This was the day the Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor early one Sunday morning at 7:55 AM. This cowardly attack lasted for two hours, ending at 9:55 AM.
I’m posting a link to a video below that explains that sad day in history, and to commemorate this day because I believe every American should know what December 7th represents.
America’s resilience in the face of evil and violence should be admired and emulated. The strength and heroism of our military has suffered under Obama’s obvious dislike for America and all it stands for, but the tides are slowly turning, and together, we will Make America Great Again, so help us, God.
America thanks you for your service to our great country. Your heroism will never, ever be forgotten. Your bravery will be respected and emulated in every branch of service because all of you, past and present, are members of the Greatest Generation of all time, and your efforts helped build this nation into what it is today.
Thank you from the bottom of our very grateful hearts… †
Here’s their story…
I offer this prayer to all those who have died fighting for this country and for the freedoms we enjoy. Although we don’t know many of their names, we do appreciate their sacrifices, and they will always be in our prayers of gratitude. Thank you for your dedicated and heroic service to our great country. You will never, ever be forgotten; you will be honored and emulated for your heroism…
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AMERICA GRIEVES AS FOUR U.S. MARINES AND A NAVY SAILOR LOST THEIR LIVES IN CHATANOOGA, TN BECAUSE OF A VICIOUS TERROR ATTACK BY MUHAMMAD YOUSSEF ABDULAZEEZ…
America’s heroes are from left to right:
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, MA, 40
Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells of Cobb, GA, 21
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk County, WI, 27
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, NC, 37
I was all set to post this on my Blog this afternoon, but then I heard about Randall Smith and wanted to include him here as well. This is a long post and it took me awhile to compose it, but it is my heartfelt thank you to the five heroic and beautiful souls who were taken from us so tragically. I hope you’ll read this post in its entirety and keep these five brave warriors, their loving families and their community in your prayers. I came across a few eye-openers on this story of the horrific terrorist attack that first started at a military recruitment station and then at a Navy and Marines Reserve Center seven miles away in Chattanooga, TN. More on this story follows my post. Thank you…
While on a walk this morning to gather more thoughts for this post, I watched as another of our veterans was laid to rest in a cemetery that I sometimes walk in. They had the customary Three-Volley Salute for another of America’s heroes that I’ve seen and heard so many times before. I don’t know anything about this veteran, but as I always do, I’ll go to the grave of the veteran at a more appropriate time and pray over his or her grave. It helps me to cope with a hero’s passing, and allows me to privately say “Thank you for your service to this great nation. Rest in peace”. Whether they pass because of natural causes or by vicious attack, they will never be forgotten.
I cried along with the rest of America when I first heard about the four U.S. Marines who are no longer with us. They are no longer with their families and friends because of the cowardly actions of a rogue Muslim extremist terrorist, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who was killed by police at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center after first firing at a military recruiting storefront several miles away. Several others were wounded at the second military recruitment center, including a Navy Sailor and veteran Chattanooga police officer, Sgt. Dennis Pedigo, who was wounded in the ankle and underwent surgery. Thank God he’s recovering.
Many people are wondering what possessed this “friendly” Muslim to “turn” and attack a couple of military installations and open fire on innocent, unarmed marines and others?
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in Chattanooga during Ramadan, if you can believe that. They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught some guy, Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Did the Muslims in this community coerce this coward to target military installations or did the coercion come from his father, Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who was on the terrorist watch list, then later removed? I wonder who took him off of that terrorist watch list, and will we ever find out who did? I won’t hold my breath.
Here’s some background information into Abdulazeez and his vicious father, Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who had a restraining order put on him from his wife filed back on February 5, 2009 because of sexual assaulting and viciously beating her, and also beating their son. Youssuf told his wife of 28 years that he wanted to take a second wife “because it’s allowed under Islamic Law”, but they’re in America where American Law exists, not Palestine or Kuwait (where Abdulazeez was born). There are more horror stories about how Muslim guys who come into this country either by legal or illegal means who show this same violent behavior toward women. Now there’s your “war on women”, Liberals and Progressives. With Obama taking in 100,000 or more Muslims into the United States every year, we can expect more of this, and it will spill out into our population, not just in their own circle, I assure you.
Obama could stop this or at least reduce this carnage on military installations by Islamic terrorists by repealing a law I believe Bill Clinton signed which disarmed U.S. soldiers on military bases. It was one of the first things he did when he took office in 1993. In March of the same year, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. However, according to a story from TheBlaze on September 17, 2013, it was George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense who put that law into place, not Bill Clinton. I still believe Bill Clinton had his hands in it because of what I’ve uncovered, just as he reduced military spending which resulted in the USS Cole terrorist attack, then boasted of a “surplus”. Actually, I don’t care who was at fault! The fact that this law hasn’t been repealed after countless shootings and fatalities at various military installations is an atrocity. This law should be repealed, but I don’t see it happening because any laws that need to be repealed are put into the proverbial circular file by our politicians—think ObamaCare.
Nadal Hasan’s terrorist attack (remember him?) at Fort Hood wouldn’t have happened or at the very least, the damage would have been minimal in comparison, if Clinton’s (or H. W. Bush’s) law wasn’t in place. Our military personnel would have been armed. Terrorists and other radicals know that they won’t be fired upon in gun-free zones which is why it’s happening more often in those places.
May God rest the souls of the four Marines and Navy Sailor who lost their lives, and May He bring comfort to their families. America grieves with them. Here’s another Muslim extremist who America educated, yet this pig wasn’t as grateful and “loving” as some people thought. Whoever persuaded him to act out this massacre on innocent people, he could have gone to the authorities or he could have said NO to the violent acts! What or who makes these seemingly “good” people turn away from good and incite evil onto innocent people for no reason at all?
To our Military Men and Women who are serving in our Armed Forces: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to God’s beautiful country. May your families be blessed and comforted as they await your safe return home.
At the end of this post, I’ve included a couple of related stories.
In Love and Light…
For videos on this story, please go to where this story originated: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3165270/Purple-Heart-recipient-served-Iraq-identified-one-four-Marines-shot-dead-Chattanooga-shooting-gunman-Muhammad-Abdulazeez.html
‘I love you’: Girlfriend shares tragic last texts with boyfriend killed in Chattanooga as the bodies of the four slain Marines are taken in a procession to Dover, Delaware
- Caroline Dove says her boyfriend Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21, sent her a text message on Thursday, reading: ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER’
- She thought the text message was a joke until her mother sent her an article about the rampage
- Dove’s boyfriend was killed in the shooting, in addition to three fellow Marines: Thomas J Sullivan, 40; Sgt Carson Holmquist, 27; and Staff Sgt David Wyatt, 37
- Gunman Muhammah Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, was killed after police intervened and shot him dead
- Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts, served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart
- Wells, from Marietta, Georgia, had just graduated from boot camp last year
- Holmquist and Wyatt both leave behind widows and young children
- Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Kuwait, and a college graduate with an engineering degree
- The Muslim published two blog posts on Monday, saying life is ‘a test’ and is ‘short and bitter’
- He also traveled to Jordan – and possible Yemen – for seven-months last year
The girlfriend of one of the four Marines gunned down in a shooting at a Naval Reserve base in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday has revealed the tragic last text message she received from her boyfriend in the midst of the rampage.
Caroline Dove, girlfriend of slain Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21, says he sent her a text message on the morning of the brazen attacks, saying there was an ‘active shooter’.
Dove, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, was confused at first, thinking it was a joke. But she started to get worried when her mother sent her an article saying that four Marines had been killed in a shooting in Chattanooga.
Dove says she thought the text message was a joke at first, but then grew concerned when her mother sent her an article about four Marines being killed in Chattanooga
She says she then started frantically texting Wells, saying ‘I love you’ and asking if he was there, but she never heard from him again.
