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Tammie Jo Shults was at the helm of a twin-engine Boeing 737 on Tuesday with 149 people aboard when one of the aircraft’s engines blew. At 32,000 feet, shrapnel from the blown engine smashed a window, and passengers scrambled to save a woman from getting sucked out.
The woman, Jennifer Riordan, died of blunt impact trauma of the head, neck and torso. Seven others were hospitalized with minor injuries, authorities said.
Shults took the plane into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers said their prayers and braced for impact.
Hear the pilot of Southwest flight 1380 communicate with air traffic control after one of the engines of the plane fails. The flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Jason Boatright
Shults was a pioneer in the 1980s, paving the way for women fighter pilots to serve in the military. She was “among the first cohort of women pilots to transition to tactical aircraft,” said Navy spokeswoman Christina Sears in a statement.
Shults was a 1983 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, said Carol Best, a university spokeswoman.
She was commissioned in the Navy in 1985.
Cindy Foster, a classmate of Shults’ at MidAmerica, said Shults was met with “a lot of resistance” in the Navy because of her gender. Shults had long had a love for flying, and she chose the Navy only after the Air Force denied her a chance to become a pilot, Foster said.
Hear the pilot of Southwest flight 1380 communicate with air traffic control after one of the engines of the plane catches fire. The flight, which was heading from New York City to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Lena BlietzJason Boatright
“She knew she had to work harder than everyone else,” Foster said. “She did it for herself and all women fighting for a chance. … I’m extremely proud of her. She saved a lot of lives.”
Foster said that not only was Shults among the first female fighter pilots, she was the first woman to fly an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy. Shults once had an instructor who said he found it “degrading” for a woman to be in the cockpit, according to a story in the San Antonio Express-News.
“I told him Congress has stated that I am going to be here. If you don’t like that, vote,” Shults recalled for the publication.
Shults eventually transitioned into a role as an instructor pilot. She remained on active duty until 1993 and was in the Naval Reserve until her retirement in 2001, according to the Navy.
Foster recalled Shults’ calm demeanor and disciplined lifestyle, remembering their days on the college volleyball team. Later, Shults was in Foster’s wedding.
“She said she wasn’t going to let anyone tell her she couldn’t,” Foster said.
Kim Young, another longtime friend, said she wasn’t surprised by Shults’ composure during the emergency.
“That’s what she does, and she’s good at it,” she said.
Young said Shults’ military training prepared her to handle the emergency calmly.
Kevin Garber, the director of alumni relations for MidAmerica Nazarene, said Shults gave a speech to about 30 people last spring on campus. Garber recalled how Shults advocated for diversity in the workforce and encouraged women to crack through in male-dominated fields.
“She had tenacity to do something that excelled beyond the norm of what women were allowed or expected to do,” Garber said of Shults’ success as a pilot. “She pushed the limits and became what she strived for.”
Shults was commended by passengers for her cool-headed handling of the emergency.
Her voice remained calm as she communicated with air traffic control in Philadelphia.
“We have a part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Shults said from the cockpit. Later, she adds, “They said there’s a hole and … and, uh, someone went out.”
Passenger Alfred Tumlinson said Shults had “nerves of steel.”
Added Eric Zilbert, another passenger, “The plane was steady as a rock after (the engine blew). I didn’t have any fear that it was out of control.”
Diana McBride Self, who wrote on Facebook that she was aboard Flight 1380, thanked Shults for navigating the plane to safety.
“Her grace and knowledge under pressure were remarkable,” she wrote. “She came through the plane personally to check on us after she landed our crippled airplane. … We were truly all in amazing hands.”
Shults lives outside San Antonio and is married to a pilot.
| by Carol Best email@example.com
THE WONDERFUL SILENT MAJORITY OF VETERANS WITH FULL SACRIFICE, INTENT, AND PURPOSE REVEALED. AND, WITHOUT THE MEDIA EXPOSURE THEY SO WELL DESERVE AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED.
You’ll never see this picture on the front of Time Magazine, or any
other magazine for that matter.
Neither will you see it going viral in FaceBook or sent and re-sent through the Internet — and yet, it should be … Photo of the year!
We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans, but women vets get wounded and maimed too. You may need to take a second, closer look though. The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.
Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in. These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedom. And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid.
