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Thank you for sending the sweat-shirts they are very good. I'm in de Dutch National Guard, as sergeant-major for training and education. Its not in common for dutch paratroopers to have these but, I have earend my wings in Sept. 1990 during my stay with 194th LRSD(A) of the IOWA Army National Guard. So, I'm very proud to wear them.

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Dave,
I finally got everything that I ordered forwarded to me over here in Afghanistan, and it's all great. Even though it was a complex order you didn't miss a thing. Thanks. The guys and I will probably be emailing you a follow up order. The stainless steel mugs were a big hit but I only ordered two, so I know guys are going to want more. And, we'd like to get some embroidered hats too. So, I'll get back to you with what we need.

Thanks Again
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A Message from Dave

Warriors live by a Code of Honor

I fought the British Redcoats, served Washington with pride.
I marched with Grant, and yes with Lee.
I fell at Custer's side.
I made the charge of San Juan Hill.
I held the Alamo.
A threat to peace the First World War.
And I was called to go.
I shed my blood through World War II
On sand and jungle tree.
They pulled me from the flaming wrecks
They buried me at sea.
Korea 38th I soldiered amidst the sham.
I left my loved one took up arms and died in Vietnam.
On every battlefield, desert sand to jungle marsh.
I suffered the agony and the mortal wounds.
In conditions both brutal and harsh.
I viewed the bombed out cities
And grieve for all that's lost.
I pondered in my saddest hour.
What could warrant such human cost?
The answer of course is freedom
It defines the job I do.
I volunteer, I'm called.
I serve on freedom's protection crew.
I serve the higher plan of honor, God and country.
I am you, the American fighting man.

Dedicated in memory of those we left behind.
   ~ Anonymous

"And for the support this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutally pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor"

   ~ Thomas Jefferson


 

Honor

Our founding fathers, with a lot of help from God, broke the chains of tyranny and formed one of the greatest nations of freedom the world has ever known and unified its diverse citizens from many different countries and cultures with the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights our nations honor code.

I have often asked myself where all our honor has gone.

I think the answer to that question lies in the changing values of the citizens of this country. It seems the emphasis is off of our Nation's Code of Honor, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and now on multiculturalism, language, environmentalism, special interest groups, social engineering, rights and privileges for illegal aliens, socialism and more. All devices designed to divide and conquer our nation.

Instead of uniting us they stress and cater to differences forcing everyone to think and act as they want instead of the respect for the freedom our Nation's Code of Honor gives us with the live and let live attitude of respect for others. Our politicians reflect the current values of our nation—they will say anything and promise anything to advance their self-importance and the masses often choose who they think will give them the most. For examples of this all one needs to do is turn the news on, it is truly amazing.

"The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think."
   ~ Aristotle

Freedom's enemies: Ignorance and Arrogance

The principals of freedom this country was founded on and grew to its greatness on are still here, but our values have changed and I ask "why?" Values change but the principles of freedom are the same and will always hold true. They stand the test of time but they have two enemies: ignorance and arrogance.

Most people in this country are ignorant of the principles of freedom, of our Constitution and Bill of Rights our national Code of Honor, they call it a living document but the truth is the principles our Code of Honor was built on, are as true then as today. Arrogance replaces reality with false values. The result of this is what we are now witnessing today.

Our nation's Code of Honor is the US Constitution and Bill of Rights united this country under principals of freedom allowing it to prosper and grow into greatness.

This nation was founded by extraordinary men of great achievement and patriotism and as they passed down their heritage from generation to generation sometimes their descendents did not share their energy or strength of Character leaving a vacuum to be usually filled by some form of self indulgence. One of the hardest tests for a nation is prosperity people take things for granted and lose touch with reality and as the nation becomes degenerate it destabilizes and all unity is lost leaving us vulnerable to predators capitalizing on our weaknesses. The answer to the perseveration of those lost values and bring them back to stabilize our nation is accomplished through a code of honor. This is why I chose this topic this month, because I feel we have lost our way as a nation.

Can you name today's great soldiers, criminal detectives, doctors, inventors, the people that have the greatest impact on our lives? Probably not—but in contrast we give honor and fame to rock stars, rappers, movie actors, and athletes we even solicit their opinions on world affairs, if you think on this objectively you can only conclude our values are upside down. I hear all the time we are a nation of laws and I am beginning to believe it. I thought we were a nation with a Constitution and a Bill of Rights our nation's Code of Honor for all United States Citizens. But every time something happens someone wants to pass a law and regulate. I ask you: what happened to responsibility and honor? At one time there was Honor in this country, there had to be because there was no law on the frontier only Honor , but now laws and regulations have replaced Honor. Honor doesn't figure into anything anymore.

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."
   ~ Mark Twain

Who Do You Honor — What is Your Code of Honor?

When I grew up my heroes were people like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, General MacArthur, General Patton, LT Audie Murphy, Sgt. Alvin York, George Washington Carver (he invented Peanut Butter my favorite food when I was young—for those of you never taught this in school yet) all men who lived by a Code of Honor.

We should all have a Code of Honor to live by... It is essential to the survival of our nation and if we really want to pass on something great to our children and the next generation it should be our Nation's Code of Honor to live by for United States citizens.

It should require a thorough understanding of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and a family or personal Code of Honor to live by.

"We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst."
   ~ C.S. Lewis, The abolition of man

If You Want To Learn About Honor For Yourself and Your Family —Start Here— The Ranger Creed

Going back in time to 1974 when I reported in to the 1st Ranger Bn, one of the first things I had to do was learn the Ranger Creed.

The Ranger Creed is the official mission statement of the United States Army Rangers, and is also adopted by Rangers in other armed forces around the world. It was initiated by then-LTC Leuer and his Command Sergeant Major Neal R. Gentry. It was re-drafted by the battalion XO, Major "Rock" Hudson and finalized at Ft Stewart, Georgia in 1974 when the original cadre deployed there on 1 July 1974.

Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor

Rangers Lead The Way!

Although it was our mission statement it was also our Code of Honor for us to uphold and live by. Honor Codes are important to institutions and most have them. LTC Leuer was smart to initiate the Ranger Creed because a code of honor can bring people from all walks of life with vastly different backgrounds together to unite them. Our unit filled up with people from all walks of life, different parts of the country some from farms, some from big cities, others from various Units like Ranger Companies, Special Forces, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 101st and 173rd Airborne, etc. So everyone was tasked with learning the Ranger Creed and constantly drilled and tested on it, I and my fellow Rangers gave a lot of pushups to that creed. The Ranger Creed united us and gave us Esprit de corps. The danger was only that after awhile we would recite it from rote so my Sergeant would reinforce the meaning of those words by relating life experiences in combat to deepen the understanding of the Ranger Creed. I am sure all the Rangers that have served in combat honorably have nothing but respect for the Ranger Creed. We should all have a family or personal Code of Honor to live by along with our nation's Code of Honor.

Make Your Own Code Of Honor

I will not attempt to write an Honor Code for you, but I will attempt to give you the basis for you to make your own Honor Code and suggest some components and how it should relate to others as a suggestion.

The Ranger Creed was intended to unite us as a fighting force because we fought as a unit no matter what size.

No man is an "island unto himself" and human nature often is arrogant, self-righteous, vindictive, deceitful, thoughtless and petty so we must keep in mind these things when forming our Honor Code. You could take the Ranger Creed and individualize it for yourselves as a foundation for your own Code.

A Code of Honor requires objective thinking, thoughtfulness, flexibility and understanding of others. Here are some characteristics of a good Code of Honor. It must be specific enough to instill a sense of what should be done and what should be avoided. It should encourage integrity, reality, and truth. The philosophy of integrity must go down to the smallest detail and must become a habit and a way of life. Yet the Code should not be so general as to lend itself to rigid, legalistic interpretations that insist on petty and superfluous details.

What I mean by this is do not confuse rules or standards with a violation of your Code of Honor. For example, when I was in OCS at Ft Benning everyday we would fall out in formation for an inspection and if something was found not to be correct—for example if our boots were not shined—the TAC officer would ask did you shine your boots? The candidate is bound in honor to give the correct answer, but is not bound in Honor to have shined his boots. This emphasizes the difference between violation of Honor and violation of regulations . Your Code must always distinguish between essentials and nonessentials. None of us are perfect and The Code must recognize this. In this way a Code of Honor does not allow appearances to be substituted for reality. A poor Code that permits lip service to pass as genuine integrity, could allow people to manipulate the system while still claiming to be Honorable.

A Code of Honor has three basic components:

  1. Values and principals.
  2. Integrity which is loyalty to the code tells us how to apply our Code to life's situations and experiences to keep the Code making one trustworthy.
  3. Honor which is the intent or motivation to take the right actions and do the right things in keeping with the integrity of the Code.

