Category Archives: Armed Forces



These disgusting PIGS didn’t just leave behind inanimate trash.  They also abandoned PETS.

I got the stuff below in an email from Catholic Vote.  In comments, I’ll add other stuff I see that doesn’t inspire a whole blog.

BUDGET // Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump’s first budget proposal will spare Social Security and Medicare from any cuts.

HEALTH CARE // A draft Republican bill to repeal Obamacare has been leaked. The replacement plan reduces subsidies, takes out the individual mandate, and scraps the Medicaid expansion. But the Republican plan would maintain some elements supported by Obama, including the “Cadillac” tax on more generous health plans.

CONGRESS // President Trump will address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. GOP insiders say he may not be in the mood to play nice.

MONDAY MOTIVATION // “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.-Saint Vincent de Paul

MARKETING // Conservative activist Grover Norquist says that on regulatory reform, Trump is ‘out-Reaganing Reagan.’

MILITARY // Trump wants to raise military spending, but cut everywhere else.

CATHOLIC // Spirit of 79: The number of Americans proposed for sainthood.


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The Price of Freedom

We can either have “peace at any price” OR we can have freedom.  There is no in between.

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A Veterans Open Letter to the President

This is not normally the way I do things, but I just felt this needed its own distinction.
I am not qualified to speak on this subject, but Grunt’s son and CtH’s Warrior Princess could give their thoughts on this.
The message is long but very powerful. I’m printing it en toto because it needs to be seen.

An Army Veteran’s Open Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump,

This is my third in a series of letters that I have written to public officials in as many days. The first was expressing my outrage at President Obama commuting the sentence of Bradley Manning. The second explained my frustration with the Democratic Congressional Representatives for not fulfilling their oath to support and defend the Constitution, part of which is acting as the representatives of the people at the inauguration. I was going to let it stop there. After those two actions, I felt as though I had lost faith in my government. I am a retired Army combat veteran, and the exploits of my government over the past couple weeks left me feeling as if it had all simply shut down on what I hold dearest. So many veterans have fought and suffered so that this country and Constitution could survive, and it was beginning to appear as though no one in the government felt any passion in that sacrifice anymore.

That was until I heard your inauguration speech today. I must admit that I did not find it particularly elegant. It was definitely not poetic or particularly flowing. What it was, however, was the most powerfully spoken address on American strength and exceptionalism that I have heard in quite some time.

Over seventy-five percent of my career was spent during a period of active conflict. I myself have three combat deployments under my belt. Unfortunately, I spent most of my career feeling that there was little support from my government—and most importantly, my President—in supporting my commitment to our founding documents. I essentially served under three presidents, and with two of them, I felt a sincere depth of disdain toward the service in general. It appeared that the military was to be used as an experiment for social justices, which put military lives at risk because it took us away from what the purpose of our mission was—to deter war through projection of power (and should that show of force fail, to win through overwhelming strength of arms). Not pretty or happy, but that is what we in the military are there to do. And the better we are at doing our jobs, the more lives we save, both in terms of our lives and the enemies’.

You, sir, filled me with a sense of patriotism that I have not felt for quite some time. In fact, it has been missing since we, the American people, seemingly forgot the awful and life-altering attack carried out on our country on September 11, 2001. I will never forget it. I was a Lieutenant at Fort Bragg, and we were conducting a field training exercise. My battery commander had just come over and ripped me up and down (something that happened quite regularly, as I was the guy who always took as much rope as I could get and wrapped it around the fence post personally to adequately hang myself) for shooting over half our allotted artillery rounds in two fire missions. It was about two hours later that he called over his officers and senior NCOs and explained to us that the United States had just come under attack by Islamic terrorists, and the Twin Towers had been destroyed. That was the same day I saw my 1SG, one of the hardest men I have ever met, crying in a corner because his brother had been one of those murdered by those cowards (cowards always kill themselves so they can escape the consequences of their actions). I spent the next few years waiting to deploy so I could do my part in what would soon become a global conflict. I also spent the next 15 years watching as my country seemed to forget what had happened to it and what America stood for. Even worse was watching as our government led by way of self-degradation for what we as a nation have accomplished throughout our miraculous history. I realized that this self-loathing had come full circle when one of my children came back from college and explained how America has never really been extraordinary.