There is more patriotism and class in those 11 ladies than the majority of members of Congress and all other occupants off the seats of government agencies, combined!!!
And a HELL of a lot more than those over-paid athletes who choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!!
These ladies risked injuries and many who are not in the picture died for America.
GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM !!! Let’s see if this goes viral.
“The companies who take care of veterans, service members and our families do so to thank us for our service,” he told The Western Journal. “We should thank them in return by patronizing their services or products.”
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Some of the more prominent companies compiled in a list by MilitaryBenefits.info are below.
Dunkin’ Donuts is donating $10,000 to Homes For Our Troops and will provide a year’s worth of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods along with a new Keurig coffeemaker to up to 100 veterans who have been or will be provided new specially adapted homes by the organization. Home For Our Troops’ mission is “to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.”
Cracker Barrel will donate 20 percent of its proceeds from online and in-store purchases of its Lodge cookware between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11 to Operation Homefront. The funds raised will be donated in the form of gift cards to help provide holiday meals to military families across the country.
eBay for Charity and Home For Our Troops are holding a special online auction featuring celebrity autographed items, as well as tickets and back stage passes to various events. The auction ends Nov. 14. Among the 70 items people can bid on are a “Thor” movie poster autographed by Chris Hemsworth, a “Gardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” movie poster signed by the entire cast, a Fonz T-shirt autographed by Henry Winkler, Doc Marten sneakers signed by Whoopi Goldberg, a Dallas Mavericks jersey autographed by Dirk Nowitski, and a “Hamilton” play poster signed by the entire cast.
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iHOP will be donating $1 from every purchase of a Red, White & Blue combo from Nov. 1-30 to support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. The organization provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in military service.
The New York Stock Exchange will give 100 percent of its trading proceeds on Veterans Day to Headstrong, which is an organization that provides mental health services to veterans. Headstrong explains on its website: “As veterans ourselves, we know how tough it can be to overcome the hidden wounds of war. We’ve lost friends, made the same choices, and walked the same ground. That’s why we built Headstrong – because we know that if you have the courage to get help, and you get the right help, you can overcome the hidden wounds of war.” According to a report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, approximately 20 veterans take their own lives each day.
At Outback Steakhouse, from Nov. 8 through January 2, 2018, customers can add $1 to their check to be directly donated to Operation Homefront and every donation of $5 or more will be used to purchase Outback gift cards that will be shared with military families. Further, for every purchase of a Foster’s Lager Big Bloke, MillerCoors will donate $1 to Operation Homefront. The organization helps military families going through difficult financial circumstances and does other outreaches to support the military community throughout the year.
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Regal Cinemas will donate $1 for every large popcorn purchased on November 11 to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Baskin Robbins will donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations.
Lone Star Steakhouse will give 10 percent of its proceeds on Veterans Day to the Snowball Express. The Snowball Express’ mission is, “Providing hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. In December each year we bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more.” The purpose is to create “opportunities for joy, friendship, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.”
Hair Cuttery, as part of its Share-a-Haircut Program, will donate a free haircut gift certificate to local veterans organizations for every haircut purchased on Veterans Day.
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Sports Clips, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11, will donate $1 for every hair cut to the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help a Hero” program, which provides scholarships to veterans.
O’Charley’s restaurant will donate $0.25 for every 22 oz. beer sold through Veterans Day Weekend to the Folded Flag Foundation. The organization supplements the death benefits and provides scholarships to dependents of service members killed in combat.
Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, will donate $1 for every Chile con Queso appetizer sold to support Home For Our Troops.
Pilot Flying J is donating a portion of its proceeds, up to $25,000, for the sale of 20 to 24 ounce PhilMor travel coffee refills on Veterans Day to Wreaths Across America. Each December, the organization coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 states and overseas on National Wreaths Across America Day.
Waffle House will send a coupon for a free waffle for donations made between Sept. 11 and Nov. 11 to the Waffle House Mission: ABLE, which supports the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Waffle House will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
Christmas Decor will donate their products and services to decorate the homes of military families. The company explains on its website: “With more than 300,000 American soldiers deployed overseas this holiday season, families across the nation are facing the challenge of preparing for the holidays without their loved ones. Christmas Decor has stepped in to light up the homes of the families of these brave men and women.”
