Get ready to get angry… really angry…
I would be more than happy to pitch in to a legal defense fund for Mr. Larison to sue his HOA. I’m sure we could find a lawyer that would do it for a reasonable price or even pro bono. And if we can’t find a lawyer with a hand full of legal briefs that would do it for a reasonable price, I’m pretty sure we could find a bunch of Marines swinging socks filled with pennies to go talk to the HOA president and/or the douchebag that made the complaint in the first place. Either way is fine with me. I did notice that the HOA president was “out of town” and the condo company refused to make any comment. Cowards are usually “out of town” and “have no comment” when called to task.
Yeah, you might want to think twice about maligning the Corps to a Marine.
Posts Tagged ‘veterans’
Get ready to get angry… really angry…
This would be a great sitcom if it wasn’t real.
“…the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
DHS report dated 7 April
Now “lone wolf” are interesting words, because McVeigh is the ONLY veteran example the report gives. Lets ignore the fact that McVeigh had ties to at least 3 different extremist groups and continue with DHS’s evaluation.
Report hits the internet on Monday the 13th.
“Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.”
DHS Sec Napolitano, 15 April
Napolitano stands behind the report on Wednesday.
“I know that some veterans groups were offended by the fact that veterans were mentioned in this assessment, so I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended.”
DHS Sec Napolitano, 16 April
“Um, sorry” on Thursday.
“The report is not saying that veterans are extremists. Far from it. What it is saying is returning veterans are targets of right-wing extremist groups that are trying to recruit those to commit violent acts within the country. We want to do all we can to prevent that.”
DHS Sec Napolitano, 19 April
Intel authorities define “Lone Wolf” as “A lone wolf is a person who acts on his or her own without orders from — or even connections to — an organization.”
The original report specifically mentions McVeigh and puts “Lone Wolf” out there. Now on Sunday the DHS is concerned about Vets being recruited?
Less than two weeks and veterans have gone from being renegades to dupable simpletons.
Tune in later this week for what is sure to be the next episode of “As the Secretary Spins”
And in the “political backpedaling that no sane or rational person will believe” department…
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to veterans after a report issued by her department said troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were at risk for being recruited by right-wing extremists.
“To the extent veterans read it as an accusation — and apology is owed,” she said in an on-air interview on FOX News Thursday, a day after veterans’ groups and members of Congress blasted her for the report, which they said libeled members of the armed forces.
“The last thing I want to do is offend or castigate all veterans. To the contrary, let’s meet and clear the air,” she said.
Hmmm, is this like the part in Braveheart where Edward the Longshanks wants to meet with the Scottish nobles? You know, the one where the young Will Wallace walks in and sees all the nobles hanging in a hut where they were ambushed under flag of truce? Yeah, that one.
Nepolitano called everyone who owns a gun, everyone who was/is a vet, and everyone that disagrees with the current administration a possible terrorist. How can she NOT mean that to be offensive? The worst is her degradation of our nation’s vets, though. They put their collective asses on the line for everyone time and again and this is the thanks they get?
“To the extent veterans read it as an accusation — and apology is owed,” ?!? Um, just how ISN’T being put on a terror watch list an accusation?!? How are we supposed to take this?
Napolitano is full of bull[bailout].
The following was inspired by the US News and World Report Article “10 Things you Didn’t Know about Eric Shinseki“.
1. Eric K. Shinseki was born on Nov. 28, 1942, in Lihue, which is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
2. Shinseki was a Boy Scout growing up in Hawaii and attended Kauai High School, where he was student body president.
3. Shinseki is married to his high school sweetheart, Patricia Yoshinobu. They have two grown children, Lori and Ken.
4. The recipient of two Purple Hearts, Shinseki was sent to Vietnam six months after graduating from West Point in 1965. During his two tours in Vietnam, he served as an artillery forward observer and base commander.