So this is where I found myself on January 20, 2017. As I watched the inauguration I once again wondered what the legacy was that we were leaving to our posterity. Debt, hostility, lack of integrity, crime; and this was just from our government officials. Then, I listened to the oath of office that you, the President, took. I was told once as a young Lieutenant from (then) MAJ Killgallon—one of the most inspiring leaders I had the honor to call mentor—that administering the oath of office to someone was the most sacred of events. We, the ones swearing them in, were being invited into an event that was solely about that individual, and they were offering to share that spot with you. The most disrespectful thing you could do was not have that oath memorized. Ever since then, I have been fascinated by the oaths of office. The one for the President moved me. You don’t swear to protect it against all enemies foreign and domestic, nor do you swear to bear true faith and allegiance. You simply swear that you will, “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

That is because, as of that moment, you are the physical embodiment of that document. You are the corporeal manifestation of all that the Constitution means and represents.

In listening to your address after your oath, I felt that you understood that. I heard in you a belief in America that I honestly haven’t felt since listening to Ronald Reagan. I felt in you a passion that America needs to stand for greatness, and that it has a destiny to lead the world in justice and righteousness. You also made it clear, however, that this was not possible if we the people did not first make our country accountable to us again.

So, in total dichotomy, after listening to your speech today I was filled with a true sense of remorse. I am almost 45 years old. I have lived a very good life—a life filled with both overwhelming joy and total gut-wrenching heartbreak. Yet the combination of these events has made me into the person I am today, and I had, up until now, no regrets. So why, if I felt all of this from your speech, should I feel such lament? As the President, the faith of the military is placed upon your shoulders. We go where you tell us, and should the need arise, sacrifice our lives to accomplish the mission that you place upon us. We need to believe that in doing so, we are fighting, killing, and dying for a purpose and a meaning.

Nothing angered me more than when in Somalia, after losing eighteen Rangers, we pulled the plug and came back to America. To me, it signified that our mission there was not essential. If you deploy us, you are saying that the objective is so important that there can be no value of life placed above it. We are engaging in an action that, at its core, is more important than the life of every service member within the US military. If you pull us out before that mission is done, then every life given to you, the president, was lost in vain. We who take our oaths are willing to die for our values; we ask that these deaths, however, be given for the worthy cause of supporting our Constitution.

In your speech, I heard that belief—a belief in a purpose in America. A belief in the virtue of our Constitution. My regret, sir, is that I will not be able to serve again as a member of the armed forces under a commander who gives us cause to believe in our mission. General Mattis stated in his confirmation hearing, “The primitive and often even atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical and mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm’s way. And oftentimes it’s only unit cohesion, leadership, and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, not as broken. And so the Warrior Ethos is not a luxury, it is essential when you have a military.” There can be no doubt that this is a man who is worthy to lead our military. He understands the principals of combat and how to train and lead our military.

What the military needs is a president who will follow along with that example. Allow us to train hard and train to win. Utilize us judiciously, and only when the purpose is to either defend our ideals or reach out to the worthy. Most importantly, we need you to have faith and stand by the conviction that our mission is worthy of the ultimate sacrifice.

I don’t know if you will hold true to your words that you issued during your inauguration. I don’t know if your actions will be worthy of the office you just entered. What I do know is that I see in you the potential to take us back to a place of greatness.

I, sir, believe in you. I regret that I will not be able to serve under your command. If there is any word of advice that I can offer, it would be this—you hold the lives of every soldier, Marine, airman, sailor, and coast guardsman in your hand. Likewise, you will hold their deaths on your conscience. Let those lives sacrificed truly mean something. I hope that you will.