In the tradition of the United States and our culture some of the basic components of your Code of Honor should be motivated by freedom.

  1. One must understand that freedom is maintained through responsibility and your Code should protect freedom through responsibility.
  2. Privacy is an essential component of freedom. We all want our privacy and we should respect that in others. This allows for us to work through our many temptations and situations in life without the pressure of others influencing us. Many will say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry or fear about—but that is fascist self righteous crap. Privacy allows us to sort things out without outside influences, giving us freedom to exercise our volition, resulting in choices of our own making.
  3. Property is a component of freedom and we should respect other people's property. Most understand this interms of good manners and respect but there are those who do not understand it as a component of freedom in our constituition and bill of rights and have intruded on those rights through regulations and taxation. For example property tax is a confiscatory tax, if you don't pay the tax they will confiscate the property. Many elderly people have been forced out of their homes because of property tax increases that they cannot afford. This is only one of many examples of government and special interest groups usurping our constitutional rights to private property.
  4. Authority is a component in maintaining freedom. It is defined in many areas of our lives, from the establishment of government, in the military, in business, in family and the home, in school and you must learn to distinguish what is legitimate functions of authority and not. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights make an excellent guide to legitimate functions of government. This is particularly important to your Code of Honor in making decisions on who to vote for. Although in this day and age because of our change in values or lack of values, government has out-stepped the bounds of our Constitution. Honor is a key component to bringing freedoms lost back. Authority is a two-way-street, it works both ways, neither person with authority or under authority should ever abuse it.

The four principals of freedom I just mentioned only furnish an environment for freedom and they call for morality which is avoidance of practices and activities that would destroy freedom, privacy, property and authority.

The Ten Commandments is an excellent source of the principles of freedom and morality to incorporate into your Code of Honor.

The values and principles you adopt in your Code of Honor must reflect truth and reality and be free from unintended consequences or justification. What I mean by this is if you incorporate a false principle or value and you act on the false principle or value with honorable intentions this is not true Honor in reality it can be irresponsible, cowardly, cruel, a lot of things, but not true Honor. I think I can best illustrate this with an example of a Code of Honor most of you are aware of to some extent or another.

Bushido Code – Where not to Go

Bushido meaning "Way of the Warrior" - a Japanese Code of Conduct born out of Buddism, Zen, Confucianism and Shintoism. The combination of those schools of thought and religions formed the Code of the warrior values known as Bushido. It makes for a fascinating study, but its only value to me is it makes a good example of what not to do and what not to believe in.

The Code of Bushido in WWII was used as a tool to motivate the ignorant masses to murder and die in the name of the emperor. For example the rape, torture and murder of over 300,000 "unarmed" civilians in Nanking was justified by the arrogance and racism of the Code. The estimated 10 million Chinese (mostly civilians) killed, starved and murdered with biological weapons by the Japanese was not at all "honorable". The military in control of the government and the puppet "divine" emperor used the Code to brainwash and control the ordinary soldier. Some of the Code's character traits such as Justice, Unselfishness, Righteousness, Honor and Virtue were a joke in WWII. Using the "divine wind" or kamikaze to die in large numbers for naught was renamed "passing wind" by U.S. pilots. Blind obedience in the name of Country.

Proponents were taught that dedication and complete respect to their emperor and family was important. If the Japanese in anyway disgraced themselves they would commit suicide so they could save the reputation of their family. Also, again, in WWII the Japanese could not understand why many of the Allied forces surrendered and therefore treated them brutally, ie. For example the death marches of Bataan and our surrender at Wake Island. When the Japanese were held prisoners in Cowra prison Australia, many Japanese prisoners could not understand the quality of the treatment which the Australian guards gave them. They received a good standard of housing and were well fed. Although treated so well, the Japanese were not happy and often attempted suicide. Many also changed their names so that their parents assumed they were dead rather then disappoint them. This was because of the way they were taught to follow the Bushido code.

In our culture suicide is a coward's way out. I am not talking about a selfless act in combat to save your buddies or in fighting and sacrificing yourself to gain or contribute to victory but I am talking about their motivation and values behind their suicidal acts. In a lot of ways it is not much different than Jihad or martyrdom. In Islam it is the only guaranteed way to paradise where they are greeted by their virgins — which is telling in itself of how Islam feels about women.

In Bushido, because they were Buddists they would drive their fear out in a similar way by believing in reincarnation that they would come back in some other form. The Bushido Code called on them to commit suicide for the emperor or if they felt they had dishonored the Emperor or their family. In our culture when you make a mistake or suffer a defeat true Honor is to take responsibility and put it behind you and carry on to make the most out of your situation maybe even turn that defeat into victory in the future where as in contrast they quit and take the easy way out.

In this illustration my hope is that the values and principles you adopt into your Code can have a great positive effect on your country, family, friends and people you associate with or it can have a very negative effect causing probably a lot of unintended harm or as in the code of socialism it is a means of gaining power for a few by appealing to the arrogant and ignorant, by touting equality and prosperity for all. Intoxicating words that make perverse ideas popular, divorcing people from reality causing them not to see how socialism takes away volition and individuality. Socialism systematically robs society of freedom and opportunity turning the masses into dependents of the state subject to the whims of the privileged and tyrannical leaders. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Because socialism attacks our very goal of gaining nobility and personal freedom with our Code of Honor not in title but in character. Remember none of us are perfect so you might adopt some false values or make some bad judgments but as long as you recognize them, apply some humility and disregard them or replace them and move forward in life, hopefully with not too bitter a lesson learned you should be ok. The key to vetting out false principles and values is a constant desire to seek truth and reality which can only happen with humility and objectivity.

Integrity

"Integrity is a state or quality of being complete; an unimpaired state of honesty and purity; a soundness of moral principle; the character of uncorrupted virtue, especially in relation to truth and fair dealing. Integrity is uprightness of character; probity; candor; uncompromising adherence to a code of moral or professional values; the avoidance of deception, expediency, artificiality, or shallowness of any kind. Reduced to essentials, integrity is loyalty to truth."
   ~ Lt Col. USAF Ret R. B. Thieme. Jr.

Now we come to the hard part integrity. Integrity is persistence and faithfulness to principles. In a Code of Honor integrity evaluates, synchronizes and decides what is allowed or not allowed or what is right and what is wrong based on the values and principles you adopt in your Code of Honor

A soldier is constantly challenged to use his integrity and as you can see the principles and values he uses to determine his actions are critical to the outcome of his choices. During the time I commanded an A team in the Special Forces we developed an unwritten Code on what we would do in certain situations and the Code always evolved around integrity which meant trust. As Team Leader I had the responsibility to make sure my Team members were prepared for each mission or operation we were to perform and the acid test was could I trust this person under fire in combat? I knew I could correct deficiencies through training but integrity (trust) was something I could not gamble with because lives depended on the integrity of each other. (The predictability that each soldier would do his job).

An A Team is like a family and it is run in some respects quite informally compared to conventional units because of our often unsupported, independent actions. We would talk among us to get a sense of how each one of us felt about certain situations that might occur to get a sense of how to deal with them. This would have been invaluable for the four SEALs caught in a bad a situation as told in the book "Lone Survivor."

Our Code was both spoken and unspoken. Lines were drawn and we all knew from knowing each other what lines were not to be crossed. My two biggest lines were (1) Integrity (trust) I could never ask my men to do something to violate their integrity otherwise all trust would be gone and the other was as their leader I had to maintain command of their respect. This was fun and challenging for me because I have an honorable but mischievous nature what a combination. We had to be very careful who we would let into our family. I only mention all this to stress the importance of integrity because it is the foundation for an A Team to build on. After integrity comes values and principles we all had to be like minded in the areas that would affect the Team and our actions. For example how we felt about our enemies. Every member of the Team must know the difference between a criminal act and an unfortunate reaction, misjudgment or bad decisions made to protect the lives of every Team member. These things should be left on the battlefield. My policy was clear not all or any perceived enemy was worth the life of any Team member. If anyone had a problem with that they were on the wrong Team. We are professionals in the business of war so there was no room for guilt, hang ups, emotionalism. We had to be cold and calculating. I am not talking about a criminal unwarranted deliberate act I am talking about the things that happen in combat. Errors in judgment and mistakes are an unfortunate part of war and should not be judged, investigated and subject to some witch hunt they are not a violation of integrity they are just mistakes like an accident. They should only be evaluated in the context of integrity and dealt with or not by the family.

This is why integrity is so important it draws the line and every Team member must understand this. Also I might add in combat we must have the courage to make the tough decisions in order to protect the lives of our men even when we don't like what we have to do. What I mean by this is in certain situations you should never favor the enemy or potential enemy over your men. That decision should never be made based on fear, so it is important to know that each Team member has your back.

