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Happy Veteran’s Day

Today is the day that we honor the men and women who gave the absolute sacrifice for their country.  Without these men and women, our country would be very different than it is today.  We wouldn’t be free, the majority of us wouldn’t speak English and we wouldn’t be the amazing country we are today.

But, I wonder about those men and women who have survive.  I wonder, do we do enough for them?  Do we show our gratitude often enough?  Do we give them our thanks?

So, here’s what I purpose for anyone reading this article – starting today – every time you see a vet, tell him or her, thanks.

It doesn’t matter where you are when you do so.  If you see a soldier, Marine or sailor in uniform, shake their hand, look them in the eye and thank them for their service.  If you see someone in a hat that says veteran on it, do the same thing.  These men and women put their lives on the line for us.  They serve their country with honor and for little pay and benefits. Their families live with the separation of war and service and they’re rarely thanked.

 

Remember this:  If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you can read this in English, thank a vet.

God Bless our vets and God Bless America.

And, now, my all time favorite commercial…


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House Bans Base Chaplains’ Religious Freedoms

The House voted to ban Base Chaplains from being allowed to perform same-sex marriages. Talk about a blow against religious freedom. If a Chaplain’s religion or his own religious beliefs do not prevent him from performing a same-sex marriage, who the hell is the House of Representatives to prevent the marriage from taking place. I swear it is like the right-wing House hasn’t read the same Constitution as the rest of us.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

Shame on those House members who voted for the ban.

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Snowball Express

I just heard about the Snowball Express, so I don’t have any little blurb to tell you.  I’ve swiped the following verbage right from their site.  One small note:  Any organization that does something to help the children of deceased military personnel has got to be a fantastic organization.  I am grateful every day that my father returned from Vietnam and I didn’t become a statistic.

Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.

America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren’t alone. And they found they weren’t forgotten.

It was a totally volunteer effort which came together in just a few months to create the largest all-expense-paid gathering for the families of our fallen warriors since 9/11.

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Bryan Fischer and Medal of Honor Recipients

Do you know who this man is? Bryan Fischer His name is Bryan Fischer and he writes a blog on the Rightly Concerned website, which is an arm of the American Family Association.  In addition, his blog runs on a website called “The Moral Liberal”.  Getting back to Fischer, you should know who he is.  He is a dangerous man.  People read his blog and believe the slander that he writes.  On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – just five days after one of most important days we celebrate as Americans – Veteran’s Day; this enemy to American Soldiers every where wrote “We have feminized the Medal of Honor”.

Apparently, this so-called “man of God”  believes that it is wrong to “award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.”  He goes on to say “when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?”

And, there you have it in a nutshell the absolute truth at the heart of the entire right wing.  They’re only happy when someone (usually of a brownish color) is dead or dying.  Okay, I’m taking it a bit far.  I don’t believe every single right wing person believes this, but guys like Fischer and his band of phony Christians do.

A wise man once said: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  If you’re wondering who said it, it was our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  (John 15:13)  Just a couple of facts I found out, more than half of Medal of Honor Recipients receive them posthumously.  Near as I can tell, Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta – who received his award from President Obama on the same day Fischer wrote his crappy blog – is the first living recipient since 1975.

The Medal of Honor Recipients risk their lives for not just their country, but their fellow soldiers as well. These are people who did not look out for their own best interests. They were unselfish, as a great many of our service men and women are.

And, Bryan Fischer is a despicable person to slur what the Medal of Honor means. Check this out:

“The bottom line here is that the God of the Bible clearly honors those who show valor and gallantry in waging aggressive war in a just cause against the enemies of freedom, even while inflicting massive casualties in the process. What I’m saying is that it’s time we started imitating God’s example again.”

Except, the man does not know that which he is proclaiming to speak. The definition of valor is:

“strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery”

The definition of gallantry is:

“1 archaic : gallant appearance 2 a : an act of marked courtesy b : courteous attention to a lady c : amorous attention or pursuit 3 : spirited and conspicuous bravery”

Neither of these definitions say anything about being aggressive or God.  Valor simples means having courage in the face of dangerous odds.  But, not to Fischer, somehow he missed all of Jesus’ turn the other cheek speeches.  He missed the part in the Bible where Peter cuts off the soldier’s ear and Jesus stops him from doing more harm.  I don’t believe that God would believe that the only act of a soldier that we as a country should honor is one in which the soldier killed multiple enemies.  There is room to honor both.

Fischer doesn’t seem to understand that.  But, he and the American Family Association are part of what is going wrong in this country.  There’s no room for tolerance in Fischer’s America.  There’s no room for laying down a life for a friend.  There’s only room for telling people who are to blame for their lot in life and just a hint — it isn’t them.

I’m not saying that Fischer shouldn’t be allowed to write this garbage, I’m just saying that an intelligent and reasonable person shouldn’t read it.

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Thank a Veteran

Today is Veteran’s Day and, because I like this post I wrote on Memorial Day, I’m re-running it.  In fact, I think I’ll re-run it on every holiday where we honor our servicemen and women.

Enjoy!

Today is the day that we honor the men and women who gave the absolute sacrifice for their country.  Without these men and women, our country would be very different than it is today.  We wouldn’t be free, the majority of us wouldn’t speak English and we wouldn’t be the amazing country we are today.

But, I wonder about those men and women who have survive.  I wonder, do we do enough for them?  Do we show our gratitude often enough?  Do we give them our thanks?

So, here’s what I purpose for anyone reading this article – starting today – every time you see a vet, tell him or her, thanks.

It doesn’t matter where you are when you do so.  If you see a soldier, Marine or sailor in uniform, shake their hand, look them in the eye and thank them for their service.  If you see someone in a hat that says veteran on it, do the same thing.  These men and women put their lives on the line for us.  They serve their country with honor and for little pay and benefits. Their families live with the separation of war and service and they’re rarely thanked.

Remember this:  If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you can read this in English, thank a vet.

God Bless our vets and God Bless America.

And, now, my all time favorite commercial…


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