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… the VA needs a Change in Philosophy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,January 5th,2017

.. the VA medical system is a single – payer system . The government operates it . Unfortunately , it is unionized . It should not be . The entire setup should be deregulated and totally overhauled . It needs to be completely redone …

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the blog piece ..

.. the VA has gorged itself on budgets and increases during the Obama years . Spending on the VA system has soared , from around $65 billion , to more than $155 billion dollars . Yet , the problems have gotten far , far worse . There is no excuse , none for all of this waste , fraud , abuse , and lack of accountability . The entire system needs to be redesigned …

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… Combat Roles for Women ?? [#national security]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 4th,2016

.. the debate has been coming on for quite some time . Even so , a rash decision is definitely not in our nation ‘ s interest ..

.. Yet , now the decision has been made . As of the first of the year [ 2016] , all military combat roles in the Armed Forces of the United States will now be open to women . No matter what , where , or how …

.. [h/t — hotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. yes , progress has been made in opening more and more combat roles to women . More progress is being made each year . But making such a rash decision now ? Is it such a smart decision , or is it being made in the spirit of the political atmosphere of the radical activism of the ObamaCraps ….

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… (Gwyneth) Paltrow ‘ s Foot – in – Mouth [warfare analogy]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 15th,2014

.. boy , did she commit a blunder ..

.. yea , I know . She is getting a divorce from British Coldplay Rocker Chris Martin . But it does not excuse this stupidity ..

.. she made an analogy to the toughness of her life being similar to that of war . Boy , oh boy , was there a lot of blowback …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. here is the text of the letter of the Green Beret who was one of those who responded to her …

To Miss Paltrow,

I’d first like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you don’t know. I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you. You’ve hit the nail on the head, war is exactly like that. You should receive a medal for the burden you have carried on your shoulders due to these meanies on social media.

You said, “It’s almost like, how in war, you go through this bloody dehumanizing thing and then something is defined out of it.” I could see how you, and others like you in “the biz”, could be so insecure and mentally weak that you could pair the difficulty of your life on twitter to my brothers who have had their limbs ripped off and seen their friends shot, blown up, burned and disfigured, or wake up every morning in pain – while just starting the day is a challenge. How about our wives? The ones that sign on to be there for us through thick and thin, that help us to shake the hardships of war upon our return? And do all this while being mothers to our kids, keeping bills in order because we are always gone, and keeping our lives glued together. They do all this, by the way, without a team of accountants, nanny’s, personal assistants, and life coaches. Yeah, reading a mean tweet is just like all that.

You know what is really “dehumanizing”, Miss Paltrow? The fact that you’d even consider that your life as an “A-list” celebrity reading internet comments could even compare to war and what is endured on the battlefield. You and the other “A-listers” that think like you are laughable. You all have actually convinced yourselves that you in some way face difficulty on a regular basis. Let me be the first to burst your bubble: a long line at Starbucks, your driver being 3 minutes late, a scuff mark on your $1200 shoes and a mean tweet do not constitute difficulty in the eyes of a soldier.

Understand me when I say this: war does not define me. It is a chapter in my life that helped shaped me. Being a husband and father is what defines me. Remember, sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never…be close to what war is.

.. LEC here again — well said , trooper ! …

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… What the Hell is the V.A. doing ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 26th,2014

.. or , in many cases , not doing ? ..

.. take a gander at this case (yes , it is in Phoenix) …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to the interview footage …

.. what is happening to our nation ‘ s vets is far  beyond criminal …

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… Bravo , Tom Cotton ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 14th,2014

.. I can bet that Tom Cotton [R-Ar] was one hellacious Army officer . He sure as hell won the undying loyalty of his mates , even to this day ..

.. Congressman Cotton has done a fine job , even as a freshman representative , and he will make a fine US Senator when he kicks Mark Pryor ‘ s butt this fall at the polls …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the House floor speech ..