God bless you, God bless our military, and God bless America.

Matthew Wadler is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army veteran. Matt served in the Army for 20 years as both enlisted and officer before retiring. His service includes time as Military Police, Field Artillery, Adjutant General, and Recruiting. His deployments include Somalia and two tours to Afghanistan. His formal education includes a master’s degree in HR Management. He is a strong supporter of the constitution and advocate for the military and veteran communities. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewWadler.




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God bless the USA!

Goosebumps and tears.  Plus, profound gratitude to my great-grandparents who left their homelands in Ireland, England, and Germany to pursue the American Dream.

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Mattis hearing


Before Mattis can join the Cabinet, Congress must approve a one-time exception to a law requiring a military officer to be out of uniform for at least seven years before leading the Pentagon. Even some of Trump’s strongest critics say Mattis merits the exception — and the Senate voted decisively today to approve the waiver on a 81-17 vote. It goes next to the House.

Jan 12, 2017: Gillibrand tried desperately to make Mattis look like a sexist homophobe.


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Mundae Missile-Anuous

Apparently my spell-check is on the fritz.


Fiat Chrysler announces $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing, 2,000 new jobs

The Warren plant will make the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer large SUVs. A plant in Toledo, Ohio also will get new equipment to make a new Jeep pickup.  The move by Fiat Chrysler follows a similar recent announcement made by a competing auto brand.


U.S. says Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

The incident, which occurred Sunday and was first reported by Reuters, comes as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Jan. 20. In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water.”


The Navy destroyer fired warning flares and a U.S. Navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float before the warning shots were fired.  The Iranian vessels came within 900 yards (800 meters) of the Mahan, which was escorting two other U.S. military ships, they said.

Spoof parody begs you to sponsor a millennial so they can live the life they portray on Instagram

The spoof, titled “Millennial International: Sponsor a Millennial Today” hits on all of the stereotypes surrounding millennials. And, while it’s really not fair to lump all the millennials into one category, they can thank their spoiled snowflake peers for the bad press.

“Am I capable of having a job? Sure,” Declan said. “I just feel like maybe employment right now would be stifling my creativity.”

“If it wasn’t for the program, I’d have to get a job—or worse, start a GoFundMe,” he added.

Trump’s Unexpected Win Has Democrats Coping With A Vastly Smaller Job Market For Their Skills

There is no longer a jobs market for degree holders in unicorn breeding and rainbow identification.

Hillary Clinton Receives Ovation at ‘The Color Purple’

Mrs. Clinton, accompanied by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, received several ovations from the sold-out audience as she arrived, and then another round of applause when she was acknowledged by the cast after the show.

[Did she get a booboo sticker too?  Cuz, you know, she lost the election, then she lost the recount, then she lost the electoral vote, then she lost the Congressional confirmation of the electoral vote.]

Farewell to a Decade of Media Drooling Over Barack Obama

From the moment then-state senator Barack Obama showed up on the national stage to address the Democratic convention in 2004, the news media were in love.

“Obama is a rock star,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell exclaimed during MSNBC’s live convention coverage back on July 27, 2004.

When Obama ran for President four years later, news reporters led the cheers.

“It’s almost hard to remain objective because it’s infectious, the energy, I think.”

As a candidate, the Associated Press celebrated Obama as “something special,” while as President-elect, the Washington Post drooled over his “chiseled pectorals,” on display during a vacation in Hawaii.

“He transcends the racial divide so effortlessly that it seems reasonable to expect that he can bridge all the other divisions — and answer all the impossible questions — plaguing American public life.”

[CtH: And, eight years later, 14½ million more Americans are out of work than when Mr. Hope and Change took office, 25 million Americans are still without health insurance, domestic violence is rampant, we’ve endured a record number of terrorist attacks and entered a record number of wars, and the racial and political divides are worse than ever.  Answering questions plaguing American public life?  More like being the plague on American public life!]

