Posts Tagged ‘Veterans’


There is a movement afoot to restore Memorial Day’s former solemnity, tradition and observance.  Changed from a static May 30 to a floating last-Monday-of-May in 1971–all the better to get a guaranteed annual three day weekend, the meaning of this hallowed day has been dwindling ever since.  Although someo VFW Posts have refused to observe it on any other day except the 30th, most of mainstream America has gone with the flow, accepting the 3 day weekend and filling it with plenty of rest and relaxation.   Even the pResident has blown off Arlington this year in favor of a long weekend in Chicago.  Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing [except where Barry is concerned].  In these stressful days when half the population can’t seem to function without the aid of heavy doses of antidepressants, one needs all the help one can get to make time for the things that enhance quality of life for those still living.  However, and most importantly, we must NEVER forget WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE THE LIVES WE HAVE TODAY WITH THE SACRIFICE OF THEIR LIVES.

When I was a kid, most of our fathers and their friends were veterans–WWII, Korea and later Vietnam. The parade was full of Buddy Poppies, made by and sold for disabled veterans and the day was one of bittersweet observance for those who would never come home.

In Flander’s Field” describes a battlefield of crosses dotted with red poppies. The poem deeply touched the nation and the world, and, from that point on, poppies became known throughout the world as a memorial flower, a reminder of the lives lost in wartime.

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved and now we lie, In Flanders Fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw, The torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us, who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, In Flanders Fields.

Selling replicas of the original Flanders’ poppy originated in some of the allied countries immediately after the Armistice. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League began the first nationwide sale of poppies to benefit children in the devastated areas of France and Belgium. Madam Guerin, who was recognized as the “poppy lady” from France, sought and received the cooperation of the VFW in 1922 after the Franco-American Children’s League was dissolved. The VFW conducted its first poppy sale before Memorial Day in 1922 becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW’s 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh, assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation “Buddy Poppy” was adopted at that time.

In February 1924, the VFW registered the name “Buddy Poppy” with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name “Buddy” Poppy.

Note:  Click HERE for audio, courtesy of Manheim VFW Post 9534

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With all that is happening each day–things that shake our faith and chill our hearts–from mosques planned at New York’s Ground Zero to illegal aliens stringing from Arizona to the White House, the ugliness of politics as usual as Joe Sestak admits that the White House tried to bribe him to pull out of the Pennsylvania primary by offering him a job…not to mention the foundering stock market which seem to be afloat currently only because there is a federal team juggling the numbers to a fat fingered keyboarder 24/7—it is vital that we take pause in the midst of this apocalypse to honor our brave dead who faced the ultimate choices that brought them to their deaths.

To each and every one of them, I give thanks and my prayers and my utmost admiration.

To each of you, my prayers for our Republic, our Troops and our Constitution.

In Patriotism,

“The Dame”

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150px-3-5emblem_darkhorseLATE EDITION! Although this is no longer breaking news–it hit the airwaves last week–it is still important to keep it in the forfront, lest even one American fail to realize its critical nature, or, worse yet, think that it is no longer a problem.  I received this today from Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which tells us that the matter is not moot, and that we must continue to address it until it is resolved in keeping with our  Nation of Laws and our Constitution, upon which they are based. Napolitano Declares Propaganda War On Americans !

Did you know that your government considers you to be a “rightwing extremist?” IT’S TRUE! – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Sunday portrayed veterans as victims – not perpetrators – of right-wing extremism as she sought to combat the political controversy arising out of an April 14 Homeland Security memo warning that returning soldiers could be ripe for domestic terrorism participation. Napolitano has insulted all veterans who serve honorably and is creating fear of military veterans by insinuating that they would betray America by calling them terrorists. Fire Napolitano NOW – Her Irresponsible Data Figures Are Lies: TELL CONGRESS TO CONDEMN THIS GOVERNMENT ATTACK ON GUN OWNERS AND VETERANS: SEND YOUR FAXES NOW! Napolitano’s irresponsible actions disqualify her to be in charge of DHS. It’s perfectly clear, she must be fired and Obama must apologize to America’s veterans and all patriotic Americans that believe in the right to bear arms. She cannot be allowed to resign and slink away. She must be fired. Senators Coburn, Brownback, DeMint, Burr, Murkowski, Inhofe, and Vitter sent the following letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano yesterday concerning the DHS conservative hit job:

