Category Archives: Veterans

Some Warm Feelings Just for You

All you’ll hear about today is the showdown in Alabama. All the news crews are down there, ready to preen before the camera and try to act like it’s simply reportage and not the culmination of a six week jihad to ruin a Republican senate candidate. Plenty of time for that. Consider this a sort of palate cleanser for the hard news yet to come.

This is the time of year where acts of love and compassion are most keenly felt. Like the characters in Scrooge who call on the old miser to solicit funds to buy some food and warmth for the truly needy, our own souls must be replenished to remind us that we are made by God and life is a temporary condition. Through the daily assault on our faith, our morals, and our way of life, we need reminders from time to time that God has got this. Trust in Him and we’ll be OK. This Christmas is especially joyful because Israel has a powerful new ally.

I POST THIS EVERY YEAR. I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT. HOPE I NEVER WILL.

[CtH: Beautiful message, Pete. Thank you!]

Wreaths Across America caravan begins annual journey from Maine to Arlington

The Wreaths Across America caravan departed Sunday from Columbia Falls, where the wreaths were made. It’ll travel through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C., before arriving in a week in Arlington, Virginia.

Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife Norma, seen here at a Capitol Hill reception in 2007, are the grand marshals for this year’s Wreaths Across America caravan.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. This year, there will be more than 200,000 of them placed at Arlington alone. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/wreaths-across-america-caravan-begins-annual-journey-from-maine-to-arlington-1.501859

World War II Mansfield veteran gets a boost from firefighters

WANNA SEE A REAL BADASS?

Decorated World War II veteran Walter Gilbert and his wife Mary are both 95 and still manage to live in their own home. But they have some mobility issues, including difficulty with stairs, such as the ones from their home.

About a half-dozen firefighters left their regular shift Friday morning and headed over to the couple’s West Street home to install a ramp Veterans Agent Michael Raymond was able to get for the Gilberts.

One of the reasons Gilbert needs the ramp is because of injuries to his legs he suffered in the war.

Terry said he sat down and talked to Gilbert, learning he endured about 180 days of combat, and was wounded twice. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he took shrapnel.

Despite his service to our country and what he went through, Gilbert is humble and gracious for the support from the town.

When told he deserved it after his service he said, “Well I don’t know about that.”
Terry advises area residents to contact their community’s veterans agents to see what is needed

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/world-war-ii-mansfield-veteran-gets-a-boost-from-firefighters/article_25027530-36e2-577d-a6bf-c8c5f77060e5.html

Widow, 94, breaks down as husband’s ring lost after he was killed in WWII plane wreck is returned to her

BEHOLD THE COMPASSION OF ALMIGHTY GOD


Robert and his good luck charm made it through 38 successful missions but unfortunately he lost his life during the 39th. The ring survived and was discovered amongst the shattered plane in New Guinea 40 years ago.  It was returned recently to Greebull’s wife who hasn’t forgotten her love for him–not at all.

‘He was a wonderful, wonderful guy,’ Betty McAleenan said to KLTA. ‘And I fell madly in love like all people do at that age,’ she continued.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539449/Widow-94-reunited-class-ring-gave-husband-70-YEARS.html#ixzz511XT2QSw

A little help here? Baby signs distress signal from mall Santa’s lap

THIS IS ADORABLE

Kerry Spencer taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak because she found it useful to be able to communicate with them when they were babies.

Samuel was just one year old when he used his baby version of ASL to sign “help” to his mom while the photographer at the Provo Town Center Mall in Provo, Utah, snapped his picture. “I was standing to the side when the pic was taken and actually didn’t see that he was signing for help until I saw the photo,” his mom told TODAY Parents.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/a-little-help-here-baby-signs-distress-signal-from-mall-santas-lap/ar-BBGCCmv?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=UE12DHP

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

Pastors Kyle Turner, 36, and wife Liz, 37, say they had “discerned a call” to build a church for younger people when they moved to Kansas City from Oklahoma in 2009.
Today, The Cause has its own digs, a space at 4646 Belleview Ave. that feels more like a tech start-up than a place of worship. To the right of the entrance is a small work space and complimentary coffee bar. To the left, “Jesus Over Everything” beams in an aqua neon light. In one corner is “The Welcome Spot,” a teal room where prospective members can learn more about the church. Across from there is the sanctuary, with rows of chairs facing a stage festooned with a neon-beamed backdrop.