Dove had to wait almost an entire day to get the news that her boyfriend of two and a half years had been lost in the tragic incident, when a mutual friend called to inform her of the bad news.
‘It was devastating to hear that he was one of the victims. I was so overwhelmed with emotions…I didnt know what to do,’ Dove said.
All four were killed at the Naval Reserve center – the second stop in gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s shooting spree through Chattanooga.
Just minutes earlier, the Muslim who grew up in the upscale suburb of Hixson had fired dozens of rounds into the offices of a military recruitment center at a strip mall – leaving one injured.
He then drove off, heading about eight miles north to the reserve center where he continued his bloody rampage.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
The three other Marines slain in the massacre have been identified as 40-year-old Gunnery Sgt Thomas J Sullivan, 27-year-old Sgt Carson Holmquist and 37-year-old Staff Sgt David Wyatt.
A sailor, who is yet to be identified, is said to be ‘fighting for his life’ in hospital.
On Friday, the bodies of the four Marines were taken from Chattanooga to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in a police procession.
‘The remains of the Marines who lost their lives in the tragic July 16 incident in Chattanooga are currently en route to Dover, Delaware,’ a spokesman from the U.S. Marines said. ‘Upon arrival, transfer cases will be draped and an honorable transfer will be conducted. No media will be authorized access to this area.’
Together, the victims comprise two young fathers, a Purple Heart recipient and a 21-year-old barely out of boot camp.
Loved-ones of those senselessly murdered, paid tribute to them today as an ‘amazing father’, a perfect Marine, and a young man who ‘felt called to serve’.
And touching photos reveal the lives behind their service. Skip Wells, the youngest victim, shared a moving photo on Facebook hugging his girlfriend and proudly posing in uniform – his baby-faced portrait a testament to his early years cut short while David Wyatt, a married father of two, is pictured in an emotional homecoming with his two children, who are proudly waving American flags for their hero dad.
The shooting that killed the four men started just before 11am on Thursday, when gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez pulled up to a strip mall in Chattanooga and started shooting through the glass windows of a military recruitment office from the drivers seat of a rented silver convertible.
Abdulazeez then sped off and drove about seven miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve Center near a Coca-Cola bottling plant and the Tennessee RiverPark, where he opened fire again at a group of servicemen through a fence.
All four of the victims killed in the shooting were shot dead at the Naval Reserve center. Just one person was shot at the military recruitment offices and was treated and released for their injuries.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
In the aftermath of the shooting, it was revealed that Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in Kuwait, who moved to America with his family in 1996. His father was reportedly born in the Palestinian territories, and had a violent past according to court documents exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com.
In 2009 Abdulazeez’s mother filed for divorce from his father accusing him of shocking attacks on her and the children.
Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez was accused of physically attacking his wife of 28 years and sexually assaulting her in front of the children. He also wanted to take a second wife claiming it was permitted under Islamic law.
The couple ultimately reconciled and stayed together, but the allegations and court hearings would have no doubt put pressure on the family and their only son who was in his senior year at high school at the time.
The gunman’s father was also put on a terror watch list in the past, but ultimately cleared.
The investigation allegedly had to do with the father’s contributions to a charity and questions about whether the money was being funneled to fund terrorism.
FOUR MARINES KILLED IN THE CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING
LANCE CPL SKIP WELLS
Reservist on active duty operational support
Entered service: February 2014
From: Cobb, Georgia
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Lance Cpl Skip Wells had wanted to be a Marine ever since he was a little boy, his girlfriend Caroline Dove told CNN in an eloquent interview on Friday.
Dove, who had been dating Wells for the past two and a half years, met her boyfriend while they were both studying history at Georgia State University.
‘We were both history majors and there was a connection just right off the bat. He knew what he had to do to make me happy and I knew what I had to do to make him happy and we were just compatible,’ she said. ‘It was great that we worked out for as long as we did.’
Since joining the military, Dove and Wells had been long-distance while Wells worked in Tennessee and Dove continued her education in Georgia.
She says the last time she saw her boyfriend was in February and that she had plans to visit him next week – a dream reunion that will now never happen.
Dove says that her boyfriend was proud to serve his country, and that his one ambition in life was to be remembered for service.
‘I know when we first met, he said, “You know, I’m going to be a Marine. That’s all I really want to do, that’s all I know and that’s all I love.”‘ Dove recalled.
Done says Wells spent a lot of time speaking with recruiters about the process of joining the Marines before he was officially sworn in last year – realizing his dream career.
Wells officially became a Marine on May 9, 2014, when he graduated from boot camp.
He beams proudly in pictures from the day on Facebook, embracing his girlfriend in one picture and beaming proudly next to his parents and mother (who also served in the Marines, according to friends) in another.
Dove is also an enlisted Marine, just weeks away from boot camp.
While the shooting has no doube been shaking, Dove says it has only strengthened her resolve to join the military.
‘Seeing as this has happened on our soil it has encouraged me to want this even more and I actually want to live out my life as a Marine and be able to do it for him because I know that’s what he wanted me to do.
‘He as truly honest, he was smart, he was loyal – just anything you could imagine in a good guy and a good Marine.
‘I’m gonna miss his funny little quirks…he always knew how to make me laugh, how to make me smile, how to make me feel better about anything,’ Dove said.
Garrett Reed, a longtime friend of Wells who has known him since the fourth grade, believes he wanted to join the military because of his family’s legacy of service.
‘He loves his country, his momma served in the military…I think he just wanted to follow in her footsteps,’ Reed said.
According to pictures posted to Facebook, he had recently returned from a trip to DisneyWorld with his mother.
Reed said he was shocked when he learned that his childhood friend had been killed in the terror attack on Thursday
‘You hear about this kind of stuff on the news all the time and you just never think it can happen to one of your friends,’ Reed said.
In describing Wells’ personality, Reed said: ‘He was just a funny guy, real caring. Just a really nice guy, you just couldn’t find a nicer guy than him.’
STAFF SGT DAVID WYATT
From: Burke, North Carolina
Entered service: September 2004
Occupation: Field artillery operations man
Deployments: Afghanistan (October 2010 to May 2011), Iraq (October 2007 to January 2008)
Staff Sgt David Wyatt lived with his wife and two kids in Hixson, Tennessee – the same Chattanooga suburb where Abdulazeez grew up with his family.
As FBI agents swarmed the gunman’s home on Thursday, mourners began to arrive at Wyatt’s home just six miles down the road.
‘There were seven or eight cars there last night. I thought they were having a party. It didn’t go through my mind,’ neighbor Antony Madakcherry told the Tennessean.
Wyatt, originally from Russellville, Arkansas attended university in Montana before joining the military.
He married his wife Lorri in December 2004, and the couple went on to have two children – a boy and a girl according to photos posted on Mrs Wyatt’s Facebook.
As friends and family wrote their condolences on Facebook Thursday night, Lorri responded and thanked everyone for their support, writing that her husband had been ‘an amazing father’.
On Friday, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy was stationed outside of the family’s home.
GUNNERY SGT THOMAS J SULLIVAN
From: Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered service: September 1997
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Deployments: Iraq (September 2007 to April 2008, September 2004 to April 2005)
Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts served two tours of duty in Iraq, survived the battle of Abu Ghraib and was awarded the Purple Heart, his family told MassLive.
Sullivan’s brother Joe is a pub owner in their hometown, and wrote a post on the bar’s website in honor of his fallen sibling after hearing the terrible news.
‘He was our hero and he will never be forgotten. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you Tommy for protecting us,’ the post reads.
As the family mourns Sullivan’s passing, his brother has asked residents in their community to lower their American flags to half mast.
