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Veterans Day 2017

A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve – is someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

 

 

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To all my fellow veterans:

Have a good Veteran’s Day. We all should take time to remember and thank those who have served and those still serving. I’ll be at my American Legion Post and VFW Post to celebrate.

HOOAH!

SFC MAC

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A Lesson: What Happens When You Won’t Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

I LOVE this. This kid kicked the chair out from under a punk who decided to sit through the pledge of allegiance.

Of course, the school administration came to the little snowflake’s rescue and ‘punished’ the kid who rightfully spilled him on his ass.

I’d give that kid who kicked the chair a medal. That little punk who ‘protested’ needs to be sent to a country with a real ‘fascist’ dictator if he wants a taste of what it’s really like.

Florida DemRat Accuses Trump of Being “Insensitive” Toward the Widow of a U.S. Soldier Slain in Africa

UPDATE:

Two years ago, Wilson said the same thing. Where’s the media tantrum?:

“Most men and women in law enforcement leave their homes knowing there is a possibility they may not return,” Wilson explained.

“I know that Agents Grogan and Dove knew about [Miami’s] violence when they said goodbye to their families, picked up their badges and their guns, and left home on the morning of April 11, 1986,” Wilson continued. “Yet, they still answered the charge to protect their community.”

 

No lie or false accusation is ever too much for these douchebags.

And what the hell was this bitch doing listening in on a private conversation between the president and  the widow of a slain Soldier?

From Fox News

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was “stunned” and “broken-hearted” after a condolence call President Trump made to the widow of a slain Soldier turned into a public and political spectacle pitting the administration against a Democratic lawmaker.

In a rare and emotional moment from the White House briefing room podium, Kelly condemned Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for listening to that phone call and then criticizing the president’s tone in the press.

“I was stunned when I came to work, when I saw what a member of Congress was doing, listened in on a phone call from the president,” Kelly told reporters.

“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation … I thought at least that was sacred,” he said.

On Oct. 4, four Americans were killed in an ambush near Niger. The phone call in question was made to the widow of one of those Soldiers, Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Wilson criticized Trump for allegedly saying during that phone call that “he knew what he signed up for,” claiming the remarks were insensitive.

But Kelly said Trump was only trying to say something akin to what Gen. Joe Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when his own son died: That “he was doing exactly what he wanted to do … he knew what he was getting into.”

Trump ignited the issue earlier this week after he questioned whether Barack Obama called the families of fallen troops during his eight years in office. This was as he faced questions about his administration’s response to the Niger ambush.

 

Actually, Trump’s words were ““knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway”.  Straightforward and true.  In no way is that insensitive.  As a retired Soldier and war veteran, I understand exactly what Donald Trump meant and in the proper context.

A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve – is someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

This Gold Star father does:

The father of one of the Green Berets killed in Niger offered a blistering rebuke of the fervid criticism being directed at President Donald Trump over a condolence call to a widow of a deceased Soldier.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Arnold Wright, the father of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, said he spoke with Trump on the phone and the president’s remarks were “appropriate.” He also said his son did know what he signed up for.

“I’ll say it: my son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant,” said the Gold Star father who also served in the military. “My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”

Wright said he spoke with the president for about 20 minutes, saying “the tone was great” and that he had no qualms with it coming two weeks after his son was killed.

“His comments were appropriate,” he told Time Magazine.

“He talked to me about the loss of my son and how he served with honor and dignity and he just wanted to give me a call to thank me,” Wright said. “I told him the kind of man Dustin was. We talked about his deployment.

“We got troops out there with no air cover. There are still teams in the country. That was the main point that was the conversation.”

 

So does this Gold Star father:

A Gold Star Father said he believes President Donald Trump’s recent comments to the widow of a slain U.S. serviceman have been misinterpreted.

Speaking Wednesday with CNN host Alisyn Camerota, Craig Gross said Trump’s “words are basically being taken and misconstrued.”

Gross, whose son Cpl. Frank Robert Gross died in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan, said Trump has done several great things for Gold Star families and that he believes Trump is actually very compassionate.

“President Trump is doing a lot of good things as far as Gold Star families are concerned,” Gross said.

He added that Trump invited his family to the White House recently and spent several hours with roughly 50 families at a candlelight service honoring American heroes who have died in combat.

“I believe that if you interviewed him personally, one on one, you would find that he is very, very empathetic and very compassionate, not only toward Gold Star families but also in regards to our active duty,” Gross said.

 

And this Gold Star mother:

A Gold Star mother who lost her son “never got a call” from Obama, but what she received from Melania Trump was priceless.

Amid the uproar over President Trump’s remarks about his predecessors not calling the families of fallen service members, Jill Stephenson revealed that she, too, never got that personal call from Obama when her son, U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp, died in 2009, Independent Journal Review reported.

The 21 year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His mother’s fears that he would lose his leg turned worse as Kopp ended up in a coma and died eight days after being admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center.

“I never got a call,” Stephenson told IJR.

“The Obamas never sent these, either,” the mother added, sharing a personal letter she received from First Lady Melania Trump.

“I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices you have made and the high price you and your family have paid to help ensure our freedom,” the September 2017 letter addressed to the Gold Star mom began.

“As a mother, you bear the burden of war in a very personal way. I want to take a moment, on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, to honor you and your son, Corporal Benjamin Kopp, who laid down his life to protect us, our country, and all we hold dear. His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Trump continued.

