Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

Hell’s Bells Are Ringing Loud and Clear ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: media bias, Obama

.

Nothing pisses off a Mom more than someone endangering her babies, even if they are legally adults and especially if they are wearing a uniform of the US Military.

And I’m pissed.

I have been reading about and watching this Community Organizer-Campaigner-Commander-in Chief’s actions towards our Finest young men and women the past 3+ years and find something to be enraged at damn near every day:  political photo ops for his aggrandizement, throwing good generals under the bus (like we have so many to just throw out),  sending his wife out to chastise our Troops on their eating habits and try to make them, as well as their families, appear victims and broken, exercising progressive social transformation experiments, giving out timelines for withdrawals, taking credit for their brave actions, using them as political hockey pucs, threatening their benefits, appeasing the enemy,…oh, I could go on and on.

But this business with the leaks is the proverbial straw.

If this doesn’t reek of an anti-American, Anti-Military ideology, nothing will.  Putting our Troops lives in danger to further one’s political agenda and election prospects is the last thing a true CinC would ever do.

Unfortunately, we do not have such a CinC.   We have an America-hating, Military-hating, the-ends-justify-the-means narcissistic Chicago politics thug, surrounded by yes-men and women.

Well, apparently there’s a plan to stop the leaks, now that they’ve been busted:

The Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, will monitor all major, national media reporting for unauthorized disclosures of defense department classified information. The Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence will ensure that the appropriate component of the department has been tasked with investigating leaks and that the required legal referrals to the Department of Justice and Congressional notifications are made.

(From Foreign Policy)

And they are going to “monitor themselves“!

“When it comes to monitoring, we mean monitoring ourselves,” Little said. Asked if the department intends to track down those who leak information and punish them, Little said “I’m not going to label this a witch hunt at all.”

Oh, that makes me feel ever so much better with this admin – the One of such Transparency.

And now intelligence leaks have become a campaign issue more than a national security threat.  God, I dislike politicians very, very much.

Feinstein backtracks over remarks about leaks coming from White House.

David Axelrod: White House Did Not Leak Classified Information (VIDEO)

Do White House Leaks Deserve a National Security Investigation?

Of course, this all comes from the State Propaganda Machine, formerly known as the Free Press, so how much of any of this can we believe?

Even so, the real story is that we have enemies in the White House and they don’t care how badly they hurt or endanger all that is good in this country, including the lives of our Military members, aka, our kids, to keep their power, control and positions.

And that will not be covered by the State Propaganda Machine, formerly known as the Free Press.

Photobucket

If the CinC isn’t defending the Military and this nation, who the hell is?