In addition to supporting veterans organizations, many restaurants and other companies will be honoring those who served with free meals and other discounts and giveaways on and around Veterans Day. USA Today compiled a list.
URL of the original posting site: http://clashdaily.com/2017/09/haunting-just-released-pics-911-terrorist-attack-usa-sobering/?
They show what it was like to be inside the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center after the attack.
There are also some candid photos of President Bush and his advisors in the moments immediately following the attack.
It’s been 16 years since the horrific September 11th attacks that left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 others wounded in America.
To mark the harrowing anniversary, the Department of Defense has released dozens of astonishing and rare images showing the aftermath of the attack inside the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center.
They were hit by planes on that fateful morning during a series of coordinated attacks by al Qaeda hijackers.
Another plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crash landed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers stopped the terrorists from hitting their intended target.
The powerful photos include candid shots of then-President George Bush as he came to terms with the horrifying attack on the United States.
Source: Daily Mail
The photos of President Bush
ClashDaily contributor, John Cardillo, posted a timeline of what happened on 9/11 on his Facebook page:
The World Trade Center photos
Images after American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon:
The following prayer for our Nation was adapted from Psalms 80.
Hear us, our Heavenly ABBA Father, You who lead Your Church in America. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Your people. Awaken Your might; come and save us.
Restore us, ABBA Father; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
How long, Lord God Almighty, will Your anger smolder against the prayers of Your people? You have fed us with the bread of tears; You have made us drink tears by the bowlful. You have made us an object of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.
Restore us, ABBA Father; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
You transplanted a vine from Europe; You drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. The mountains are covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. Its branches reached from Sea to Sea, its shoots from Canada to Mexico.
Why have You broken down our nation so that all who pass by pick its grapes? People who have come here illegally, acting like Boars from the forest ravage our economy, resources and taxes, while those from within who hate You, all You Stand for, Your Word and especially Your Church, they act as insects from the fields destroying your inspired Constitution and our Liberty.
Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine, the root Your right hand has planted, the Branch You have raised up for Yourself. Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at Your rebuke Your people perish.
Let Your hand rest on the man at Your right hand, the son of man, Jesus our Lord and Savior Who You raised from the dead for our salvation. We will never turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name.
Restore us, ABBA Father, Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
In Jesus Mighty Name above all names, AMEN!
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For the past 16 years, Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers has stood in the middle of 23rd Street near the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Wall where he shows his appreciation to each passing rider, many of whom served in the U.S. Armed Forces themselves.
However, the patriotic demonstration in 2016 was particularly awesome, as Chambers brought along a special guest — his bride.
Chambers and Lorraine Heist exchanged vows and toasted the crowd with cans of Budweiser on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in the Marine’s usual 23rd Street spot just before the annual Rolling Thunder ride commenced, according to The Daily Wire.
The excitement of getting married didn’t stop Chambers from taking on his role as “The Saluting Marine,” and this time, he was joined by his wife who also waved at the passing riders with appreciation for their patriotism.
“For me, this annual POW/MIA demonstration is all about doing what is right for the men and women who were sent to war and never came home and the families left behind,” Chambers wrote in a special piece for the Washington Times. “We owe nothing less than accountability and closure.”
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The Marine explained how he “accidentally” found out about the Rolling Thunder in 2001 when he was stationed at the Pentagon and visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial during Memorial Day weekend. The next year, Chambers returned to the same spot in full dress and walked around thanking veterans and families for their sacrifices, but he wanted to do more.
“I marched into the middle of the street and popped up the salute,” he said. “The riders passed by me on both sides, and soon I could see tears running down some of their cheeks. I was reaching them.”
Even when he became weary, as the ride can last up to five hours, Chambers remained standing and saluting — acknowledging a “sacred connection” between him and each biker.
“At the end of my first salute in 2002, hundreds of veterans thanked me for giving them a ‘welcome home’ they never received,” he said.
The year Chambers chose to dedicate his wedding day to the patriotic demonstration, his new wife stood for hours in her wedding dress welcoming and thanking the patriots alongside her Marine husband — an act that didn’t go unnoticed.
A widow whose husband had committed suicide after he returned home from war was participating in the parade that year and stopped to hug Chambers’ wife.
“She informed Lorraine that she was standing for her!” the Marine wrote about the encounter on his website. “Very powerful and put it in perspective for both of us.”