While we agree that we must fight extremists who are both foreign and domestic we are troubled by some of the statements your department included as fact in the report titled above, without listing any statistical data to back up such claims. First, your report states that “Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists…” without listing any data to support such a vile claim against our nation’s veterans. Second, the report states that the millions of Americans who believe in the Second Amendment are a potential threat to our national security. Why? Do you have statistics to prove that law-abiding Americans who purchase a legal product are being recruited by so-called hate groups? Thirdly, the report states that those that believe in issues such as pro-life legislation, limited government, and legal versus illegal immigration are potential terrorist threats. We can assure you that these beliefs are held by citizens of all races, party affiliation, male and female, and should not be listed as a factor in determining potential terror threats. A better word usage would be to describe them as practicing their First Amendment rights. Also, you list those that bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India as being potential rightwing extremists. We would suggest that the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the manufacturing industry to foreign countries are not potential terror threats, but rather honest Americans worried about feeding their families and earning a paycheck.

Suspending Civil Liberties – The Reichstag Fire Burns Again? On February 27, 1933 the message went out in Germany about the national congressional building “The Reichstag is on fire!” The government turned a blind eye to the terrorist attack because they knew what government officials have known throughout history – that during extreme national emergencies, people are most scared and thus much more willing to surrender their liberties in return for “security “. The day after the fire a decree was issued entitled, “For the Protection of the People and the State.” Justified as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state,” the decree suspended the constitutional guarantees pertaining to civil liberties: NOW DHS DECLARES THAT SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS ARE “RIGHTWING EXTREMISTS”: TELL CONGRESS TO CONDEMN THE REPORT! According to news reports, the Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” labeling citizens opposed to new firearms restrictions, returning veterans and conservatives as “rightwing extremists” and associating them with white supremacists and violent antigovernment groups. You read that right — it appears that the Obama Administration, and especially the DHS under Janet Napolitano, is trying to demonize political dissent. And it’s no big surprise who’s directly in their crosshairs: supporters of the Second Amendment, including veterans and gun owners. Who is funding this kind of nonsense? Well, YOU are. Why would your government spend your money attacking YOU, instead of spending your money PROTECTING you? This calls for grassroots action, on a HUGE scale!

TELL CONGRESS TO CONDEMN THIS GOVERNMENT ATTACK ON GUN OWNERS AND VETERANS: SEND YOUR FAXES NOW! The report also says that Congressional debates about immigration and gun control make extremist groups suspicious and give them a rallying cry.  The report stated:

“It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law; nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists,”

Why are they worried? Because since November, more than 7 million people have applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons. And as far as the Obama administration is concerned, buying guns equals “weapons stockpiling,” buying ammo equals “hoarding of ammunition,” and expressing concern about Congress passing gun control legislation qualifies YOU as part of an “extremist group.” Therefore, you and I are now being viewed as dangerous rightwing extremists that law enforcement officials need to be watching out for!

This is OUTRAGEOUS! TELL CONGRESS TO CONDEMN THIS GOVERNMENT ATTACK ON GUN OWNERS AND VETERANS: SEND YOUR FAXES NOW! This report was released “hot on the heels” of another (state) government agency report in February: the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report titled, “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement.” In this horrific “law enforcement sensitive” secret police report, Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon; John Britt, Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety; James Keathley, Colonel, Missouri State Highway Patrol; and Van Godsey, Director of MIAC categorize certain citizens as being potential violence-prone “militia members.” According to the MIAC report, if you OPPOSE ANY of the following, you could qualify for being profiled as a potential dangerous “militia member”:

  1. Gun Control
  2. The Income Tax
  3. The United Nations
  4. The Ammunition and Accountability Act
  5. The New World Order
  6. The violation of Posse Comitatus
  7. A possible Constitutional Convention
  8. Universal Service Program Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  9. Abortion
  10. The Federal Reserve
  11. Illegal Immigration
  12. The North American Union

Well, there you have it!  Anyone who even THINKS about any of these issues as a potenial or very real problem is considered a dangerous rightwing extremist, or DRE! As ridiculous as it seems, that report  was distributed to law enforcement officials across the state of Missouri, and it wasn’t until the state government was FLOODED with protests from patriotic Americans across the country, that they finally came out and denounced and retracted the MIAC document.