‘There’s no Marine you would want that was better in combat than him,’ Sullivan’s friend, Josh Parnell, told Patch. ‘He’d been shot at so many times over the years and then for this to happen at home in the United States.’
A woman claiming to be a friend of Sullivan’s on Twitter shared a picture of the sergeant in his uniform next to two Purple Hearts, writing: ‘RIP GySgt Thomas Sullivan, it was an honor knowing you and knowing you’re the reason why my mom would smile.’
Sullivan was one of three children to Jerry and Betty Sullivan and graduated from Springfield’s Cathedral High School before joining the military.
SGT CARSON HOLMQUIST
From: Polk, Wisconsin.
Entered service: January 2009
Occupation: Automotive maintenance technician
Deployments: Afghanistan (September 2013 to May 2014)
Sgt Carson Holmquist, a man who just returned from a nearly year-long deployment last July, was another of the four men tragically killed in Thursday’s shooting.
The 27-year-old originally from Grantsburg, Wisconsin leaves behind a wife, Jasmine, and a 2-year-old son Wyatt.
At the time of his untimely death, Holmquist and his young family were living in Jacksonville, North Carolina where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune.
While his family has yet to issue a statement on his death, it is very clear that he was loved.
Pictured posted to Facebook show his wife and toddler son with broad smiles, welcoming him home from a deployment last July.
In the photos, mother and son wave American flags and hold up posters reading ‘Welcome home Daddy!’ and ‘We’ve waited 244 days for this moment’.
Friends also paid tribute to the fallen Marine on Facebook, posting kind words like ‘You will be missed bud’.
Authorities are still scrambling to find a motive for the attack, but blog posts written by Abdulazeez just three days before the attack suggests he may have become radicalized in his Islamic faith.
In the cryptic posts, Abdulazeez wrote: ‘Brothers and sisters don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by.’
According to The Daily Beast, he added: ‘Take his (Allah’s) word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so called “Scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow allahs way 100 per cent and put your desires to the side, allah will guide you to what is right.’
At a press conference on Friday, authorities said they were investigating the shootings as an act of terrorism, but the FBI said that Abdulazeez had not been on their radar or any of their watch lists.
A federal law enforcement official says authorities are continuing to search the computer belong to the gunman, but as of Friday morning, haven’t found an extensive online presence.
The official says they also haven’t uncovered evidence suggesting Abdulazeez was directly inspired by the Islamic State militant group. But the official says the review is continuing.
FBI investigators are also looking into a trip Abdulazeez took to Jordan, where he lived before emigrating to the U.S., last year.
Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that authorities are looking into whether he may have had contact with exremists during the seven-month stay in 2014.
There are also questions about whether Abdulazeez may have visited Yemen on this trip, a country known as a hot-bed for extremist groups like AQAP – the Arabian Penninsula affiliate of al Qaeda.
Law enforcement raided Abdulazeez’s family home in the upscale neighborhood of Hixson hours after the double shootings, just a mile away from the shot-up recruitment offices, and took two women away in handcuffs.
Neighbors in the community were shocked to hear about the young man’s arrest, saying the family was normal and friendly.
‘We’ve never had any problems like this,’ one of Abdulazeez’s neighbors told Nashville’s WKRN-TV. ‘I’d never suspect anything.’
Authorities remained at the property into the night as the FBI started a terrorist investigation in a bid to decipher the motives behind the attack, and discover whether he was inspired by ISIS.
As a result of the shooting, security was beefed up across the country at military recruitment centers and bases.
The NYPD has also increased their presence at ‘sensitive areas’ – including recruitment centers and landmarks.
The attack came on the last day of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadan, a period during which ISIS agitators asked for more lone wolf attacks.
He was a practicing Muslim, and would take breaks from training as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter to pray in his coach’s office.
Fellow worshipers had seem him in a local mosque up to a month before the attack, but it is not known if or how he may have been radicalized.
Those who prayed alongside him said he was acting normally and there was nothing to suggest he was preparing to do something so violent.
On Thursday evening, the FBI said no one else was believed to be involved and they hadn’t taken anyone into custody. They added that they were yet to find any links to international terrorist cells, but were looking into every aspect of his life.
The four casualties were believed to have been part of a reserve artillery unit and had been deployed to Iraq three times.
At least three others – including Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo, a Marine recruiter and a Navy sailor – were also injured in the two brazen assaults. Pedigo is said to be in a stable condition.
Witnesses described how the gunman shot from the driver’s seat at the first target, leaning the gun on the side of his hire car.
A spokesman for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, confirmed that he attended the school and graduated in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Pictures on social media have emerged of him at his graduation ceremony and celebrating with members of his family in the same year.
However, he was recently seen smirking in his mugshot when he was arrested for driving under the influence in April. He was scheduled to attend a court hearing two weeks from the shooting.
Reports suggest he was stopped on the side of he road with ‘white residue’ on his face, while his car smelled of marijuana. He claimed he had snorted caffeine and refused a blood test.
In his yearbook entry for Red Bank High School, where he was a starter for the varsity wrestling team, he wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’
According to online profiles and a YouTube video, he became an amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter when he left school.
Almir Dizdarevic, a former coach, told CNN he had traveled overseas to the Middle East in the last two years and had reportedly ‘moved home’. However, it is unknown where in the area he visited and why he was there.
Abdulazeez’s father, Youssuf Abdullazeez, was appointed as a ‘special policeman’ for Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works in March 2005, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
He was investigated several years ago for allegedly giving money to a group associated with terrorism, the New York Times reported.
Citing unnamed law enforcement officials, the paper said the gunman’s father was at one point on a terrorist watch list and was questioned while on a trip overseas.
The paper quoted an official as cautioning that the investigation was several years old and had not generated any information on the son. The father was eventually removed from the watch list, the paper quoted the official as saying.
Neighbors in the upscale community say his family were well-respected and the daughters would often babysit for their children.
A woman who was at school with Abdulazeez said he was a quiet kid, but well-liked.
Karen Wagner told the Times Free Press: ‘He was friendly, funny, kind,’ said Kagan Wagner. ‘I never would have thought it would would be him.’
‘They were your average Chattanooga family,’ she added.
Kevin Emily, his high school wrestling coach, told CNN he was just a ‘normal’, ‘humble’ student who would sometimes miss practice because he had to pray.
He described how his mother and father would come and watch his fights on a regular basis .
‘There were no red flags about anything. We had a tight bond together.’
It is not known how and where he practiced Islam in the months before the attack but, according to the Daily Beast, he ran a rambling blog with only two posts, both posted on July 13.
The first post was entitled ‘A Prison Called Dunya,’ Abdulazeez refers to prisoner who is told he would be given a test that would either take him out of his earthly prison – or send him into a more restrictive environment.
According to the website, he wrote: ‘I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam.
He added: ‘This life is that test, designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire.’
The second post is called ‘Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.’ It suggests Abdulazeez felt his fellow Muslims had a ‘certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is.’
The shooting started just before 11am on Thursday, when witnesses saw a Abdulazeez drive into a strip mall and use a high-powered shotgun to fire more than a dozen rounds at a military recruitment office from his silver convertible Ford Mustang.
The shooter then fled the scene and drove to a U.S. Naval Reserve center where he opened fire again.
He was then gunned down in a hail of bullets after a short chase away from the scene. Reports suggest he held police at bay as he used 30-clip rounds from his automatic weapon.
Witnesses described seeing a police car riddled with bullets being towed away from the scene of the standoff.
President Obama was briefed on the incident and immediately opened an investigation to be led by the FBI. The head of the government agency, James Comey, was said to have been inside the Oval Office when the president was informed of what happened.
