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POLICE STATE: Feds Still Buying Tons of Ammunition

April 16, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Liberty, Military, Police, Police State, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

“Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill, 1914

If liberals want to get rid of guns in society, apparently the first place they should start is the federal government. For some unexplainable reason, nearly every federal agency has its own armed, para-military police force. From the Post Office, to the Bureau of Land Management, to even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration they are all armed to the teeth! Why do these agencies need their own police forces? They don’t… except for the fact that they want to force their will on the American people and it’s easier to do that when you can kill anyone in your way.

You read that right, above. The U.S. Post Office has it’s own armed police force (It has for decades, by the way). So does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seriously. NOAA has a SWAT team that claims it needs 46,000 rounds of ammunition! It is beyond insensible.

Last year the Post Office had announced that it was going to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition and not long ago the Social Security Administration ordered 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.
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US Army Builds Fake American Town to Practice War on Americans

February 16, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Army, Budget, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Liberals, Liberty, Military, Police, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In Virginia, the U.S. Army has built an American city, replete with a church, a mosque, an embassy building, a bank and a working subway system, in order to practice assaulting American cities. Welcome to Obama’s America, folks.

The town took six years to complete, is built on a 300-acre plot of government-owned land in Virginia and cost taxpayers $96 million. It is designed to, “replicate complex operational environments and develop solutions.”

The “training” facility was completed and opened in January of this year and is operated by the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group.

Unveiling the new facility, Colonel John P. Petkosek, the commander of the group, said:
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Obama Fails as Iran Celebrates Nuclear Agreement as an ‘American Surrender’

January 15, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Government Corruption, Iran, Israel, Liberals, Military, Nuclear Bomb, Nuclear Power, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It looks like Barack Obama was taken for a ride with his administration’s failed negotiations with Iran over that country’s nuclear ambitions. The Iranians are touting the agreement as a victory over both Obama in particular and “the west” in general.

Iran’s purported “moderate” president, Hassan Rouhani, took to his Twitter account to celebrate his victory over Obama saying that Obama “surrendered” to the “Iranian’s nation’s will.”

While Obama is claiming that his capitulation to Iran is actually the first step in convincing Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, the Iranians are touting the agreement as the first step toward eliminating all sanctions against their nation not to mention the first step toward actually enlarging their nuclear ambitions.
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‘Enlisted’: Spoofs Amputees, Combat, and ‘Rear D’ Soldiers

January 14, 2014 | Filed Under Army, Entertainment, Fox Television, Humor, Media, Military, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Most reviewers of the new Fox 1/2 hour Army sitcom, Enlisted, felt the show was affecting, even sweet. While that isn’t far off the mark, it is nonetheless a bit hard to feel that making fun of our armed forces is a good idea when so many of them are still facing combat overseas.

Enlisted starts off with super solder Sgt. Pete Hill (7th Heaven star Geoff Stults) who is forced to leave the front lines in Afghanistan because he punched a Colonel who refused to send him support during a fire fight.
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Obama Fails: Al Qaeda Controls More Territory Than Ever

January 10, 2014 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Africa, al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Iraq, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Liberals, Military, Pakistan, Progressives, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Security/Safety, Sharia, Society/Culture, Taliban, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite his oft times indiscriminate death from-the-skies drone program, Obama seems to have failed to put a stop to our worst enemy, al Qaeda. It seems that the infamous terror group now controls more territory than ever.

Obama has pretended that his occasional drone strike and the fact that he was in the White House when our military killed Osama bin Laden means that we’ve essentially won the war on terror and destroyed al Qaeda. But this seems to be a total lie. Al Qaeda is alive and well.

The National Review took the time in its morning email, The Morning Jolt, to note that the terrorists are expanding, not contracting.
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Obama Whines: ‘Do They Resent That I Never Served in the Military?’

January 10, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Book Reviews, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, Military, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates went after the Obama administration quite hard in his new book about his days working for Obama. And now Obama is showing how thin-skinned he is over criticism. But the book also shows that Gates is not impressed with Obama and his people.

The good folks at The Daily Beast have culled out some key quotes showing how badly Obama reacts to criticism.