“I hold you close to my heart and keep you in my prayers,” the letter concluded, signed by the first lady.

……Kopp bravely saved the lives of six of his fellow soldiers on the battlefield and impacted the lives of others even after his death. The story of his service and how he saved four more Americans, and impacted the lives of more than 60 others through his organ donations, is chronicled in the book, “Heart of a Ranger: The True Story of Cpl. Ben Kopp, American Hero in Life and Death.”

 

By the way, Wilson’s record demonstrates that she is no friend of veterans:

The Florida Democrat who criticized President Donald Trump this week for being “insensitive” toward the widow of a U.S. Soldier slain in Africa might be facing similar criticism herself.

It turns out that U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson has frequently voted against measures intended to help veterans and their families, according to VoteSmart.org, a vote-tracking site whose founding board members included former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

The measures that Wilson opposed included a bill that could have ensured that families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 received death and burial benefits.

……She has also opposed measures designed to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In March 2013, Wilson opposed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” which prevented a government shutdown and provided funds for the U.S. military and the VA.

……Later in the year, Wilson again voted against a resolution aimed at ensuring benefits paid to the veterans and their families would not be affected by the government shutdown in October that year.

The motion was particularly important in the wake of reports that the families of four Soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 had been deprived of benefits due to the shutdown in Washington.

The families of slain Soldiers were denied burial benefits and up to $100,000 to each family, among other benefits, the New York Times reported. Wilson voted against the resolution ensuring that the benefits reached the families.

 

Obama wouldn’t pick up the phone to call the families of the victims of Fast and Furious and Benghazi to express his condolences, but he gave sympathy to the families of terrorists and dead rappers, and he called gay NBA players and gay NFL players  to congratulate their “look at me” publicity stunts. Ditto for Major General Harold Greene, the Army General killed in Afghanistan by a terrorist.

He did, however,  disrepect the wishes of military families for a photo op. It was, after all, all about him. 

Derek Hunter’s take:

Nothing is sacred anymore. Nothing is off limits, and everything is political. This week showed us once again there is nothing Democrats won’t exploit, no grave they won’t dance on, if they think they can score political points. And there’s nothing “journalists” won’t spin, won’t lie about, and no hypocrisy too great to prevent them from smearing their political opponents.

……But there were no warnings ignored, like in Benghazi. There was no 13-hour delay in sending aid. There was no blaming of an Internet video to cover up the failure of the administration to act, and no one was sent to prison for a year to aid in the re-election of the president. The only similarity with Benghazi is the body count.

But liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good story, and since they control the media there is no reason to. Human decency used to be what held back their darker impulses, but they are no longer burdened by such constraints.

……But being a Gold Star family does not grant absolute carte blanche on everything else.

This was demonstrated by the media’s response to General John Kelly’s lecture to the press on Thursday. Joy Reid and Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s reliably dumbass-duo, accused Kelly of being a racist for rebutting a black woman’s claims with facts. It seems Gold Star parents such as Kelly are sacred only to the point what they say conflicts with the progressive agenda. Reid and O’Donnell are unworthy of respect.

……Liberals spent the last eight years calling every policy disagreement with Barack Obama “racist” because the alternative would be defending their failed policies. In the case of this condolence call, it’s easier, and disgustingly cheap, to toss that claim out there than report honestly.

 

Wilson and the rest of the Dems who routinely politicize the deaths of American troops can shove it up their ass.

 

Related article:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/10/18/white-house-trump-comments-families-fallen-troops-context/

Roger Goodell’s Half-Assed Memo to NFL On National Anthem

From nfl.com

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday issued a memo to all 32 teams addressing the issue of the national anthem before games.

“We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

“I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.

“Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.

“I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.”

 

Look Roger, the issue is, the ‘take a knee’ bullshit is a fucking publicity stunt and a blatant gesture of disrespect toward the national anthem and the flag. This whole ‘protest’ started with a petulant overpaid, ungrateful punk who was adopted by a white family when his white mother and BLACK father abandoned him.

Goodell knows he fucked up by not confronting this shit sooner, and now he’s released a statement full of pandering mush.

Actions have consequences. Fed up fans are boycotting, destroying their jerseys, and refusing to purchase the NFL product.

If he had any guts, he would take a page from the NFL Game Operations Manual A62-63, and make it part of the Official NFL Rule Book:

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

 

 

Related articles:

https://news.grabien.com/story-roger-goodell-ignoring-leagues-own-rule-book-letting-players

https://deadspin.com/the-nfl-quietly-changed-its-obscure-rule-about-standing-1819300660

 

Related posts:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/to-the-nfl-players-who-disrespect-the-national-anthem/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/townhall-oped-the-nfl-is-a-product-i-refuse-to-purchase-any-longer/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/goodell-disrespecting-the-anthem-and-flag-good-respecting-those-who-perished-because-of-a-muslim-terrorist-attack-bad/

VP Pence Leaves NFL Game After Players Disrespect Anthem, Flag

 

HOOAH! I’m boycotting the entire NFL because of their disrespectful douchebaggery.   If fans got up and walked out–enmasse–maybe they would get the message.

 

 

Related article:

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22039/pence-why-he-left-colts-49ers-game-after-players-robert-kraychik