Obama also urged the Department of Defense officials at bases around the country to remain ‘vigilant’ in the wake of the attack. This led to the beefing up of security in cities across the country.
In a short statement, he said: ‘It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals that served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.’
He added that the thoughts of the American people are with the families of those who had been killed or injured.
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy said he would be opening an investigation into what happened, but insisted the families of the victims were the priority.
In a statement he said: ‘Though we can never fully prevent attacks like this, we will continue to investigate, review and guard against future vulnerabilities and do everything in our power to safeguard the security of our service members and their families.
‘While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable. As the investigation unfolds, our priority will be to take care of the families of those affected.
Mabus also expressed his gratitude to the first responders who first went to the scene. He said their ‘prompt reaction was critical to stopping this individual from inflicting further violence.’
On Thursday Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today’s tragic events in Chattanooga.
‘My thoughts and prayers – along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense – are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence and with all those touched by this tragedy, including our Navy and Marine Corps family.
‘I am grateful to local law enforcement for their swift response. The department will continue to work with local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous crime and will support our military families in their time of grief.’
Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal released a strong statement, insisting the latest attack his proof that America is at war with everyday radical Islam.
He said: ‘This apparent act of terrorism has taken the lives of four American heroes, and our hearts and prayers are with their families. While it’s too early to know for sure what happened, it certainly looks like an act of terrorism.
‘We must pursue justice on their behalf and stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people.
‘This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day. It’s time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth…and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that.
‘There have been many bad things that have happened under President Obama. One that stands out to me was the horrible shooting at Ft. Hood…which was clearly an act of terrorism by a Radical Islamist. Yet the White House labeled that horrible act as ‘workplace violence.’
‘This is grotesque. You cannot defeat evil until you admit that it exists.’
The Islamic community also came out to condemn the attack as ‘cowardly’.
On Thursday, Bassam Issa, the President of the Islamic Society in Chattanooga, said: ‘We are tremendously saddened by today’s shooting in hour home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our hearts are with the families of the brave Marines who died today and with the police officer and two bystanders who were shot and injured in this cowardly act.
‘We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms as one of corwadice and hate. At the Islamic Center of Greater Chattannoga, we don’t see our community center as a ‘Muslim’ community; we are Chattanoogans first, and we see ourselves as part of the larger community of Tennesseans grieving today’s act.
‘The leadership of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga is currently meeting with law enforcement agencies and other members of the Chattanooga community in regards to this tragedy and will issue additional comments to the media this evening.’
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in the Tennessee city.
They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught a man, called Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a Mosque in upstate New York.
He was indicted by a Tennessee grand jury on Tuesday for his involvement in the plot.
The shooting comes at a time of heightened security following terror warnings issued ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller released a statement saying there would be an increased police presence in ‘sensitive areas’, including recruiting stations and landmarks.
‘The NYPD has deployed an increased number of Critical Response Vehicles (CRV) to provide additional coverage at military recruiting stations and other sensitive locations in the City of New York.
‘While we have no specific information about any plot against the city, until we learn more about the attack we have placed additional officers in key locations.’
‘We have been in regular contact with Tennessee authorities, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the intelligence community.
News of the shooting broke around 11:30am when Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tweeted: ‘Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected’.
At an afternoon press conference, officials remained tight-lipped about details of the shooting, but said that it was being investigated as an ‘act of domestic terrorism’.
They wouldn’t divulge what kind of weapons the shooter was using, but did confirm that he had multiple weapons on his person.
The investigation is being coordinated by the FBI, since crimes on military centers are under federal jurisdiction.
Eyewitness, Gina Mule, who works near to the recruitment center said she saw the gunman fire at the offices.
Speaking to CNN, Mule said she was eating in a restaurant when a man ‘with a high-powered rifle’ began firing around 10:50am.
April Grimmett shared a picture of the bullet-ridden frontage of the recruitment center after hearing rapid gunfire coming from the vicinity.
‘Shortly after that we heard the shot. It was very loud and very fast,’ she said.
Grimmett added that the shooter appeared to be talking on the phone during the attack.
‘I could not believe how many bullet holes were in that door. It was insane.’
One other witness, Erica Wright, told CNN that she was working in a hair salon near the center and saw and heard the gunman.
‘We heard one pop, one really loud pop. We went to the door and there was several other pops after that and we looked two doors down and we saw a guy in a silver mustang unloading on the recruiter’s office,’ she said.
Wright added that he reloaded once or twice.
An unidentified man who was in the parking lot of the strip mall told WTVC about the terrifying situation that unfolded in front of him.
‘He just pulled up. I didn’t think anything of it. … He lifted up his arms with a big black gun. It was one shot then it was endless shots, one after another, just unloading.’
Marilyn Hutcheson was with her friend taking a break when she told CNN that she heard ‘7 to 15 shots’.
‘There was a barrage of fire once the police officers and everyone got here,’ she said. ‘They came across and put all of the buildings on lockdown. There was a lot of gunfire going on for quite a while.’
The shooting at the Amnicola Highway reserve center led Chattanooga State Community College, Lee University and a nearby mall to go into lock down.
INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 4, 1776—THE BIRTH OF THE GREATEST NATION IN HISTORY 239 YEARS AGO TODAY (JULY 4, 2015)…
As we celebrate the birth of our nation, I wanted to post something inspiring because each day, I feel so grateful that I was born in the greatest country on this planet. This day in history should be revered by all Americans, including those who chose to come here seeking freedom and prosperity, and also to those who were saved from evil and tyranny in their own countries because of America’s treasure and the blood that spilled from American soldiers.
Freedom and prosperity wasn’t given to any of us on a silver platter without immense sacrifice and loss of life. Freedom started with a vision from America’s brave and insightful Founding Fathers. How inspiring that we, as individuals, can take an idea and actually mold it into something as great as America, Land of the Free Because of the Brave. Those brave heroes who followed them had enough of tyranny, and actually did something constructive about it. They talked the talk, then walked the walk, which was treacherous beyond words back then. They fought the injustices of their day and many paid with their lives and also the lives of their families as well. Our brave military continues this fight to this day, not just for America, but for all other nations who have faced and are facing the dark evil that inhabits this world.
We should all hold our Founding Fathers and our military in our thoughts and prayers, not just today, but every day because every day of our lives, here in America, we are the blessed recipients of not only the greatest country in the world, but with the greatest military in the world, too. After all, this nation started with prayer…
…and if we don’t continue with this tried-and-true tradition, I believe this great country will end without it…
I also believe Almighty God will continue to bless this great nation as He has been doing for 239 years, despite the evil that surrounds America and its allies. We would all be wise not to focus on what we want, but focus on what we have, and count our blessings each and every day. As a country, we should never forget where we came from, and we should thank God every day for guiding our Founding Fathers to break away from tyranny and embrace Almighty God who made America into the shining light upon the hill. As long as we, as Americans, continue to fight for what is right and continue to rightly give thanks to Almighty God for His bountiful blessings upon our great nation, He will continue to bless the United States of America…
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—Francis A. Walker
This is my first post in a long time, which happens to be on this revered day—Memorial Day. I always try to focus on the blessings we enjoy in this country, but sometimes we need to be reminded why we have that freedom and at what cost.
I often walk in cemeteries because I find it so peaceful. As I pass the graves where veterans are buried, I offer to them a prayer of thanks for their heroism and sacrifices. Whether they passed in battle or after their tours were completed, they all deserve the utmost honor and respect. Around Memorial Day and Veterans Day (the day we honor all veterans who have served in the Armed Forces), when I see all the flags on graves throughout the cemetery, I’m reminded of their faithful service to our country. Sadly, there seems to be more as the years pass by.