Honor

Honor is what motivates us to keep our integrity. It is the desire to do the right things. Honor should never be subject to fear of consequences. Honor should never be accompanied by pride or self righteousness. It should be pure like a perfect love. Honor is a sacred moral compass.

"Reputation is what others say about you, and Honor is what you know to be true about yourself"
   ~ Author Unknown

Right thinking results in a right motivation and right motivation results in right action. I have heard that a man that lives a truly honorable life has no regrets. I do not know if that is true but I can tell you when I have made less than honorable decisions in my life. I try not to think back on them but I wish I could take these decisions back.

The mark of a good Code of Honor promotes freedom, true values and principles that enhance the quality of life for both the individual and those he associates with. Our national Code of Honor the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights brought freedom and unity to our country and anything contrary to our nations Code of Honor divides our people and takes away our freedom.

Here I have formulated the mechanics of how a Code of Honor works to get a visual picture.

(Essence of who you are)

My hopes are that you will give serious thought on living by a Code of Honor and think about how our values affect our nation, families, friends and self.

HOOAH
Dave

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Mr. Thomas,

I was browsing through the catalog and came across the "El Dwiggo". I was surprised and pleased to learn that it was named for Chris Dwiggins.

I am a 10th Grouper, retired in 97. Chris was member of our SWAT Team as well as an Instructor at Gunsite.

His passing came as a shock.

Chris was not only a "Go To Guy" but an incredible STAND UP GUY.

Thank you for remembering him.

De Oppresso Liber

Lewis Johnson
10th SFG(A)
Yavapai County SWAT
Prescott, AZ


Dear Dave,
I was stunned to read your thorough coverage about the contributions of my father, Herman Becker, and his colleagues of OSS 101 and operational swimmer group 2. It has been only 7 weeks since my dad passed. I miss him terribly. Of course, he never spoke in detail about the work that he did with OSS. I regret that I didn't pursue a living history with him. I didn't know that he was such a leader. I placed a green beret in his coffin, and have the extra one amongst personal effects that I treasure. I welcome the opportunity to communicate with you and learn more about my father's service to our country. Sincerely, Katherine Becker Anderson

Katherine Becker Anderson


What a great site. I am giving a shortMemorial Day speech in San Diego for the Vietnam Vets of America chaper 472. and knew that Oliver W. Holmes has some thoughts on war and the memory of war.

Thanks for the quotes, one of which I will quote. Keep up the good work. You are a very good writer.

Roland Nino Martinez


Hello Dave, I have a question concerning Islam - A SHORT SYNOPSIS OF HOW IT WORKS

Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam I cannot seem to find this book or anything on the author. Can you give more info about where I can find a copy? Thanks.P. S. I appreciate your your SFN

David Hilario


Thank you. I forwarded this to my son. God bless.

Tim Julian


Dave, I am 100% service connected disabled. U.S. Army This months news letter has given me and I'm sure other disabled vets a feeling of pride and understanding of the reason we gave of ourselves to keep this country free.

God Bless America and all who serve our Country.

P.C. Shirley


One of the best articles I've ever read. My father and mother were USAF, my uncle an SF in Vietnam (RIP) and my husband is a 34 year USN cryto.

Bravo Zulu to you all and my love to all warriors everyway. God protect you

Linda Jo Moschel Nelson


As always, very passionate, very respectful and very inspiring words on your fellow soldiers and countrymen, Huge respect to all those who go in harms way voluntarily, thank you god bless, keep up the good work

John B Higgins


Great letter, I very much enjoyed reading it. Your so right there are a lot of hero that are forgotten and thier not all officers.I am glad also that you didn't just include Americans. That is one thing that is universal, thats being a soldier. God bless you.

James McLellan


Dave, Outstanding historical information. However, unless I missed it I believe COL ROBERT L. HOWARD (MOH) should be included since he is the most decorated soldier from vietnam.

http://www.rlhtribute.com

Great job.

Answer: Note Howard is still alive but as the most decorated living soldier as well as the most decorated soldier or the Vietnam war we plan to acknowledge him in a future News letter

1SG Joey "Brasso" Welsh USA (Ret)


Thank you for your continued sevice to our country.

Thomas Allen


I finally got to read your Ultimate Warrior newsletter!

That was great, I didn't know you could write???

Margie


Dave;
In 2006 I was diagnosed with high grade bladder cancer. The doctors do not know what actually causes bladder cancer although there can be several factors. Recently medical research has shown a high incidence of this cancer in those patients who were exposed to herbicides (Agent-Orange). The initial diagnosis brought me to my knees. Prior to this I could see my enemy, was highly trained in weapons and tactics to confront and defeat my enemy. I was trained to with stand adversity adn over come obstacles. I could not see this enemy and there is no cure. Your article reminds us that we are the weapons and the tools. We have to maintain our courage and will to survive. It is important to realize that our strength is with in us. Coupled with the message from Ltc. Rako we are armed for the conflict and we will survive. I have been in remission for 27 months.

Thank you Sir and Charlie Mike
Vietnam Veteran Class of 1967-1968


Sir,

As of last time we spoke I believe that you had just been promoted to Major. Congratulation’s, I know that for Officer's & NCO's we had a hard time with promotions prior to it becoming a "Branch". Most officers were lucky to make "O-6".

The main reason I'm writing is to "Pay-Tribute" to some true "HEROs" that few "American's" have ever heard of. That seem's to be easy for those who don't have vested interest in the military to forget. The first person I want to mention is "Tom Carter, SFOD/D Operator". He and I knew each other and after he left the Mil. he went into the Private Sector, which eventually led him to Iraq, an ambush and as we'd say, "See ya' when I see ya'!" He WAS a true Warrior and I was PROUD to be his friend. We were both member's of "S.O.A." and promised that we'd meet-up at a reunion in Vegas, of "S.O.A.R.", unfortunately that never occurred. He was "K.I.A." in Iraq on 24 Apr. 2004, four year's LAST month. To his wife, if she happen's to see this, "Your Husband was ONE of the finest men I've Known. I was PROUD to have called Him a friend." I'm sure she knows this already, but it DOESN'T hurt for someone else to say so. I just wanted to say something, due to the date of his "Re-Deployment".

Another Operator/Warrior that I want to be REMEMBERED is "Pat HURLEY", also SFOD/D and "KIA" in Iraq, 2001. He and Tm. member's were being extracted after Scud-Hunting, back to Ar'Ar' in Saudi when their MH-60 plowed into a sand-dune. God Bless YOU, Bro'. And to Lyle Vought, 2/10 Grp. in Bad Tolz, and an interesting 6 months that we spent together in the FAR-West of Mali, W.Africa. And Bruce Hazelwood and Felix Rodrigez (I knew him ONLY casually) in "El-Sal" and trip's to, and in between, "Tiger Island". There are so many Warrior's that I knew during my 21 yrs, before a SC-Med. retirement, that I couldn't list them all here. I'll just say "Good-Hunting" to a few that were my friend's or I had the Honor to know, I might not get the chance to do this again: SGM Walt Schumate(&his gold dog-tag's),"Country" Grimes, Dave Watkin, Paul Pius, Dennis Terrence, Pete "Baron von" Holmberg, Reiner Ruestler{Ger. Fallschirmjaeger in Calw; besides Ger.jmp mstr wng's, he got me into Ger. Einzelkampfer [Rngr] & Gebirgskampf [Mntwrfre] Schl. ASAP}, Bob Moberg, MSG Jakovenko, Col."Nick"Rowe{SERE}, MCPO Nissley, PO Paaina and the list wouldn't stop of those that had an influence on my life; especially inspiring were the former member's of "MAC-V" Studies & Observ. Grp.(SOG) & the "Founding" member's of the "SOA". A few of THESE American HERO's are: Clyde Sincere, "Jake" Jacobson, Jim Butler, Fred Wunderlich, Jim"Ice-Man"Isler, Fred Zabitosky{MoH}. The HEROs that America need's to look-up to are men of this Breed, some who gave "ALL" like Neil Roberts, Nate Chapman(1st 'SF ODA Tm. member KIA in the "Stan" ',"Jimbo"{HLZ}Ochsner, Tom Carter, and every serviceman, alive or dead, in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Spec-OPs Tm's in dozen's of other countries, with Operator's from "S.A.D."; THEY ARE OUR COUNTRIES HERO's. AND MAY "GOD { and St.'s Michael, Andrew & Philip}, BLESS" EVERYONE OF THEM; Past & Present! They are putting their lives on the line in places no-one know's of, and most don't care about. They DESERVE our Respect & Support. When was the last time the "media" reported the awarding of an "MoH"? It's seem's as though You have to be "KIA" to be Awarded the "MoH" now. In Somalia, Randy Schugart and Jeff Gordon, were both "KIA". Every ONE Awarded in the "GWOT" have been to grieving family members, NOT the living Serviceman. Compare that to Viet Nam, Korea or WWII. Why has OUR Government decided that THIS HAS to be a "POSTHUMUOS" Award?