He also noted that his bride looked “so amazing” in her wedding dress and said he was “so lucky” to have a woman who supported his efforts as the Saluting Marine.
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URL of the original posting site: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/11/veterans-day-the-american-devotion-to-military-service
Tocqueville described the conditions which would draw Americans into war, certainly applicable to World War I: “When war has at length, by its long continuance, roused the whole community from their peaceful occupations, and ruined their minor undertakings, the same passions which made them attach so much importance to the maintenance of peace will be turned to arms…”
Historian Erick L. McKitrick described Tocqueville’s observation of the kind of patriotism that would become a hallmark of the American republic in relation to an “Austrian peasant of 1914 being conscripted into the imperial army”:
“The powers above” he might have said, “tell me that I must go and do my duty; therefore, of course, I must.” This is the tradition of authority, acceptance, and obedience. The same tradition can also be one of revolution and mutiny: there is something removed from the community scene, yet something focused and personified in the heads of the state, that can specifically be resisted… Yet in our own military tradition, such as it is, there are no such themes, either of implicit acquiescence or revolt. The conviction that our military enterprises are just and righteous does not flow automatically from on high…
Where do the convictions of the righteousness of American soldiers and the justice or their cause emanate from?
“…They emanate, in a special sense, from ourselves. Nobody, for instance, wants very much to be drafted for military service, but the sanctions are hard to ‘mutiny’ against; they come not so much from the President as from a ‘local board composed of your neighbors.’”
In keeping with the American tradition of venerating those who serve, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first Armistice Day specifically to commemorate those who had fought in the First World War. The date holds special significance because it marked the end of hostilities in the “war to end all wars” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.
The poor treatment of returning veterans after the Vietnam War was an outlier to this long-term trend and was a product of the culture war that divided Americans at that time and still does today. However, Americans have mostly doubled down in their devotion to returning veterans since that time, as there are now more generations who have returned home from fighting on our behalf.
There is a common perception that America is becoming more self-obsessed and narcissistic, unable to care about or comprehend such notions as duty or devotion to country. While this is often sadly the case, there is another side to this country that hasn’t lost these defining features.
I recently visited the World War II monument in Washington, DC, which is an appropriate and profound tribute to the generation that fought and won the greatest conflict in world history. Though I came to pay my respects, I was enraged at the large number of tourists who treated the memorial as if it were nothing more than a park for personal amusement. Selfie sticks abounded, and a number of people were wading in the central pool that clearly had a sign “Do not put your feet in the water.”
This spectacle left me feeling despondent about the future of the country and ashamed about what past generations would think of the American people in the 21st century. However, my entire perception changed in an instant as a sudden stream of veterans arrived at the monument as part of the Honor Flight program.
Though seeing these distinguished men and women was special, what was perhaps even more important was the sudden and impromptu outpouring of devotion from the ordinary Americans who witnessed their arrival. Gone were the selfie sticks, and in their place appeared handshakes and personal thanks for the veterans’ service.
On this Veterans Day, it should be the duty of every American who still believes in the principles that this country was founded upon—and in the men and women who fought on its behalf—to make some tribute or gesture of thanks. It was established as a custom and a sign of respect to those who have fought for our country to hold a brief moment of silence at 11:00 AM, a tradition that every American should uphold.
This year marked the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Not insignificantly, Barack Obama intentionally ignored God in his July 4th “video tribute to America.”However, the signers of the Declaration of Independence—and the majority of America’s 200 Founders—were quite clear: they believed in the God of the Bible. They consistently and publicly acknowledged and thanked God; their speeches, statements, and letters total many tens of thousands of volumes of books.
Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court of the last century, the Constitution communicates the Founder’s intentions by acknowledging both Christianity and Jesus Christ.
When the delegates deliberated over each word when writing the First Amendment, they did so within a specific religious and historical context— influenced by Christianity. In fact, George Mason proposed that the First Amendment include the following terminology:
“[A]ll men have an equal, natural and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that no particular sect or society of Christians ought to be favored or established by law in preference to others.” (Rowland, 1892, 1:244).
The Annals of Congress, records of their deliberations, evidence the Framers’ discussions about “religion” pertained to Christianity—not Islam, not Hinduism, not Buddhism, and not Judaism (Annals of Congress, 1789, pp. 440ff; Story, 1833, 3.1873:730-731).