THE METHODS OF PREACHING MATTER FAR LESS THAN GUIDING YOUNG PEOPLE TO GOD’S MERCY AND OUR REDEMPTION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article188544194.html#storylink=cpy

Out of Wedlock Birth Rates High in America; End of Shotgun Weddings Partially to Blame

IN FULL DISCLOSURE, I MUST PLEAD GUILTY. MY FIRST WIFE WAS PREGNANT WITH RJ’s MOM WHEN WE WERE MARRIED.  THERE WAS NO QUESTION … YOU JUST DIDN’T WALK AWAY. YOU TOOK RESPONSIBILITY.

The proportion of mothers who are unmarried is at 40 percent, up from five percent in 1960; two-thirds of first births to women under 30 are to unwed women. Determining why out-of-wedlock pregnancy and birth has spiked is the subject of a new report, released Monday, from the Social Capital Project.

Between the early 1950s and the late 2000s, the proportion of births from unwed pregnancies increased from 10 to almost 50 percent. Similarly, the rate of births to previously unwed couples who married after conception but before birth was 43 percent in the early 1960s; it dropped steadily to nine percent in the late 2000s.

The other most significant factor is the vanishing of the so-called “shotgun marriage,” the sequence of events where a woman becomes pregnant, and then she and the father of the child are socially pressured into tying the knot.

http://freebeacon.com/culture/wedlock-birth-rates-high-america-end-shotgun-weddings-partially-blame/

Girl Scout Cookies will now be available in YOGURT form as Yoplait release three new versions of its Whips! yogurts

Yoplait is releasing Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Caramel Coconut
For purists, the Peanut Butter Chocolate may be equated with Tagalongs and Caramel Coconut with Samoas.

Thin Mint will have mint chocolate flavor; Peanut Butter Chocolate has peanut butter profile with chocolate finish; Caramel Coconut will be smooth and creamy.  The new yogurt flavors are due in stores this December.

UHH, NO, I DON’T THINK SO.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5169429/Girl-Scout-Cookies-available-YOGURT-form.html#ixzz511cXszG4

Nativity scene with Jesus in migrant boat is not going over well

A Catholic bishop condemned a nativity scene that depicts Mary holding Jesus in a rubber boat to symbolize the plight of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

“I’m not saying a crib cannot be enriched by other elements, and certainly, a boat is a symbol that reminds us of the need for hospitality, but don’t forget that Jesus is the savior of all problems, not just one,” Vecchi said, according to International Business Times.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/06/nativity-scene-jesus-migrant-boat-not-going-well-572287

Our World: Trump’s great and ingenious gifts

Turning his back on the legacy of president Barack Obama, Trump beats a new path in American-Israeli relations.

With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump gave a Hanukkah gift to the Jewish people. But he also gave a Christmas gift to the American people.

Trump’s gift to Israel is not merely that 68 years after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital, the US finally recognized Israel’s capital.

To understand why it was both courageous and wise, consider the political, institutional and geopolitical contexts in which Trump acted.

Politically, Trump made his declaration in a poisonous political environment at home.
The Democrats responded to Trump’s victory last year over Hillary Clinton by seeking to delegitimize his victory. To this end, they chose to oppose everything that he says and does.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Our-World-Trumps-great-and-ingenious-gifts-517417

84-Year-Old Korean War vet kills one home intruder in point-blank shot, sends second one running

THIS WAR HORSE IS OLD SCHOOL….TRY TO ROB ME, I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO GOD… PERSONALLY.