We also need to be reminded that our fallen heroes aren’t just buried here in the United States; they’re buried overseas where they fought courageously against evil tyranny. Thanks to our military and its allies, so many countries have been freed of oppression. It’s unfortunate that evil still persists in this world, but with our strong and fearless military, we can be sure that wherever there is evil trying to rob us of our freedom, there will be fearless warriors who will fight to the death in order to preserve it.
Pictures are worth 1,000 words which is why I’ve posted images of the twenty European eternal resting places of our 104,366 fallen heroes (below). Following these images are some military quotes which I’ve found to be memorable and worth repeating.
The sheer magnitude of the number of American soldiers who paid the ultimate price in order to free the oppressed around the world should be reason enough to honor them for the sacrifices they made by emulating their courage, strength and love of country.
Their raw courage at being able to stare evil in the face while suppressing their fears in fierce combat confirms the fact that their abilities were given and guided by Almighty God Himself. Our soldiers know that the evil in front of them isn’t as strong as God, who’s always behind them. We are immensely grateful for the courage they’ve shown in combat, and thank them for their brave service to our country and to the European and Middle Eastern countries they rescued from tyranny. They all have our continuing love, gratitude, support and prayers. Rest In Peace, Brave Warriors…
Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Memorial Day…
American Heroes Buried in Europe
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France. A total of 2,289 of our military dead.
2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium. A total of 5,329 of our dead.
3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4,410 of our military dead.
4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468 of our dead.
5. Cambridge, England.. A total of 3,812 of our military dead.
6. Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525 of our Military dead..
7. Flanders Field, Belgium. A total of 368 of our military.
8. Florence, Italy. A total of 4,402 of our military dead.
9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7,992 of our military dead.
10. Lorraine, France. A total of 10,489 of our military dead.
11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076 of our military dead..
12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246 of our military dead.
13. Netherlands, Netherlands. A total of 8,301 of our military dead..
14. Normandy, France. A total of 9,387 of our military dead..
15. Oise-Aisne, France. A total of 6,012 of our military dead…
16. Rhone, France. A total of 861 of our military dead.
17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7,861 of our military dead.
18. Somme, France. A total of 1,844 of our military dead.
19. St. Mihiel, France. A total of 4,153 of our military dead.
20. Suresnes, France. A total of 1,541 of military dead..
Now For The Military Quotes…
Also From: American Veteran’s Memorial
| “There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.”General George Patton
| “It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
| “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”President John F. Kennedy
| “Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.”Aristotle
| “It is God’s job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”President Dwight D. Eisenhower
| God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”General George Patton
| “Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.”General George Marshall
| “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”President Thomas Jefferson
| “There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace.”President Ronald Reagan
|“Now therefore, be it Resolved by the Fiftieth Annual Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, That we hereby declare that we are unalterably opposed to any program which would entail the surrender of any part of the sovereignty of the United States of America in favor of a world government.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars
| “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”President George Washington
| “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”General George Washington
| “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”Air Force Motto
| “I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.”General George Washington at Valley Forge
| “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”President George Washington
|It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. Province
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014: WHY I FEEL BLESSED AND SO GRATEFUL / “ARE YOU THANKFUL?” VIDEO / A LITTLE THANKSGIVING DAY HISTORY…
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
—William Arthur Ward
We’re all struggling with our own problems, but if we reach into our hearts and give thanks for even one blessing, we’ll find that our struggles seem a little lighter and our days seem a little brighter. I try and give thanks every day in spite of the chaos that surrounds us all on a daily basis. Every night at the dinner table, it’s a ritual that we say “Grace” and give thanks for God’s bountiful blessings, and you know what? Obstacles don’t seem as unsurmountable, problems seem to be more manageable.
On this Thanksgiving Day 2014, I wish to give thanks to Almighty God for blessing me with a loving husband who would do anything to make me happy, and he does. I am blessed because even though I was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer in 2011, God has kept the cancer from returning. I am blessed because God gave me the courage and strength to get past my 7th breast cancer surgery just a few months ago. I am blessed because I know God has my back as I endure yet another surgery in the spring as a result of a side effect from my reconstructive surgery. I am blessed because even though I can’t stand what’s happening to this beautiful country, I know through prayer and faith, we’ll get back on track with God’s grace and guidance. I am blessed to be in a peaceful home where there is no stress. I am blessed with a wonderful family and good friends who enhance my life even more. I am blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law who treats me like a loving daughter. Today, I’m not going to think about what bothers me because today, Thanksgiving Day, I will only allow myself to focus on what’s good in my life and in this world.
Are you thankful for what you have? Watch the video and read a little about the history of Thanksgiving Day below. I chose this particular version of the History of Thanksgiving because today is a blessed day, and not a day for animosity and hate. May you all have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving…
To our Military: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to this beautiful country. May your families also be blessed as they await your safe return home…
In Love and Light…
History of Thanksgiving Day
The Pilgrims who sailed to America were originally members of the English Separatist Church. Before going to America they had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. Although, in Holland, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disillusioned with the Dutch way of life. In the hope of a better life, they took the help of a London stock company to move out to America. Most of those making this trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
They reached Plymouth in 1620. There, they had to face a terrible winter. Around 46 of the original 102 had died by the next fall. But fortune turned in their favor and the harvest of the next year was bumper. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast, including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true “thanksgiving” observance. It lasted three days. Governor William Bradford sent “four men fowling” after wild ducks and geese. It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast. However, it is certain that they had venison. The term “turkey” was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving. It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include the Indians, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen natives”. October of 1777 marked the first time that all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. But it was a one-time affair.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few Pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.
And later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving. Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies’ Magazine, and later, in Godey’s Lady’s Book.
Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale’s obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season. Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later.
And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.
QueenBeeWorld’s “Friday Funnies”…
“We have a president for whom English is a second language. He’s like ‘We have to get rid of dictators’, but he’s pretty much one himself.”
It wouldn’t be appropriate if I didn’t have a “Friday Funnies” this week without showcasing some of the comedic genius of Robin Williams. I doubt there will be another actor / comedian like him again.
I thank him for all the joy and laughter he’s given me while facing my own obstacles that I’m dealing with. He’s been a ray of sunshine on many cloudy days, and for that I am grateful. His family should be proud of the man he was. May his soul finally be at peace…
Here’s Robin Williams’ first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson…
The next three videos are of Robin Williams entertaining our troops, whom I’ve always held in high regard. May God continue to bless and keep them all safe so they can soon safely return home to their loved ones…
Here’s two videos of both Robin Williams and his mentor, Jonathan Winters, another equally gifted comedian…
Robin Williams on politics…
Here’s a skit Robin Williams did with Carol Burnett, entitled “The Funeral”. You may think this video is in poor taste, but as Robin stated in Patch Adams…
“What’s wrong with death, sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity, dignity and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy, gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.”—Robin Williams, “Patch Adams”
Here’s a clip from my favorite movie of all time, “Patch Adams”, a movie that helped me kick the “why me” attitude after I was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer. I laugh (and cry) every time I watch this movie. Even watching this clip, I get a lump in my throat…
Wow, I’m going to miss him…
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CNN REPORTER, DIANA MAGNAY, WAS REMOVED FROM COVERING THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT AFTER REFERRING TO A GROUP OF ISRAELIS WHO WERE CHEERING MISSILE STRIKES IN GAZA AS “SCUM”…
CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was promptly removed from covering the conflict that has been going on between the Israelis and the Palestinians when she took to tweeting her anger by calling some Israelis “scum” because of an altercation over her crew’s vehicle. She has been reassigned to Moscow. Her Twitter rant was not only unprofessional, but unwarranted as I see it…
CNN wonders why their ratings are down. Diana Magnay is calling the Israelis scum? Doesn’t she know what caused this strike in the first place a little over two weeks ago? This is in direct retaliation for the three senseless kidnapping and brutal murders of three Israeli teens by Hamas terrorists! Now the Palestinians know the depth of Israel’s grief. I say an eye for an eye.