Furthermore, Section 7 of Article I, refers to Christianity, not any other religion: “If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it….”
If this exception were made for Jews, Congress would have stated, “Saturdays excepted;” if for Muslims, “Fridays excepted.” If for people practicing no faith, delegates would have specified that the government be closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Yet the Founders specified: “Sundays excepted,” recognized the importance of the Christian faith to America’s founding.
Their Christian worldview primarily explains the Founders’ reasoning to intentionally insert two Religion Clauses to prohibit federal government interference.
Significantly, the U.S. Constitution closes with the following words after Article VII: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth …”
The Framers intentionally used the “Year of our Lord” (English for the Latin “Anno Domini,”A.D.). Granted, all western Christiansocio-political cultures have recorded time—dates and calendars of events—based on the person of Jesus Christ. Datesprior to Christwere recorded as B.C. (“Before Christ”).The Framers could have used a nominal pluralistic, multi-cultural, or politically correct designation like C.E. (“Common Era”) and B.C.E. (“Before the Common Era”). If they wanted to historically date the Constitution according to the Islamic calendar they would have used “A.H.” (“Anno Hegirae,” “in the Year of the Hijrah”), referring to Muhammad’s escape from Mecca in A.D. 622, officially marking Islam’s beginning.
The adjective, “Our Lord,” didn’t refer to a generic deity or to God as father or creator. It explicitly referred to Jesus Christ, who Christians (not anyone else) worship as the Son of God.
The Founder’s commitment to the Bible is noteworthy. Prior to the Revolutionary War, King George prohibited American colonists from printing the Bible in English. However this changed after the Battle of Yorktown when colonists first became free of British policies. In 1782 Congress, in its entirety, approved printing the Bible in English. On the first page of each newly printed Bible read: “Resolved, that the United States in Congress assembled … recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”
John Adams, one of the most influential Founders, wrote in his diary and to his beloved friend Thomas Jefferson,
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts that there exhibited… What a Utopia—what a Paradise would this region be! The Bible is the best book in the world.”
It was no accident that “In God We Trust” and “Annuit Coeptis” (Latin, “God has favored our undertaking”) were first printed on American currency—to be used as the basis for all financial transactions.
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in, and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly for they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer for a Veteran died today.
He won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing, ‘Tho a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, and proclaim that the were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life.
The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives,
While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran, his home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran, who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin,
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veteran’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
For months we’ve been hearing that Eddie suffered from PTSD and that the VA is to blame for not getting him on potent enough dope, or too-potent dope; and failed to farm him out to an exorcist to have his war demons banished forever; and thus, the VA is the reason Eddie snapped and killed an American icon and his fellow SEAL friend.
Heck, I’m surprised we haven’t heard “The Low Blood Sugar Excuse” tossed out there as the reason Routh killed Kyle: “Eddie, you see, has low blood sugar, and if he‘d had a Snickers, Chris would still be alive.”
Or… or… “Eddie could have also killed Chris and Chad because his third grade teacher never called on him during class when he raised his hand, and that wounded his inner-child, and that’s why Eddie murdered two stellar and innocent soldiers who were trying to help him.”
Why not parlay those excuses as well? The aforementioned makes about as much sense as the PTSD defense that’s been batted around on Eddie’s behalf. A pretext, mind you, that is currently getting severely hammered by the Warfighter Foundation.
Check it out …
The Warfighter Foundation alleged that Eddie Ray Routh, 27, the Marine veteran accused of murdering Navy SEAL Kyle two years ago, never saw combat nor experienced traumatic situations during his time serving overseas.
Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let me say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER.
The Warfighter Foundation, a nonprofit veterans group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain information about Routh’s service record. It was through the information they received that the group discovered Routh had not experienced any type of combat.
Matter of fact, the base that Mr. PTSD was stationed at was pretty cush.
According to MilitaryBases.com:
Joint Base Balad benefited from some of the best facilities. It was almost a luxurious installation. The military troops had access to swimming pools, dancing lessons, a movie theater, American restaurants and snack bars. The housing facilities were just as advanced. The facilities were probably some of the most important factors that drew the celebrities and officials’ attention during their visits.