“On the bus ride along the snowy road to Lebanon, New Hampshire, I showed him this week’s Newsweek, hot off the presses. [to Obama] How does this feel, of all the honors that have come your way, all the publicity?…Who does it make you think of? Is there, is there a loved one?”

— NBC’s Brian Williams on the January 7, 2008 Nightly News.

Greta Van Susteren Borrows a Familiar Phrase to Describe Her New Show on MSNBC

Van Susteren told her longtime pal and new colleague Rachel Maddow last week that she hopes to bring in many of her former viewers over from Fox, and the lines drawn between Fox News and MSNBC didn’t end there.

[CtH: Fat chance, Greta. If anything would convince me that she’s an idiot, it’s that she left the cable news leader Fox for the cable news joke MSNBC.]

Van Susteren revealed that on her first episode she’ll be sitting down with Valerie Jarrett and Reince Priebus. “And, to steal a phrase you may have heard before, I consider it fair and balanced.”


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Wreaths Across America

The event took place last Saturday. I saw an article at Breitbart about needing donations and volunteers to lay wreaths at all 240,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. As I dug a little deeper, I found that many such ceremonies were taking place all across the nation. Just thought you might be interested in what Americans of faith can do when they get together to show their appreciation for all those who bought and paid for the freedom we all enjoy.

Later Saturday, Congress officially proclaimed Dec. 13 as “Wreaths Across America Day” soon after the two-millionth wreath laid nationwide was placed in honor of U.S. Army Private William Christman, the very first soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in May 1864.
Wreaths Across America Donations needed to honor veterans
Americans will never let us down

Wreaths Across America reaches goal for Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. – Two weeks ago, Wreaths Across America still needed over 100,000 wreaths to be able to cover all veterans headstones at the Arlington National Cemetery. By Wednesday though they made a huge comeback, reaching their goal of donations needed to purchase the remaining wreaths.
The mission of Wreaths Across America and its thousands of volunteers is to remember those who fought for our freedom during the holidays.
This is the 25th year, and at Arlington National Cemetery this Saturday, December 17, once again many will gather to lay a wreath at each grave. Most years the wreath laying attracts 40,000-50,000 people, but in fact last year when it was 65 degrees and beautiful outside a larger group of 70,000 people showed up.
The parking lot opens at 8 a.m., and then 245,000 wreaths will be brought in to the cemetery, 65 tractor trailers will be parked in different locations throughout the cemetery and starting at 10 a.m. volunteers will spread out to start to lay them on the graves.

Gold Star Dad Remembers Son, Helps Organize the Laying of 10,800 Wreaths at Golden Gate National Cemetery
J. Kevin Graves helps unload 10,800 wreaths ahead of Golden Gate National Cemetery’s largest Wreaths Across America observance in San Bruno. (December 16, 2016)
This year, the Avenue of Flags Committee in support of the Golden Gate National Cemetary was able to reach 10,800 wreaths, making it the largest Wreaths Across America observance the cemetery has held.
J. Kevin Graves, a Gold Star father who lost his son in Baghdad, said that the Walmart Foundation committed a significant amount to the number of wreaths this year.

Wreaths Across America decorates veterans’ graves in Seattle

The special wreath laying ceremony occurred simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and over 750 participating Veterans Cemeteries across the Country totaling 1.2 million wreaths.
The Wreaths Across America project began in 1992 when a Maine wreath maker donated 5,000 surplus wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2015 over 901,000 wreaths were placed across the country and overseas by nearly 200,000 volunteers.
Today’s event is made possible through donated funds and efforts by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made the 7th annual wreath laying ceremony possible.