Take how Obama reacted when one of his plans for Afghanistan leaked to the press:

When the McChrystal plan for Afghanistan leaked to The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, according to the memoir, the president raged to Gates, asking, “Is it a lack of respect for me?… Do they resent that I never served in the military? Do they think because I’m young that I don’t see what they’re doing?”

The White House is apparently not very pleased, either…
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Obama’s Veterans Administration Prevent School Kid’s Christmas Cards to Troops

December 26, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Army, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Liberals, Marines, Military, Navy, President, Progressives, Veterans Administration, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Veteran’s Administration has prevented delivery of hand-made Christmas cards that were to go to wounded veterans because the cards made by kids at a Dallas area grade school have the words “Merry Christmas” on them. The VA claims that this traditional Christmas wish will upset veterans who aren’t religious and so the cards were not allowed.

Fifty-two students at Grace Academy in Prosper, Texas, sent their hand-made cards to the VA hospital in Dallas on Monday, but authorities declined to accept the cards and would not allow the kids visiting to hand them out, Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Asked why she was making cards for our wounded soldiers, fourth grader Gracie Brown said, “I’m hoping that it might make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with and I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you.”
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US Sailors Sue Claiming Fukushima Disaster Gave Them Cancer

December 21, 2013 | Filed Under Courts, Health, Japan, Law, Military, Navy, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston


The Fukushima nuclear reactor in flames.

More than 50 US sailors are suing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for contracting cancer while helping Japan during the tsunami that caused the country’s Fukushima nuclear plant to melt down and spew radiation into the ocean.

US sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Essex have contracted various cancers due to their service. From thyroid and testicular cancer, to leukemia and brain tumors, these young sailors have contracted life-threatening diseases.

The sailors say that they may have contracted these cancers by drinking the desalinated water aboard ship that was made from waters taken from the ocean while they were in and around Japan.
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Militant Atheists Force U.S. Air Force to Remove Christmas Nativity Scene

December 14, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Atheism, Bible, Christianity, Christmas, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Holiday, Liberals, Military, North Carolina, Progressives, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston


An “offensive” nativity scene at Shaw Air Force base in North Carolina.

An anti-religious and anti-Christmas atheist group has forced the U.S. Air Force to remove a nativity scene off base property at Shaw Air Force base in Sumter, South Carolina, saying it “violates the Constitution.”

The militant atheist group called Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent a letter to the Pentagon whining about the nativity scene early this month. After receiving the letter, Pentagon lawyers became afraid that the plastic Jesus in the Nativity scene would spark lawsuits.


Air Force crews removing the scene.

So, the Pentagon had the traditional religious scene removed out of fear.
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Actor Mark Wahlberg Slams Tom Cruise: ‘How F*cking Dare You’ Compare Acting to Afghanistan

November 15, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Government, Hollywood, Liberals, Military, Movies, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Actor Mark Wahlberg thinks fellow actor Tom Cruise is a jerk for comparing acting to what our solders have to go through in a tour in Afghanistan. “How F*cking Dare You,” Wahlberg said to Cruise.

A few weeks ago, news broke that Cruise seemed to compare being an actor to serving a tour in Afghanistan during comments he made in a legal deposition.

The court case from which the deposition came is Cruise’s libel suit against magazine publisher Bauer Publishing. He’s suing them for printing the claim that he had abandoned his daughter, Suri, and now ex-wife Katie Holmes.

It wasn’t long before websites like TMZ were posting headlines saying things like: “Tom Cruise — My Job’s As Hard As Fighting in Afghanistan.”

Well, actor Mark Wahlberg is incensed by this idiotic comparison of acting to what our troops have to go through.
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Happy Veterans Day, 2013: Why OUR Veterans Are Different

November 11, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Military, National Guard, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere military veterans are not so loved as they are here.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact its because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are usually the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

So, not in America. In the USA we respect our soldiers because they respect us as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American will feel pride, not fear. When an American hears that a fellow is a veteran, an American thanks that fellow for his service.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.
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A Fitting Memorial to Veterans on a WWII Monument in India

November 11, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Military, National Guard, Navy, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

An inscription on a WWII monument in Kohima, India fittingly describes the sacrifices that our soldiers make with their service to our nation. And on this Veterans Day it is also fitting to focus on it. The Inscription says:

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.”

