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Freedom isn’t Free

My mom sent this to me:

We must never forget who deserves the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be
eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free

Real Hero

May 10th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in Cry FREEDOM!, Rough men, Support the Troops

To all those jackasses like Ted Rall, Dicksmith, and Matthis Chiroux who think our military is populated by mass murderers and rapists.

Here’s a REAL hero, unlike aforementioned douche nozzles.  Lt. Col Ted Lockwood personally helped rescue 14 women from slavery in Iraq and provided them with protection, food, shelter, clothing and used their own money to buy the women personal items at the exchange on the post.

And, like an actual hero, he doesn’t think he did anything special

“I am not interested in any publicity but would really like to raise awareness of the fate of these women and especially the 100+ that are still in Iraq,” Lockwood wrote in an initial email. “I do not need to be a part of your telling.”

Sorry, sir. But you do.

During the six months he was deployed Lt. Col. Lcokwood made sure that any woman that came to them for help received it.  While this may not seem like a heroic thing to do in some peoples eyes, you have to understand that he risked not only a diplomatic incident but also his career to do what he thought was right – helping to rescue these women from literal slavery.

Sexually assaulted, starved, worked from early in the morning until late at night, some without any pay, the women felt trapped.

“Oh, my God. I thought I would die. I thought they were going to kill me. I lost my life,” said Prossie, one of the Ugandans who found refuge within Victory Base Complex.

She said she was raped at one house where she worked. She considered taking her own life before another Ugandan woman passed her a secret message: “Get to the American base.”

I suggest you read the whole thing.

Lt. Col. Lockwood I salute you sir.  Would be proud to serve in your command.

D-Day

June 6th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in America the beautiful, Support the Troops

Most people these days if you ask them what day it is today will give you an odd look, like you suddenly started speaking Mandarin.  Most of them don’t remember today is the day that our very best men stormed the beaches at Normandy with their allies from Canada, Great Brittian, Poland, Norway and the Free French Resistance.

Most people have only a glimmering rememberance that on this day over 160,000 troops, and 5,000 ships were involved in one of the greatest naval invasions of an occupied territory that history has ever seen.  And most people will not remember that by the end of that day 10,000 men were dead or wounded in our first real strike against the greatest evil the world had ever seen.

Unfortunately for America, most of her citizens only know about D-Day from watching “Saving Private Ryan” and I feel sorry for them on that.  They have forgotten the sacrifices that their grandfathers, great-uncles and great-grandmothers made for them so that they could grow up free.  I lost four great uncles to the war, only my grandfather survived.

I salute the men and women that fought for us and protected us throughout the years.  My ancestors who fought in the Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and my father who fought in Korea.  All of them answered the call when it went out just as I answered for the Gulf War.  I especially salute the men and women who are out there right now risking their lives to fight an enemy who follows no rules of war, has no compassion for the enemy, and will use anything they can, including children, to kill or maim and cause terror.

God bless you all.

Support the Smackdown

March 19th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Support the Troops, webstuff

A reposting of an entry from last year:

The smackdown is still going on at Quoth the Raven and I urge everyone who appreciates their freedom to take a few minutes and go help kick some terrorist videos off YouTube since YouTube won’t do it themselves.

You can read my original post on it here but what you really need to know is posted below.

  1. Create an account on YouTube so that you are able to flag videos for deletion for hate speech and violence
  2. Go to the Operation: You Tube Smackdown website to view the list of terrorist videos they have found.
  3. Go to the video and mark it as hate speech.
  4. Rinse and repeat as often as necessary.

So go and support your freedom

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  ~Thomas Paine

***Update***

You can also help out by buying some gear at their shop. Go get a couple of dozen shirts or mugs.

Torture – well, not really

March 13th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Support the Troops, wimps

Found on Five Feet of Fury by way of Brutally Honest

Fuck Obama!

March 12th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in Libtards, Support the Troops

In case any of you doubt that Obama really does hate the military, and in my view the United States, then let me direct your attention to this news article that showed up on CNN (surprise, surprise)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

Excuse me?? Even for civilians if you are hurt on the job your injuries are covered by workers comp insurance which is mandated by the state and paid for by the employer. Now though Obama wants those who have sacrificed the most to have to pay for their own treatment?  All I have to say to that is FUCK YOU, YOU BASTARD!

Mr. Obama, you and the traitorous bastards that came up with this plan should be ashamed of yourselves, but I’m sure you’re not. As long as you and Michelle have Waygu beef to feast on every night who gives a damn what the plebeians have to say. ‘Let them eat cake’ seems to be the attitude of the Obama administration.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

Currently, veterans’ private insurance is charged only when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like getting the flu.

A ‘final decision hasn’t been made yet’??? Are you saying that you assholes have to think about this for even one moment?

At the time, a White House spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the option was being considered.

What the hell, Barry? Thought you were going to be all ‘open and honest’ you lying piece of crap!?

Do you really think the American people are so stupid that we will let you ruin this country without raising our voices up and DEMANDING to be heard? Do you think the military will be your whipping boy and there won’t be any fallout at all from this?

You blow OUR money on a BS”stimulus” plan which is really just political payback to ACORN and all your Democrat friends raiding the piggy bank and then decide to cut money from the military.  Why would you do that, Barrry?  Is it because the majority of the military voted for McCain rather than a coke-head, terrorist sympathizer, Marxist like you?

Enjoy your time as President, Barry. Because if the Dems don’t pull you back to reality soon, this term will be the only time you see the oval office and you and the rest of your party will be sent packing.

H/T to MuscleDaddy
**UPDATE**

Oh, and as MuscleDaddy pointed out, it’s SO undcided that it’s already a part of Obama’s budget.  Fuck getting along, fuck compromising and fuck the Democrats.   I say that the real conservatives be as obstructionist to this bullshit as possible.

I hope they do everything in their power to gridlock Congresss, and I dearly hope that Michael Steel, who is supposed to represent US and not somekind of bi-partisan BS love fest, pulls his head out and starts to fight.  I truly feel that we either fight them in Congress or we will be fighting them in the streets.