Memorial Day 2017

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Here’s Civil War Gen. John Logan’s Order Number 11 designating “Decoration Day,” the foundation of Memorial Day. Excerpt:

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

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Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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Words and men I’ll never forget:

“Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.” – Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr.

“He knew what he was fighting for.” – father of Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

“He felt that what we were doing was just and right.” – Charles Cummings, father of fallen hero Army PFC Branden Cummings, who died in an IED attack in Diyala, Iraq.

“I genuinely believe the United States Army is a force of good in this world.” – 2LT Mark Daily.

Remember the heroes of Camp Bastion.

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The Sheepdogs by Russ Vaughn

Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life’s farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.
To the flock, sheepdog’s are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.
But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”
Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack’s wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
And the wolves will learn what we’ve shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

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We Need More Special Counsels

The original accusation, the underlying premise for the entire hissy fit by the chronic sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome’s about Russian collusion was that the Russians hacked the DNC and gave the emails to Wikileaks.

Recently Internet entrepreneur and hacker, Kim DotCom, admitted that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich, an employee of the DNC to get internal emails to Wikileaks.

Now we have proof that this underlying premise was a lie all along.  We now know that the person who really did give the DNC emails to Wikileaks didn’t have to hack in because he was an insider to begin with: Seth Rich.

We also know that Seth Rich was mysteriously killed in Washington DC on July 8, 2016, 27 and that the Metro Police are slow-walking the investigation.  The police say it was a botched robbery.  The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch, and phone.

In August Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.  Julian Assange also suggested in August that Seth Rich was a Wikileaks informant.  Kim Dotcom tweeted out that he has evidence Seth Rich, the murdered DNC operative, is the Wikileaks source.  He’s ready to release the evidence to Congressional investigators.  It doesn’t seem as if anyone in Washington is interested since this shines a light on the lie that started it all.

There is so much about this that is interesting.  Such as, the fact that the DNC leaders, Hillary Clinton, and Podesta, never disputed what was said in the emails. They instead attacked how the information was leaked. The media, of course, misdirected as best they could to cover up the facts.  Look at who made the accusations, not at the accusations themselves.

If there was any fraud in the last election cycle it was the DNC fat cats stacking the deck against Bernie Sanders in the primaries.

I continue to ask if the Russians hacked the election and Hillary won the popular vote whose side were they on.  Just ask yourself: who would the Russians rather have as president of the United States a corrupt politician that everyone in the world knows can be bribed or a billionaire who says, “Drill Baby Drill” when their economy is based on oil?

Now we have a Special Counsel to investigate a non-crime that probably makes sense inside the beltway and through the looking glass.

Why not have a Special Counsel to investigate Bill Clinton’s visit with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Arizona.  How about one to investigate all the people illegally leaking confidential material in an attempt to thwart the Trump agenda?  What about one to investigate how many people were illegally unmasked by Susan Rice and the rest of the Obama hit machine?

If we’re going to impanel Special Counsels to investigate rumors why stop until we’ve investigated them all?

Where are the over 30,000 emails deleted by Hillary Clinton?

If the massive donations to the Clinton Foundations weren’t thinly veiled bribes why did they dry up as soon as Hillary lost the election?

Special Counsels like Special Prosecutors take on a life of their own.  Which is eventually close to the half-life of a radioactive material, it lives on and on and on.  They need convictions to justify the bloated staffs and budgets that they acquire in years of so-called investigations.

Look at the case of who leaked the name of Valerie Plame.  The whole thing started with an article on July 14, 2003, by Robert Novak, a journalist for The Washington Post.  This article named Plame as a CIA operative effectively ending her career.  Before the Special Prosecutor was even named people in the government knew that the source of the leak was Richard Armitage.  However he was an insider, a member of the establishment, so he couldn’t end up as the fall guy.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald pushed and prodded until he was able to catch someone in a discrepancy between multiple interviews over several years.  Then he prosecuted Scooter Libby for that discrepancy and got a conviction.  It was not for revealing Plame’s name but for impeding the investigation into something that was already known before the investigation began.

Back in 1980 when Ronald Reagan won shocking the Democrat establishment they demanded an investigation of his Presidential campaign saying they made a deal with Iran to delay the release of American hostages until after the election.  How else could this has been actor beat a sitting president as successful as Jimmy Carter? That’s when Tom Foley the Democrat leader of the House said, “We have no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, but the seriousness of the allegations, and the weight of circumstantial information, compel an effort to establish the facts.”  As long as we are going to continue to follow the Democrat’s criteria for investigations let’s go for the Holy Grail.