An 84-year-old Korean War veteran killed a home intruder Friday with a single shot right to the chest, and he’s crediting God with his success.  While Lutz is somewhat sore from the struggle, he has escaped without any real injuries and credits his success to his Christian faith.

“I’ve never been afraid in my life,” Lutz said. “God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ, and God was with me tonight.”

Lutz is not facing any charges for his act of home self-defense.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/10/84-year-old-korean-war-vet-kills-one-home-intruder-point-blank-shot-sends-second-one-running-573730

WE’VE ALL FELT THIS WAY…I’M PRETTY SURE

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Then There Were Five

December 7, 1941: More than 2,300 American servicemen were murdered in a sneak attack by the Empire of Japan. It drew us directly into a war that had been raging in Europe for more than two years. It changed the course of history and ended a madman’s dream of world domination.

Fast forward 76 years. The USS Arizona still rests in the harbor, along with those joined for eternity. I’ve never been there, but know people who have. You cannot come away from there unmoved if you have a soul. Our WWII veterans are almost all gone now, passing into glory at a rapid rate. After suffering eight years of humiliation at the hands of a man who presided over a country he hated, these few once again have a president who sees them as the legends they are.

World War II Veteran Interrupts Trump’s Pearl Harbor Speech to Sing ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’

During his speech, one of the World War II veterans, Michael “Mickey” Ganitch, interrupted and started singing the song “Remember Pearl Harbor.”

Before President Trump signed a formal proclamation on the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, one veteran of the Japanese attack broke out in song. Trump said that, following the attack, a “battle cry could be heard by American friends and foes alike: Remember Pearl Harbor.”

The veteran standing closest to him smiled and began singing the lyrics to the Sammy Kaye song. “Let’s remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo,” he sang. “We will always remember how they died for liberty. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory.”

The following veterans attended Trump’s ceremony, where the president signed a proclamation for Pearl Harbor Day:

  • Michael Ganitch, chief quartermaster, United States Navy, USS Pennsylvania
  • Jack Holder, Flight Engineer, United States Navy, PBY Ford Island
  • Alexander Horanzy, Private, United States Army, Schofield Barracks
  • Lawrence Parry, Private, United States Army, Fort Armstrong
  • Robert Fernandez, Seaman First Class, United States Navy, USS Curtiss
  • George Blake, Staff Sergeant, Coastal Artillery Battery

THEY ARE A PRECIOUS TREASURE THAT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/07/world-war-ii-veteran-interrupts-trumps-pearl-harbor-speech-sing-remember-pearl-harbor/

Today we honor Pearl Harbor Heroes. Thank you to all military for your courage and sacrifice!

Here’s the original version of the song: Remember Pearl Harbor by Sammy Kaye

ON PEARL HARBOR DAY Obama Would Post Photos of Himself — TRUMP Invites WWII Veterans to White House

In December 2013 Barack Obama honored the dead from Pearl Harbor by posting a photo of himself

THIS MAN IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE/

In December 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, Barack Obama honored the fallen heroes of Pearl Harbor with another photo of himself.
On December 7, 2017, President Trump honored the fallen of Pearl Harbor by inviting the survivors to the White House.

EVEN ON SUCH A SOLEMN OCCASION, THAT LITTLE PIMPLE FROM #FAKE NEWS STILL HAS TO BE A PAIN.

Flanked By Pearl Harbor Survivors Trump Stops And Drops A Nuke On CNN

Acosta shouted this question to Trump as he exited the room with the Pearl Harbor veterans: “Any comment on senator Al Franken? He made some comments about you earlier today.”

Trump paused and with the strength of the Pearl Harbor veterans behind him, shut CNN down with five words: “I didn’t hear it. Sorry.: Then Trump left the room, flanked by American heroes.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/07/flanked-by-pearl-harbor-survivors-trump-stops-and-drops-a-nuke-on-cnn/


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Thank you for your service

2017_11 11 Veterans Day by Terrell

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And thank YOU for your service too, Military Families!

