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A Can Of Gasoline And A Match ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

The President’s Grand Gun Control Plan & EOs ~

The Office of the Press Secretary sent out the following list of all 23 executive actions.

Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

TRANSCRIPT: Read Obama, Biden’s Remarks on Gun Control Proposals
VIDEO: Obama Reads Letters From Kids at WH Event
WATCH: President Obama Lays Out Gun Control Measures, Addresses Sandy Hook Victims’ Loved Ones

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

You can read the transcript of Biden and Obama’s speeches here.

The use of children, dead and alive, by this administration was beyond shameful.

What is missing from most of yak, yak, yaking from the pundits and Congress critters, who really should know better, is that the Congress, nor the President has the constitutional power to infringe on my right to bear arms.  Period.  (And that includes the ammo too.)  It’s because of the likes of them that our wise Founders felt it necessary to have the 2nd Amendment written in our Bill of Rights.  This isn’t brain surgery – it’s right there, in black and parchment for all to read.  the Supreme Court can give their opinion until the cows come home – they cannot legislate or amend the Constitution, no matter how much they would like to do so.  That isn’t in their job description.

My heart hurts so for any parent who loses a child to murder – I can’t begin to imagine what living through that would be like.  I’m sure I’d be found in the corner in a fetal position. Yet sadly, all this political grandstanding and Liberty-snatching from law-abiding people will not save another child.

it isn’t the guns.  it’s the fact that people who are prone to murderous behavior for whatever reason are left to freely roam the streets and maybe live in your neighborhood because the ACLU and their ilk have made it damn near impossible to institutionalize the mentally ill and properly punish the criminals.

My cousin was schizophrenic.  When he was attended to and on his meds, he was fine. Unfortunately, in those days, the meds for Schzophrenia were pretty harsh and he would stop taking them- after all, he was doing okay. so he thought.

A sweet kid, I loved it when he would come visit. We’d roam my grandparents’ farm, shoot bows and arrows and catch frogs.  He married a wonderful young woman after he served in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, he was one of a number of people who can develop this mental illness as a young adult.  They were divorced, I believe, by mutual consent.

On one of the occasions my cousin went off his meds, my uncle came home from the store and found him pouring gasoline over my aunt, ready to strike a match.  She had suffered a stroke and was bedridden – helpless and terrified.  Luckily, my uncle was able to subdue him and my aunt was unharmed.  And luckily, this was before it took moving mountains to get someone into a place of help so they couldn’t harm anyone or themselves.  It was a long, long nightmare for my aunt and uncle ~ nevermind the anguish that my cousin lived with day after day.

My cousin didn’t have a gun.  No, he had a can of gasoline and a match.  My aunt would have died a horrible death if my uncle hadn’t gotten home when he did.

I don’t know the answer to the murder of innocents.  Lord knows, it has been happening since humans first walked this earth.  And long before man invented firearms.

What I do know is the daily pain and fear of the parents of a mentally child.  And there will always be criminals doing criminal things, with guns or without guns.

And I’ll tell you – if those making all these laws about owning a gun are telling me my daughter may have to let herself be raped or worse because she couldn’t shoot the bastard in self-defense…well, that’s a problem, right there.


The Ever-Changing Role of the Military ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: ARRGGGHHHH!!, Uncategorized


And it’s not good.


We’ve seen a lot of changes concerning the military during the past couple of decades, mostly of the Politically Correct nature: sensitivity training, repeal of DADT, gender issues, iffy ROEs, fast-track promotions, the greening of the services, nation building trumping victory and dhimmitude, to name just a few.

Many good NCOs are retiring early due to frustrations with Leadership (or the lack thereof…) and the looming defense cuts in numbers and money.

We have civilian leadership with very limited Military experience leading to political grandstanding over reality-based decision-making.

We have a CinC who could care less about the Military and only pays attention when he needs a good Photo Op.  (But he loves him some drones!)