And now, it’s happened again — but this time, at the Federal level! Our own government is turning against us, and unless there is a HUGE outpouring of outrage from every part of this nation, it will just keep getting WORSE!

Interestingly enough, no left-leaning political ideologies were identified. No Islamic extremists. No environmental extremists. Only people holding “conservative” or “right-wing” philosophies were identified in BOTH the MIAC report AND the Homeland Security “assessment.” This shouldn’t be too surprising: both of these reports are similar to several other reports currently circulating around various State police agencies, courtesy of DHS-sponsored “Fusion Centers.” MIAC is one of those Centers, sponsored by the DHS! So now, even veterans are targets of our own government: The Homeland Security assessment specifically says that

“rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.”

PLEASE, don’t think that this is a case of over wrought imagination running amok.  Security spokeswoman Sara Kuban specifically told the press, “This is nothing unusual,” and added that the Homeland Security Department did this “to prevent another Tim McVeigh from ever happening again.”

[NOTE: Jeff Epstein, of  America’s Truth Forum and guest on Monday’s  upcoming “The Dame Truth” sent this today, which fit perfectly with this post.  There are NO accidents… World Net Daily ‘s article dated April 23, 2009 states that David Schippers, who researched the Oklahoma City bombing in detail with Jayna Davis, asserts McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not the lone conspirators but part of a greater scheme involving Islamic terrorists and at least one provable link to Iraq.  This supports the belief that although THERE WERE JIHADISTS INVOLVED WITH MCVEIGH IT IS NEVER EVER MENTIONED in main stream media].

The DHS and MIAC authors of this pejorative edict are pushing an “Us against Them” philosophy.  A significant majority of the American People, those upon whose backs much of the responsibility for the financing of our government lies, are being marginalized, slandered, libeled and  labeled as fringe kooks, “rightwing extremists,” so that it will be easier to violate their liberties and take away our right to keep and bear arms in the future. The only thing that will put a STOP to this nonsense is a huge public outcry opposing it. If we do nothing, however, it will soon be too late to do anything. We either stop it NOW, or it will grow into an out-of-control monster that will monitor and control the personal opinions and speech of every man, woman, and child in this country.

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teaparty1April 15, 2009.  Tax Day. Tea Parties. Main stream media’s desperate attempt to portray non partisan patriots as “Right Wing Extremists,  Loonies” and, horror of horrors, “returning vets.”  Now, I understand full well the obligation corporate controlled, main stream media has to collude with and propound the Obama Agenda, and, things being what they are, this is not a recent revelation.  But when they stoop to portraying some of the bravest, most patriotic and hard working people in the world, a/k/a our American Military, THAT is OVER THE LINE.  Why is it that, since Vietnam, every veteran, especially those who have served our country with the greatest personal sacrifices of time, and sometimes their very own health and well being, is characterized by main stream media as a “right wing veteran lunatic fringe???”  This make my blood boil.  I am a moderate.  I was a Democrat for many years before I saw that odious bunch hijack my party and my country for what is clearly an America hating, illegal alien who, by his own admission, will stand behind the Muslim world before the country whose leadership he has usurped.  I have voted for candidates from all parties at one time or another, not because I am wishy washy in my beliefs, but because I believe in voting for the candidate I deem best suited for the job.  I believe in our Constitution and in the troops sworn to preserve and protect it, from enemies within and without.  I have the utmost admiration for our vets because they do what I feel I cannot–effectively protect our country and its citizens from the front lines.  They count among my most treasured friends, and I do NOT like seeing them disparaged, dismissed and characterized as nuts, for they are smarter than most people in that they have seen things most of us have not, and they know what is real…and what is not.

So, for what is real today:  our Constitution, the strength and commitment of our military, and the Alamo, site of one of today’s big Tea Parties, and symbol of American tenacity.constit


Hoping you all had a great Tea Party and are keeping up with news and updates through sources other than main stream media, for the only thing certain at this point is that they are merely an inefficient tool of the tyranny we face.  As Americans, we can take heart not only in our framers andforefathers, but in our collective Spirit of Unity, Patriotism and support of our troops!


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