What Exactly Did They Die For

Fort Smith National Cemetery-Author

Was it worth the cost, were they able to see what a fat, lazy and entitled society that we’ve become? Soft (in mind and body) devotees of political idols and charlatans……concerned more with assuaging low self esteem with impotent rage on the internet, than working to provide a better future for the next generation……On one side, a clique that eschews the intrinsic value of labor……and the other who has perverted patriotism into pornography. What words would they have for what’s left of this Republic?

Not kind ones too be sure.

Memorial Day Letter to America – Repost

Dear USA,

Monday is Memorial Day. It is the day we honor our war dead, those warriors who gave what Lincoln called, “the last full measure of devotion.” Enjoy your barbecues, your mattress sales, and your community pool openings, but remember you do so because those honored dead made it possible. Please do not offer your thanks to me or any other living veteran. It is not our day. We came home carrying our shields; they came home carried on theirs. Memorial Day the day we raise our glasses to absent comrades. Thank me and my living brothers-in-arms (and sisters, too) on Tuesday. But on Monday, turn your thoughts to the gardens of stone around the globe. See you at Section 60.

Tom McCuin

First posted here on May 25, 2013……but the words are timeless.

Still Dancing to bin Laden’s Tune

In 2001, al Qaeda consisted of only 400 ideologues in the far corners of the world. After the recent regime change wars in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria, typical estimates place their membership at around 20,000. To top it all off, the American economy is out $5.6 trillion dollars for the whole failed project. This is not the legacy of a war to spread, or even protect, liberty and prosperity. Instead it is the legacy of an evil but gifted tactician, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Contrary to the popular misunderstanding of al Qaeda’s motives and strategy, bin Laden and his partner Ayman al Zawahiri were not trying to scare America away with the September 11th attacks. They were trying to provoke an overreaction. Al Qaeda’s leaders wanted the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in order to bog our military down, “bleed us to bankruptcy,” and force a worn-out, broken empire to leave the region the hard way, and permanently, just as they had done to the Soviet Union in the 1980s with American support. Only then could they hope to launch the revolutions they sought in their home countries without interference from the American superpower.

Source: Breitbart

I like me some job security, but enough is enough. When will our disastrous foreign policy ambitions be thwarted by rational Americans?

Okay…that was rhetorical. We all know that answer is never. Even as we now prop up the Saudi regime in Yemen, and enable their pursuit of war with Iran.

When will Citizens and wake the fuck up? Patriots already have….but are far too few in number, and led by charlatans like fish on a hook.

In Memoriam

This isn’t exactly an annual occurrence, reposting what I’ve written long ago. But finding myself back in Iraq on a Memorial Day, probably not 50 miles from where Jim Doster last drew breath…..I don’t really have anything else to write….that makes any more sense than what is already typed. This Memorial Day, I don’t have a dram of anything to raise – anything worthy of raising anyway.

Libertas and Latte

Every once in awhile, I look at my StatCounter page, to see where people are coming to this site from….and I noticed, that several views from today, are to one of the first few posts I made. It was closing in on Memorial Day 2009, but what I wrote was more to put emotions to words, than for the upcoming day of remembrance. Not many [any?] who stop by now, were around these parts in 2009, so for those that are now……I’d like to introduce you to SFC Jim Doster.

From 2009:
On the 29th of September 2007, I lost my friend Jim Doster.
A guy, who like me, wanted nothing more than to lead soldiers one more time before retiring. A guy who, like me, had heartache about where the Army had sent him during his career, and the regrets of missed opportunities. Jim and I became friends while…

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POTUS and Veteran Suicides

A critical and important step in mitigating this tragic effect of our never ending adventurism abroad.

We are facing the same critical shortfall now. Remarkably, veteran suicide rates have remained static despite numerous ‘plans of action,’ influxes of money, the creation of thousands of Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and legislation directed at streamlining and improving the VA.

Accordingly, the new order will give agency officials a year to develop an aggressive plan for combating veteran suicide with a particular focus on state and local community engagement.

The task force will explore a grant system which provides funds directly to local charities and city programs to provide individualized assistance to veterans. While a similar program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was successful in cutting veteran homelessness in half, it remains to be seen if generalizing this solution to a very different problem set will be successful.

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On Veterans Day

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Another year gone by, and our longest war still carries on….with no end, or solution in sight. And crass patriotism continues to be consumed like pornographic pablum by a society that knows this day, as a day off from work and mattress sales….

This Veterans Day, remember not only those who wore the uniform…but also those with a fur coat. No truer comrade than ‘man’s best friend’.

If you have the opportunity, find a WWII veteran, and introduce yourself and especially your children. As we commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918…we do so with no living witness to that carnage. The day will come very soon, where we say the same when we observe V-E and V-J days.

 

photo h/t: https://maddmedic.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/dog-days-766/

 

A Quick Thought On Memorial Day

A Quick Thought On Memorial Day

While it’s never wrong to thank a veteran for his or her service, that is not what today is for. Save that for Veteran’s Day. Today we remember the ones who never got to take off the uniform, those that never came home, the ones that paid that ultimate sacrifice. So we do not “celebrate” Memorial Day, we respect what it stands for. Now granted I will have my cookout and drink several adult beverages, after all, it is an extra day off of work. But in the back of my mind, and hopefully yours too, we will remember our brothers and sisters of all branches of the military and hope that their sacrifice wasn’t in vain. As an Army retiree and the proud father of a soldier, today weighs heavily on me and my family, I am so very grateful for those that served before me and after me. So lift a glass of whatever beverage you choose, and thank those we can only remember, those who fell on the battlefields the world over. And pray that the wars will end, and peace will reign. Amen.

A Quick Thought On Memorial Day
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Officer “Boone” Passes….

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It is with deep sadness that the Front Royal Police Department must report that K-9 Boone has passed away earlier today, just 2 days after his 12th birthday, from a brief illness he was being treated for. Boone and his handler, Sergeant J.B. Courtney, have been partners since June of 2007 when the K-9 program with our department was started.

K-9 Boone graduated from the United States Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Canine School in 2007. He was actively serving our department, having been deployed on over 1000 occasions to assist in detecting illegal narcotics in vehicles, residences, and schools. Those deployments provided support to not just the Front Royal Police Department, but also the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies. Sergeant J.B. Courtney and Boone have over 400 documented seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and has been a featured demonstrator at National Night Out.

Boone gave 100% to our department and the community he served for 11 years and will be missed by all. Please keep Sergeant J.B. Courtney and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they heal from his passing. – Link

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Boone was a friend to us, a stalwart Law Enforcement Officer, and a beloved member of the Courtney family. He will be truly missed.