Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I just like this picture


Washington Post, Monday, November 6, 2006; Page C03

Doogie Howser is gay -- and he wants to quash recent reports that he has denied it. Neil Patrick Harris, 33, recently told People magazine: "The public eye has always been kind to me and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."…

Do we really need to know when an actor is gay? Are there actors anywhere coming out in the news saying, “I am a very content straight man living life to the fullest.” I know this story hasn’t made big headlines, but did it need to make any headlines at all?


I just wanted to thank you all for responding to my question about what made America great. But I guess the answer I really wanted was to the question: How did America become the most powerful and influential country on the planet in a less than 250 years?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Joe Pa hurt during Penn State – Wisconsin game

Paterno carted to locker room after sideline collision

Associated Press, November 4, 2006

MADISON, Wis. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno was taken by cart to the locker room after one of his own players ran into his left leg in the second half of the Nittany Lions' 13-3 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin on Saturday.
A Penn State spokesman said Paterno had a knee injury and was flying back to State College, Pa., with a member of the school's medical staff ahead of the rest of the team. He is expected to be X-rayed on Saturday evening and could undergo an MRI on Sunday or Monday.
Freshman tight end Andrew Quarless caught a short pass for a first down along the Penn State sideline, and tumbled into Paterno's leg -- knocking the 79-year-old coach to the ground. Paterno then stood for several minutes before having to be helped to the bench and having his leg bandaged by the Penn State training staff.
"He's a wily old rascal," said Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who filled in for Paterno in the second half. "He's not going anywhere unless he has to. He's pretty tough."
Paterno remained on the bench, surrounded by trainers and police. Paterno remained seated for most of the third quarter, but he was carted to the locker room with less than 2 minutes remaining in the quarter.
"I told him he's not playing the low blocks like he used to," Bradley said.
Paterno also had to leave the sideline in Penn State's game at Ohio State in September after he became ill. He returned briefly at halftime, then left before coming back at the start of the fourth quarter.
"I've never walked off the field early," Paterno said after that game. "I've had some kind of a bug during the week. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to take pills or see a doctor. I thought I'd be fine."

Paterno is probably the classiest head coach in all of college football, and he took a wicked hit to his knee and yet refused to leave the filed until he was literally forced to by trainers and assistant coaches. At 79 years old, the injury will most likely keep Joe Pa sidelined for awhile, but it is my sincere hope that he makes it back soon.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kerry doesn’t want poor, black, brown, or uneducated military

Kerry's '72 Army Comments Mirror Latest

Associated Press, November 2, 2006

WASHINGTON - During a Vietnam-era run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and be more prone to "the perpetuation of war crimes."
Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran who turned against the war, made the observations in answers to a 1972 candidate questionnaire from a Massachusetts peace group.
After Kerry caused a firestorm this week with what he termed a botched campaign joke that Republicans said insulted current soldiers, The Associated Press was alerted to the historical comments by a former law enforcement official who monitored 1970s anti-war activities
Kerry apologized Wednesday for the 2006 campaign trail gaffe that some took as suggesting U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq were undereducated. He contended the remark was aimed at Bush, not the soldiers.
In 1972, as he ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army "a greater anathema."
"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown," Kerry wrote. "We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.'…
Kerry filled out the candidate questionnaire at the request of Massachusetts Political Action for Peace, an anti-war group that decades later turned over its historical documents to university researchers.
AP obtained the document from someone who gathered it from archives during Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign against President Bush. Republicans in that election relentlessly assailed Kerry's role in the anti-war movement decades earlier…

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


This is a two part question, but I wanted some input on the first part to form my thoughts a bit. Do any of you believe America is the greatest country on Earth? And if you do, what made America great? Not, what makes America great, but how did America become the greatest country on Earth? This country is a little more than 225 years old. The US is a much newer country than England, France, Spain, Russia, or Portugal. Japan was an empire long before the US came into existence. China had ruling dynasties millennium before 1776. Egypt built the pyramids, Rome built the Colosseum, and the Greeks built the Parthenon centuries before there was an America.
So how did America become the most powerful and greatest country on Earth when so much of the world has such a head start?