Wreaths Across America: Honoring veterans for the holidays
From Monterey, Cal.
The wreaths, which cost $15 each, were paid for solely through donations, said Michael McNutt, a retired Marine who organized the event with the sponsorship of the American Legion Post 642 of Cupertino. The group has enough donation money to pay for a portion of the wreaths for next year, McNutt said.

Wreaths Across America Honors All in Arlington National Cemetery

Wreath laying ceremony set December 17 at Virgilina Cemetery
Members of the community are invited to be a part of a holiday wreath-laying ceremony at Corinth National Cemetery.
When Worcester Wreath Company had a number of wreaths leftover during the 1992 holiday season, owner Morrill Worcester quietly chose to honor American veterans.
Family members of veterans buried at the cemetery off Highland Road will join with volunteers December 17 to lay approximately 8,000 wreaths at the headstones of the USA military personnel during National Wreaths Across America Day. Olympia Snowe, Blue Bird Ranch trucking company and several others, the wreaths were placed in an older section of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia that wasn’t seeing as many visitors as it used to.
This year, more than 200,000 wreaths will be placed on headstones at Arlington.

Volunteers decorate veterans’ graves with Christmas wreaths at Mountain Home
Mountain Home was just one of more than a thousand wreath laying ceremonies that took place across the country Saturday.

Thousands help lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. — Rodrick Harris comes to Arlington National Cemetery from his home in Rockville, Md., at least once a month. He works for a funeral home and does business here regularly.
But being here this chilly December morning to help lay the holiday wreaths on the graves of those who are laid to rest here was something this 21-year retired Army veteran says he has never done before today.

Thank you! Thousands of volunteers add wreaths to soldiers’ graves
HOPEWELL, Va. — Nearly 2,000 volunteers turned out Saturday in Hopewell to place wreaths on the graves of soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedoms.
The city reached out for help and WTVR CBS 6 spread the word after City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell was given thousands of wreaths to place on the graves.
Organizers said after word spread, so many people volunteered that the task of placing the 6,000 wreaths on the tombstones took just 15 minutes.

Wreaths Across America places wreaths on Arlington

FedEx Delivers 18,000 Christmas Trees to Members of the Military and Their Families
FedEx has teamed up with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation to give American military members and their families Christmas trees through the Trees for Troops program.
FedEx has shipped more than 176,000 live Christmas trees to service members and their families to 65 bases in 17 countries to every branch of the military since the program’s launch in 2005, Fox News reported.




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Rest In Peace, Marine

BEAUTIFUL! Before He Passed Away, Marine Recorded Video Message For Trump/Pence!
As a veteran of our military forces, I take the time to salute Dr. Larry Lindsey for his service and this beautiful video before he passed away. He left this message for President-elect Donald Trump, VP-elect Mike Pence and General “Mad Dog” Mattis.


President Trump, Vice President Pence and General Mattis I would like to say that the greatest honor of my life has been to wage this battle with you. I haven’t been prouder to being a Marine than anything I’ve ever done in my life. Having a hand in some small way in fighting for my country has meant the world to me.

There is no greater honor for me than to have great men like you leading this country back to its foundation and back to God. Mr. Trump I have no doubt in my heart and my mind that you will be perhaps the greatest president in the history of our country.

Vice President Pence, I am so honored to call you my vice president. You’re an incredibly good man and probably the only vice president in 150 years to have any brains. And I appreciate that about you.

General Mattis, it appears I am out of ammunition but I continue to fight with my last breath. I do not fear death for I know where I am going and I am only going home for a rest.
It is you people the good people of America for whom I cry, my loved ones and my friends, and the sacrifices they continue to make in this fight for our country. Dying is the easy part. Dying is the comforting part if you know who your God is and you know that he holds your hand. And I do. I praise God for a wonderful life. So many blessings I have known… I want you to know, each and every one of you that we have taken on a challenge that is only just begun. The real battle lies ahead.

And General Mattis, I want to request sir, Give ’em hell and Semper Fi. God Bless.



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