What could be a more fitting tribute to the sacrifices made by our fallen loved ones, comrades, and servants? They gave their last full measure so we could enjoy the freedoms we are so fortunate to have today. They gave their lives for our benefit in the truest definition of sacrifice.

This memorial commemorates the Allied dead that faced the Japanese 15th Army upon its invasion of India in March of 1944. The invasion was beaten back by June of the same year through the sacrifice of these Allied troops.

The words are attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875 -1958), an English Classicist who in 1916 added them to a collection of 12 epitaphs to commemorate World War One. Adding the inscription to the Kohima monument was a suggestion by Major John Etty-Leal, the GSO II of the 2nd Division who was a classical scholar in civilian life.

The verse is thought to have been inspired by the Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos (556-468 BC) who wrote after the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC: “Go tell the Spartans, thou that passest by, That faithful to their precepts here we lie.”

And now we too can recall this verse etched into a stone in a far away and foreign land as a perfect tribute to our fallen as well as for those who gave service to their fellows by wearing the uniform of our armed forces.

So, thank you all. We appreciate your sacrifice. And happy Veterans Day.
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80 Christian Airmen Being Punished, Harassed, Threatened for Refusing to Support Gay Marriage

October 2, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Army, Bill of Rights, Christianity, Coast Guard, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Marines, Military, Navy, President, Progressives, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

80 members of the Air Force at one base are testifying that they are being harassed, threatened and even punished because they refuse to support gay “marriage.”

Fox News’ Todd Starnes has the exclusive story of airmen at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas who say they are being attacked by homosexual militants.

Starnes reports: “There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”

The pastor says he attended a meeting of many of these Airmen where they voiced their concerns over being harassed by their superiors for standing up for their own, personal religious principles and continuing to oppose the homosexual agenda.
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End Of a Fairey Tale: Poster Artist Says Obama’s Drones Killed ‘Hope’

October 1, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Drones, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Shepard Fairey is famous for having created one of Obama’s most iconic propaganda campaigns–the Obama “Hope” poster–and for being one of the President’s biggest early fans. But the end of this Fairey tale is at hand as the artist is now saying that Obama’s use of death from the skies turned him against the President.

When asked by TMZ’s paparazzi stringers if after Obama’s first five years in office he’d put a “different word” at the bottom of a re-imagined Obama poster, Fairey ruefully said, “yeah, I’d put a few different ones.”

When pressed on what one might be, Fairey said, “Yeah, how about drones!”

One small area of disagreement between President Obama and the extreme left has been Obama’s use of drone strikes to take out terrorists. The left criticized George W. Bush as a “war criminal” for his use of drones and while the left has not often applied that extreme rhetoric to Obama, they are still quite disappointed that the President has not only continued Bush’s use of drones but ramped that up to new heights.

Now it looks like we can count “Hope” poster artist Shepard Fairey as one of Obama’s newest, on-the-record detractors.
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Theresa Vail, Bowhunter, National Guard Member, & Miss Kansas, Can Win Miss America 2013

September 14, 2013 | Filed Under Army, Entertainment, Military, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Miss Kansas is a bowhunting, tattooed, blond-haired, member of the National Guard and she hopes to become the next Miss America winner.

“Nobody expects a soldier to be a beauty queen,” Theresa Vail recently told People magazine. “But I’m all about breaking stereotypes.”

“My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink,” Vail said. “How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can’t do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all.”

Vail, a Second, Sgt. in the Kansas National Guard, has two large tattoos. The one on her left shoulder is the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps. The second is a version of the Serenity Prayer and runs down her entire right side.

Sgt. Vail is an M16 marksman, a bow hunter, and a mechanic. The Miss Kansas Pageant was her first pageant, a contest she won nine months ago. She entered on the advice of her commanding officer.
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Obama Administration Now Harassing the American Legion With IRS Intimidation

September 2, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, IRS, Liberals, Military, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The next evil patriotic American group that Obama is using the IRS to intimidate is that well-known, dangerous organization going by the nefarious name the American Legion, the veteran’s group that has been around since WWI.

The American Legion was founded in 1919 after the so-called “war to end all wars” (which sadly didn’t turn out to be what the sobriquet promised) by American veterans who returned from fighting “over there.” Its legion halls have for years served as a place of comfort for veterans, a place where they could go to feel welcome and associate with others who had been in the military–those who know what it’s like.