5. During one of his tours in Vietnam, Shinseki was severely injured when he stepped on a mine.
6. In addition to being a West Point graduate, Shinseki received a master’s degree in English from Duke University. He returned to West Point to teach English for two years.
7. Less than a year after becoming Army vice chief of staff, Shinseki was appointed to serve as the Army’s chief of staff by President Clinton. Shinseki became the 34th Army chief of staff on June 22, 1999.
8. During his four years serving as Army chief of staff, Shinseki was a proponent of transforming the Army. He wanted “to make the Army lighter, more modular, and—most importantly—more deployable.” The “Future Combat System” was created by the Army to help with the transformation.
9. When Shinseki retired from the military in 2003, he had served for 38 years. During his career, he held numerous positions, including commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood in Texas and commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe.
10. The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is home to “The General Eric K. Shinseki Exhibit.” The exhibit, which opened in 2004, documents the general’s life, beginning with his childhood in Hawaii all the way to his military career.
11. Eric Shinseki could give two shiites about veterans.
And now you know…
I wrote this blog entry at the Liberty Zone a few days ago, but decided to post it here after reading TSO’s earlier comment about HR2640. Since I’m the resident gun nut in the neighborhood, and I haven’t blogged about it here yet, I figure I might as well put in my double pennies…
I received an email the other day from the NRA trying to salvage the leak in gun owner support for HR 2640. I’ve read numerous blog entries and articles about the bill, claiming the “extremist” among us are trying to divide the gun owner community, that there’s nothing in this bill that would endanger the rights of gun owners, veterans or any other law-abiding citizen.
For the record, I have read the text of HR2640. I have linked to it here if you, the readers, want to take a look.
Meanwhile, I’m going to explain why I don’t like this bill.
First and foremost, it’s the principle of it. We don’t do a background check on those wishing to purchase a Koran. We don’t do a background check on the press, although Goddess knows many journalists have caused enough harm and damage with their twisted stories and outright lies. But we run a background check on those wishing to make a perfectly legitimate purchase and exercise a fundamental right that is recognized in the Bill of Rights and specifically protected from government infringement. The moment you have to ask the government permission to exercise a right, it ceases to be a right and becomes little more than a state-granted privilege. The moment you grant politicians the power to permit you to exercise a right, you have also given them the power to take that right away. I’ve never been comfortable with NICS, and I’m less comfortable with it as the politicians and the NRA work to make the system stronger.
Second, the NICS background checks have not been proven to be effective in the least in preventing criminals from getting guns, nor has it been proven to have any effect at all on violent crime. The federal government has a poor record of prosecuting those who were identified by NICS as trying to illegally purchase firearms. The NICS check doesn’t prevent straw purchases, nor does it prevent the mentally ill, the criminally insane or anyone else that wants to commit a crime with a firearm from purchasing it illegally – which is how most guns used in crimes are obtained.
There are those of us out there who are absolutely adamant that we will never get rid of NICS, so why fight changes that might make it more effective? Well, I have a fundamental problem with making immoral, unconstitutional, ineffective legislation even stronger. Sorry. Call me an extremist, but making an expensive system that has not been proven to be effective in reducing crime even stronger and expanding its reach to those “adjudicated” too mentally defective to exercise their rights doesn’t sit right with me. We may never get rid of NICS, but that doesn’t mean I want to expand its tentacle-like reach either.
I understand that people adjudicated “mentally defective” are already prohibited from purchasing firearms. But including people who may or may not have mental problems in a criminal database does not give me a warm fuzzy.
And yes, I also realize that the bill specifically states mental health evaluations cannot be reported if they have been expunged. But we also know how effective and streamlined state records can be…. (/sarcasm) I have all the faith in the world that old mental records will likely make it into NICS, causing law-abiding citizens headaches as they try to clear their names and restore their rights.
And yes, I do believe the bill will negatively affect veterans. I’ve considered the following scenario after I read a report about how our troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to have lost their families, their children and their homes to vindictive spouses.