They, the media, would rather dwell on the "water-boarding" of Tango's, (but NOT the Torture of American's, which is by-far worse & usually end's in their "be-heading". we have to to "realize" we are fighting "animal's" as they've proven. Just look at the revolt of supposed "AQ/T POWs" at Qala-I-Janghi, Mazar-e-Sharif. And Johnny Michael Spann."), because that keep's their rating's UP, the life OR death, of an American HERO isn't worth their effort. What about the "MIAs", when did we last hear of them?

I still do "my job" because that's all I know. Since being here in S.E.A./Thailand I've trained "KNLA" soldier's in establishing an "Intel-Network/CI Det." inside their "HOME-Country", over-the-wire to the West of here. And did my best to establish a Brigade-level "Ranger Program" at a site about 20 klick's in-country for them. Everything didn't go as well as I would have liked, but at least "I Know I TRIED & can say did the best with what I had". No-One Else would even consider assisting in that effort; at least some-one said, "Send-Me". Most of the money I had with me just bought them canvas boot's & sock's; so forget about getting reimbursed. Their fighting a "force" as evil as the "Stalinist's"!

And I've been back to "the Stan" several time's conducting "PSDs" with a Team I trained,(there wasn't much to that, as they were already "Meat-Eater's", just some weren't American's & we had to get the SOP's straight). I'll go back again, not for the money (I'd probably do it if they just paid "expense's"; even if they didn't), but because IT's the ONLY thing I've ever done well in my life.

Some look forward to retirement, but for me it was more like a being in an "alternate-reality", where RIGHT is Wrong, and Wrong, Right! Of the 21yrs I spent in the Mil., I only was in the States for about "4" of those. Being out of, and then back in the U.S., (as much as I LOVE IT & would have died for it), was more than I could take; it seemed to Me that the word "Military" was now a dirty word. People had "No" respect for the sacrifice's of our Servicemen, or women. A "hut" in Angola would have been a better option for me.

Instead it was S.E. Asia & then Thailand. One thing about the Thai's is they respect there present & former Warrior's, not the same as the State's, and from other's I've talked with it's the same for them, and they had a feeling of "betrayal" by the SAME people that OWE them their very Freedom. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! So many take that for granted. They enjoy the "Freedom", but would be damned if they would fight for it themselves! Again, I love the U.S.A., but there is NO "feeling" among 99% of the civilian's I met that thought ANYONE was less than an "idiot" to fight in the Service of THEIR Country!

Their attitude was let some-one else "go". They'll ENJOY the benefit's "Given" them by ALL "Veteran's", as long as they, personally, risk nothing for it!

That was something that made me sick, "A person that has NOTHING that is WORTH fighting for, NOTHING that they would give their life for, isn't a PERSON." With everything that AMERICAN's, and Westener's in general have, compared to 3d World-Countries where a "meal, a shirt, a leaking bamboo or corrogated iron hut, FREEDOM and security from Oppression" is a Gift from GOD, that some ONLY PRAY for. But they are Thankful for whatever they have and would rather die than loose it! They don't beg, and they don't have any belief their government owe's it to them, (as many American's do).

When America's military, and Spec-OPs, go to a country, either as Warrior's or Instructor's, the "PEOPLE",(NOT their "Fanatic's", or our "Politician's", {most of whom HAVE never served in uniform} ), truely want the FREEDOM that so damn many American's take for granted.

Isolationism didn't work in WWII, & it won't now! But when a "situation" doesn’t go as "planned", they want to "cut & run". To HELL with the what happen's because of "their" cowardice!

If the member's of "al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the Muslim-Brotherhood, Jamar Islamiyah, Abu Sayef Grp., etc..", or the Muslim's of our own country, (that danced in the street's on "9/11", yes that was filmed but NEVER aired!), were fighting an "OPEN-WAR" in America, instead of a "COVERT" one, (what fool can imagine that with all the "Planning" that went into '9/11', there aren't MORE 'AQ Cell's' operating here in the U.S. now?), maybe the people, i.e. sheep, would feel differently about the need to KEEP this "Global Jihad" , AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS, out-side of our own border's. I know, and knew, many that realized this is the "Night-Mare Scenario" that they feared most. And with the attitude of the people and "say-anything to get Elected Politicians, the possibility of this is more likely EVERY day.

And the "lunacy" of people defending the Right's of TANGO's at "Gitmo"? Could you imagine someone defending the "Emperor of Japan" after 'PEARL HARBOR'? And there was a larger loss of Human Life on '9/11'!! Incredible, that's ALL I can say, freakin' INCREDIBLE!

When you hear about the "non-violence" of Islam, as preached by "their" Supporter's, how the "Holy-Koran" is a book of peace, PLEASE do ONE THING! Go to this web-site for the "TRUTH"; (at the 'Bottom' of this page, click on "HOME" for more about their 'Tolerance' for anything but Islam), "ALLAHU AKHBAR!":

www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate/terrorist2.html

This site IS NOT a work of fiction, it is the truth of what "Islam" has done, and is still doing to the Un-Believer's (INFIDELs), given the chance. They've done it in the past, and are still doing it now with their "Sharia Law". If ANY American actually knew WHAT that was they would want to resume the "Holly Crusade's". (I'm sure THEY wouldn't want to Participate, but what's a Military for?). I don't think many American women would be very "pleased" with forced "clitoral-mutilation", (The SAME that the London police have to deal with daily in the UK, NOW, not 1,500 yrs ago!).

Dave, keep UP the "GOOD-FIGHT" to inform & continue to PAY THE RESPECT to OUR HERO'S THEY DESERVE, but DO NOT EXPECT, BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, THEY'RE "ONLY DOING THEIR JOB !"

GOD BLESS AMERICA!
J. "Snake" A. (A Proud INFIDEL)



Thank you sir....

P.S. I have been sending your newsletter to multiple military folks I deal with daily. They were not aware...they are now

Super newsletter. Thank you for all you do and "did"!


I've played a lot of roles in life; I've met a lot of men.
I've done a lot of things I'd like to think I wouldn't do again.

And though I'm young, I'm old enough to know someday I'll die.
And to think about what lies beyond, beside whom I would lie.

Perhaps it doesn't matter much; still if I had my choice,
I'd want a grave 'amongst Soldiers when at last death quells my voice.

I'm sick of the hypocrisy of lectures of the wise.
I'll take the man, with all the flaws, who goes, though scared, and dies.

The troops I knew were common place, they didn't want the war;
They fought because their fathers and their fathers had before.

They cursed and killed and wept...God knows they're easy to deride.
But bury me with men like these; they faced the guns and died.

It's funny when you think of it, the way we got along.
We'd come from different worlds to live in one where no one belongs.

I didn't even like them all; I'm sure they'd all agree.
Yet I would give my life for them, I know some did for me.

So bury me with soldiers, please, though much maligned they be.
Yes, bury me with soldiers, for I miss their company.

Word of Truth

The Word of Truth - Alive and Powerful

The Word of Truth

The Royal Family Honor Code

By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret)
IN USAR

Many years ago, as a young man and a new Christian, I was taught the about integrity of God and the royal family honor code by my pastor R.B.Thieme Jr. These marvelous doctrines of the Bible blew my mind. God has given us a code to live by based on His integrity (perfect righteousness and justice), and provided in grace everything we would need to accomplish living under this honor code. I learned salvation, is by grace and the Christian way of life is executed by means of grace. What a load off my shoulders. God accomplished the work and I (you) derive the benefit.

The royal family honor code is a system of spiritual integrity mandated by God and revealed in the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.

The royal family honor code relates to personal integrity in relationship with other persons. The honor code is a supplement to impersonal love for all believers. The honor code includes the filling of the Spirit; doctrinal orientation; grace orientation, and a personal sense of destiny. The believer, by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit and inculcation of doctrine, will understand and develop the honor code in his life.

The recipients of Bible doctrine must not only apply this truth, but also communicate it in terms of their lives in relationship to others. Therefore, the royal family honor code centers around two words, truth and integrity. Integrity is adherence to spiritual, moral, and ethical principles related to honor. Hence, the royal family honor code relates to both the plan of God as well as every function in relationship to people, which means the laws of divine establishment.

The believer is born again into a status quo of aristocracy. The Church Age is the dispensation of the royal family of God. Therefore, we must have royal function. Jesus Christ Himself is the basis for the honor code. He left us this honor code. He has three categories of royalty: divine, Jewish, and battlefield. This last category of royalty is necessary to provide a royal family for Christ seated at the right hand of the Father. Therefore, the Church Age was inserted into the Jewish Age to call out the royal family. The baptism of the Holy Spirit enters us into union with Christ making us spiritual aristocracy.