Ummm, that would be you and me.

~~~~~~~

Other stuff I found while digging:

Obama’s Water Carriers: (Sadly, this includes too, too many of the Brass.)

At the Point of the Spear: The Role of Special Operations Forces in America’s Post-9/11, Post-Iraq/Afghanistan Defense Strategy

Publication Date:  07/25/2012

The Commander of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command will discuss the ever expanding role of “SOCOM” in counterterrorism operations around the world, and the outsize role Special Operations Forces are now playing within the Pentagon, in partnership with the intelligence community, in defending the nation and protecting our global security interests.

Admiral William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Host, “The Situation Room,” CNN

Video here.

Good stuff on Special Ops in between the O Love.  (It is the Aspen Institute, after all.)  Also, interesting info about suicide in the ranks at 15:30.  Admiral McCraven won’t go into the drone strikes at all ~ of which this admin should take note.

<<<>>>


Examining Drone Attacks at the Institute and in the Media 2011

By Nayna Sasidharan

This week, Spencer Ackerman, national security blogger and reporter at Wired.com, demands the drone program be taken away from the CIA and be declassified, spurring arguments in an on-going conversation on Twitter, the mainstream media and here at the Aspen Institute.

Former National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter addressed this at the 2011 Aspen Security Forum. Watch the beginning of this clip, where he says it doesn’t matter where the strikes come from:

Video here.

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

<<<>>>

“The Evolving Terrorist Threat and the NCTC Mission”

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Matthew Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security May 16, 2012                         The University Club, Washington, DC

Rather chilling remarks…

<<<>>>

DOD Bolsters Safeguards for Sensitive Information

By Cheryl Pellerin

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2012 – In a closed House panel hearing on the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, the defense department’s senior civilian official and its top military officer said DOD must do more to protect sensitive information, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey yesterday testified about information security matters before the House Armed Services Committee.

“The secretary and Chairman Dempsey believe that the vast majority of the millions of defense personnel with security clearances would never leak classified material,” Little said.

“However,” he added, “they believe we must do more to protect sensitive information.”

The steps to be taken here.

See!  We are doing something about this!  Not so much coming clean, but we’re doing something! Now relax, we have it all under control.  And that’s the point, isn’t it?  Control?

<<<>>>

SPECIAL OPS PAC TARGETS ‘OBAMA’S LOOSE LIPS’

Retired special operations officers from the U.S. military have organized their own political action committee designed to highlight what they see as unforgivable security leaks by President Obama and his team.

Named Special Operations Speaks PAC and led by three former officers with special operations experience, the group is leading a petition drive to try to raise the profile of recent stories blaming Mr. Obama for intelligence leaks.

Read more.

Special Operations Speaks (SOS) PAC

Get ‘em, guys!

Photobucket

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

More Appeasement BS ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: From The Front

Was SFC sold out to appease Afghans?

A split-second decision left a prominent Afghan doctor dead and a platoon sergeant in hot water. Then came the hurt.

By Michelle Tan – Staff writer

Posted : Monday Jul 16, 2012 7:30:00 EDT

Sgt. 1st Class Walter Taylor’s 13-year Army career boiled down to mere seconds in Afghanistan’s volatile Wardak province.

A roadside bomb had thrown his platoon’s 22-ton Buffalo vehicle 10 feet into the air, tossing it off the road like a toy. Five of his soldiers were wounded. Small-arms fire peppered the soldiers.

A black car sped toward the convoy, spinning to a halt as Taylor’s gunners opened fire. Minutes went by, and no one inside the black car moved.

But as Taylor and his soldiers walked toward the car, tracing a command wire that appeared to lead toward the car, a figure, dressed in black, emerged.

Fearing the person was going for a detonator or a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the trunk, Taylor fired his weapon. The figure dropped to the ground.

Read it all here.

FFS ~ enough is enough.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Catching Up ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics

Well, the past week has been mostly spent wishing for a new body – one that is numb.  Got hit with a flu-type thing that exploded from my sinuses to every joint and muscle tissue I possess.  Quite distracting and annoying as I couldn’t read more than 3 sentences with any lasting comprehension. Lord knows my retention powers are weak at best but sheesh!  I’m just glad I didn’t have to read and sign any contracts involving money.

So, being a bit behind in the ongoing decimation of the military and veterans, let’s catch up on the outrages and slippery slopes our government is throwing out there.

First off, the VFW will have the dubious honor of Obama’s presence at their convention this coming Saturday:

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2012) – The president has accepted an invitation to speak before the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which begins July 21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The event is closed to the public.

<…>

“What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” he said. “We also want to know how he will create, enhance and protect veteran and military healthcare programs and Quality of Life initiatives, such as educational benefits and better job training and employment programs. We would also greatly appreciate hearing a renewed White House commitment to return our fallen from their battlefields.” (italics mine)

President Obama is scheduled to speak on July 23. He last spoke at the 110th VFW National Convention in Phoenix, and prior to then as a presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008.

Don’t get your hopes up too high with this CinC ~ George Washington, he ain’t.  (How many times has he proven that?!)

Besides, that’s not really the preezie’s job, now is it?  He can suggest ideas for programs but he cannot legislate them.  This particular Oval Office occupant seems not to know this.

Romney will be speaking before the convention the next day.

>>><<<

If you think this Congress is in any way serious about cutting down the size of government, read this article:

Budget-cutters eye DOD civilian workers

“(Former Sec of Def Robert) Gates said he was going to cut them, and when he left they actually grew,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “So, I don’t know how you stop the behemoth that is the DOD and is the Pentagon. I don’t know how you do it.”

Unless the growth is curbed, Hunter said, civilians could soon outnumber service members, who also face reductions in force. “You could almost have like a one-to-one,” he added. “Each military person could have literally their own DOD civilian counterpart. That’s pretty crazy.

The proposed across-the-board reduction, Turner said, has allowed senators to boast about cutting the Pentagon’s budget without making any tough decisions.

<…>

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, on the other hand, has urged lawmakers not to use the civilian workforce as a bargaining chip in their negotiations.

“Frankly, I don’t think you should de-trigger sequester on the backs of our civilian workforce,” Panetta said at a House Appropriations Committee hearing, when pressed about the impact of further reductions. “I realize that savings could be achieved there, but [the] civilian workforce does perform a very important role for us in terms of support.”

<…>

“These gimmicks are causing mass layoffs of civilian employees, but they aren’t actually saving any money,” (Rep. Maurice Hinchey-D-NY) Hinchey said in a statement. “Because of the arbitrary standards set by the Pentagon, civilian employees are being fired, and private contractors that charge more for the exact same service and are less accountable to the public are being hired.”

On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told POLITICO the Senate’s plan to cut the civilian workforce by 5 percent was the result of laziness. “The Senate is shirking its responsibility,” he said after Levin and McCain unveiled their plan.

But then, Congress has always had a difficult time providing for the Military and Veterans – so many other much more important pork priorities.

Take this very recent example:

Dem leader to GOP: Compromise to avert defense cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s Democratic leader insisted on Thursday that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution.

<…>

“Given your concern about sequestration, I would encourage you to focus your energy on convincing Republicans that forging a balanced compromise that protects the middle class is more important than adhering to the Tea Party’s rigid, extreme ideology,” Reid wrote.

Balanced compromise = do it the Dem’s way.

(Side note) ~ For your entertainment:

When Reidisms are no longer funny

>>><<<

This doesn’t get me too excited about breakthroughs in the VA claims backlog.  Every year it’s another story on the progress coming…always coming.

New Steps to Reduce VA Claims Backlog

The size of the current backlog is 558,000 claims out of an inventory of pending cases just below 900,000. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki promised two years ago to eliminate the backlog by 2015, and to raise the accuracy rate of claim decisions to 98 percent, up from 84 percent.

A plan to get there is being executed, says VA under secretary for benefits, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Allison Hickey. She and other senior officials explained key elements of it to reporters Wednesday.

They include adopting a new electronic claims processing system VA wide, which still sounds like a Herculean task. But the effort also involves better training for claims handlers and a new operating model for how claims are categorized to move faster through the system on one of three tracks.

Click on title link to read about the ranking veterans affairs committee Democrat’s classy moment in questioning Hickey.

So many Congress critters to fire; so little time.

>>><<<

TROOPATHON Day!!!!

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Supporting the troops

.

The Troopathon is set to air July 12th 2012

The show begins at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific

There are currently over 130,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan, mostly US troops and some from other nations of the 50-member NATO coalition.