Let’s investigate the report that Obama’s Kenyan (paternal) grandmother, as well as his half-brother and half-sister, testified that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, and not in Hawaii as the president claims.  And there is reported testimony from a Mombasa science teacher and the Mombasa Registrar of births that Obama’s birth certificate from Mombasa is genuine.  This report shows a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate that Lucas Smith obtained through the help of a Kenyan Colonel who got it recently directly from the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

So, if we’re going to have Special Counsels let’s have a bunch of them.  Let’s look into every rumor and accusation in Washington.  That should cause enough gridlock to hopefully protect us from all the help the perpetually re-elected continue to force upon us.  Maybe then we could live our lives in peace as they all scurry into the shadows like roaches when you turn on the light.

Drain the swamp!

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

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Trump’s Medicaid ‘Cuts’ Actually Increase Federal Spending

Last week, President Trump proposed massive spending increases for Medicaid.

Of course, most of the media didn’t report it that way. They reported that the president’s proposal “slashes spending.” That he wants to cut “at least $610 billion” from Medicaid. That “Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid.” And so on.

That might be vaguely true in the Washington sense. It’s not at all true in the real-world sense.

Here’s the difference.

If you look at the actual White House budget proposal, you’ll note that it includes tables for “baseline” spending and “proposed” spending. Baseline spending is spending that would occur if nothing changes—if Congress doesn’t order any new aircraft carriers, and America doesn’t start any new wars. If entitlement eligibility rules remain the same, and expected benefits for each recipient neither shrink nor grow. Things like that. Make some minor adjustments for inflation and population growth and, barring some unforeseen windfall or cataclysm, you can project how much a program will cost in future years.

The baseline spending curve for Medicaid points upward. In 2017, the program is expected to cost roughly $378 billion. A decade from now, the baseline spending for Medicaid rises to $688 billion—an 82 percent increase in nominal dollars.

Trump’s proposed spending for Medicaid points upward, too—just not as sharply.

Under his budget proposal, Medicaid spending would rise from $378 billion this year to $524 billion in 2027. That’s a 38 percent nominal increase.

True, inflation will reduce the effective size of either increase to some extent. And population growth could increase demand for Medicaid and other social programs, although population growth in the U.S. is the slowest it’s been in nearly a century.

Either way, the Medicaid budget is going to grow. But under Trump’s proposal, it would grow more slowly. This is how Democrats and the media can scream about supposedly savage “cuts” to the program.

The same goes for Medicare. Under the current baseline, Medicare would grow from $593 billion to $1.19 trillion. Under the Trump budget, it would grow to only (!) $1.16 trillion.

Or take non-defense discretionary programs. Those are the expenditures for just about everything else the federal government does, from environmental protection to bridge construction. Unlike entitlement programs, whose spending is formula-driven (until Congress changes the formulas, anyway) spending on discretionary programs is set each year by the appropriations process.

The growth of entitlement spending has squeezed discretionary spending mercilessly. In 1965, so-called mandatory spending consumed just under 27 percent of the federal budget. Discretionary spending got 65.8 percent, and interest on the debt made up the rest. Today, the spending figures have almost reversed. Mandatory spending makes up almost two-thirds of the federal budget and discretionary spending less than 32 percent.

If current trends continue, by 2044 Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and interest on the debt will consume 100 percent of federal revenue. Everything else will be financed with debt—and debt will reach 150 percent of GDP. That’s roughly where Greece stood five years ago.

Discretionary spending falls into two buckets: defense and non-defense. In 1965, defense made up 43 percent of the federal budget. Now it makes up only about 16 percent. Don’t let that fool you into thinking defense spending has shrunk, though. In 1980, Pentagon spending stood at $143 billion. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $446 billion in today’s dollars. Baseline defense spending for next year is $600 billion.

Under the current baseline, non-defense discretionary spending is going to grow, too. Over the next decade, it is slated to rise from $624 billion to $739 billion. Under Trump’s proposed budget, though, it would shrink to $429 billion. Now that’s an actual, honest-to-God budget cut.

So far we have been talking about what will happen, or what might happen. We still haven’t reached the question of what should happen.