Sounds rough, eh? Pools, Pizza Hut, Dancing, Movies … holy crap… oh, the pain.
Garsh … that’s enough to push even the strongest amongst us over the edge and compel one to murder innocent friends who’re trying to help you out, right? No? Yeah, I guess you’re right. Sounds like BS to me, also. However, maybe Eddie imagined, like Brian Williams, that he was actually in war, when he wasn’t, and that’s how he got PTSD. That’s a possibility…
Another interesting twist in The PTSD Eddie Routh Ruse came from the laptop of Walid Shoebat last week. Walid, an expert in all things Islam, points out some interesting and very overlooked ditties about Eddie.
Check out these interesting, and Islamic, nuggets from Walid …
When we evaluate cases for potential Muslim terrorists, we always look for physical signs like a trimmed mustache and a beard that is lesser trimmed. And when it comes to a crime that was committed, we look at who the victims are. In the story on Eddie Routh who murdered Chris Kyle, there are signs of concern, especially the facial hair, it does match the profile of a convert.
Also, Routh was a prison guard over Muslim terrorists at Balad Airbase in Baghdad in 2007. He never served in battle, but spent most of his time looking and talking to Muslims in jail. He could have likely interacted with the inmates and got converted; prison has a higher conversion rate than any mosque. Also, why would he kill a Navy SEAL who was known to have killed so many terrorists? [Especially, given that Kyle had a price on his head?]
Examining [Kyle’s] killer gives also clues. “During a phone call with his father, Routh expressed sympathy for the detainees and discontent over how the US was conducting the war as well as his reluctance to engage in combat” and “While working as a guard at Balad Air Base, Routh laments his [Muslim] prisoners’ poor living conditions”.
Let’s sum up Shoebat’s alarms:
Sounds kinda weird to this redneck, but then again maybe Eddie really admired Abe Lincoln’s facial hair.
Nothing stirs up the red, white, and blue coursing through my veins faster than hearing a talented singer completely rock out “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
If it’s done correctly, it brings a tear to my eye and gives me goosebumps as I reflect on how awesome this country really is. It reminds me that despite all of the bad junk going on with our corrupt government, this nation is truly worth fighting for, and in the end, we will be victorious in restoring her to her former glory.
This is exactly how I felt when I heard this young man belt out our National Anthem with the full respect the song demands. It’s simply amazing.
But on Thursday, 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson — a contestant on the 9th season of “America’s Got Talent” — provided a beautiful rendition of the song that earned him quite a bit of praise.
Performing at the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, Johnson inspired the masses with a perfect delivery of the national anthem.
This is so awesome. I think we should all watch it again. Go ahead. Really. I’ll wait.
What makes this version of the song so special is that there have been so many terrible live versions sung at sporting events that each time a video gets posted of the latest one, it’s usually because someone flubbed it, not because they did a stellar job like Johnson did with the tune.
Hopefully this song will brighten your day and remind you how great America is. While things are bad, they could always be worse, so take hope. We’re fighting for freedom, and you know what? It’s a war we can actually win.
Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org
“I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn’t always my first choice. It’s amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and Sears hasn’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?’
“What commitment you say? How does Sears treat its employees who are serving in our military? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being on active duty. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all employees who are serving. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears at least once this year. Be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement & feedback it well deserves.’
“I decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department: I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it’s cheaper at that store.”
It’s verified! By: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp
This is their answer to my e-mail:
America has officially honored its veterans on Nov. 11 since 1954, when an act of Congress changed the name from Armistice Day, recognizing the 1918 ceasefire between Germany and Allied nations. Veterans Day became a federal holiday to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.
The video below features excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Day remarks on Nov. 11, 1985. Speaking to a crowd at Arlington National Cemetery, Reagan emphasized that peace must be maintained through the strength of the courageous.
“Peace is only maintained and won by those who have clear eyes and brave minds,” said Reagan. “In memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion, may our efforts to achieve lasting peace gain strength.”
The other day, the following passage from the Bible seemed to jump out at me. Let’s read, Matthew 19:16-24 (ERV); 16A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?”
17Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.”
18The man asked, “Which ones?”
Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not tell lies about others, 19you must respect your father and mother, (Quote from Ex. 20:12-16Deut. 5:16-20) and ‘love your neighbor (Quote from Lev. 19:18)”
20The young man said, “I have obeyed all these commands. What else do I need?”