.. the DemoCraps have no room to complain . They fundraised endlessly off of the war in Iraq [Operation Iraqi Freedom] , no matter what was happening . Especially when things were going bad , the more the Dems fundraised off of the war (and the bad feelings) …. and the DummyCraps bellyache about the GOP doing it even a little bit …

.. well , Tom Cotton was having none of it …

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… Why Cannot the Veterans Admin use the FedEx Model ?!?! [handling Veterans cases]..

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,May 13th,2014

.. Fred Smith was a visionary .

.. his business school did not think so . The school gave him a ” C ” on a project that would deliver packages at high volume from a central hub , distributing them back to where they needed to go ..

.. that model project is what became Federal Express . Some Project , huh . Bet that business school professor feels like a colossal idiot , don’t you …

.. what I am talking about is the way that FedEx keeps track of their packages . It is a marvel . It has been since the beginning . It has uses elsewhere , I would bet …

.. One place would be the Veterans Administration . The way that the V.A. processes and handles veterans ‘ claims for benefits is a complete cluster[bleep].. . There is a 9 – month to a year (at a minimum) backlog for vets to get their benefits handles , processed , and put into the system . That is clearly unacceptable ! …

.. It is not rocket science , folks . FedEx keeps better track of packages . We sure could take better care of veterans , and process their claims into and through the system in an entirely new way , using the FedEx model … the

.. there are other things that can be done to overhaul the operation of the medical system of the V.A. . it is the raison d ‘ etrê of why the Veterans Administration was put together in the first place . More on this to come , God knows ..

.. but , at least , overhaul the claims system for the vets . There is no excuse , none whatsoever , for what is going on now …

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… I suspect that It is happening elsewhere [VA Scandal // Phoenix]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 2nd,2014

.. yea , I picked up on this ..

.. I was thinking about the vets that I know , including friends of mine , and members of my extended family …

.. I know , I know … Phoenix is in the spotlight on this one , but I doubt that it is the only one

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the CNN news story ..

.. kudos to C.N.N. on this one .. this is the kind of hard news reporting that they used to do very well , and better than anyone . Maybe they can remember that , and go back to that …

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… Military Service Gives Someone a Sense of Entitlement ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 30th,2014

.. is Mark Pryor crazy ?? ..

.. nice way to insult our nation ‘ s military and our veterans …

.. [h/t — RedState]..
.. [link] to the post ..

.. Tom Cotton [my pick for Arkansas ‘ next US Senator] counters beautifully …

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… You Have to Be Kidding [NY Slimes Op – Ed sliming Vets] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 20th,2014

.. I read the op – ed , and I found it disgusting and libelous …

.. especially because I have many folks in my life who have served …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters.org]..
.. [link] to the blog news..

.. my father , my uncles , a number of my friends , and , most recently (in the US Army) , my nephew Aaron ..

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… Well Done , Marines !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 16th,2014

.. there have been public protests in Albequerque over the death of a homeless man in the mountains outside of  the city . So , affairs in the area are a bit tense , to say the least . Folks have protested the use of police power that caused the death of the fellow …

.. [h/t — therightscoop]..

.. [link] to the blog post …

.. you  obviously can have a beef about what  had happened . But being provocative in the protest is never a good idea . What I am referring to is that some protestors carried an American flag , upside down , through the protest area in town …

.. bad move . An American Flag carried upside down on a flagpole or standard is the sign of distress . People have done it , but to do  it in a protest  is not a  bright move . Several off-duty Marines (home on leave , no doubt) intervened , saved the colours , and cleaned up the flag ,…..

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… I have not Decided Myself on the Issue [on Base Arming with Guns]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,April 11th,2014

.. but I can readily empathize with this retired soldier …

.. this young man was a victim of Nidal Hassan ‘ s mass murder and terrorism in the latter part of 2009 . He is also a combat veteran . So he knows more than a little about guns and combat .

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the news piece ..

.. so tell me , what do you think …

.. I will , and soon ..

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… A Real Dandy Super Bowl Commercial [” A Hero ‘ s Welcome “] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 3rd,2014

.. this one is well worth watching .