But this bit of news is over the top, if it bears out:

Proposed U.S. Army Manual Tells Soldiers To Not Criticize The Taliban, Islam, Women’s Rights, And Pedophilia

Draft Army Handbook Wades Into Divisive Afghan Issue — Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—American soldiers should brace for a “social-cultural shock” when meeting Afghan soldiers and avoid potentially fatal confrontations by steering clear of subjects including women’s rights, religion and Taliban misdeeds, according to a controversial draft of a military handbook being prepared for troops heading to the region.

The proposed Army handbook suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.

“Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member,” according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers.

Unfortunately, you have to have a subscription to the WSJ to read the rest of the article.

But, if you have been following the nonsense coming out of DC regarding the Military over the past 2 decades, this development is not at surprising.  Many articles and papers have been written over the past couple of decades about creating a kinder and gentler Military.

Yet, there are those that know better:

Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, neither endorsed the manual nor agreed to sign a foreword written in his name. “Gen. Allen did not author, nor does he intend to provide, a foreword,” a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said. “He does not approve of its contents.”

(Read Wes Pruden’s column about this here.)

If winning hearts and minds is to be the mission and victory only comes when roads (which the libs keep screeching about here), schools (which the condition of schools here the libs keep complaining about and demanding more money for) and water systems (for libs here it’s all about infrastructure as the magic bullet for our failing economy) are built and the populace “loves” us (at great sacrifice and loss for so many of our own), then bring our Troops home and send in the Peace Corps.  They’re more suited to this CinC’s ideology, anyway.  Self-service and sacrifice for the greater good – without the collateral damage.

Besides, they don’t ‘kick down doors”, “terrify women and children” and use all those evil weapon thingies.

Wait…maybe that’s not such a good idea ~ we’d probably have to send in Special Forces to rescue them eventually.


This social engineering agenda, the mandatory cultural sensitivity classes, the rapidly spreading dhimmitude and appeasement of corrupt dictators and ludicrous Rules of Engagement are insults to the highly principled branches of our Military.  Also insulting is a CinC who only views our Troops as pawns in his ever expanding power grab.

But then, what else can one expect from a Communist-inspired, Islam-appeasing Dictator Wannabe?

Scott Holleran says it best in his recent column: War: Sacrifice for the Sake of Sacrifice

In the context of the longest war in American history – an abomination of military involvement in which very little or nothing in our interest has been accomplished – with dreadfully anti-American rules of engagement which constantly put the lives of American military members at risk, Morning Star should cease its faith-based operations or continue its selfless activities at its own risk, refusing future help from the U.S. military. With our military being decimated by the Obama administration, which seeks to cut defense spending, and the threat of foreign invaders rising, not falling, we should not risk a single soldier’s life under current rules in a primitive nation run by tribalists, warlords and religious barbarians. Be selfless on your own, and you’re free to do so, but leave our Navy SEALs and other members of our great military free to fight where they might actually be permitted to fight back and defend U.S. interests.

The Obama government, of course, sees the death of Nicolas Checque as merely another sacrifice for the sake of others – a moral directive, sacrifice of self for its own sake, that guides Obama’s administration in foreign and domestic policy. Obama’s Defense Secretary said: “In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld.” And Obama, who lied about our military involvement in Afghanistan when he said we were leaving (we’re not, as I observed here), disgustingly said this of Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque: “He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free,” which is also false. What allows our nation to be strong, safe and free is the opposite of selflessness: a military defense dedicated to the nation’s self-interest in its every action, including and especially rules of engagement. Our military should stop being systematically annihilated by our leaders and instead be radically and urgently repurposed to uphold the highest principle of the nation; defense of America’s self-interest.

It’s a deplorable tragedy that our Military, which has included so many of our country’s finest men and women, is infected with the noxious dogma of this corrupt government.



Taxes ~ Congress’s Drug Of Choice

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics


Our “esteemed” elected officials in both houses of the Capitol are junkies, tax junkies.

And it’s very apparent that they need another fix – badly.