Our troops are serving in some of the most dangerous places to be in the world, where the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies continue to try and destabilize a nation to bring back a safe haven for radical Islamist extremists can train, plot, and launch attacks against the nations of the Western world, primarily the United States.

Our mission is to send care packages to support those brave troops! For as little as $25 you can send support to a Soldier, Marine, Airman, Sailor, or Guardsman serving overseas. Each package contains lots of goodies and helpful items that our troops appreciate, such as coffee, cookies, beef jerky, deodorant, wet wipes and more!

>>><<<

This year’s program is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Breitbart, who was a guest host for the past 3 Troopathon broadcasts and a dedicated supporter of the troops. We will celebrate his life and honor the troops he gave so much of his time for.

Share on your facebook page and Twitter!!!

And please support our Troops, our kids.  Thank you!!!

Donate here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Special Ceremonies, Special Dogs ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: mwd

Hill Air Force Base salutes retiring military service dogs

By Michael Appelgate | The Salt Lake Tribune

Hill Air Force Base • To a chorus of barks and applause, five military working dogs were recognized for more than 40 years of combined service Friday afternoon.

Four dogs, Bandy, Allan, Liska and Arek — all German shepherds — received their formal certificates of retirement, while one, Marco, was remembered in a memorial service that included a gun salute and playing of taps. The dogs were retired because they no longer met established criteria in bomb and drug sniffing tests.

<…>

All four retired service dogs have found homes with their previous handlers or other families.

Continue here to read about these dogs service ~ outstanding!

Arek, Allen, Liska, and Bandy – Enjoy your Retirement ~ you’ve earned it and then some.

Marco ~ rest easy now in the cool shade of a tree.

********

Army retires two working dogs at Fort Benning

By Ben Wright — Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Arka, a female German shepherd, was a fixture at the annual School of the Americas Watch protests at the gates of Fort Benning. Fons, a male Belgian Malinois, served in Iraq and provided security for presidents and other high-level government officials.

But their days of sniffing for bombs, locating illegal drugs and chasing fleeing suspects came to an end Friday. Both were retired as military working dogs and adopted by two soldiers.

Continue…

Enjoy your new missions, Arka and Fons!!

*********

More on Lucca:

Military dog gets hero’s welcome at O’Hare

Injured bomb-sniffer passes through O’Hare on way to retirement in Finland

It’s humid and crowded at O’Hare International Airport’s Gate K9 Thursday, and you can tell passengers just want to board their flight.

Yet suddenly smiles appear on faces, applause breaks out and people make way for Marine Cpl. Juan Rodriguez and his three-legged companion.

Half-bouncing, half-limping, Belgian Malinois Lucca is a hero — one of an elite corps of military working dogs trained to sniff out ammunition, arms and explosives, and a veteran of tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

<…>

Lucca’s wounds were so significant they required the amputation of her left front leg. During her time in Iraq and Afghanistan, she participated in more than 400 patrols with over 40 confirmed finds of explosives. The lives of Marines she saved can’t be counted, officials said.

<…>

Waiting for Lucca in Helsinki will be a familiar face — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Finland and a dad with two kids about to get a new best friend.

He also was Lucca’s first trainer and served in Iraq with her. “She’ll get a big surprise,” Rodriguez said.

Continue…

I love it when their first handlers get to adopt them!  Such a special bond that can never be broken.

*******

A woman after my own heart:

Project takes care of military’s ‘silent soldiers’

By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune


The woman with the blue star lapel pin tells me the dogs of war need help, too.

I met Deb Howard last week at the Florida National Cemetery. As a member of the Rolling Thunder Chapter 11, she was attending the reburial ceremony for Lawrence Davis Jr., a World War II vet who previously was buried in a cardboard box.

The blue star pin she wears is for her daughter, Army Reserve 1st Lt. Alexandra Gilbert. Gilbert comes from a long line of military members fighting for this country since, well, since before we were a country.

<…>

Working with other Blue Star Mothers of America throughout the state and around the country, Howard has helped send boxes of goodies and letters to the deployed, especially those who don’t have anyone to send them things.

<…>

For information about Howard’s efforts to send dog items to Afghanistan, email her at [email protected]

Continue here to read more about Deb and her Soldier daughter.

Bless you both, Deb and 1st Lt. Gilbert!

Photobucket

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Saturday Free-For-All ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics

The internet is a great and wondrous thing.  Where else could one find agazillion opinions of people one will most likely never meet and answer back?  Where else could one see so much state propaganda, spin and ignorance (besides the cable news, of course) right at your fingertips?

You just have to love it!

Or not.

I’m one who thinks it’s great.  I mean, how else could we get the pulse of the world in which we live. (Thank you, Al Gore, for your marvelous invention!)