Aristocracy has standards and these standards make up the honor code.

The honor code is the Christian way of life; it is compatible with two things that happened at salvation.

  1. The baptism of the Spirit and current positional truth provide the Church Age believer with a double portion of perfect righteousness and eternal life. The phrase "in Christ" found throughout the New Testament is the basis for the fact that the honor code is superior to any other code, system, morality, or spiritual function in any previous or future dispensation.
  2. The imputation of perfect righteousness provides a purpose for the royal family. This imputation provides both motivation and momentum. We have the perfect righteousness of the Father through imputation, and the perfect righteousness of the Son because we are in union with Him. Right thinking results in right motivation. Right motivation means right function. This is the thrust of the royal family honor code.

For this right thinking to occur there must be maximum Bible doctrine in the soul. For application of this resident doctrine, there must also be the filling of the Holy Spirit. The honor code is executed by means of the Spirit, but only when filled with the Spirit. The honor code includes the advance to spiritual maturity. The honor code makes it possible for every believer who is positive to doctrine to advance to maturity. The Holy Spirit sponsors you in the plan of God.

There is a great enemy to the honor code, gossip, maligning, and slandering others.

Eph 4:25, "Therefore, having laid aside the lie, each one of you speak the truth with his fellow-believer, since we are members one of another."

"The lie" is anything that contradicts the honor code. "The lie" includes certain areas of carnality, cosmic involvement, and Christian degeneracy. "Laying aside the lie" is recovery in all of these areas where we have failed. The Christian way of life, which is the plan of God for our lives, is the greatest producer of honor and integrity in all of history. It is an honor and integrity produced by the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. It is an honor and integrity produced by perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine. Absolute truth will tolerate nothing less than the honor, integrity, and virtue that come from the filling of the Spirit, the perception and inculcation of doctrine, and the resultant spiritual growth. Absolute truth has prevailed in the past and will prevail in the future. However, when people reject absolute truth, there is no understanding of honor and integrity.

The royal family honor code is related to the laws of divine establishment and impersonal love.

Rom 13:8 "Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law [of divine establishment]." The first half of the verse deals with spiritual self-esteem; the last half with human self-esteem.

Rom 13:9 "For instance, this, 'You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,' and if there is any other commandment [and there are], it is summarized in this doctrine, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Note that both life and property are sacred under the laws of divine establishment. You must have human self-esteem as an unbeliever and spiritual self-esteem as a believer in order not to covet. Everyone, rich or poor, covets when they do not have self-esteem. With self-esteem, you are content with what you have. You do not have to have anything to have self-esteem. Charity is love plus self-esteem. Socialism is lack of self-esteem.

"Loving self" is self-esteem; it is being free of arrogance. You are to have impersonal love for others just as you have self-esteem. This is quoted from Lev 19:18; it is quoted in Mt 5:43, 22:39; Mk 12:31; Lk 10:27; Gal 5:14; Jas 2:8. Lack of self-esteem is the basis for people having hang-ups about themselves, or being anti-social and hyper-social.

Lev 19:18 says, "You shall not take revenge." Who takes revenge? People with no self-esteem take revenge. Christians outside of the plan of God take revenge. The first half of this verse is a direct statement of the laws of establishment as found in the Decalogue. This demands freedom and morality. The second half of this verse summarizes the execution of any system of establishment. This demands integrity and the execution of the royal family honor code during the Church Age.

There are violations of the royal family honor code listed in both the Old and New Testaments of scripture. Proverbs lists the seven worst sins as far as God is concerned.

Prov 6:16-19 "There are six things which the Lord hates; yes, seven are an abomination to His soul: haughty eyes [arrogance], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood [murder], a right lobe that devises evil plans [conspiracy, rejection of authority, revolution, civil disobedience], feet that run rapidly to evil [troublemakers], a false witness who utters lies [slander, gossip, maligning, perjury], and one who spreads strife among the brethren."

The Apostle Paul in the book of second Timothy also describes believers who violate the royal family honor code.

The believers mentioned in 2 Tim 3:2-8 reject the truth, and so reject the royal family honor code. They are compared to unbelievers who oppose doctrine. The royal family honor code demands virtue, integrity, metabolization of doctrine, and grace orientation for its function. Without the function of the royal family honor code and the plan of God, the believer cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever experientially. The believer without the royal family honor code is described as useless and worthless by comparison.

2 Tim 2:16-17, "Avoid profane and useless chatter [gossip, maligning, slandering], for that will make further progress in ungodliness, and their [false] doctrine will spread like cancer. And among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus."

The royal family honor code relates to the protocol plan of God primarily through the avoidance of the sins of the tongue.

Eph 4:25, "Therefore, having laid aside the lie, each one of you speak the truth with his fellow-believers, since we are members one of another."

Rom 14:4 notes the sins of the tongue in violation of the royal family honor code, "You, who are you to keep judging a servant that belongs to another? To his own Lord he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand."

In Roman society, no one judged or punished the servant of another Roman. You have no right to judge another believer who is the servant of God. God has not delegated the prerogative of judging other believers to the arrogant, self-righteous, legalistic, weak believer. Therefore, the legalistic, arrogant, self-righteous believer is both presumptuous and blasphemous when he slanders, maligns, gossips, or judges another member of the royal family. The believer who judges others is weak. He seeks to gain strength and power by putting down or discrediting other believers. Under the tyranny of the weak, everyone is weak. But under the royal family honor code everyone is strong. Perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, adherence to the royal family honor code, and living the Christian way of life becomes the basis for establishing the virtue required by the royal family honor code. The believer is only authorized to judge himself under the principal of confession of sins of 1 John 1:9 and 1 Cor 11:31. By leaving judgment and revenge in the hands of the Lord, the believer is executing the royal family honor code.

Verbal sins are a violation of the royal family honor code and result in triple compound discipline, Matt 7:1-2. You are disciplined for your verbal sins, your mental attitude sins that motivated the verbal sin, and the sins that you name in judgment or slander. Any discipline, which might have gone to your victim (if he was guilty), is transferred to you.

Rom 14:10, "But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you also, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."

Rom 10: 13, "Therefore, let us no longer judge each other. But rather, determine this, not to put an obstacle [distraction] in a brother's way."

Judging others is not only a violation of the royal family honor code, but it becomes an occupational hazard in the execution of the Christian way of life. This is especially true of the child or adolescent believer, whose norms and standards are based on things he had before salvation, and not based on the teaching of the Word of God. Because of false norms and standards, it is impossible for the spiritually immature believer to evaluate himself or another with Biblical accuracy.

Believers in spiritual adulthood must be careful to provide spiritual freedom for adolescent believers who have not attained their stage of spiritual growth. The royal family honor code provides an environment for new believers to make mistakes and keep growing while they learn in the privacy of their priesthood. The royal family honor code provides the necessary privacy and spiritual freedom so that the believer in each stage of spiritual growth can continue the execution of the Christian way of life without outside interference.

The royal family honor code recognizes that there are strong and weak believers. The weak believer must be understood for what he is. The code demands more of the strong believer than of the weak believer. The weak believer has false standards with regard to the Christian way of life. He has the wrong precedence; he is legalistic, his precedence is based upon the Mosaic Law or some system of morality he brought with him into salvation. The weak believer is filled with mental attitude sins and is constantly throwing dirt on others. He fails to recognize the privacy of the royal priesthood. The strong believer has a maximum understanding of the royal family honor code. He avoids the inflexibility of legalism. He has maximum doctrine but doesn't throw his weight around. He has grace orientation, uses the problem-solving devices that scripture provides, and is occupied with Christ. The strong believer must be careful not to judge weak believers who are ignorant.

The royal family honor code recognizes that new believers cannot operate on the same standards as those who have attained spiritual self-esteem. The royal family honor code assigns additional duty to the strong believer.

Rom 15:1, "Now we, the strong, are obligated to keep on bearing the weaknesses of the weak, and not to accommodate ourselves."

Putting up with the weak is a heavy load, and only the filling of the Spirit and maximum Bible doctrine in the soul gives you the ability to tolerate all the nonsense of weak believers. Bearing the weaknesses of the weak is maximum utilization of impersonal love and total toleration in the area of non-essentials.

The principle of flexibility in the honor code is where rightly dividing the Word of Truth comes into its own in this dispensation. The honor code demands that the believer distinguish between the essential and the nonessential. The essential is doctrine; the non-essential becomes everything else in life. About the essential you must always be inflexible. About the nonessential, you must be flexible. Flexibility tolerates all the weirdoes, legalists, holy rollers.

Bible doctrine in the soul establishes the norms on which priorities are put in place. Without doctrine in the soul, the believer operates under erroneous norms and false standards.