Patty Murray: Congress Could Let Cuts Expire, Come Back to Talk New Tax Package

Murray said Democrats would allow those cuts to expire if Republican lawmakers object to tax increases for wealthy Americans.

All this talk about cutting taxes or not raising taxes on the wealthy have made those, whose lifeblood is spending other peoples money, very anxious and shaky.

Sen. Corker Confident in Lawmakers Reaching Fiscal Cliff Compromise

In the interview, Corker said he met wealthy residents in Tennessee, whom he described as both Democrats and Republicans, who are willing to contribute more taxes.

Nothing worse for junkies than telling them their source is drying up.  They tend to start acting very irrationally and some become downright dangerous to those around them.

Obama pressing business and labor on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lobbying business and labor groups to support his plan to avoid an impending fiscal cliff, telling the two sides he remains committed to requiring the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

Have you ever tried to talk to someone you know who has a drug addiction?  If you have, you probably found out it seldom does any good.  Anyone who has lived with a junkie has heard, over and over again, all the promises of quitting and cleaning up, becoming productive and taking care of their responsibilities ~ if you would just give them another few bucks to get them through until then.  This is said in all sincerity, with tears in their pleading bloodshot eyes.

So you let them stay for another couple of years, hoping against ‘hope’ they’ll ‘change’.

Unfortunately, “until then” rarely ever comes.  It just gets worse.

You eventually find yourself without a job, your savings all gone and losing your home.

Sometimes you just have to kick them out of the house (or senate) and let them go.

“I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes. “Barack Obama


“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” ― Thomas Jefferson


“What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.”Thomas Paine


This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” Thomas Jefferson


“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.” Abraham Lincoln




The Bad Just Got Worse ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: freedom, Politics


And I fear the worse is going to reach levels most in this country could ever imagine.

Complacency has many repercussions and elections have serious consequences.  This election outdoes them all.

What summmed up the state of this country for me was hearing that Jesse Jackson Jr, presently residing in special hospital with no word of when he’d be back at his job screwing the people, won by a landslide and Allen West, an honorable veteran who actually believes in our Constitution, is fighting for his political life in Florida against what appears more and more to be the basest corruption.

(Note to conservatives: Top of the list of to do’s ~ Take back the schools and save our kids from Public Indoctrination Camps Education.)

I just read Allen West’s weekly update and as usual he calls it as he sees it:

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans, it is time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination. It has been a whirlwind of a week and truly a changing direction for our America.

As you all are aware, this is an official Congressional report and therefore we cannot discuss campaign related issues. Quite sure you are well aware of the current situation regarding our election.

There have been several items of concern this week which I believe are indicators of what a second term for this administration will look like.

At this moment I am watching the breaking news of the resignation of CIA Director General David Petraeus. As many of you may know this resignation is occurring the Friday before hearings are supposedly to be held next week on the Benghazi incident. General Petraeus, from a national security perspective, did the honorable thing by resignation, however I hope his leaving will not hinder getting to the truth on Benghazi. This also follows with the interestingly timely relief and retirement of USAFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham.

And that leads me to the second point, regarding Mark Basseley Youssef, the Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt. He is the individual arrested as the culprit who unleashed Muslim anger because of a silly anti-Islam video. Not since Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships,” have we seen one individual responsible for inciting more emotional outrage as reflected in the 11th anniversary of the September 11th Islamic terrorist attacks. He will now be serving one year for a parole violation.

Could it be that Mr. Youseef is being punished, as President Obama stated at his United Nations Assembly address, because “the future does not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam?”

Which leads me to the next point… not only should President Obama’s statement cause us concern. We should also be concerned about the Organization of Islamic Countries who supported United Nation Resolution 1618, which would make any deemed offensive comment toward Islam an international crime.

