) appeared on Fox News to explain his uncompromising position over funding the federal government. At one point, Pence appeared to let the truth slip out about the true aims of Republican negotiators, telling host Greta Van Susteren that what Republicans are trying to do is score a victory for “the Republican people.” Soon after realizing that he said that out loud, he backtracked, saying that he wants to score a victory for the American people, not (winks) the Republican Party. Pence spent the bulk of the month of march ranting at Tea party rallies with threats that the Government of the People should be shut down. Polls from Gallup and the Wall Street Journal/NBC News through the weeks leading up to a last minute deal found that self-identified Democrats and independents wanted leaders to compromise while self-identified Republicans boasted they would rather see the government shut down than compromise. View Pence voting record @ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes.xpd?year=2011&person=400315 Patriot comment "We are at war here in the USA...It was started by the top 1% and they are winning at the expense of the poor and middle class.
President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano, U.S. Army, and Private First Class Henry Svehla, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry. Both men were killed In action during the Korean War. Monday-May 2nd, 2011 More @ whitehouse.gov/
American President Barack Obama announces that the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, was killed by U.S. forces Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at a compound deep inside Pakistan. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11th, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain Sunday May 1st, 2011, in his luxury hideout in Pakistan by U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade. "Justice has been done," President Barack Obama declared late Sunday May 1st, as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate. Many sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "We Are the Champions." Hundreds more waved American flags at ground zero in New York — where the twin towers that once stood as symbols of American economic power were brought down by bin Laden's hijackers 10 years ago. Bin Laden, 54, was killed after Navy SEALs and CIA paramilitary forces stormed his hidden compound in the city of Abbottabad. He was shot in the left eye, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie reported citing an unnamed U.S. official. The special operations forces were on the ground for less than 40 minutes and the operation was watched in real-time by CIA director Leon Panetta and other intelligence officials in a conference room at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., an official said on condition of anonymity. U.S. officials said no Americans were hurt in the operation. Full Text 11:35 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction. And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies. Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot. Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world. And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda. Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad. As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity. Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates. The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded. So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done. Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day. Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores. And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people. The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place. Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. END 11:44 P.M. EDT
The Mission to get Bin Laden is underway and The President is in great spirits! President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Saturday- April 30th, 2011 More @ whitehouse.gov/
The President previews his budget, explaining that it will help the government live within its means, while still investing to make sure America wins the future. February 11th, 2011 "After a decade of rising deficits, this budget asks Washington to live within its means, while at the same time investing in our future." More at whtehouse.gov and http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse
In a widely-anticipated televised event, President Obama sat down for a live interview with Fox News spin-master Bill O'Reilly prior to the 2011 Super Bowl on Feb 6th, 2011 Topics discussed in the segment encompassed a wide range. From the ongoing unrest in Egypt, to health care reform and of course the football game, the pair covered a lot of ground in the exchange. On the issue of Egypt, the president said the country isn't going to be the same now that pro-democracy protests have roiled the Arab nation in recent weeks. Asked whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will leave office soon, Obama said that only Mubarak knows what he will do at this point. "The U.S. can't forcefully dictate, but what we can do is say the time is now for you to start making a change in your country," he said. "Mubarak has already decided he's not going to run again." The president said he is confident that a representative government in Egypt will be one that the U.S. can work with as a partner. On the matter of health care reform, Obama sounded off on a recent ruling struck down by a federal judge in Florida declaring the bill he signed into law last year unconstitutional. "I think the judge in Florida was wrong," he said of the decision, adding that other courts have thrown out lawsuits challenging the measure. He said his administration is not focused on "refighting the battles of the last two years." Obama went on to underscore his bottom line on the issue, saying he's "not prepared to go back to a day" when a pre-existing condition could mean not getting medical treatment or help. When O'Reilly asked what's the worst part of being president, Obama joked, "I've got a jacket on on Super Bowl Sunday." On a more serious note, he added, "The biggest problem for me is being in the bubble. It's very hard to escape." A relatively surprising moment in the interview came when O'Reilly asked the president, "Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?" He said that he had asked his predecessor, George W. Bush, the same question, which he called "a serious" one. Obama responded, "The people who dislike you don't know you. The folks who hate you, they don't know you." He added, "What they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you that's out there. They don't know you. And so, you don't take it personally." As for his politics, the president denied that he had shifted toward the center of the political spectrum following the 2010 midterm election in which Democrats suffered substantial losses. He insisted, "I'm the same guy." "My common sense focus right now is how to we out-innovate, out-educate, out-build, out-compete the rest of the world?" he said. "How do we create jobs here in the United States of America? How do we make sure that businesses are thriving? But how do we also -- making sure that ordinary Americans can live out the American dream?" The president declined to make a prediction on which football team would win the big game tonight. "Once my Bears lost, I don't pick sides," he said. The response prompted O'Reilly to ask, "So, you don't care?" Obama dismissed the suggestion, saying, "I do care, I want a great game... But these are pretty evenly matched teams. You know, I think Green Bay is probably a little faster. Steelers got a little more experience. I think the Steelers not having their starting center is something they've got to be worried about." The president confirmed that he will be watching the Super Bowl tonight. Fox is televising the game, so Obama kept with tradition -- he sat down with CBS' Katie Couric last year and NBC's Matt Lauer the year before. It's certainly not out of love for Fox. White House aides have denounced Fox as a vitriolic mouthpiece for the president's foes. After some big fights early in the Obama presidency, the relationship with Fox has turned less contentious. ------------ I think Obama scores points anytime he sits for a Fox interview, because independents (the few who watch Fox) see a guy who isn’t afraid to walk into the lion’s den. But Obama was particularly deft in this interview. If I may switch sports metaphors, O’Reilly didn’t lay a glove on him.
The President discusses the labs at Penn State as an example of how American innovation, particularly in infrastructure and energy, can create jobs and win the future for America. 2/4/2011 More at white.gov and http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse
Once upon a time Country music was not owned by the Republican Tea Party...and many artists (besides outlaws like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson) spoke truth to power in all kinds of fun ways. Lord, how we miss those days.... Here are some scenes from the movie set to the original recording by Ms. Jeannie C. Riley. Feel free to sing-a-long as loud as you can! Sock it to the haters!