As for CNN, they need to research the accuracy of the stories they’re spewing on their network before they demonstrate their misguided hate. I see nothing wrong with the Israelis defending themselves against the evil that surrounds their country. Israel has ALWAYS been about peace; it’s the Palestinians who are full of hate and anarchy. I believe God Himself is protecting Israel and guiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a forceful leader. He has a lot more balls than Obama who cowers to our enemies and shuns our allies. At least Israel knows Netanyahu protects Israel’s interests and its people.
At their funerals, the Jewish prayer for the dead was recited by the fathers of the three teens–Eyal Yifrah, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who had dual Israeli / U.S. citizenship with a family in Brooklyn, NY. God rest their souls. At least Netanyahu had the empathy to attend the three funerals of these boys whose lives were senselessly cut short by Hamas terrorists who are hell-bent on annihilating Israel from the face of the earth. It is their senseless hate that states Israel has no right to exist, but God protects His People.
The Internet is ablaze with the deaths of these Palestinian boys, but all you have to do is look a little deeper to know the TRUE reason why this happened. Israel is defending itself, and unfortunately, these are the consequences of war. As always, the lame-stream media won’t report the news correctly. Only idiots listen to the Left-wing media. What’s Right is right and what’s Left is wrong, plain and simple.
Here’s the story from both WND and Daily Mail…
CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she referred to a group of Israelis cheering missile strikes in Gaza as “scum.”
Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. During her on-air report, Magnay pointed out the trail of rockets that could be seen leaving Israeli positions to take out Hamas.
“It is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air,” she told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer who is in Jerusalem.
“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” she noted.
Magnay took to Twitter to express her outrage after the Israelis “threatened to destroy” her crew’s car if the British reporter said something “wrong.” Moments later she deleted the tweet.
“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”
The spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.
The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.
The day before his removal, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of four Palestinian boys. Mohyeldin tweeted Wednesday about having just played soccer with the children killed on the beach near several hotels where foreign journalists are staying. He covered their parents’ reaction on both Facebook and Instagram.
Mohyeldin’s account was later broadcast on “NBC Nightly News.”
“The attack – and its heartrending aftermath – was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach,” Mohyeldin’s report said.
NBC News executives are citing “security concerns” as the reason for his removal. However, the network immediately assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.
One of Mohyeldin’s tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal.
Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-American journalist who is fluent in Arabic, started at NBC News in Washington in 2001 and later worked for Fox News and CNN. He joined Al Jazeera English and became a TV news star covering the 2011 Arab Spring upheaval. That April, he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people, and a few months later he was hired by NBC News.
More at Daily Mail…
CNN reporter removed from Israel-Gaza after branding Israelis who gathered to watch bombardment ‘scum’ after they threatened her
- Diana Magnay became infuriated by the attitude of Israelis watching invasion of Gaza and tweeted that the crowd had threatened her
- She deleted the post – but it had been retweeted hundreds of times
- CNN says she didn’t mean to offend anyone not involved in the incident
- She has now been assigned to Moscow
CNN’s International correspondent Diana Magnay has been removed from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she branded a group of Israelis ‘scum’ on Thursday.
Magnay had taken to Twitter to express her fury after a group of whooping Israelis watching missile strikes ‘threatened to destroy’ her team’s car if the British reporter used negative language.
Almost as soon as she posted the controversial comment, she deleted it – but not before it was retweeted more than 200 times. CNN said it has now assigned her to Moscow.
Deleted: This tweet from Magnay was quickly deleted from her account – clearly expressing her outrage at the reaction of Israeli bystanders watching the attack on Gaza
A CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post that Magnay had reacted on Twitter after being threatened and harassed by the group before filming.
‘She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,’ the statement said. ‘She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.’
Earlier, during her live report, the braying Israelis on the hill could be heard as Magnay described the scene from the border overlooking Gaza.
The incident came after Hamas vowed that Israel will ‘pay a high price’ for their ‘foolish’ actions after their military began a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday evening.
Thousands of troops from the Israel Defense Force backed by tanks launched amphibious, air and ground incursions into the narrow Gaza strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military action in a bid to stop rockets being fired from Gaza.
The assault, which began at 10pm local time, followed a heavy barrage of rockets fired at Tel Aviv by Hamas militants from Gaza who have promised ‘dreadful consequences’ for Israel in the aftermath of the invasion.
Heavy attack: An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014 as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza
The IDF’s attack follows a brief humanitarian truce and despite an appeal from Washington, which cautioned against a land assault and for Israel to do more to protect civilian lives.
‘The prime minister and defense minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel,’ the official statement said as military officials announced that an additional 18,000 reservists have been called up to bolster the 48,000 already summoned.
The operation will include ‘infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support’, a statement from the Israeli military added.
The army said the aim of the operation is to protect Israeli lives and crush Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
The objective was ‘to establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security without continued indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas’s terror infrastructure’.
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DECORATED MARINE VETERAN BRANDON RAUB WAS ARRESTED BY CHESTERFIELD, VA POLICE, SECRET SERVICE AND THE FBI FOR POSTING “THE TRUTH: FACEBOOK POST BY BRANDON RAUB” ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE…
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Every day it’s something else with Obama and his blatant abuse of power. You can’t wake up and listen to the latest news without hearing yet another report of Obama abolishing our Constitutional rights (law by law) and forcing fascism on the American people. He’s got a pen and he’s not afraid to use it. This time, it’s against our veterans and our Second Amendment Rights. He’ll cower to Putin, but he’ll battle against the courageous men and women of this country who have to back Obama. One can only wonder how our military really feels about their so-called “commander-in-chief”—who never had their backs…
On August 16, 2012, Brandon Raub, a decorated Marine veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was apprehended by Chesterfield, VA police, Secret Service and the FBI for posting “THE TRUTH” on his Facebook page. He was accused of being mentally ill and went from the police station to John Randolph Medical Center where he was “evaluated”. This was all done against his will.
I included his Facebook page (below) that caused this whole debacle, followed by a link to a related story, and another more recent story. Brandon Raub wasn’t even read his rights before he was taken against his will to a mental facility. What the heck is going on in this country? I just can’t wrap my head around this and make any sense of it. The United States is looking more like a Communist country, and now Obama is using “mental illness” as a means of confiscating firearms from our military veterans (story below).
Here is Brandon Raub’s Facebook Page that got him arrested. I’m sending prayers to him on the wings of God’s angels to see him through this grave injustice, and I know God will help him. He has a right to his opinion as we all have, and I sincerely thank him for his brave service to this great country…
August 24, 2012
The following text is from a copy of a Facebook post that Brandon Raub made in 2011. The text was given to CBS 6 by Raub’s mother.
by Brandon J Raub on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am
America has lost itself. We have lost who we truly are. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
This is the land of Thomas Jefferson.
This is the land of Benjamin Franklin.
This is the land of Fredrick Douglas.
This is the land of Smedley Butler.
This is the land John F. Kennedy.
This is the land of Martin Luther King.
This is the land where the cowboy wins. This is the land where you can start from the bottom and get to the top. This is the land where regardless of you race and ethnicity you can succeed and build a better life for you and your family. This is the land where every race coexists peacefully. This is the land where justice wins. This is the land where liberty dwells. This is the land where freedom reigns. This is the land where we help the poor, and people help each other. This is land where people beat racism.
The Federal Reserve is wrong. They have designed a system based off of greed and fear. They designed a system to crush the middle class between taxes and inflation. This is wrong, and it is unjust. It is wrong.
