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In Fond Memory Of Barkley

My dear friend (and one of my blogmothers) Brigid posted on her blog about another Veteran’s Charity – Paws For Patriots.

She asks us to donate (if we are able) or failing that, to mention this fine charity on our blogs, or perhaps, place a link.

Because she is my friend (and I too, miss Barkley) I’ve placed a link on my sidebar (and below) with Barkley’s picture.

Paws For Patriots

Paws For Patriots

Please, visit the link, and give if you can.  And give your pet friends an extra scritch in memory of Barkley.

Thank you.

Not With A Bang…

But with a BANG! BANG! (hopefully?)

Alphecca reports:

(From Salem News)

Pat Kirby answered his country’s call to arms during the Vietnam War, serving multiple tours, suffering injuries, watching friends die. Today he has a letter from the VA telling him that because his wife takes care of their family finances, he is deemed “incompetent” and for this reason, he has to turn in his guns and relinquish his 2nd Amendment Rights, or face going to prison.

Gee, ya think this was the plan all along?  To legislate, rule and bureaucratize things so that otherwise legitimate firearms owners are forced to simply give up their weapons?

Of course, if that doesn’t work, we’ll simply say he has PTSD and take them, anyway!

It’s for the children.

I had two thoughts on initially reading this.  One – did Janelle do the Col. Cooper Family bookkeeping? and Two, how would HE have reacted to such a letter?

RIP William Overstreet

(thanks to Neatorama)

RIP William Overstreet, A World War II Fighter Ace Who Flew Through the Eiffel Tower

William Overstreet Jr. died in Roanoke, Virginia at the age of 92. During World War II, he flew a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. During the liberation of France, he performed one of the most daring fighter combat actions ever witnessed.

You can read an extensive wartime biography here. Mr. Overstreet was a daring and aggressive pilot. During training, he did loops around the Golden Gate Bridge. Later, in Europe, during the spring of 1944, he had escort duty on a bomber mission. He chased after a German fighter plane through central Paris:

The German’s engine was hit, and Bill stayed on his tail braving the intense enemy flak. His desperation undoubtedly growing, the German pilot aimed his plane at the Eiffel Tower and in a surprising maneuver, flew beneath it. Undeterred, Bill followed right behind him, scoring several more hits in the process. The German plane crashed and Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and full throttle over the river until he had cleared the city’s heavy anti-aircraft batteries.

(Len Krenzler/Action Art)

For his wartime record, the French ambassador to the United States presented Mr. Overstreet with the Legion of Honor in 2009.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

About Today’s Holiday…

(courtesy of The Feral Irishman)  I wish I had THIS Elf On The Shelf!

christmas_by_jace_wallace-elfMERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!  Peace on Earth – Good Will Toward Men

And lest we forget those who gave us the gift of their full measure of their devotion…

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REMEMBER

Military Lingo

I was never in ‘the service’.  Not for lack of trying, though.  My disability kept me 4-F until the draft was discontinued.

I admire members of the military for their tenacity; their discipline.  Always have, even when many of my generation (Vietnam and post-Korea) protested actively against the military.

Of course, with today’s volunteer military, much of the culture has become ‘cool’.  I find in conversations with many the lingo terms I use are outdated.  “No lie G.I.!”

So I found a crib sheet!

U.S. Military Lingo: The (Almost) Definitive Guide

Examples therein:

Blowed up: Hit by an IED. Example: “I been blowed up six times this year.”

Fitty: The M2 .50 caliber machine gun.  (and how sad is THAT!)

Joe: Soldier. Replacement term for GI.

Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo…

h/t NPR, Ben Brody

Please remember today’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  We lose more WWII Veterans every day.  -  Guffaw 

Bigotry and/or Discrimination?

Army veteran banned from daughter’s school after posting picture of weapons permit, report says (on Facebook)

“I am a private person, however after serving OUR country, it is my DUTY to make sure that our lives are not infringed upon, however do it all within the confinements of the LAW, I am a law abiding citizen”

- Tanya Mount

Tanya Mount says she was approached by a police officer from the Richmond County Board of Education at McBean Elementary School and was warned that she was about to get a criminal trespass warning.

“I am a private person, however after serving OUR country, it is my DUTY to make sure that our lives are not infringed upon, however do it all within the confinements of the LAW, I am a law abiding citizen”

- Tanya Mount 

The officer told her that the principal at the school was “scared” of her and did not want her on the school property, she told the station.