But, now Obama is targeting them like one would the sort of organization one would want to intimidate and destroy, just as he has with Tea Party groups and other conservatives.
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US Military Hosts ‘Totally Offensive and Inappropriate’ Drag Queen Show on ‘Diversity Day’

August 11, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Military, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here is what our “new” military is turning out to be after the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A Los Angeles Air Force Base hosted a drag queen show as a part of a “diversity day” celebration.

Our armed forces are supposed to be for breaking stuff and killing people, yet instead of that the “new” military gets “diversity day” replete with performances by drag queens.

The story was highlighted by Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes who reported, “Military personnel at the Los Angeles Air Force Base were treated to a Diversity Day musical performance featuring three individuals dressed in drag.”

Starnes reports that one airman felt the performance was “totally offensive and inappropriate.” He also said he was “troubled” by the spectacle.
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Are Mexican Drug Cartels Using US Military Personnel as ‘Guns-for-Hire’?

August 6, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Crime, Marines, Military, Veterans, War On Drugs, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A shocking new report finds that murderous Mexican drug cartels may be hiring members of the US military to act as guns-for-hire both in Mexico and the United States.

After the conviction of a member of the army who was a gang member before entering the service, many are starting to worry that some members of the military are turning mercenary and selling their services to the drug dealers.

Recently Private Michael Apodaca, former Army Lt. Kevin Corley, and Sgt. Samuel Walker were all arrested and convicted of taking murder-for-hire contracts from Juarez and Los Zetas drug cartels.

Some of this is born of gang affiliation, a problem that has been growing inside the U.S. military for some time.
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Rep. Bustos Claims She’s ‘For the Troops,’ But Skips Defense Spending Vote?

July 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Military, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Representative Cheri Bustos (Dem., IL 17th) entered Congress in 2010 claiming she was “for the troops.” But all it took for her to skip the latest vote for defense spending was a photo OP with Barack Obama, the very guy trying to gut the military.

Bustos was one of the nine no-show voters on July 24.

But instead of staying in Washington for the latest vote on the Department of Defense Appropriations bill, Bustos was hobnobbing with Obama during his rehash “jobs” speech in Galesburg, Illinois.


Rep. Bustoes with Obama and Senator Claire McCaskill (top of stairs)

Still, she claims she is “for the troops.” Check out what Bustos says on her own website:
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Gitmo Offering Creative Writing Classes and More to Inmates?

June 6, 2013 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Liberals, Military, PCism, President, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The166 detainees that are still at the Guantanamo Bay’s Camp 6 apparently have some interesting activities to keep them occupied. Among other activities the terrorists enjoy training classes in “interviewing and resume writing” as well as “writing success.”

The creative writing classes are part of instructions in art, literacy, and English as a second language.

According to reports, other classes offered are “Life Skills” class, “Computer Familiarity,” “Personal Health and Wellness,” and “Personal Finance and Business.”

The detainees are also allowed to take art classes, and language classes like Pashtu or Arabic to English translation.

Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) also recently spent $750,000 for a new soccer field for Camp 6.
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Marshall University Professor Suggests Using Military to Kill NRA Members/Conservatives

June 3, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Freedom, GOP, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Liberty, Military, NRA, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, West Virginia | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Charlestown Gazette recently published the editorial by a Marshall University professor who advocated using an “M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles” to kill NRA members, Republicans, Conservatives, and those who support the Second Amendment.

In an anti-gun piece that could best be described as a foaming-at-the-mouth tirade, Professor Christopher Swindell employs incredibly overheated rhetoric, punctuated by constant name calling, spiced with grammatical errors and out right lies to expound upon his hate for those with whom he disagrees.

Early in his piece, for instance, Swindell describes the rhetoric of supporters of the Second Amendment as “knuckle-dragging Cretan talk.” Yes, he wrote “Cretan talk.” A twofer that is both misspelled and needlessly capitalized.

Would it surprise you to learn that Christopher Swindell is a professor of journalism in Marshall University’s journalism and mass communications department? (swindell@marshall.edu)
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VIDEO: Ronald Reagan and the Soldier’s Pledge

May 27, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off


Happy Memorial Day, 2013

May 27, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, History, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

As we take the day off to celebrate Memorial Day, we wish you and your family a great day.