Jesus distinguished between the essential and the non-essential when he put the arrogant woman of Luke 11:27-28 in her place. She introduced a non-essential. The Lord replied with what was essential, that is, hearing and retaining the Word of God.

Heb 10:35-36 "Don't throw away as worthless your confidence in doctrine...for you keep on having need of persistence, in order that when you have accomplished the will of God [maturity] you might carry off for yourself the promise [escrow blessings]."

Rom 13:4 "Let God continue truthful though every man a liar... that you might become vindicated by means of your doctrine..."

If doctrine is always the essential and you are inflexible, then you will always be flexible about the non-essentials. Inflexibility in non-essentials destroys empires, people, and virtue. Rom 8:33-36, the honor code demands inflexibility regarding doctrine and flexibility regarding nonessentials. See also Rom 14:1-4, 20-23; 15:1-2.

Revenge is a violation of the royal family honor code. When wronged, let the supreme court of heaven handle the case. The royal family honor code demands that we leave retaliation and vengeance in the hands of the Lord. It is blasphemous to supersede God as judge.

Rom 12:19-21 "Beloved never take your revenge on others. Instead, give place to punishment from the justice of God. For it stands written [Deut 32:35], 'Vengeance belongs to Me. I will repay,' says the Lord."

The modus operandi of the royal family honor code demands grace.

Rom 12:20 "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him water. For by doing this, you will pile coals of fire on his head."

You function in grace and do not retaliate while the supreme court of heaven handles your case.

Rom 12:21 "Stop being conquered by evil, but conquer evil by means of the absolute good."

The absolute good includes the function of grace in the royal family honor code. The royal family honor code demands grace orientation and grace modus operandi. By feeding your enemy when he is hungry, the believer leaves hostility toward others in the hands of the Lord. This is dependence on the integrity of God rather than on revenge and retaliation. This is also the function of impersonal love. The royal family honor code never mandates the believer to stoop to the level of vindication, implacability, hatred, arrogance, or bitterness toward other believers. The benefits of grace demand the function of grace. We have been benefited by grace, therefore we function by grace.

Retaliation interferes with the justice of God punishing others. If you get in the way, punishment is often postponed. Retaliation lowers the believer to the level of his antagonist. Never reduce yourself to the level of what you despise in others. The royal family honor code demands that we never stoop to the level of evil, or be overcome by evil. When we stoop to the level of evil, we are overcome by that evil. The royal family honor code demands the high standards of grace orientation. Revenge or retaliation is being overcome or conquered by evil. Overcoming or conquering evil by means of the good (Rom 12:21) is the motivation of grace orientation and the modus operandi of grace function in the royal family honor code.

The royal family honor code demands three applications.

  1. Grace orientation.
  2. Impersonal love for all mankind.
  3. Occupation with the person of Christ.

Any reference in the New Testament to speaking the truth is a part of the royal family honor code. Any reference to falsification, misrepresentation, fabrication, perjury, duplicity, fraud, perversion, or distortion of the truth is a violation of the royal family honor code.

 

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Quotes & Jokes

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"We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a pollyglot [sic] boarding house; and we have room for but one, soul [sic] loyalty, and that loyalty is to the American people."

~ Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Hurd, January 3, 1919


"You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife until she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town."

~ O. Henry (1862-1919)


'Twas red with the blood of freemen
and white with the fear of the foe;
And the stars that fit in their courses
'gainst tyrants its symbols know.

~ Julia Ward Howe in "The Flag"


"Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky."

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes in "Old Ironsides"


"Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago, people would line up on both side of the street to watch the parade, and naturally I was leading every one, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart remember?

And you, I remember, were standing there, straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart remember?

What happened? I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I've added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now, somehow I don't feel as proud as I used to feel. When I come down the street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. You may give me a small glance, and then you look away. I see children running around you shouting; they don't seem to know who I am.

I saw one man take his hat off, then he looked around, and when he didn't see anybody else take off his hat, he quickly put his on again.

Is it a sin to be patriotic today? Have you forgotten what I stand for, and where I have been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam!

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls, and see the names of those patriotic Americans who gave their lives to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them!

So when you see me, please stand straight and place your hand over your heart, and I'll know that you remembered. I'll salute you by waving back! "

~ "The Flag" (author unknown)


"John McCain recently said he was like Teddy Roosevelt a environmentalist. Teddy called himself a Conservationist Lets see If revisionist history would befit the great outdoorsman T.R....In years past, Conservation, the wise use of natural renewable resources, was supported and understood by a majority of people. It was taken for granted that man, due to his ability to reason, had the power and right to improve, change and utilize the environment.

Irrigation ditches were built, diverting the natural flow of water to man-made ditches, thus making mountain streams live streams year around due to return flow. This enhanced the land for man and animal. Stock reservoirs and dams were built in the semiarid parts of the West allowing the land to support stock and wildlife which, in years past, supported few animals due to limited water. Man continued to progress, and with that progression he learned new ways to better conserve and use nature. Land in eastern states was often left in a state of little use after coal mining. Learning from those mistakes, man came west to mine coal and now often reclaims the land better than it was in its natural state.

Logging, though never very pretty to look at, was found to be the best thing for nature's forests. Instead of dying off of disease, insect infestation, fire and other common tree killers, wood could be harvested and utilized, thus making forests healthier and man had a natural resource to use.

Then along came Environmentalism, a view that nature and natural forces should be the dominating force of change, a concept that Nature is "god" and man no more or less than any other living creature in the natural flow of events. This new philosophy was based upon several tenets:

1. Nature was perfect until Man disfigured it.

2. Man invariably disrupts and wreaks havoc in the environment.

3. The Natural Balance of Nature is the only way to go.

4. Man must reject all of modern technology and call for a return to a simple, pastoral life free of fumes, artificial chemicals, and any noise but the chirping of birds and the croaking of frogs (Science News).

5. Animals have a right to live as much as man and therefore man has no right to eradicate or control any living creature.

Question: Which Do you think Teddy Roosevelt was? And what would He say about McCains malarkey?

~ ( E.S. 2008 author )


"As a friend once remarked to me, American boys (and men for that matter) do not need to read about pretend superheroes with imaginary powers. All they need to do is read about the true life of Theodore Roosevelt.

Batman? Superman? Give me a break. These guys would lose a fight every time to TR, a real life hero.

Many schoolchildren in America no doubt learn today that Roosevelt was a great conservationist and that as President he set aside countless acres for national parks and forests. That is absolutely true.

But an important element of TRs conservationist philosophy is largely ignored in contemporary education. Specifically, his reasons for his advocacy of conservation were profoundly different from many in the environmentalist cause today. Many greens today seem to put nature into a moral category superior to human civilization. For them, conservation is a moral cause which is premised on the idea that man should simply keep his grubby hands off of pristine nature. The more extreme environmentalist even speak in terms which suggest that the earth has rights.

Roosevelt would have nothing to do with this bizarre philosophy. For TR, men are clearly called to conserve the environment, but not because it has rights. Rather, we conserve nature because that is where men go to test themselves, to do battle as it were against the elements. And above all, men must go outdoors into nature to hunt and to kill. The importance of hunting as both a means of conservation and one of the chief ends of conservation can hardly be overstated. Though this legacy is ignored in textbooks today, it is alive and well among those who do much of the heavy lifting of conservation. Today, the true environmental legacy of TR is carried on by the Boone and Crockett Club (which TR founded and which today is the definitive arbiter of uncompromising ethics in hunting), the International Safari Club and the National Rifle Association.

For Theodore Roosevelt, conservation, battle, patriotism, masculinity and the strenuous life are inextricably bound. Nature is where boys become men. They learn to survive. They learn to conquer and exercise dominion. In short, TRs conservation philosophy would drive many a squeamish environmentalist today to abandon the cause. "

~ A Call to Men to Live a Strenuous Life!
by Mark Cole

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U.S. FLAGS

So you're the world's best operator you know the A-Z of how to conduct yourself under a variety of stressful dangerous and deadly conditions… superman. But in these dangerous times what separates YOU from being a FREE Citizen Patriot Warrior as part of a noble institution - the U.S. Military rather than a robotic dupe for some bureaucrats' power induced agendas? Your understanding and tactical use of what the US Flag on your shoulder or ball cap represents.

What is the proper way to wear a flag patch on one's shoulder sleeve?

To wear our country's flag properly, the field of stars is worn closest to your heart. Further, when worn on the sleeve of a military uniform, the flag should appear to be advancing and not retreating. Thus, if your patch is to be worn on your LEFT sleeve, use a left flag (normal). For patches worn on your RIGHT sleeve, use a "right" or "reversed field" flag.