For instance: Should we want more people going on Medicaid? As Shikha Dalmia laid out in brutal detail back in February, Medicaid is “arguably the civilized world’s worst health insurance program.” It costs roughly $7,000 per recipient, and people with Medicaid often have health outcomes no better than people who have no health coverage at all. One third of doctors no longer will accept new Medicaid patients—and the system’s costs continue to soar.

Yet even if we assume, contrary to evidence, that Medicaid is a wonderful program, we still might question whether we want enrollment to rise. Once upon a time, people generally thought relying for support on the government—on the sweat and earnings of your fellow citizens—was, to put it gently, a less than optimal way to live. Presumably it still is. Thus the goal should be to get people off Medicaid, not onto it.

True, some people always will need public assistance, and a compassionate society must provide it. But public assistance should be a last resort, not the default option. Ideally, social-welfare programs should shrink over time, not grow.

But that’s a normative debate for another time. The current one concerns simple math. It’s true that in the Washington sense, Donald Trump could be said to be “cutting” Medicaid. But it’s also true that under Trump, Medicaid spending would reach the highest level in U.S. history.

This column originally appeared at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI

(DAILY MAIL) – Tiger Woods was arrested on Monday in Jupiter, Florida on a charge of drunk driving, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Arrest information shows the 41-year-old golfer was booked into jail at 7:18am and then released on his own recognizance at 10:50am.

He faces a charge of driving with a blood alcohol level above Florida’s legal limit of .08.

This is the second time that Woods has been caught drinking and driving.

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Ivy League illegal immigrants release list of demands, including free health care, legal protection

A group of undocumented immigrants at Columbia University in New York City is demanding concessions from their Ivy League school.

The group, known as the Undocumented Students Initiative or “UndoCU,” released a list of 13 demands last week that include things like increased protection from federal authorities who might want to deport them, subsidized summer housing, “full reimbursement” of health care fees, specialized fundraising, counseling and sensitivity training for all Columbia faculty, along with other demands.

“We refuse to amend or change any of these demands,” the group wrote in a Facebook post last week. “[W]e expect the university to act.”

To begin, the group demands clarification in the university’s policies toward its undocumented students, should they have their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA status revoked.

“How will the university help us cope with our legal working rights being taken away? How will the university help with our inability to pay tuition or housing?” the group wrote. “In all possible senses, how will the university provide the proper support that will allow us to thrive as students and contributing members of our university community?”

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was initiated by former President Barack Obama, allows young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to receive work permits and “deferred” deportation status renewable every two years. President Donald Trump as a candidate threatened to end the program, but it remains active more than four months into his presidency. Since Trump’s election, he has indicated that he is open to allowing some DACA recipients to stay in the country.

Concerning health care fees, Campus Reform notes that like almost every American college, Columbia requires its students to have health insurance or pay a fee to get insurance through the school. The undocumented students, however, are not happy they have to pay the fee.

“We also demand full reimbursement of the health insurance fees,” the group wrote, adding the school “refunded portions of these fees, but the calculations are inaccurate and leaves graduating students with exorbitant amounts of account balances which potentially hinders their request for academic transcripts and degrees.”

The group also explained they want the university to protect them from federal immigration authorities.

“How can administration contact and keep in touch with undocumented students without a record of students that the administration may be in the future be forced to relinquish to federal authorities?” they wrote.

In the long list, the undocumented students also demand they be designated by the school as domestic students because “classifying us as international students puts us at risk of having our information exposed to Homeland Security,” they demand the university create a liaison as a go-between for their group and the school administration, as well as “specialized fundraising for undocumented students.”

“We want the university as a whole and individual schools to raise funding to specifically support undocumented students in both undergrad and grad schools with the objective of creating undocumented student specific scholarships and grants,” the group wrote. “Need based funding must be available for undocumented students at all Columbia University and affiliate schools.”

Other demands include counselors that are educated and experienced in immigration and sensitivity training for all campus faculty.

“Much like sexual health training, it is imperative that immigration subjects be treated with the proper language and information,” the group explained. “It is unacceptable for students to be called ‘illegal’ in their own classrooms or for professors to tell us to ‘get legal.’”

It must be noted that the list of demands comes as the majority of undocumented students attending Columbia likely already attend the school with their tuition and room and board being paid for. That’s because, like other Ivy League schools, Columbia allows students whose families earn a relatively low-level income to attend for practically nothing.

The undocumented student group was created last year around the time that Trump won November’s presidential election.

The list of demands may seem surprising, but in 2017 predominantly liberal and progressive students across the nation are feeling emboldened to demand concessions and changes from their administrations.