21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me!”
22But when the young man heard Jesus tell him to give away his money, he was sad. He didn’t want to do this, because he was very rich. So he left.
23Then Jesus said to his followers, “The truth is, it will be very hard for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom. 24Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.”
The “minimimalist” is often unhappy with the minimums for acceptable obedience. In this case, the man wanted to know the minimum he could get away with in order to be considered righteous before God. The answer was unacceptable because it cost more than he was willing to do. You do not have to be rich by the worlds standards in order to be associated with this man. Anything we are not willing to give up or get rid of, condemns us by our own choosing. Whatever it is we refuse to give up in order to be a true follower of Jesus becomes an anchor dragging us down to the abyss of destruction. That is not God’s will. Obedience is forsaking ALL to follow Jesus. Anything less is sin.
That includes Patriots. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “The “Tree of Liberty” must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of PATRIOTS and TYRANTS.” It is not hard to find many people who will agree with that statement, but because they are “Minimumalist Patriots”, they condition their agreement with, “As long as it’s someone else’s blood”.
Even after the incredible 18 inning playoff game on Saturday between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals, many people found themselves talking not about the game, or perhaps not exclusively about the game. Rather, the talk around the nation was the ceremonial first pitch which in this game was thrown by Army veteran Brian Keaton.
Keaton was wounded in Iraq by a bomb explosion. He spent a grueling 3 ½ years at Walter Reed National Medical Center where he was treated and recovered from traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Drawing upon his Army experience, and to the great surprise and delightment of the crowd, Keaton threw out the first pitch as if the baseball was a hand grenade. The crowd loved it and both the crowd and players celebrated this true American hero.
Upon seeing the size of the crowd, the trio of middle school students scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner became petrified. It was the monthly U.S. Immigration Naturalization Ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland. We were backstage. Every month the ceremony was ended with me performing my original song, “Celebrate America”. I felt honored that my song was the first heard by the new Americans.
The hall overflowed with a thousand or more people; applicants extremely excited about taking their oath of allegiance to the United States of America and their supportive families, there to witness the auspicious occasion.
The kids sounded great rehearsing backstage. However, halfway through their performance center stage in front of the audience, they panicked. They stopped singing and stood there shaking. I joined the kids on stage.
I told the audience that these brave kids were prime examples of what it means to be an American. Though terrified of venturing into the new frontier of singing for such a large audience, they pressed forward and gave it their best shot. The audience erupted in cheers and applause for the kids. We all sang the Star Spangled Banner. It was an awesome moment. An immigration official sent me a very nice letter of thanks.
That ceremony happened around 16 years ago. Back then, it truly meant something extraordinarily special to be an American. At every ceremony from my vantage point on stage, I saw many applicants reciting the oath with tears streaming down their cheeks. It choked me up every time.
At numerous ceremonies, I witnessed elderly applicants raised from their wheelchairs by family members; grandchildren holding up the frail applicant’s right hand as they tearfully took the oath.
With the glow of patriotism emanating from their faces, I knew these new Americans were not particularly interested in government handouts. Clearly, they captured our Founding Father’s vision of America and enthusiastically embraced the concept of American Exceptional-ism. Their body language radiated, give us the ball of freedom and we will run with it in pursuit of our American dreams. They were eager to assimilate; to be a part of something unique and wonderful.
Fast forward to the unprecedented insolence of President Obama. In essence, he is saying screw all the patriotic America the beautiful crap; expecting immigrants to assimilate and jump through loops to become citizens. America’s borders are hereby decreed open. Period. If you can get here, you can stay here. Thus, we are experiencing a literal invasion with no end in sight.
King Obama is also threatening to wave his royal scepter, unlawfully granting amnesty to 5-6 million illegals just because it pleases his fancy to create new welfare recipients and future Democrat voters.
Despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth, nobody has had the courage to confront our vengeful king regarding his international advertising and embrace of illegals.
Finally, the great Republican senator from Alabama, Jeff Sessions said, “Enough!” Sessions called for the House and Senate to stop Obama’s amnesty.
My fellow Americans, all pretense is over. With two years left of his presidency, Obama has taken off his gloves and mask. Due to his mentors, Obama disagrees with America as founded. He believes our role as “the” world leader was unjustly acquired. Can you believe this folks? Our president is hellbent on knocking America off the throne.