2017_11 10 Kids are veterans too

This is doubly true of the wives (and civilian husbands). I’m SO PROUD of the great support Mama Buzz provides her veteran. She’s never donned the uniform, but she definitely SERVES.

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So Much Stuff, So Little Time

Fighting the urge to take a nap. Had to wake up to have breakfast with my uncles. It may seem a bother, but one day it will no longer be possible. Put in that perspective, it’s really no bother at all.

Angry GOP donors close their wallets

‘I’m sick and tired of nothing happening,’ one contributor says of the party’s legislative failures
These elitists may not pay us commoners much mind, but money talks, as they say.
“Anybody who was there knew that I was not happy. And I don’t think anybody was happy. How could you be?” said Wachtell, who has previously given over $2,000 to McConnell but recently stopped donating to Senate GOP causes. “You’re never going to get a more sympathetic Republican than I am. But I’m sick and tired of nothing happening.”
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/republican-donors-trump-mcconnell-anger-243449

Cuomo’s on-air meltdown defending CNN against fake news charge does not disappoint
Betraying any pretense of impartiality he may have had, Cuomo, a news anchor, then declared that the federal government’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico were inadequate — this coming from a network that exists almost entirely for the purpose of destroying this president.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/10/05/cuomos-air-meltdown-defending-cnn-fake-news-charge-not-disappoint-544708

Schumer Asks Trump to ‘Break from the NRA…And Work With Us’
Schumer described the National Rifle Association, a group that supports Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms, as a swamp:
“Look, this is, I mean, this is the swamp. A small, powerful lobby that represents a vast minority, a very small minority of Americans, seems to have a stranglehold on the Republican Party. And, that shouldn’t be.
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/

House passes budget, paving way for tax reform
In a 219-206 vote, lawmakers approved a budget resolution for 2018 that sets up a process for shielding the GOP tax bill from a filibuster in the Senate.
A total of 18 Republicans voted against the resolution, along with all the Democrats who were present.
GOP lawmakers hailed the vote as meaningful because of the tax measure.
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/354028-house-passes-budget-paving-way-for-tax-reform

Street Artist Targets Jimmy Kimmel

“Sabo” created posters of Kimmel looking like a young Johnny Depp from the 1990 movie ‘Cry-Baby.’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jimmy-kimmel-targeted-by-conservative-street-artist-1045951

Holy Hillary!I’m reminded of the story about a holy missionary who died and was received in Heaven by a crowd of angels and saints. Soon, a trumpet sounded, and everyone but his guardian angel left to join a much larger crowd greeting a scowling unpleasant-looking man. The bewildered priest turned to the angel, who said, “Don’t be surprised. He’s no saint, but he saved far more souls than you. He was a notoriously reckless driver, and wherever he drove, people prayed.” So it was with Hillary.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/10/holy_hillary.html#ixzz4uk4rzqYp

Democrats ‘Throw Tantrum,’ Skip VA Event Because of a Group They Don’t Like
Then, on Tuesday, Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee skipped out on what The Military Times described as a “supposedly friendly roundtable discussion” over how to reform the Veterans Affairs agency.
Why? Because Concerned Veterans for America was there – and the group has ties to Republicans.
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/10/05/democrats-boycott-event-to-improve-va-n2390725

KISS rocks the crowd, stops concert for a rousing Pledge of Allegiance
In a day when overpaid millionaire NFL players have made it “cool” to disrespect our country and flag, it’s good to see some entertainers still willing to publicly give due reverence to the symbols that represent not only our beloved nation, but the men and women who sacrifice to keep America free.


http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/10/05/take-kaepernick-kiss-rocks-crowd-stops-concert-rousing-pledge-allegiance-544699