Just recently, Columbia and fellow Ivy League school Harvard University held segregated commencement ceremonies, despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled six decades ago that “separate but equal,” is, in fact, not equal.

In addition, students at Evergreen State University in Washington state recently demanded the resignation of a professor because he refused to leave campus over his white skin color.

A Columbia spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze.

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Watch: Jesse Watters quizzes Memorial Day beachgoers — and the results are hilarious and horrifying

Fox News Channel host Jesse Watters hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend to quiz young people about the meaning of Memorial Day and past military conflicts involving the United States. The answers were both hilarious and horrifying.

“This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day for remembering America’s fallen soldiers,” Watters said during a Saturday evening episode of FNC’s “Watters’ World.” “But how much do Americans really know about the history of that sacrifice? I have to warn you: It is shameful.”

There are plenty of “shameful” answers to Watters’ questions to choose from, but several worth highlighting came in response to Watters’ simple question about the Revolutionary War.

“Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?” asked Watters to several beachgoers.

“The French,” responded one woman.

“That’s a good question,” said one man. “I don’t know.”

“China,” answered another young woman.

“North versus South,” responded one particularly confident-sounding man. “The Confederate [sic] versus the Union.”

Watters also asked people to name the victor of the U.S. Civil War.

“Britain,” replied one woman.

“America and Britain and Spain, some part of Spain, and uh, uh yeah,” said another young woman.

As funny and disturbing as the answers were to Watters’ questions, the results shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Numerous studies and surveys have shown Americans know very little about their own history and even less about world history.

As a writer for the Smithsonian Institution noted in a 2015 article, in 2008, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute surveyed more than 2,500 people and found only about 50 percent could properly name the three branches of government (executive, judicial, and legislative). Similarly, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” found in 2014—the most recent test data available—only 21 percent of male students in the eighth grade and 16 percent of female eighth-grade students scored “proficient” or higher in NAEP’s U.S. history assessment.

Americans’ poor understanding of history is nothing short of pathetic, but as the nation celebrates Memorial Day, it seems more than just a little funny and sad; it’s also, as Watters stated in the introduction of his segment, “shameful.”

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We Hear You: On Memorial Day, Why Americans Don’t Forget to Remember

Editor’s Note:  To help commemorate Memorial Day, we decided to share some of your comments responding to holiday pieces in recent years from Heritage Foundation national security expert James Jay Carafano and others.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: Both my parents served in World War I, my brother and myself in World War II.  I missed D-Day, but just by a few days (“Making Memorial Day Make a Difference“).

I am an old fart. I remember well the Great Depression as a teenager, working in a dairy and a saw mill and caddying on a private golf course, among other jobs, wherever we could find work.

As a soldier, I remember walking up a trail from the beach past Sainte-Mère-Église, seeing a burning Jeep with a body. Hearing the first sounds of the Germans’ 88 mm guns. Receiving our first mortar fire. And thinking this is madness.

Little did I know of the future: the hedgerows, Brittany, the run to the Rhine, the Ardennes, the death camps, the breakthrough at Saint-Lo, and more.

It does not seem possible now, but it actually happened. People in this country do not know how good they have it here. And in my mind, I see a country destroyed within by the ACLU, the courts, and our own government.  I ask why and how did this happen. We were duped into war in Vietnam and Iraq. For what purpose?

The country is morally and financially bankrupt. What was all the death and suffering for? We have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. What kind of a life will they have?Frank Jenkins

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The Korean War is truly America’s “Forgotten War.” I am just one of those who served in that nasty, horrific war that cost our country nearly as many casualties in three years as the Vietnam War did in 10. It really is time for some measure of recognition of the sacrifices made by these veterans, who are rapidly leaving us.Wallace Hystad

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A few years ago, I was talking to a friend who had been on the beaches on D-Day (“This Soldier’s Story Reminds Us of Why Memorial Day Matters“). I  asked him if he had ever thought of going back to see those beaches again. He nodded his head sadly. He told me that all he had to do was close his eyes, and he could see it all again.Pat Jorgensen

Let us not forget what Memorial Day is all about. If you know a son, daughter, father, mother, spouse, brother, or sister of one of our fallen, please take a moment to thank them, on behalf of our loved ones, for their sacrifice.Bryan Burgess

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Working as a cryptography tech in Paris gave me an overview of the war in Europe, which is why I will tolerate no criticism of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He had great generals leading large military groups and armies, but  only so much materiel to go around.