One excellent case in point:

Strassel: Obama’s Imperial Presidency

It’s not necessarily the article that shows what I’m talking about here; it’s the comments. Don’t you just love to read the comments section to news articles and blogs?  That’s where you get it all: facts, talking points, extremely bad manners and naughty words, strawmen, lies, good debate, ad hominem attacks, sock puppets, flame wars and some really great sarcasm.

Always very entertaining but sometimes very frightening.

Here’s a taste:

“President’s takeover of healthcare”? C’mon Ms. Strassel…

Our private system is far to the Right of many countries and the idea of a mandate (to get the freeloaders to pay into the system) is right from the old center-right Republican playbook. Most companies have fixed costs (e.g, rent and utilities) which don’t rise with volume and variable costs (personnel) which do. With tons of new customers, they can “leverage” their fixed costs while only adding variable. It is a huge windfall for these companies.

How corporate friendly can our President be? Not just enriching medical insurance companies, but saving GM and not breaking up the big banks or severely regulating them. He’s about as business friendly as one can get.

So what do you call Medicare and Medicaid? Are these popular programs some type of Fascist plot to enslave old people?

Replies:

1.

Hiring more doctors is not a fixed cost. Fewer doctors per patient increases costs — supply and demand — not lower them. Are the doctors going to treat these extra patients for free?

Also, how many other countries provide free health care to illegal immigrants. I am not aware of any, are you? Obamacare does nothing to address this huge problem.

2.

I think the point of the article is that the end-run around Congress game is a misuse of executive power, whether it is done by Obama, Bush, Nixon, FDR, etc. The point is we have a Detroit style politician in the White House right now and paying off his cronies and unions with favorable executive rulings and appointments has led to the list of corruptions cited in this commentary. If such corruption continues, the whole U.S. could resemble Detroit. You’re right — Obama hasn’t entirely taken over health care, he’s still working on turning the system into a government-run single payer (which he has advocated many times). I don’t know what to make of your last paragraph. You need to be a bit more specific there. No, Medicare and Medicaid are not a fascist plot — maybe somewhat socialistic and certainly have nothing to do with solving the “free rider” problem in medical care (and the ACA doesn’t solve the “free rider” problem, either). There’s an article in the WSJ today outlining some of the issues of how much to spend on very expensive individuals. You might find it interesting in your perusal of the “free rider” issue.

3.

Since when do mandatory taxes set by the federal government go to the private sector? The health care reform law does not help fix what’s wrong with health care because it doesn’t go far enough. Obama care does NOTHING to address rising hospital costs, doctors fees, outrageous malpractice suits, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment to name a few. We already have (2) government health care programs and didn’t need another one. The Medicare system owes $47 billion dollars for unpaid liabilities. Obama tried to force states to expand Medicaid which was rightfully struck down by the no-longer-supreme court. Obama saved UAW jobs with the tab for the GM bailout picked up by the taxpayers. Millions were lost to supply chain companies who received nothing but an empty warehouse and balance sheets in the red. GM is a sorry excuse for an automobile company and is now Obama’s puppet. Go home, take 2 aspirin and sleep it off.

4.

Medicare and Medicaid were designed to force every tax payer to care for people that chose not to save for their healthcare or retirement. Marxists like President Obama believe equal outcomes are essential to a fair society. They know once people have a taste of other peoples money it’s habit-forming. Unless they are staunchly principled they have an important choice. Vote for the money, or vote for freedom. Marxists like Obama know most will vote for the money and that’s why they have any power. Our government was designed to protect private property rights, but it’s being subverted by Obama and now to a small degree by the Supreme Court.

5.

People who chose not to save? Perhaps they didn’t earn enough to save in the first place? Or perhaps they are disabled or otherwise unable to earn? You make it sound like everyone earns enough income to afford retirement. Maybe you might want to look at the stagnant incomes of the last two decades, especially for the bottom 40 percent of the population.

Ah but the poor deserve their lot right? Typical Republican.

6.

dave don’t bother. Facts get in the way of opinions on th wsj comment page.

It gets better as the commenters heat up.   Heh.

What I find missing from most comment sections on political issues is the Constitution used as a resource by the commenters (especially from the left side of the political spectrum) and isn’t that what it all boils down to in the end?  Our Constitution isn’t just an exercise in a law class.  It is a masterful and timeless document of the Peoples’ rights and limits on the Government.

If our elected officials had been following the Constitution instead of making it up as they went along and the electors of said elected officials had been paying attention to whether or not they had, we wouldn’t be in the state we find our country in at present.