Since the Flag Rules do not specifically address the positioning of the patch, a decision is left to the discretion of the organization prescribing the wear. Some elect to use the "left" flag on both sleeves. [Note: many states and cities have ordinances pertaining to the use of the flag; you may wish to contact the Attorney General of your state or the City Attorney's office regarding this matter.] If you are planning to wear only one patch, it is recommended that you wear a "left" flag on your left sleeve.

Military guidelines specify that in support of joint or multi-national operations (as in Iraq), the "right" flag is worn on the right sleeve (see picture), 1/4" below the shoulder seam or 1/8" below any required unit patches. (Class A uniform is exempt)

Some people find the "right flag" disrespectful of the flag and some are calling it the "wrong flag." They seek to gain support to encourage a change in the regulations to always use a "left flag" even on a right sleeve.

Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?

Yes, but only in an emergency. It means "Help Me, I am in Trouble!" Doing this with a flag to protest the war (or any war) does not fall under The Flag Code.

"The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." It is an unreasonable stretch to argue that the political purposes constitute "dire distress." We recommend that people who wish to express their political views find a way to do so that is respectful of the flag. Remember that to some the flag represents the government of the US and its policies; but it also represents the promise as yet unfulfilled of the Declaration, it represents our freedom of speech, our freedom to practice or not practice religion as we choose, it represents American values, it represents one nation in its glory, it represents hope for a better future, and importantly it represents the sacrifices made in all generations to protect our freedoms.

A situation arose in Reno, where a Mexican Flag was flown above the US flag on a single pole. This was a violation of the Flag Code and was apparently done to make a political statement.

Let's start by looking at the Flag Code. You will find there is a contradiction. First it says that all foreign flags should fly at the same height as the US flag. But later, it says that no foreign flag should fly at the same height as the US flag.

7g. reads, "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."

7c. starts, "No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America..."

7c. later on reads (emphasis ours), "No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof..."

It is always recommended to fly foreign flags from separate poles, and that the flags should be flown at the same height and be of same or similar size.

U.S. Flags as Lapel Pins

The Flag Code is quite specific about where to wear it. Section 8j of the Flag Code reads:

No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

Are flags on T-shirts, ties, etc, really flags?

Yes!

According to the Flag Code, a flag is anything "by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag."

Display It with Pride...

The flag is usually displayed from sunrise to sunset. It should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously. In inclement weather, the flag should not be flown.

The custom of flying the flags 24 hours a day began over the east and west fronts of the U.S. Capitol, during World War I. This was done in response to requests received from all over the country urging that the flag of the United States be flown continuously over the public buildings in Washington, DC. Many other places fly the flag at night as a patriotic gesture by custom:

 

  1. Fort McHenry, National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, Maryland
  2. Flag House Square, Baltimore, Maryland
  3. United States Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, Virginia
  4. On the Green of the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts
  5. The White House, Washington, D.C.
  6. United States Customs Ports of Entry
  7. Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

 

The flag should be displayed daily and on all holidays, weather permitting, on or near the main administration buildings of all public institutions. It should also be displayed in or near every polling place on election days and in or near every schoolhouse during school days.

When displayed against a wall or a window, the blue field should be uppermost and to the left of the observer.

When the flag is raised or lowered as part of a ceremony as it passes by in parade or review, everyone, except those in uniform, should face the flag with the right hand over the heart.

The U.S. flag should never be dipped toward any person or object, nor should the flag ever touch anything beneath it.

Burials with the Flag

There is a tradition to bury a war veteran with a small flag or should it be requested, it is proper for a veteran to be buried with his or her body wrapped in the flag.

Triangle stars with 3 cartridges:
Presenting a Flag at a burial, after the flag is folded, a airman/guardsman/marine/sailor/soldier-warrior may tuck three spent cartridges in with the flag. The meaning of the three cartridges according to Major Robert A. Lynn, USMCR are symbolic. During a lull in battle, both sides would fire three volleys each and then would remove their dead from the field of battle.

My flag touched the ground. Do I need to destroy it?

No. You should, of course, try to avoid having the flag touch the ground. But if it does, you should correct the situation immediately. If the flag has been dirtied, you should clean it by hand with a mild soap solution and dry it well before returning it to use.

Here are a few examples of how not to burn your flag...

Flag Burning Service and Ceremony

(Source: The National Flag Foundation provides the following guide for conducting a patriotic flag burning ceremony)

Ceremony of Final Tribute:

Only one flag should be used in the ceremony, which is representative of all the flags to be burned in the service. The remainder of the flags collected should be incinerated. A corporate, government, or military incinerator or furnace can usually be found for this purpose.

The ceremony should be conducted out-of-doors, preferably in conjunction with a campfire program, and it should be very special.

The ceremony involves two color guards, one for the flag currently in use and a special color guard for the flag to be retired from service. Of course, this may be adapted if conditions necessitate.

Just before sunset the flag which has been flying all day is retired in the normal ceremonial procedure for that location or group.

The color guard responsible for the flag receiving the final tribute moves to front and center. The leader should present this color guard with the flag which has been selected for its final tribute and subsequent destruction. The leader should instruct the color guard to "hoist the colors."

"This flag has served its nation well and long. It has worn to a condition in which it should no longer be used to represent the nation."

"This flag represents all of the flags collected and being retired from service today. The honor we show here this evening for this one flag, we are showing for all of the flags, even those not physically here."

The leader should:

  1. Call the group to attention;
  2. Order a salute;
  3. Lead the entire group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag; and
  4. Order the flag retired by the color guard.
  5. Slowly and ceremoniously lower and then respectfully fold the flag in the customary triangle. Deliver the flag to the leader and then dismiss the group.
  6. This concludes the Ceremony of Final Tribute

 

Ceremonial Burning

Fire Preparation:

It is important that the fire be sizable - preferably having burnt down to a bed of red hot coals to avoid bits of the flag being carried off by a roaring fire - yet be of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.

Flag Preparation:

The color guard assigned to the flag opens up it tri-corner fold and then refolds the flag in a coffin-shaped rectangle.

When all is ready:

  1. Assemble around the fire. The leader calls the group to attention.
  2. The color guard comes forward and places the flag on the fire.
  3. All briskly salute.
  4. After the salute, but while still at attention, the leader should conduct a respectful memorial service as the flag burns. National Flag Foundation recommends singing "God Bless America" followed by an inspiring message of the flag's meaning followed by the "Pledge of Allegiance" and then silence.
  5. When the flag is basically consumed, those assembled, with the exception of the leader and the color guard, should be dismissed single file and depart in silence.
  6. The leader and the color guard remain until the flag is completely consumed.
  7. The fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

 

Flag Day is June 14th

And, being the highest-speed-lowest-drag operator doesn't excuse you from knowing these tactical usages of the U.S. flag presented above - any more than you would be excused from not maintaining your primary weapon. Clue in hot shot! Know what separates you; the U.S. warrior from your other international cohorts is what to tactically do with the flag means... know the above tactics well!

Articles

KILL "THE QUIET PROFESSIONALS"

By Mike Linnane
Saturday, April 26 2008 9:14 PM

A recent article on the Veterans of Special Forces website (www.veteransofspecialforces.org) said this about Major General Dennis J. Hejlik:

Hejlik, MARSOC’s [Marine Special Operations Command] commanding general, acknowledged that the idea of the new command dabbling in unconventional warfare did not sit well at first with the Army Special Forces community. “Point of the fact was that was assigned to us by Gen. [Bryan] Brown, then the SOCOM [Special Operations Command] commander, and he stated I think pretty clearly up front, ‘Develop the capability to conduct unconventional warfare,’ and that’s what we’re doing,” Hejlik said Nov. 29 during a breakfast with reporters.

We all know that the Marine Corps invented public relations. Special Forces can go to school on them even as they attempt to go to school on us. I should note Marine Generals are not the only leaders using this successful technique. Business leaders and business-oriented organizations use the same technique of offering a breakfast, lunch or dinner to reporters along with “CEO time,” to get their stories in the news, thereby gaining popularity for whom they represent. US Army Special Forces used to do that too.

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See Ya

Worth watching for 20 seconds and playing a second time. See the left side of the screen for the incoming rounds. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Guess these guys shouldn't have taken the relaxed walk back to the mosque. Video taken on Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor in Iraq. The FLIR Sensor produces a video picture based on heat all objects give off.

These terrorists just completed an attack on an American position and had slowed down to a stroll thinking they were home free. WRONG!!! The Chain Gun onboard uses a 30 mm high energy explosive in the bullet. The gun is considered an area weapon but as you can see it is very accurate; you can see the projectiles coming in on these guys. The aircraft was watching them from approximately 1..45 Km or approximately 0.87 miles.

As you can see, even though the gun is loud, they were far enough away that they don't even hear or know that they were being watched. A nasty weapon. As is said, you never hear the bullet that kills you. We also could have used a laser guided missile, but then a cost factor comes in $122.00 worth of bullets vs a $60,000 missile with a 100 lb warhead.