For this cause along with numerous high crimes and misdemeanors, Barack Hussein Obama is unworthy to lead our great nation. He must be politically nullified. We the People must rally behind Sen Jeff Sessions’ initiative.
I still remember a very old gentleman at a Naturalization ceremony. He was held up by a family member on both sides with tears of joy and a big smile on his face. He had just completed reciting his oath of allegiance.
He was happy. He was proud. He was an American!
Written by Rob Morse on August 1, 2014
“What can one man do? Even if he has a gun, how can one man stop the government of these United States since the government has its tanks and jets?”
If you’ve been around the liberty movement for more than a few weeks, then you’ve heard the false dilemma wrapped in a question. Let me remind you what one man can do, and what a few men have done many times in our history. You and I are here to demand moral behavior when the government fails. Our government fails much more often than you think.
True, there was only one Lexington and Concord in the American Revolution. We won’t see that again. We forget there was also the battle to Gonzales in the Texas revolt. Events like those are few and far between. Let me remind you of the other times honest men saved society when the government fled in fear or political cowardice.
Were you ever taught about the battle of Athens, Tennessee? Returning WW II veterans faced the corrupt political machine that ran McMinn County. The returning veterans ran a slate of candidates and promised honest government. That sounded great, but on Election Day, the local deputies shot minority voters and stole the ballot boxes. The Vets took them back and forced an honest election. The corrupt politicians fled the county.
Do you remember how hurricanes Katrina and Andrew overwhelmed law enforcement? Neighbor helped neighbor. We shared what we had and helped keep our neighborhoods safe. Sometimes that meant giving a stranger a bottle of water and sending him on his way. The same thing happened after the Northridge earthquake.
There were riots in South Central Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict. Korean shopkeepers closed their streets and kept their businesses from being looted and burned. The shopkeepers saved lives while the police stayed away.
You may have forgotten about, or were never taught about, the hundred or so race riots we had across the US since the civil war. The homes of black men and women were burned by angry mobs. Thousands of black men and women were killed. Too many were unarmed and defenseless.
Lynching by racial supremacists killed almost five thousand Americans, and more than a thousand of the victims were whites who supported integration and racial equality. The government looked the other way.. or attended the events as participants wearing white sheets. Yes, law and order in the United States looked the other way thousands and thousands of times. These United States are not bad, but we are not perfect.
We like to think that the civil rights struggle after World War Two was politically non-violent. That is rewriting our history as we want it to be, not as it was. A number of civil rights advocates adopted practical non-violence. They were non-violent until fired upon. Many civil rights marches were protected by both the watchful eye of news cameras.. and by a few armed black veterans walking along the edge of the crowd. In those days, there were no news cameras keeping watch at night. The armed veterans were essential to keep the peace when the government wouldn’t.
We have not changed. There are lawless street corners in every city today.
I think of those brave veterans who kept the peace. I think of them when I read today’s news. We live in crazy times where the government ignores any inconvenient law. When the politicians get caught, they twist the truth to fit a political narrative. Hmm. I wish that were unusual, but looking back at our history, that isn’t unusual at all.
What about today? It has always been easy to imagine that we might be called to our local church to help the unfortunate after a disaster. The situation has changed only slightly these days. Today we might have to stand in front of our local border patrol office or our local synagogue to protect them. Like I said, these are crazy days.
That is why honest men and women matter, and always have. We are the strength and moral backbone of these United States even as our government crumbles. Our actions make a difference when we defend the few or the defenseless. Said another way, self-defense protects the minority from tyranny.
Some things have not changed since David chose to stand there with five smooth stones. Stand straight and strong.
Through discipline and hard work, an individual can prosper and enjoy freedom unknown to 99.9% of humans who’ve ever lived.
As we celebrate the birth of our Nation and the freedom we have been blessed with, we thought this recording was worth sharing. We think you will agree and want to make sure everyone you know gets to hear it too.
John Wayne was and still is an American icon and his heart bled red, white, and blue. This stirring spoken word recording is sure to fill you with pride and you might even shed a tear or two. At the very least, it is hard to listen to this without getting chills.
In honor of 238 years of Independence, we present John Wayne’s America, Why I Love Her.