A Soldier comes home after a year’s deployment to Iraq. His spouse has decided to leave him during that time – a crappy thing to do to someone who is in a warzone, dodging bullets and IEDs, but hey, it’s all about her… she met someone, and she’s history… along with his children. The Soldier is upset, distraught and scared. He just spent a year in a warzone, and he comes home to nothing. Obviously things are tense. There is fighting. There are tears. There are probably quite a few heated words exchanged and likely some things said that neither side meant. But instead of talking it out like adults, the spouse gets pissed, calls “the authorities” and reports that her ex husband is violent and is scaring her. He just came back from Iraq, she says. He’s crazy. I’m afraid he’ll hurt me. Next thing you know, he’s being given a mandatory mental evaluation (if he hasn’t lost his rights already under Lautenberg, that is). Yes, he’s stressed. Yes, he has PTSD from his deployment. Yes, he’s angry. Yes, he spews a few harsh words about his ex. Shrink doesn’t like that, and next thing you know, this guy is in front of a judge with a bad mental review and an adjudication of being a danger to his ex and mentally unfit to exercise his rights. His name gets reported and is included in NICS. He no longer has Second Amendment rights.
Will it happen? Not necessarily. Could it happen? Absolutely. And given the number of troops coming back from warzones with PTSD and problems at home, veterans are likely to get affected more than most.
More than 1000 Minnesota National Guard members returned from a 22 month tour in Iraq recently only to find that their educational benefits were not going to be paid to them. This is a unit that was deployed longer than any other ground combat unit to a festering [CIR]hole, but the government refuses to pay their GI Bill money.
Why, you ask?
Anderson’s orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.
Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.
“Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month,” Anderson said.
That’s right. The fetid sacks of pustulent hemorrhoids who are our government bureaucrats decided to save themselves some money by screwing the Soldiers. Because you see, it’s much more important to pay for the pet pork projects of congressional swine and overpay underrated government contractors for [CIR]ty work they barely know how to perform, than reward Soldiers for their sacrifices!
And they wonder why the Guard is losing good troops? Lack of leadership. Lack of integrity. Little more than lip service to Soldier care. Pathetic!
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman will be looking into this. And while the politicos are giving lip service to how outrageous this is, let’s see how long it takes to actually do something about it. I’m not holding my breath.
Hey, we gotta support this chick. She’s a fellow veteran, an NCO in the Utah National Guard, and she spent 18 months in Afghanistan. I know at least some of my fellow bloggers here could appreciate that last fact.
And she’s kind of cute, no?
Sgt. Jill Stevens has a new assignment: Miss Utah.
Stevens, a medic in the Utah National Guard who spent 18 months in Afghanistan, was crowned Saturday night at the Capitol Theatre and will represent the state at the Miss America pageant.
“These are some stellar girls,” Stevens said of the field of 50. “I did my best, but I left it in the Lord’s hands.”
Stevens, a registered nurse from Kaysville, is a member of the 1st Battalion, 211th Aviation, in the National Guard. She was in Afghanistan in 2004-05.
“Obviously she is bright and attractive, but most important, she’s a terrific soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.
The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday.
A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans adds the five-pointed star to the list of “emblems of belief” allowed on VA grave markers.
Eleven families nationwide are waiting for grave markers with the pentacle, said Selena Fox, a Wiccan high priestess with Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld, Wisconsin, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The settlement calls for the pentacle, whose five points represent earth, air, fire, water and spirit, to be placed on grave markers within 14 days for those who have pending requests with the VA.
I remember getting into a debate with some narrow-minded creep about this. He claimed he would be offended if the Pentagram was placed on a headstone next to his loved one’s grave, because it, according to him, is the symbol of Satan. Good lord! Wiccans don’t believe in Satan. We fight, bleed and die for this nation and the freedoms it represents. We love this nation. We sacrifice for it. These Soldiers deserve to have their faith represented on their final resting place as a sign of respect for the ultimate sacrifice.