We have allowed ourselves to be deceived and seduced by the powers of the printing press. It is not a good system. It discourages saving: the foundation for all stable economic activity. The Federal Reserve is artificially manipulating interest rates and creating phony economic data.
This thing has deceived our entire nation.
They created it in 1913. They also created the income tax in 1913. They encouraged the growth of debt so they can tax you on it. There is interest on the debt. Your government is in bed with these people. They want to enslave you to the government so that they can control every aspect of your lives. It is an empire based on lies. They operate of greed and fear.
There is a better way. It’s called freedom. Freedom is called a lot of things. But there is a true meaning. It means very simply that you have the right to do whatever you want as long as you are not infringing on the freedoms of other people.
I firmly believe that God set America apart from the other nations of the world. He saved a place where people could come to escape bad systems of government. This system we have created works. It really works.
There is evil going on all around the world. The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them.
Men and Women follow courage. They follow leadership, and courage. Our example has paved the way for people all around the world to change their forms of government.
Force is not the way because liberty is a powerful concept. The idea that men can govern themselves is the basis for every just form of government.
We can govern ourselves. We do not need to be governed by men who want to install a one world banking system. These men have machine hearts. Machine and unnatural hearts.
They have blocked out the possibility of a better world. They fear human progress. They have monopolies on everything.
This life can be free and beautiful. There are enough resources on this earth to support the world’s population. There are enough resources on this earth to feed everyone. There is enough land for everyone to own their own land and farm, and produce their own energy.
These people have been hiding technology. There are ways to create power easily. There is technology that can provide free cheap power for everyone. There are farming techniques that can feed the entire world.
The Bill of Rights is being systematically dismantled. Men have spilled their blood for those rights.
Your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters, and Americas best young men and women are losing their limbs. They are losing their lives. They are losing the hearts. They do not know why they are fighting. They are killing. And they do not know why.
They have done some extraordinary acts. Their deeds go before them. But these wars are lies. They are lies. They deceived our entire nation with terrorism. They have gotten us to hand them our rights. Our Rights! Men died for those rights!
September Eleventh was an inside job. They blew up a third building in broad daylight. Building 7.
Your leaders betrayed you.
You elected an aristocracy. They are beholden to special interests. They were brainwashed through the Council on Foreign Relations. Your leaders are planning to merge the United States into a one world banking system. They want to put computer chips in you.
These men have evil hearts. They have tricked you into supporting corporate fascism. We gave them the keys to our country. We were not vigilant with our republic.
There is hope. BUT WE MUST TAKE OUR REPUBLIC BACK.
This article was posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
by Mikael Thalen January 4th, 2014 Updated 01/04/2014 at 9:07 pm
The Obama Administration announced two new executive orders on gun control Friday, after countless other attempts to erode Second Amendment rights failed to gain public support.
According to one of the proposed actions, patient privacy laws would be pushed aside to allow increased government access to mental health records. Currently required to protect that information, states would now be exempt, instead encouraged to submit a patients private records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
A second proposal from the Department of Justice would “clarify” who is barred from owning firearms, which would include anyone involuntarily committed to an inpatient or outpatient mental institution. In an attempt to diminish concern, the administration claims that seeking help for mental issues does not prohibit a person from firearm ownership.
“The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm,” the statement said.
Unfortunately, even without the executive orders currently applied, the government has already deceptively used this exact tactic to revoke legitimate gun ownership without due process, an issue that will undoubtedly increase.
In 2012, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Brandon Raub had his firearms confiscated after being involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning due to Facebook comments on government corruption. According to Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead, as many as 20 others had recently been detained and declared mentally defective in the same Virginia county as well, despite no crime initially being committed.
That same year, David Sarti, best known for his appearance on National Geographic’s Doomsday Prepper show, was committed to a psychiatric ward and deemed “mentally defective” after complaining to his doctor about chest pains. Declining to have tubes inserted into his heart by cardiologists, doctors claimed Sarti was suicidal, prompting the FBI to revoke his Second Amendment right.
The targeting of veterans specifically is quite clear. A collaborative study from 2007 between the VA Medical Center and the Archives of Internal Medicine claimed that at least 1/3rd of returning veterans were mentally ill.
An amendment in a 2012 defense bill spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer attempted to collect the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances. The list would then admittedly be handed over to the NICS, removing the gun rights of all listed veterans without due process.
Just last year, countless veterans began receiving a letter from the Veterans Administration warning that their mental health was suddenly under review. The letter continued by saying that the right to own weapons would be removed if bureaucrats deemed them “incompetent” outside of law.
Given the Obama Administration’s view toward returning military, the assault on veterans is unsurprising. In fact, a 2009 Homeland Security report labeled returning veterans as likely domestic terrorists. Despite the outrageous claim, former DHS chief Janet Napolitano defended the report. Incredibly, the DHS announced that Boy Scout Explorers were being trained to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in a New York Times piece only one month later.
Despite the endless denials of gun confiscation, California residents were greeted by Justice Department agents in California last year as the state expanded its confiscation program. Lynette Phillips, who had been involuntarily held in a mental hospital after her nurse exaggerated the severity of her condition, had her and her husband’s firearms removed by from their home by armed agents.
Following the passage of the NY SAFE Act, New York residents began receiving letters telling them to turn in their firearms and permits as well. One legal gun owner had his firearms taken after a provision in the law allowed his medical records, which detailed his prescriptions, to be shared with authorities.
The media and administration’s failure to mention these countless abuses, justified through accessing mental health records, paints a clear picture of how these executive orders would be carried out. Masquerading as a mental health fix, the same system that has pushed dangerous prescription drugs for decades is now using it against law-abiding Americans.
In an ironic and telling move, a Pennsylvania court recently ruled that a state trooper who was previously hospitalized for depression would not be allowed to own a firearm “off-duty.” Regardless if the officer was an actual danger, the court ruled that due to his likely mental illness, he would only be allowed to carry a firearm “on duty,” showing how government is not subjected to the same rules as citizens.
Despite gun homicide seeing a 49 percent drop since 1993, the establishment has continued to ignore facts with its attempt to push gun control. The same Justice Department involved in gun running through Fast and Furious is now attempting to lecture the public on gun safety, unsurprising given Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments on “brainwashing” the public to be anti-gun.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
DVR ALERT: “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” — VIDEO OF CONTESTANT JIMMY ROSE, MARINE VET, PERFORMS A SONG HE WROTE—”COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON”…
I’m not really a country fan and I haven’t watched “America’s Got Talent”, but after watching this video online, I’m a fan and I will tuning in just to watch this very humble Marine vet hopefully catapult to stardom. With all the faux singers out there with equally faux passion and talent, it’s refreshing to see talent like this come up from the coal mines of Kentucky, America’s most productive coal field.
Finally, an inspirational song sung by an extraordinary and talented man—right when we needed a whole lot of uplifting. Here’s a video from “America’s Got Talent”, featuring Jimmy Rose, a humble Marine vet who once worked the coal mines four days after graduating from high school at age 18. Jimmy saw first-hand how dangerous coal mining is and said…
“It’s such a hard life, and it’s dangerous. It kind of made me think…’If you’re gonna risk your life, then risk it for your country, ya know. It’s more than worth it’. When you’re getting shot at, you look at things a lot different, and you look at life a lot different. And to make it home from something like that, I feel fortunate…”
He then joined the U.S. Marines where he learned to play the guitar while fighting for his country and his life. He took to the America’s Got Talent” stage and sang a song he himself wrote, entitled “Coal Keeps The Lights On”—a beautiful country ballad, paying homage to his life in the coal mines and to his hometown. He sang it with such heart and soul that it makes you stop, listen and learn…
The show’s host, Nick Cannon, talked with Jimmy before he went on stage. It would have been nice if Nick had shook Jimmy’s hand and thanked him for his service to our country, but thankfully, Howie Mandell had the good sense to thank him for all of us.