This proud woman is a veteran, a woman and a mother.  She is also Black.  Did this enter into the school’s ridiculous decision, or at least into the media picking up on it?  Seriously, if she’d been a middle-aged white guy, would this have made any news?

h/t WRDW, Fox News

Support The Troops?

Of course you do!

I do, too.  But Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian Blog” offers perspective, along with support.

To wit (in part):

The powderkeg of “troops”

Are individuals in America better off that there are US troops all over the planet?  Do troops really help “the people”?Think about it.Was Germany better off by having and supporting the Nazi troops?  Or, in the long run was the normal, average German made less safe and less prosperous because of “the troops”?  (And don’t bother trying to misuse Godwin’s Law on me- I’m on to that game.)

The only ones helped by “the troops” are those who work for that gang of thugs called “government”.  Everyone else is harmed.  They may think they are benefiting, but only until consequences catch up to them all.  At that time the veil is ripped away.

You should go to Kent’s link above and read the whole thing.  Blind obedience isn’t thinking, and it certainly isn’t what freedom and liberty are about.

Question Authority.  Not just for the exercise, but for the meaning; the agenda.

Who Are The Powerful?

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SO…

I’m tracking the so-called major media, looking for the major story about the Million Vet March…

{crickets}

To be fair, CNN, Fox, and NPR did cover the story, mentioning (mumble-mumble) thousand veterans showed up as promised, brought down the barricades, and occupied the memorials.  Apparently, some politicians spoke, and The President barricaded The White House against rioters.  (Actually, some protesters moved some barricades to in front of the Executive mansion!)

At least it was the lead on Drudge for a while…

No rioters were spotted.

There was no reported violence, or damaging of the historic sites, save the removal of the barricades.  One protester was arrested for having handguns in his backpack in D.C.

And no report as to accurate numbers of attendees, either.  It’s as though the MSM had an editorial agenda (?)

I was reminded of a Summer protest in front of the Arizona State Capitol.  I think it was the weekend after Independence Day, so you know it was hot.  The peaceful protesters were speaking out against yet another attempted action by the State and Federal governments, regarding guns and gun control.  This was during the time of the Clinton so-called Assault Weapons Ban.  Something like 250+ protesters were there, with appropriate signs and speakers.  Seems to me Sheriff Mack was there.  We drank a lot of bottled water.

And media vans drove around us, but, none stopped or filmed.  We didn’t fit the agenda.

For comparison, earlier that year, six (6) people met a couple State legislators on the steps of the capitol to discuss something to do with abortion.  THIS made state and national news.

Who are the most powerful persons in any newsroom?  The assignment desk and the editors.

It’s all about the agenda.

Today is Charlton Heston’s Birthday!

OldNFO posted this yesterday (I’m certain with forethought of today).

His point was we might have won some battles, but may ultimately lose the war because of the lack of proper education of the young, who will eventually inherit this mess.

Regardless of the undertone of the message, I post it today to honor the memory of a great man, who grew in his lifetime from a proponent of gun control to become the President of the National Rifle Association.

Watch and listen.  Remember and learn.  Thank you, Mr. Heston, for all you did.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

OldNFO, NRA News

It’s That $%**^%#@ Day Again!

towersI hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but it’s September 11th, again.

Wait!  Aren’t we supposed to be distracted by the pending war in Syria and Honey Boo-Boo?  They are similar, ya know.

Twelve years ago, and it truly does seem like yesterday.  And it’s only been a year and a quarter ago ‘we’ (actually, the spec ops guys) got Bin Laden (May 2, 2011).  We’re not done, yet.

The Global War On Terror, sorry ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ continues.  Kinda, sorta.

We need to remember who we are.  Or have we devolved into a different nation, one who treats international terrorist war criminals with Miranda Rights, instead of military tribunals. You know, as we do during WARS?

I’m a libertarian.  But just like I believe in the right and the duty for me to defend myself, I believe in the right and the duty for the Nation to defend herself, as well.

We can’t force everyone into becoming a Constitutional Republic.  But, we can kill and capture warriors on the side of evil to protect OUR Constitutional Republic.

It’s our right and our duty.  I hope we’ve not forgotten that.

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"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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