On that note, a related United Nations issue is that within 24 hours of President Obama’s reelection, the United States signed on with another 156 other countries to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, while Russia voted against it. This treaty which would require the United States Senate approval of a treaty which will have certain adverse effects upon our Constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Following along with more international occurrences, am I the only one who finds it odd that only days before the national elections, Iran fired upon a United States drone? The drone was operating in open airspace when two Iranian jets fired upon it. Now, why is it that we heard nothing about this until after the election? Kind of like us not knowing about a Russian attack submarine operating undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for some two months. Is this the future of our national security?

Back years ago when I was a teenager living during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, I recall the Saudi oil embargo crisis, which resulted in fuel rationing, on odd/even days. History has an impeccable way of repeating itself – just ask the folks up in New Jersey and New York. Amazing that we can send aid halfway around the globe to Indonesia and Japan, yet Americans are freezing and destitute right here, due to the incompetence of government agency relief efforts.

But you just do not hear a peep from the mainstream media on this stuff.

Lastly, I think you all now realize that the “fiscal cliff” is indeed real. It has been something that I have been discussing for quite some time and stock market behavior following the reelection of President Obama is just an indicator. The “sell-off” which has seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop some 430 points, 3.3%, in three days should cause concern. We are seeing individuals who recognize the fact that capital gains and dividends taxes will rise from 15% to 25% and 43.4% respectively. Money is moving away from stocks and towards bonds. The predictable economic growth of America will be horribly affected.

The misguided belief that raising taxes will solve the problem will only bring about another recession.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget called for $1.9 trillion in new taxes, but the debt grows from $16 trillion to $20 trillion in four years and to $26 trillion in ten years. Deficits never go below $900 billion and the President’s budgets never balance… but you do get a 53% increase in the growth of the federal government.

If we do not expand our tax base, lower rates, eliminate exemptions, and provide tax and monetary policy certainty we are truly heading off that cliff like Thelma and Louise.

We are dangerously close to the tipping point.

In closing, 10 November, 2012 is the 237th birthday of the greatest fighting force known to mankind, the United States Marine Corps — Semper Fidelis.

And Sunday is Veterans Day. Welcome home brothers and sisters, and God bless those of us who have taken that oath of office to serve, sacrifice, and commit to this great nation –the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known, these United States of America.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B West


UPDATE:  Read this and add it to the fact that tomorrow is Veterans Day.  Think about that.

There are thousands of votes yet to be counted in Florida’s Congressional District 18. That’s Congressman West’s district.

8,000 or so votes yet to count.

Those uncounted votes belong to a very important group of voters.

Those are absentee ballots, cast by our military and they sit, in boxes, not being counted.

This is beyond disgusting. This is beyond absurd.

It’s a travesty of the process upon which this country was founded.


We can take note and fight on or slip back into complacency and go get us some foodstamps and (mandated) death panels healthcare.

Well, at least until the money runs out.  Oh. Nevermind. Bernanke is just going to print more.  No worries then.  Yeah, that’ll work out well.

It’s your choice.


Next 4 Years ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics


Obama Wins. Here’s What That Could Mean For Your Taxes. [INFOGRAPHIC]



Well, They Did It Again ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics, Uncategorized


For more free stuff, our country was sold out.


I’m just damned heartsick.  This country that I was born and raised in has turned from liberty for all, individual responsibility, innovation, free enterprise, indivisibility and self-determination to a nation of dependency, indolence, enslavement, entitlement and regulations.

So, half this country wants to be owned by the government.  (Head/Desk)

Never thought I’d see the day when the spirit of America would be so completely spat on ~ by it’s own.  But then, I couldn’t believe this Soros puppet was elected the first time around.

Now you know where complacency gets you.  And political correctness.  And not voting. And validating an insanity ideology.  And being “nice”.  And being afraid to be called racist.  And being afraid to stand up and fight for your principles.  And compromising for the sake of getting along.  And ignoring liars, cheats and thieves.  And believing it couldn’t happen here.

Well, it did.


I’m not finished yet.  Nor is America.  Hell, we’ve survived idiot presidents, congresses and a civil war.

We will again.