When Gen. George Patton raced beyond his supplies (gasoline), the Battle of the Bulge with all its casualties ensued.

I learned of so many situations then and later. During the war, I could not understand why so many mattress covers were requested. Much later, I learned they were the forerunners of body bags. Much I’d like to forget.Gwen Cody

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The Korean War was the bloodiest war fought by the United States in the 20th century, based on the amount of men committed to combat: Over 54,000 killed in action and 8,000 unaccounted-for prisoners of war  in just three years. But many forget to mention the truly “Forgotten War.”Carl White

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My husband served in both the Vietnam and Korean wars, so he doubly felt the rejection by the public. However, he volunteered for Vietnam. The omission of recognition that bothers him the most is that owed to Korean veterans.

He was drafted right out of high school, and it was during the Battle of Inchon that he earned his Purple Heart. Please, whenever you honor the veterans of our nation’s wars, remember those who fought in Korea during the 1950s. Many are still alive and carry the physical and emotional wounds of that conflict.Anita Dragoo

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I suggest my fellow Americans find the book “The Second World War” by Peter Calvocoressi, Guy Wint, and John Pritchard. Its 1,300-plus pages explain World War II more thoroughly than anything I have ever read.

This book tells of Nazi Germany’s “work” in Europe, and why the Nazis had to be stopped. It tells of imperial Japan’s treatment of China, the Philippines, prisoners of war, and so on.

My brother and four first cousins served in WWII, all as volunteers. One was a nurse in North Africa for 18 months. I served in the U.S. Marines with volunteers from WWII and Korea. One Marine was a master sergeant captured on Wake Island. My brother was at Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. A cousin started on Guadacanal.Alan K. Jackson

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Thank all you heroes who put yourselves in harm’s way so that we are protected here in America (“Just a Common Soldier: A Moving Tribute for Memorial Day“). I have always loved our flag and our country. My father was in World War I, and I have always been proud of him and every man or woman who has kept us safe. God bless America and all those who still serve to keep us safe.Leona Raney

We so often forget what sacrifices our men and women give our country. This simple poem says it all (“Just a Common Soldier: A Moving Tribute for Memorial Day“). Don’t forget our brave solders from the past and present. They are the true heroes. They give their all. Remember this: A man who lays down his life for someone else is a true hero. God bless and please, God, bring them home safe.Bobby Lewis

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Not only should we mourn, but as Patton said, celebrate their lives and be glad that we had them in a time of need.John Naguski

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Regarding Jarrett Stepman’s commentary “Memorial Day Tributes Should Include What Soldiers Fought For“:  It’s a national tragedy. The dumbing down of America continues. Our politicians do not care as long as they remain in power.Joel G. Wood

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I have been watching Oliver North’s “War Stories” for many months. They show the reality and the horror of war. They should be viewed in our schools, because the magnitude of the sacrifice by so many is being lost.Loretta Hurite

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We do tend to forget the soldiers are individuals with families and friends, hopes and dreams, and most are at the beginning of their lives (“This Soldier’s Story Reminds Us of Why Memorial Day Matters“). Those that are lost are sorely missed and owed a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.Rick Simons

The Meaning of Memorial Day, From the Civil War On https://t.co/i4bv1F0I3z @DailySignal

— Fred Lucas (@FredLucasWH) May 26, 2017

As a proud nationalized U.S. citizen from La Paz, Bolivia, I respectfully pay tribute to the heroines and heroes of all wars who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our beloved country free and the exceptional beacon of light for the rest of the world. May their souls rest in peace, and may we always remember them in our fervent daily prayers.Luis R. Quiroz

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I have a copy of President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day speech (“‘They Stood for Something and We Owe Them Something’: Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day Speech“). I listened to it on Memorial Day 2016, along with the rest of the speeches I have in DVD format, instead of listening to you know who. We will never have another president and commander-in-chief like Ronald Reagan, or anything close to him. He brought our country together.Virginia Murrell

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God bless our fallen warriors.Pete Kleff

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A million GIs also served in Europe from 1950 on, keeping Stalin out of Western Europe (“Making Memorial Day Make a Difference“). The tour of duty was three years at $75 a month. Nobody knew we were there, and still don’t know, as there is nothing in the history books about that era.

We had air bases with atom bombs to hold the USSR in check , and ground troops for fodder. This was before intercontinental ballistic missiles. And thank God that Stalin died in 1953.