Sigh…sadly, “if only” doesn’t fix things.

Looks like those of us who believe in this country and the principles it was founded on have a choice ~ get to know the Constitution and demand that those who wish to hold office do too.  And, if they don’t, don’t vote for them.  Or vote them out.  This means researching and vetting everyone running as a candidate at the Federal level all the way down to your local dogcatcher.  The media will not, as has been proven these past several years. (Thank the good Lord for Citizen Journalists with fat rolodexes!)

We have met the enemy and the enemy is sitting in the White House and the Capitol, our state assemblies and our local councils, in our schools and churches.

We must remove them.

After all, never forget…there are more of us than they care to know.

Photobucket

(H/t Phil Ebersole’s Blog ~ The geography of American conservatism)


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Warrior Spirit Band ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: wounded warriors

Glad to see these wounded warriors still out there kicking A$$!!!

Warrior Spirit Band Featured on HLN evening express

Paul de la Cerda suffered a traumatic brain injury when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in 2005. Now the Wounded Warrior Project is helping him heal through the power of music by kickstarting his music career.

Cerda has started the band “Warrior Spirit” with a group of other injured service members. They play for fellow wounded warriors across the United States.

“Music has been my driving force my whole life,” Cerda tells HLN’s Evening Express. “It’s given us something to look forward to. It’s become a dream come true to be able to play for other guys like ourselves.”


Check them out here and lend your support if you can.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

November Can’t Come Soon Enough ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: STUPIDITY

I hope you all had an enjoyable Independence Day.  Here at our house, thoughts and prayers were given to those in uniform, past and present, and also to those coping with all that the wildfires have brought to them.

And now that the fireworks are done, it’s back to the day-to-day stuff.

But first, I need to inform all of you who believe in what Independence Day signifies and celebrates, that  you are TERRORISTS!  Islamic blowers-up-of-sh*t?  Eh…not so much.

This, according to The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism funded by the Dept. of Homeland Security, that is.

The report: Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970 to 2008

Excellent analysis at PJ Tatler:

Homeland Security-Funded Study Pushing Tea Party Terrorism Narrative

Thankfully, we have some speaking out against this insanity:

Allen West: Military infiltration by Islamic terrorists all part of a bigger stealth Jihad

This administration and it’s believers are seriously affected by personal malfunctions.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Another Wow…Just Wow! ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

With all the news about crime happening everywhere and the pathetically misguided bash-America-first patriotic young folks making up the Occupy Whatever camps, I hear people complaining about the state of the younger generation in this country.  You know what I reply?  Most of our best are in uniform with many of them in combat zones far from home.

Well, meet one of the best of the best:

Bragg GI fights to recover after losing limbs

By Mike Householder – The Associated Press

Posted : Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 16:55:08 EDT

VASSAR, Mich. — Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills served two deployments to Afghanistan without suffering anything close to a major injury. Then, in a second, everything changed.

On patrol during his third tour in April, Mills put his bag down on an improvised explosive device, which tore through the decorated high school athlete’s muscular 6-foot-3 frame. Within 20 seconds of the IED explosion, a fast-working medic affixed tourniquets to all four of Mills’ limbs to ensure he wouldn’t bleed to death.

“I was yelling at him to get away from me,” Mills remembers. “I told him to leave me alone and go help my guys.

“And he told me: ‘With all due respect, Sgt. Mills, shut up. Let me do my job.’“

Read it all here.

Oh yes, there are scores of terrific young people in this country.  They’re just really busy doing the job that most can’t or won’t do.

And they’re coming home…

I seriously doubt they will have the time or the inclination to occupy a drum circle in a park.

Photobucket

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Update on Sgt Lawrence Hutchins ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Incarcerated Warriors

He will have his appeal!!

Now hopefully, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will stay out of it and they get it right.

Court to hear appeal of Marine in Iraqi killing

SAN DIEGO: The military’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeal of a US Marine convicted of murder in one of the most significant criminal cases against US troops from the Iraq war.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday ordered a review requested by Sgt Lawrence Hutchins III, who claimed in a petition that his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation, and that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unlawfully influenced his case after his conviction.

Continue…

Praying for you, Larry ~ as always.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~