We must take on every enemy of America, from the gimmees that gladly take our hard-earned money to the schools that indoctrinate our children, from the elites who believe they have the right to rule the rest of us to the terrorists who wish this country crushed and defeated.

It’s a hard road ahead and the kind of fight we’ve only ever read about in history books.  It will be frustrating and exhausting and maddening.  But what cost freedom?  Can we do anything less than fight for our children and their children so that they may know the taste of Liberty and every other God-given right on which this country was founded?  Can we look them in the eyes and tell them: Sorry Kiddos, but it was too hard?

No.  Not if we believe in our Constitution and what so many died protecting.

No, we cannot!!  Not ever!

Remember ~ Fast and Furious and Brian Terry.

Remember ~ Benghazi and Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Remember ~ Military ballots not counted.

Remember ~ “You didn’t build that!”

Remember ~  “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Remember ~ “I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

Remember ~ “After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.”

Remember ~ “I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

Remember ~ “Now we’re in the midst of not just advocating for change, not just calling for change – we’re doing the grinding, sometimes frustrating work of delivering change – inch by inch, day by day.”


“…and that this country shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government, of the people, for the people, by the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Definitely worth fighting for ~ as long as it takes…

But first, guess I’ll go buy some Ouzo and dance with the Greeks.


Obama Trust Deficit ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics


Constitutional Powers of the President

Article. II.

Section. 2.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.


Veterans for a Strong America

(h/t Small Dead Animals)


Obama’s Public Military Endorsements:

General Wesley Clark, USA, (Ret)

General Colin Powell, USA (Ret)

Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret)

Admiral Donald Gutter, USN, former JAG of the Navy, (Ret)

Admiral John Nathman, USN, (Ret)

Mitt Romney’s Military Endorsements:

Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)

General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)

General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret)

Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)

Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.)

General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret)

General Tommy Franks, USA, (Ret)

General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret)

Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret)

Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward, USN, (Ret)

General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret)

Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret)

Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret)

General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret)

General William Kernan, USA, (Ret)

Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret)

General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret)

General James J. Lindsay, USA, (Ret)

General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret)

Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret)

General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret)

Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret)

General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA, (Ret)

General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret)

Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret)

General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret)

Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret)

Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)

Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)

Major General Nora Alice Astafan, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)

Major General John E. Bianchi, USA, (Ret.)

Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)

Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)

Major General Tom Braaten, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)

Major General David P. Burford, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)

Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)

Major General James D. Delk, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)

Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Hunt Downer, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Charles Fletcher, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)

Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)

Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

Major General John A. Hemphill, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)

Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)

Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)

Major General James T. Jackson, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)

Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)

Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Mario Montero, USA, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA, (Ret.)

Major General William Moore, USA, (Ret.)

Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)

Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, USN, (Ret.)

Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)

Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)

(h/t Godfather Politics)


‘Nuff said.

That is all.


On Benghazi ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: bullshit, Obama


If you only go to one site about the events surrounding the Benghazi travesty, Blackfive is a good place for posts written by the guys who understand these things.

I can come from the place of being a Mom of a Soldier but the Blackfive bloggers have the intimate knowledge of such situations.

The links:




Of course, I hope you do more reading on the murders of the four Americans in Benghazi and the despicable handling of them by this pathetic and very dangerous administration.  Fox News is the only media outfit that is really digging into this as the other media networks continue to shield their messiah by not reporting much about it, if at all.  After all, it’s 8 days until the election and Obama is sorely dropping in the polls (no matter what you may hear).  Since the state propagandists media is mostly ‘leaning forward’, they can’t take the chance of reporting the facts, just as they refused to vet, in any way, this incompetent, lying, statist and sorry-a$$ excuse of a Commander-in-Chief.


Just google Benghazi and find blog posts, columns and articles written by former military, former journalists (who still understand what that means) and writers who aren’t carrying Obama’s or Soros’s water.

It’s up to us to ferret out the facts and fight their cheating, lying ways.