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A Commander to Be Proud Of

Barack Obama never hid his abject contempt for our military. Like the spineless coward that he is, he announced that once he ascended to his throne he would cut and run from Iraq, removing the only safeguard those people had from the savagery that is ISIS. All the blood and treasure that we sacrificed to try to stabilize that country went for nothing as he left billions in military assets which the terrorists used to butcher innocent men, women, and children. He slashed our manpower, cut their budgets, and reduced our defenses to a point we could not sustain a war on two fronts. He knew not a damn thing about military strategy, but ignored what his generals, who knew what they were doing. He was just sooo damn smart. And the media went right along with him. I prayed for our warriors like Chrissy’s daughters and Grunt’s son.
Of all the people who breathed a sigh of relief when Trump was elected, our soldiers were among those most pleased. They knew they finally had a Commander-in-Chief who loved and respected them.

Obama never shied away from slapping our people in the face

THEN ALONG CAME THAT TRUMP GUY
Trump Honors Veterans At Celebrate Freedom Rally

President Donald Trump delivered an Independence Day address honoring American veterans — hundreds of whom came from the Washington, D.C. area to attend the “Celebrate Freedom Rally” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“America is a land rich with heroes,” said Trump at the event, which included wounded warriors who are patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center.
During his speech, the president personally saluted World War II veteran Harry Miller for his lifelong service and wounded warrior Luis Avila. Miller enlisted in the reserves at 15, even though he was not old enough to serve. He fought in Europe and in The Battle of the Bulge. Avila, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on a fifth deployment when he was wounded, losing his leg, during an intelligence reconnaissance mission.

Here’s a little more about Harry Miller

Here’s a little more about Luis Avila

Hussein Obama used to attend Freedom Rally’s too

 

OVER THE WEEKEND THERE WERE “IMPEACH TRUMP” RALLIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, WELL PUBLICIZED AND REPORTED ON BY THE MEDIA WHORES. THERE WAS NOT A WORD MENTIONED ABOUT THE FREEDOM RALLY OR THE FACT WE ARE LOSING THE GREATEST GENERATION AT AN ALARMING RATE. SOON THEY WILL ALL BE GONE AND WE WILL NEVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE THEM AGAIN. THEY HAD A GOOD SUPPLY OF SOMETHING THIS NATION HAS LITTLE OF… GUTS. THE WILL TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT. PUTTING THEIR COUNTRY ABOVE THEIR OWN SAFETY. ALL BECAUSE THEY CONSIDERED IT THEIR DUTY. WE BLESS AND HONOR THEM AND THE FAMILIES WHO SUFFERED WITH THEM.

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Violent Rhetoric

Dems can’t follow their own advice to tone down the rhetoric in the name of not encouraging extremists to get violent.

After the Senate’s health care bill came out, Bernie Sanders tweeted,

2017_06 23 Sanders tweet

In other “Democrats go lower” news …

  • Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
  • Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted, “No tweaks by amendment can fix this monstrosity. If you vote for this evil, intellectually bankrupt bill, it will ruin millions of lives.”
  • A Rolling Stone writer really jumped the shark with this tweeted absurdity: “Trump and the Republicans want to pass a bill that would kill far more Americans than ISIS and al Qaeda could ever dream about.”

Never mind that approximately 6.5 million uninsured Americans were forced to pay $3 billion in penalties to the IRS because they couldn’t afford Obamacare plans.

And never mind that 18 of the 23 Obamacare co-ops have collapsed.

And also never mind that the only (born) Americans I’ve heard of who actually died because of a Democrat-run health care program were veterans who couldn’t get appointments at the VA.

Sources:

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Where were all those Democrats?

Lefties are melting down about Trumpcare.  Funny how they didn’t give so much of a toot about the MILLIONS whose premiums became unaffordable and/or who lost their plans and their doctors under Obamacare.  Also, this:

2017_05 07 Conway VA

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