When I came back in 1954, nobody knew what was avoided. Nobody seemed to know we were there, and people still haven’t a clue. None of us is looking for a medal. Just a printed record would be nice in a recognized history book, written by an author with common sense.Don Nardone 

Share the stories of real heroes this Memorial Day https://t.co/Zvk022qzCM @Heritage‘s John JV Venable @DailySignal

— Ken McIntyre (@KenMac55) May 28, 2017

I have many relatives buried in Arlington Cemetery, and make many visits throughout the year. I see the thousands of headstones, and the hundreds of niches for cremains, and still after all these years I am still awed by it all.

So not make this weekend the only time you thank a serviceman or servicewoman for their service. Do it every time you see any man or woman in uniform, or a veteran.

Recently, I walked up to a young Marine and extended my hand and said thank you. He asked, “What for?” I said,  “For serving.” He then told me I was the first  person who ever had said that to him.

Please remember, they serve 52 weeks of the year, not just this weekend.Jeanne Stottler

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 May they rest in peace with truth and grace.Mary De Voe

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Here’s a lesser-known verse of “America the Beautiful”:

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

Americans have died, in liberating strife, at home and on foreign soil for more than two centuries. Our heroes gave us the freedom to refine who we are. May we always be worthy of their sacrifice.Will

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City Refuses Atheist Group’s Request to Remove Cross From Public Park

NEOSHO, Mo. — Officials at a city in Missouri have decided to refuse a prominent professing atheist organization’s request to remove a cross display from a public park. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter earlier this month to the mayor of the city of Neosho, stating that it had been informed by a complainant that a cross…

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Were the Brits tipped off about the Manchester bomber last year?

There were rumors about this story cropping up earlier in the week, but I honestly didn’t pay much attention to them. In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing we learned that there were plenty of potentially dangerous cells in Great Britain and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if American intelligence agencies had run across information relating to them and let their British counterparts know. And if it was of a more general nature, such as “certain groups of bad guys may be plotting something” you can imagine M-15 sort of rolling their eyes and saying, yeah. Thanks. We know.

But if this report from the Daily Mail is accurate, the information was at least somewhat more specific. First, keep in mind that this is once again based on an anonymous source, so take it as you will. (Let’s hope it’s not the same guy who told the New York Times that the Russians had hacked our power grid.) But if they are correct, the FBI had Salman Abedi in their sights in 2016.

UK security chiefs were warned in January that Salman Abedi was planning an attack in Britain, it was claimed last night.

According to a security source, the FBI told MI5 that Abedi was part of a North African Islamic State cell plotting to strike a political target in the UK.

The information came from a US investigation into Abedi and his links to terrorist groups in Libya. The Mail on Sunday has also been told that US security services put him on a terror watch list – used by agents to identify key suspects – in 2016.

The Daily Caller has more details and analysis on this story which is worth a look.

But even if all of the information from this source is accurate, I’m still not sure we can cast too many stones at M-15 here. They’ve already said that Abedi was on their watch list and they had checked him out. Granted, if you’re getting buzz from the Americans about the guy and you know he’s been traveling back and forth to terrorist hot spots he might rate a bit higher on the scale, but how could M-15 be sure? As John was just talking about the other night, everyone is fairly sure that there are as many as 20,000 potential jihadists on the loose in Great Britain at the moment. If it hadn’t been Abedi it might have been any one of the others.

Unless someone was sitting on something specific about Abedi and some bomb-making materials and the concert venue, he was probably just one more on a list of very dangerous Islamic radicals who may or may not go off the rails at any given time. Truth be told, a lack of resources to monitor this specific guy on the part of M-15 isn’t the issue. The problem is that the Brits have allowed far too many people of dubious backgrounds to move into their country without integrating properly and a lot of them haven’t been vetted. And that’s now gone on for a couple of generations. (You’ll recall that Abedi was born in England to parents who were Libyan immigrants.) By the time you see one cockroach in your kitchen trying to make off with your sandwich it’s far too late. That means there’s an entire nest of them in the house someplace and it’s time to call the exterminator.

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‘Church of Scotland’ Backs Homosexual Unions

(Christian Institute) — The Church of Scotland has taken steps to allow its ministers to perform same-sex “weddings,” after debating a report in its General Assembly. The report, put forward by the influential Theological Forum, acknowledged that the Bible condemns same-sex acts, but claimed Scripture was framed by cultural context. Marriage was redefined in…

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