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Memorial Day 2013: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

May 27, 2013 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Constitution, History, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

To honor our troops for this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
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The Birth of Memorial Day

May 27, 2013 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Constitution, History, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Navy, Veterans, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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AFL-CIO Speaks Out Against… Our Military Vets?

May 10, 2013 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Trade, Jobs, Liberals, Military, Money, Progressives, Unions, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently, the haters at the AFL-CIO decided that military veterans shouldn’t be allowed to take jobs offered by Walmart.

Recently Walmart announced a program to hire 100,000 military vets as a “welcome home” gift when they return from service. This brought the anti-veterans at the left-wing, anti-business union to the height of pique.

In a new statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka–a man with a long history of violence and murder–took a stand against our veterans.

Walmart’s recent announcement of a plan to hire returning honorably discharged veterans is more about public relations than honoring our heroes. That this effort was valorized by President Obama and Vice President Biden reflects an acceptance of economic failure out of line with America’s history or future.
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What Is This ‘Well Regulated Militia’ Business, Anyway?

April 29, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Founders, George Washington, Government, Gun Control, Guns, History, House of Representatives, John Adams, Military, Regulation, Revolutionary War, Senate, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Question:

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, 1789: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

We talk about the “right of the people” to “bear arms” all the time. But we don’t often talk about the “well regulated militia” part that precedes it. So, what is it about? Is this militia still relevant to us today? Can we just ignore it? If unnecessary, does the lack of a need for the militia make the whole Second Amendment null and void?

Background:

Our founders had just fought a war with one of the greatest powers in the world. In the mid 1780s, British forces were considered the best of the best. But our founders hadn’t joined a war with a “foreign power.” They had fought a war with their own government in order to separate from it and start anew. This was because we Americans felt England had violated our very rights as Englishmen.

As our Declaration of Independence notes:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
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VIDEO: Anthony Gregory on Rand Paul’s Senate Filibuster

March 9, 2013 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, California, Congress, Constitution, Ethics, Islamofascism, Liberals, Military, Rand Paul, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

An interesting run down of what Rand Paul’s filibuster brought Washington D.C. posted by Anthony Gregory of California’s Independent Institute.

“This is what’s awesome about Rand Paul’s filibuster… This was over something important for a change…”


Illinois Middle Schooler Told Marines Themed T-Shirt is ‘Inappropriate’ at School

February 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Illinois, Liberals, Marines, Military, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Monday, an Illinois middle schooler was told that his U.S. Marines T-Shirt was “inappropriate” to wear in school and that if he didn’t take the shirt off, cover it up, or turn it inside out he’d be suspended.

The shirt Middle schooler Michael McIntyre, 13, wore to school featured a pair of crossed M16 rifles beneath the word “Marines.” The boy’s father, Dan McIntyre, feels that the teacher objected to the depiction of the rifles and that is what sparked her demand that the boy take off the shirt.

The demand was made by Teacher Karen Deverell, a reading and language arts teacher at Genoa-Kingston Middle School, on Monday, February 13. The boy’s father reports that his son followed the orders.

In an exclusive interview, Michael’s father, Dan McIntyre, said, “He’s worn the shirt before, so I don’t know why they said anything this time.”
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Politico Celebrates Obama’s ‘Bipartisan Spirit’ With Hagel Nomination

January 9, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, Pentagon, Politico, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Politico Celebrates Obama’s ‘Bipartisan Spirit’ With Hagel Nomination
-By Warner Todd Huston

Upon President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, Politico celebrated the move as proof of Obama’s “bipartisan spirit.”

Politico notes that Hagel has detractors on both sides of the aisle, but it appears the Washington political newser feels that makes him a great choice.

But inside the White House, the choice makes sense. It appeals to Obama’s bipartisan spirit — and the optics aren’t bad, either — to have any Republican as Defense secretary when Obama is seeking to end the war in Afghanistan and dramatically reduce the Pentagon’s budget.

Obama’s mythic sense of “bipartisanship” is deftly laid low by Peggy Noonan who wrote last week that Obama just loves to taunt.

Politico buries at the bottom of its long piece any listing of just why Hagel is opposed by some left and right.
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