Tax dollars well spent!

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Indiana Jones makes Russian communists see red

By Denis Pinchuk

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Communist Party members condemned the new "Indiana Jones" film on Friday as crude, anti-Soviet propaganda that distorts history and called for it to be banned from Russian screens.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" stars Harrison Ford as an archeologist in 1957 competing with an evil KGB agent, played by Cate Blanchett, to find a skull endowed with mystic powers.

"What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathized when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame," said Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg.

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Letter from one "Angry Woman"

I don't know who wrote it but they should have signed it. Some powerful words. This woman should run for president.

Written by a housewife from New Jersey and sounds like it! This is one ticked off lady. It's too bad that more Americans don't express themselves as she does.

"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?

Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?...Well, I don't. I don't care at all.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible , the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for chopping off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide .

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitutio n's Bill of Rights.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it-I don't care !!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

Should you choose to delete, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem" -- Ronald Reagan

I have another quote that I would like to add AND.......I hope you forward all this.

"If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Also by.. Ronald Reagan

One last thought for the day:

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England 'S Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America , he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
  1 Jesus Christ
  2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM.


US uses Bullets Ill-Suited for New Ways of War

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - As Sgt. Joe Higgins patrolled the streets of Saba al-Bor, a tough town north of Baghdad, he was armed with bullets that had a lot more firepower than those of his 4th Infantry Division buddies.

As an Army sniper, Higgins was one of the select few toting an M14. The long-barreled rifle, an imposing weapon built for wars long past, spits out bullets larger and more deadly than the rounds that fit into the M4 carbines and M16 rifles that most soldiers carry.

"Having a heavy cartridge in an urban environment like that was definitely a good choice," says Higgins, who did two tours in Iraq and left the service last year. "It just has more stopping power."

Strange as it sounds, nearly seven years into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, bullets are a controversial subject for the U.S.

The smaller, steel-penetrating M855 rounds continue to be a weak spot in the American arsenal. They are not lethal enough to bring down an enemy decisively, and that puts troops at risk, according to Associated Press interviews.

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What the CIA Learned From Get Smart

By Jennifer Hillner
05.19.08

As Seen on TV

Maxwell Smart always "missed it by that much," but some of those dopey spy shows of the '60s were right on the money. "Many of the devices first seen in movies and on TV actually came about," says Robert Wallace, former head of the CIA's covert skunk works, the Office of Technical Services. "Remember the Cone of Silence? We built shielded enclosures that did the same thing. And the pen communicator in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? That evolved, 10 years later, into short-range agent communication." Wallace, who was basically the agency's real-life Q, reveals these gadgets and more in his new book, Spycraft, the first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present. "Here's the laboratory," Wallace used to tell new recruits. "The only thing that is going to limit what you can do is your imagination." It seems they took him at his word.

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Guns guard Damien Hirst's lamb at BCAM

Armed security is not common at museums. But at LACMA, a formaldehyde work raises safety concerns.

By Anne-Marie O'Connor, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 31, 2008

As you stroll through the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, images of guns confront you, including Andy Warhol's hip-swiveling, gun-slinging "Elvis," Chris Burden's Los Angeles policemen and the gun-brandishing fascist thugs of Leon Golub. And there are other armed men at BCAM.

On a recent day, at least three security officers with holstered guns and batons guarded the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art addition. One carries a 9-millimeter pistol. Another, armed with a .38-caliber pistol, is assigned to stand a few feet in front of an artwork with a dead lamb, embalmed in a tank filled with formaldehyde and water, created by British artist Damien Hirst.

A third stood in the window in front of the monumental Richard Serra sculptures downstairs. Armed guards were not evident elsewhere on the sprawling 20-acre campus.

Armed security at art museums "is not common, generally, in the United States," said Douglas Hall, chairman of the Museum, Library and Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International, an association of 36,000 security professionals.

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THE TALE OF THE ARAB FLIGHT CREW

Written by To The Point News
Friday, 16 May 2008

The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime. Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine runups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. The date was November 15, 2007.

The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is.

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to takeoff but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm.

This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.

The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can't land with the brakes on.

Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $80 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totaling it.

The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown, for there has been a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere. Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Moslem Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

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Taxes... Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.

www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html

Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250

Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates. It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever.

If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened.

You think the war in Iraq is costing us to much? 1 Billion every 2 weeks

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Boy am I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS. I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.

$11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

$2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

$12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

$3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

$90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

$200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."
Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

"The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States."
Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

25 Billion for the war

We are fighting the wrong war

Are we THAT stupid?

If this doesn't bother you then just delete the message. If, on the other hand, if it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it to every legal resident in the country including every representative in Washington, D.C. - five times a week for as long as it takes to restore some semblance of intelligence in our policies and enforcement thereof.


Gates ousts Air Force leaders in historic shake-up after Nuke Triggers Sent to China!

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force's top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups.

Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne a highly unusual double firing.

Gates said his decision was based mainly on the damning conclusions of an internal report on the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads. And he linked the underlying causes of that slip-up to another startling incident: the flight last August of a B-52 bomber that was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

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He was a legend amongst the first of the modern U.S. covert warriors - and the second time he ever fired his guns was in combat against the enemy:
Legendary AVG Flying Tiger pilot and John Dick Rossi died at 92 peacefully in his Fallbrook, Calif. home April 17th.

It was two days shy of his 93rd birthday and his death leaves only three men now alive who flew the P-40 in combat for the American Volunteer Group.

Schooled in San Francisco, Rossi attended the University of California at Berkeley and went to sea as a merchant seaman before joining the U.S. Navy in 1940, earning his wings at Pensacola that year. He was assigned as flight instructor at Pensacola until the summer of 1941 when he was recruited for the AVG.

As a Flying Tiger, he was credited with six and a fourth air-to-air victories.

After resigning his Navy commission in 1941 to join the AVG under the command of Col. Claire Chennault, he arrived in Rangoon, Burma on Nov. 12, 1941 with a group of 30 volunteers on the Dutch ship M.S. Bosch Fontein. He was undergoing a training program in P-40 aircraft at Toungoo, Burma, when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Rossi engaged in his first combat over Burma in January 1942 (the second time he fired the guns in the P-40 he was in combat) and flew his last over the East China front in July 1942, according the AVG website. Most of his combat missions were over Rangoon.

A member of the AVG s First Pursuit Squadron (Adam and Eve), he also did detached combat duty with the Second and Third Squadrons, serving under all the AVG squadron commanders. He attained Ace status with a confirmed 6-1/4 victories in air-to-air combat.

When the AVG was disbanded in July 1942, Rossi stayed in country as a China National Aviation Corporation pilot, making 735 cargo flights over the Hump between India and China. He also flew for Chennault s Civil Air Transport.

Later, Rossi, a founder of the Flying Tiger Line, returned to California where he flew as a captain for 25 years, logging more than 25,000 flying hours.The line also transported people in the military and their dependents to bases all over the world. Rossi met Lydia Cowgill, who worked as a flight attendant for the line, and the two married in 1966. With Tiger Bob Prescott Rossi and he also collaborated with others to form the Hungry Tiger, a popular restaurant chain in Southern California. At its height, the chain had 42 restaurants.

In his 65 years as president of the Flying Tigers Assn., Rossi and his wife helped organize reunions of the pilots and other Flying Tigers, and through speaking engagements helped spread awareness about their role in history. He served as president of the AVG Flying Tigers Association for 55 years and was a member of the American Fighter Aces Association.

Though the Flying Tigers were viewed as heroes, they were not seen as veterans by the U.S. government until 1991. Before then the Pentagon argued that the men were volunteers. That position changed after classified documents revealed the role of the government in forming the group.

The Chinese government awarded Rossi the White Cloud Banner V Grade, China Air Force Wings (5 Stars) and the China War Memorial Decoration. He has also earned and received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Air Medal, two Presidential Unit Citations, a World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars for the India-Burma, Central Burma, China Defensive and China Offensive campaigns, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.

In 1969 he was given a Commendation from the USAF for sustained aerial support of combat operations in South Vietnam. The AVG was inducted into the Confederate (now Commemorative ) Air Force Hall of Fame in 1998, in Midland, Texas.

In 1999 Rossi was awarded the status of Eagle by the International Association of Eagles, Maxwell AFB, Ala. The AVG was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, in July 1999.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-rossi28apr28,1,978640.story?track=rss


40th Anniversary of D-Day (Pointe du Hoc)

Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument
Pointe du Hoc, France
June 6, 1984

One of two speeches commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, this speech was delivered at the site of the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc, France, where veterans of the Normandy Invasion, and others, had assembled for the ceremony. Later during the day, President Reagan spoke at Omaha Beach, France. 1,988 words.

We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

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