Our kids in uniform are doing their duty every g-damn day in spite of a CinC, an administration and cabinet that have only disgust for those who serve (no matter how many times they screech, “But…we support the Troops!”) and put them at greater risk because of their politically correct insanity.

We must step up and fight for them as they fight for us here at home.

We cannot let these corrupt and morally-bankrupt wastes of oxygen get away with anymore of their evil agendas.  How many more people have to die before America gets it?  These people, and especially Obama, are not healthy for children and other living things, to paraphrase a popular anti-war slogan from my day.

They must be stopped and their Statist agenda eradicated.


This will NOT stand.


Stories That Need To Be Read and Shared ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Supporting the troops

Ah, you have to say this about the media…they’ve gotten really good at not reporting about anything that the Military does, all over the world, unless it’s the obligatory names of the fallen on Memorial Day or that someone’s going to be court-martialed. Then there’s the change in Administrations.  Seems that if the current Commander in Chief happens to be a Democrat, war and it’s operations just aren’t that newsworthy anymore.  And in an election year when the media’s chosen messiah’s reign is threatened?  What war? So if you are among the millions who just watch the cable news shows, well, you’re probably not reading this and you’re not even sure there is still a war going on. It’s disgraceful, but it is what it is.  Which is why there are a few us out here in cyberspace telling the Military’s stories. I’ve posted links to Kevin Hanrahan‘s blog before because he tells wonderful stories about our Military Working Dogs and our kids in uniform.  Well, this post is no different.  If you’re wondering what our Troops go through in a deployment during the wars of the past decade, go over to his page and read:

How do our Troops Live Deployed?

I’ve always said that everyone’s Iraq/ Afghanistan experience are different. You can spend the entire deployment working on a  large camp in an office. Or you could be “outside the wire” intermixing with the public/conducting missions/ engaging the enemy in combat for the entire deployment. I’ve had both types of deployments.

Read more.


Over at Blackfive, read the post on the Taliban (serious members of the Religion of Peace) mocking the Us: TALIBAN MOCKS US WITHDRAWAL FROM A’STAN

…Strategically?  There is no strategy, well, except to leave.  How can one have a workable strategy when you’ve announced your departure date in advance?

Continue… That’s a question the media should have pounded the CinC on.  That and so many others about Afghanistan.


Lt Col Oliver North has a column this week about what he’s seeing and hearing during his embeds with our Troops – you won’t be hearing this on your TV either, as it doesn’t speak of “broken” soldiers or crazy, wild-eyed Iraq or Afghanistan Vets doing ‘bad things':


This column is being written on outposts where we are surrounded and vastly outnumbered by well-armed Afghan soldiers, police, commandos and special forces. We already have accompanied them on a half-dozen operations. The distrust and disdain being reported in our media and on various blogs simply aren’t evident.

Read it all. There are so many good stories out there about our kids in uniform so few will ever hear.  Lately, even the bad stories aren’t making it on the air.  Yes, we’re still at war and no Al Qaeda has not been defeated and the Taliban has no desire for peace, no matter what Obama’s mouthpiece says.  And with a little searching, you too can find the tellers of Military stories.  One good place to start is for blogs, past and present, written by those on the front lines and the ones who love them. Our kids are still stepping up, raising their right hands, putting on their battle rattle and heading straight into the combat zones. Hopefully, people will begin to see this as a bit more important than what Big Bird thinks about the elections.

My Turn


Taking Care of Their Own ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

When your ‘boss’ doesn’t have your back, you have to do what you can to protect your own:

White House Leaks Threaten Lives

The national security leaks from the Obama White House threaten American lives and those of our allies. The parents of fallen Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, Billy and Karen Vaughn, recount how their son warned them of the risks that leaks have on the lives of his fellow SEALs and on the families back home.

Remember this?

Inside The Situation Room with President Obama Rock Center Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

“…the longest 40 minutes of my life.”  Obama

I have no words for this galling, self-serving chest-thumping.


I’ll let Lynard Skynard say it:

That Ain’t my America