On This Day in 1782

1782
Washington creates the Purple Heart

On this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”
Washington’s “Purple Heart” was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.” In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.”
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/washington-creates-the-purple-heart
The original Purple Heart award was instituted by George Washington in 1782 to reward troops for “unusual gallantry” and “extraordinary fidelity and essential service.” The award was a purple cloth heart edged in silver braid, and was to be worn over the left breast of the uniform. Only three awards are known to have been issued, of which two are known to exist today.
One of the two known examples of the Badge for Military Merit

Current Awards: In addition to awards to those killed or wounded “in any action against an enemy of the United States”, the criteria for the award of the medal was amended to include those killed or wounded as a result of “an international terrorist attack,” and “as part of a peacekeeping force.” Thus in addition to awards for Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury), Panama (Operation Just Cause) and Iraq (Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom) the medal is awarded for fatal and non-fatal wounds arising as a result of peacekeeping efforts such as Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia-Croatia.

http://www.purplehearts.net/id6.html

OKAY, NOW COMES THE RANT THAT YOU JUST KNEW WAS COMING
For more than two centuries our fighting forces have defended our country, often at the cost of a limb or a life.The purple heart is a meager token awarded for their sacrifice. Almost every one of them earned it.
Almost.
In his book,”Unfit for Command” Lee Corsi documented the extreme cowardice, showmanship, and treachery of the 2004 democrat nominee for president and current climate change whack job John Forbes Kerry. He volunteered for service in Vietnam because ‘it would look good on his political resume.’ Those who served with him knew what an unmitigated fraud he was and remains to this day. They are the Swift Boat veterans that the media did their best to minimize but couldn’t, since THEY WERE THERE!
The book documents how he wrangled three Purple hearts in the short span of four months and slithered out of the service to testify at the infamous ‘Winter Soldier’ hearings and sell out the brave men he’d just run away from. One award was scooped up when he threw a grenade into a pile of rice bags and got some rice kernels in his ass. Testimony from a medic who treated him in another event said he had a tiny wooden sliver in his finger that he had to hold to keep it from falling out on its own. He had a cameraman follow him everywhere he went to record his many acts of heroism. Folks in Massachusetts nicknamed him “Liveshot.”
The only thing he ever did well was marry rich women and behave like the arrogant overbearing buffoon that he is. Being a liar and a fraud is part of being a democrat. What really galls me is how he abused the system and cheapened an award that is meant to honor those who have given a measure of themselves to serve. For that he will never be forgiven by those who know the truth.

THE FACT WE NOW HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO VALUES OUR WARRIORS’ SACRIFICE AND GIVES THEM THE FULL-THROATED SUPPORT THEY DESERVE IS A FACT I THANK ALMIGHTY GOD FOR EVERY DAY.

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  1. Pistol Pete

    Illinois makes ‘Barack Obama Day’ a state holiday

    I’M STAYING IN BED THAT DAY
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a measure Friday to make Aug. 4 “Barack Obama Day” in the state, according to NBC Chicago. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/345523-illinois-makes-barack-obama-day-a-state-holiday

    Illinois has 63,000 government workers making over $100K

    Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property taxes in the nation, a declining population and the nation’s worst income growth, but one group is still doing pretty well – government workers.

    According to OpenTheBooks.com, Illinois has 63,000 public employees making more than $100,000, costing taxpayers $10 billion. These government workers range from auto pound supervisors to corrections nurses to junior college presidents and more. One of the most lucrative government fields is that of village and city managers, many of whom out-earn every U.S. governor.
    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-has-63000-government-workers-making-over-100k/

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  2. Pistol Pete

    Planned Parenthood to Preschoolers: ‘Genitals Don’t Make You a Boy or Girl’

    ASK ME AGAIN WHY DEMOCRATS KEEP LOSING ELECTIONS
    The taxpayer-funded abortion vendor, which also receives federal grants for providing sex education in public schools, tells parents of young children how to handle their curiosity about their genitals and why boys’ genitals are different from those of girls:

    While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys have penises/testicles, that answer isn’t true for every boy and girl. Boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities “boy” or “man” have vulvas, and some with the gender identity “girl” or “woman” have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/05/planned-parenthood-to-preschoolers-genitals-dont-make-you-a-boy-or-girl/

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  3. Pistol Pete

    Everything You Need To Know About The RAISE Act Without Reading It

    First, the RAISE ACT would eliminate “Diversity Lottery Visas,” a program that gives 50,000 visas to countries that send few immigrants to the United States in the name of, well, diversity. Second, it would limit the number of refugees given permanent residency to 50,000 per year. Third, it would eliminate the ability of immigrants to sponsor visas for extended family members and adult children.

    Fourth, it would restructure the employment-visa system into a points system akin to those used by Canada or Australia, prioritizing young-ish immigrants with good English, high-paying job offers, and other markers of achievement.
    http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/03/everything-need-know-raise-act-without-reading/

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Funny how the Dems always want us to be more like other countries, except in areas like this and border control!

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  4. Pistol Pete

    ‘This is a war’: Trump goes on offensive to spread distrust of Mueller investigation

    “This is a war,” said Bruce Levell, a member of the Trump re-election campaign’s advisory board. “Why would we stop talking to the American people? That is the best thing you can do: keep talking to your base. And guess what? The base is growing.”

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday blasted the Russian probe as a “conclusion in search of evidence.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/6/donald-trump-fights-robert-mueller-in-public-relat/

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  5. Pistol Pete

    Dance like no one’s watching! Bizarre moment Malia Obama, 19, rolls around on the ground and wildly pounds the earth as she listens to The Killers at Lollapalooza
    Malia was caught on camera dancing up a storm on Friday night during the set
    She rolled around on the grass at one point and banged her head to the music
    Reportedly spent most of the set backstage with friends before going to dance
    Last year made headlines for allegedly smoking a joint at the popular festival
    THE LEFT WAILS:’LEAVE HER ALONE!SHE’S AN ADULT!
    FRANKLY I DON’T CARE IF SHE SMOKES CRACK AND PEDDLES HER ASS FOR $20 ON A STREETCORNER.
    BUT THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WILLING TO TRASH A 12 YEAR OLD BOY BECAUSE HIS LAST NAME IS TRUMP.
    Twitter user @Blvck_Picvsso wrote: ‘Malia Obama is doing what you supposed to do at an concert: HAVE FUN.’

    Another said: ‘This Malia Obama thing is being taken way out of context. She’s dancing to The KILLERS! I would still be rolling on that floor…’

    Some called for people to stop secretly filming the former first daughter in order to profit off of her.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764352/Malia-Obama-dances-widly-Lollapalooza-Chicago.html#ixzz4p2vA0scp

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  6. Pistol Pete

    SOME PEOPLE LEARN LIFE’S LESSONS THE HARD WAY
    A JUDGE REMOVES “TWO CLOWNS” FOR LAUGHING DURING SENTENCING OF A WOMAN FOR A DEADLY DUI

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