.. it is simple , the story of a town celebrating the return home of a soldier (A US Army Lieutenant ,matter of fact)

.. simple , classy , and low – key , also featuring fellow veterans …

.. watch and enjoy …

.. [h/t — YouTube]…

.. [link] to the video …

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… Our Uniformed Military (enlisted & officers) have as much right to Religious Liberty as Anyone Else …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

.. Since when do outside groups have the right to impose religious censorship on our nation ‘ s military ? This is crazy !

.. Good Lord , they have enough to worry about , as it is . Their first job , Job One , is our nation ‘ s defense . Their efforts are second to none . Their abilities to perform their jobs and their missions are second to none . Our nation ‘ s military , its technology , its strategy , and its ability are second to none .

.. So when it is said that having religious faith , and showing the same , and speaking about it , is against the good order and discipline

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the military service . When does the civilian leadership have the right to impose anti – religious censorship , impinging on the religious freedom and rights of our fellow citizens in uniform ? Why ?

.. These radicals , such as the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation ” and the ” Freedom from Religion Foundation ” have perverted our Constitution , and its freedoms and rights . Most of all , our religious freedoms , for civilian and military alike , in the First Amendment to the Constitution , in the Bill of Rights . What it stands for is not the prohibition of religion in the public sphere . Not at all . It stand for the free exercise thereof , and the prohibition of a “state church.” Not for the suppresion of religion and faith .

.. Our history , military and otherwise , is clear on those points . First and foremost , is the 1st Amendment ‘ s targeting of religious freedom . Our founders wanted to be absolutely sure and clear that all of us have the free and clear right to practice our faith , or to not practice it , if that is our choice . Also , the provision of chaplains of various faiths . These people (men and women) are priests , pastors , rabbis , and imans , there to minister to the religious needs of our troops & Marines . Most of all , without impignging on the good order and discipline in the ranks , is their rights to make statements of religious and moral issues , that are a part of their job as a religious leader from the pulpit .

.. I post this article from Breitbart Media ‘ s “Big Government” of the insanity that is going on in the current atmosphere . It is time that a thorough cleansing of the anti – religious bigots from the public sphere take place …

A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes is a Christian chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations.

My legal research on this issue uncovered no regulation prohibiting Reyes’ speech, which looks like expression protected by the free speech and religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment. Military leaders did not respond to Fox’s inquiries asking the Air Force to identify any such rules.

Nonetheless, only five hours after MRFF’s complaint, the essay was removed from the website. Duffy has profusely apologized to MRFF for not stopping this religious leader from sharing religious thoughts.

But this response—which again appears to be a violation of Reyes’s First Amendment rights—is insufficient for MRFF. They said, “Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” and, “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately punished.” (Emphasis added).

So MRFF is saying that the coercive power of government must be used to punish a military officer, who is also an ordained Christian minister, for making ordinary religious references consistent with his faith.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council—one of the leaders of a new religious liberty coalition for the military—responded, “A chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members… Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?”

MRFF is activist Mikey Weinstein’s organization. He called observant Christians “fundamentalist monsters” seeking to impose a “reign of theocratic terror,” and he described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of “spiritual rape” that makes believers “enemies of the Constitution” who are committing an act of “sedition and treason” against this nation.

The Obama-Hagel Defense Department and Air Force have met with Weinstein and MRFF over a period of four years and recently told Congress that there are no problems with suppressing religious speech in the military. However, because this growing wave of anti-Christian extremism has been exposed to the public, the U.S. House has inserted new religious liberty protections for military members in pending legislation.

President Obama threatens to veto the legislation. Reyes’s story makes it more likely that Congress will stand its ground and fight to protect the religious liberty of him and countless others in the military, as those service members continue risking their lives to fight for all Americans.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

 

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… Joshua Mandel …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 27th,2012

… Josh Mandel is many things …

… a fine decent young man …

… a married man , someday , i think to be a father …

… someone (a Marine) who has served his country …

… who has served (city councilman , state representative , Treasurer of State) in public office …

… and , who is only 34 years old …

… he is many things …

… but , he is not a sacrificial lamb !!

 

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