May God bless Jimmy and inspire him to write and sing more uplifting songs that, in turn, inspire all of us. You can wish him a very Happy Birthday on his Facebook page.
This is the finals. Will Jimmy win? I’m rooting for him. “America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CST. Check local listings for airing times in your area.
Good luck, Jimmy, and thank you so much for your service to this great country of ours. You are what America is all about. You are a large part of the essence that has made America the greatest country on earth. Semper Fi…
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“TWO MILLION BIKERS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.” ON 09-11-13 — THE SAME DAY AS “THE MILLION MUSLIM MARCH (WHERE ONLY ABOUT 25 PEOPLE SHOWED UP)…
According to Belinda Bee, the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” organizer, over 800,000 patriotic bikers, despite numerous roadblocks (literally and figuratively), including being denied a no-stop permit, rode on to Washington, D.C. to honor those innocent victims who lost their lives at the hands of radical Islamist cowards on September 11, 2001, and to also honor our brave Armed Forces. Their ride started at the Harley Davidson store in Fort Washington, MD, then on to Washington, D.C.…
The bikers issued an apology to the D.C. area beforehand for all the noise that their bikes will make, but if you ask me, that noise is sweet music to my ears. Here’s the letter, in part…
“We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city,” the apology read. “We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.”
There was also a Million Muslim March that ended up rallying no more than about 25 people. Ironically, they were allowed the no-stop permit, if you can believe that atrocity. That count may include the small group of Christians who were protesting against their “Million Muslim March”, but it was more like “a short walk by a few”…
Million Muslim March organizer M.D. Rabbi Alam addresses an empty field and 25 people where a million Muslims were supposed to be.
We now know which side America is on. Now we just have to figure out which side Obama’s on…
Here’s the latest from TheBlaze—includes pictures and videos, and is constantly being updated… http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/11/video-motorcycles-rumble-through-on-the-way-to-d-c-for-911-rally/
Dear Almighty God, thank you so much for turning this very solemn day into a day that speaks volumes as to this country’s patriotism and strength. Against all odds, we will persevere, and all those who lost their lives on this day twelve years ago will be smiling knowing that America will honor them forevermore. I’ll close with a great quote…
“If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacked George Bush, we wouldn’t be in this problem.”
AMEN! God, I love this great country…
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9/11 REMEMBERED: SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 — “PRAYER OF THE CHILDREN” VIDEO AND 10 MOST POWERFUL QUOTES ABOUT 9/11…
As we reflect on this very solemn day, I’m posting a video which reflects the horror of that day, “Prayer Of The Children” which shows how the world reacted to the vicious terror attacks on innocent victims, and ending appropriately with “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Since my site is all about quotes, I felt it is most appropriate to post the “10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11″ from the Veterans United site (Follows Video below) as well…
May God rest all those innocent souls who perished at the hands of savage beasts on that fateful day. They are Always on our Minds, and will be Forever in Our Hearts…
May their families be comforted in knowing that they are all safe in God’s Loving Embrace. May God continue to Bless our Great Nation, and may He continue to Bless and Watch Over our Military and First Responders…
Now for the 10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11…
10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11
It is with a heavy heart that we honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is a day that forever changed our nation. Friends and families were left weakened by missing loved ones, yet the spirit and resolve of America grew strong. Now is the time to remember those that were taken from us, and to thank those whose memory kept us from falling down. It’s been a long, hard road since 9/11, and it will continue for many years, but, as one nation, we will continue to prevail.
Below are ten quotes that express the feelings of the time.
1) “All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying.” –Michael Walters, a freelance photojournalist in Manhattan
2) “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
3) “You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” –Colin Powell
4) “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” –President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
5) “We’re going to find out who did this and we’re going after the bastards.” –Sen. Orrin Hatch
6) “The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
“And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice: We will not give in to terrorists; We will not rest until they are found and defeated; We will win this struggle; not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; so help us God.” –Sen. Tom Harkin
7) “When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” –Barbara Kingsolver, novelist
8) “For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
9) “What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” –David Levithan
10) “Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” –Sen. John Kerry
WHO IS AGAINST THE SYRIAN WAR ON THE WORLD’S STAGE AND WHY IS JOHN KERRY USING AN OLD 2003 IRAQ PHOTO AND YouTube VIDEOS TO PUSH AMERICA INTO WAR AGAINST SYRIA?…
When Bush was in office, we were all able to live productive lives knowing America was safe under his administration, letting us focus on our families, and making better lives for ourselves. Since Obama got into office, it’s been one catastrophe after another. We can’t even go one day without him and his henchman pulling another fast one over on us. We can’t breathe without being inundated with consistent Obama drama.
America is no longer a shining light upon a hill, it is fast becoming wonderful memories disappearing into a big black hole. How did Obama get into office when nobody knew anything about him? That’s how! He got into office because nobody really knew anything about him. We’re all finding out the hard way, bit by bit, as he rears his ugly head, just what he’s made of, and it isn’t pretty. I knew all along, as did others, about this snake-in-the-grass, but the masses bought into his worthless words of “hope” and “change”. We’re all seeing now what version of “hope” and “change” he meant.
We’ve been hearing lie after lie from this administration, but I think Obama’s days in the sun are starting to turn to gray skies when all is said and done. He has always shown such contempt for this country, and ironically, this country and countries all over the world are showing discontentment for him now.
I remember watching a video where he was shown boarding Marine One to a saluting Marine, gave a half-assed salute to someone onboard while going through the doorway, then someone inside apparently told him to get his butt back out there and try to appear presidential to the Marine, he went back out there and instead of a salute, Obama gave him a handshake. I thank God I wasn’t stupid enough to vote for that idiot—either time!
Then we hear John Kerry touting quite dramatically, “We saw rows of dead lined up in burial shrouds, the white linen unstained by a single drop of blood”, referring to this picture…
…claiming that those were the bodies of Syria’s chemical weapons massacre. We later learn that the photo he talked about was not from Syria. Heck, it wasn’t even from this decade. What he won’t tell us is that the photo he referred to was taken by Mr. di Lauro from Getty Images picture agency in 2003 during the Iraqi war under another Hussein dictator—Saddam.
Ironically, Kerry uses that image from the Iraqi war to call upon our sympathies, but there was no sympathy for Bush when he wanted to dethrone Saddam, where that picture originated from. Bush was met with opposition, yet now, we’re all asked to join together with Obama. Bull! He doesn’t even know who performed these heinous acts, or does he?
Mr. di Lauro describes his reaction here…
“I went home at 3am and I opened the BBC page which had a front page story about what happened in Syria and I almost felt off from my chair.
“One of my pictures from Iraq was used by the BBC web site as a front page illustration claiming that those were the bodies of yesterday’s massacre in Syria and that the picture was sent by an activist.
“Instead the picture was taken by me and it’s on my web site, on the feature section regarding a story I did In Iraq during the war called Iraq, the aftermath of Saddam.
He added he was less concerned about an apology or the use of image without consent, adding: “What is amazing it’s that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it’s a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre.
“Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”
When someone wildly exaggerates a story, it is only to benefit themselves and hide the truth for some dark reason. Obama and Kerry are grossly undermining our intelligence, and it will come back to haunt them. I’ve got to hand it to Obama, though, he needed a mother of a diversion to get our attention (and the media’s) away from all his other scandals that are mounting as high as America’s debt, especially about Benghazi, but unbeknownst to the both of these evil twins, we will never forget about Benghazi, and the rest of the truth will come out, in spite of Obama’s diversions surrounding us.
I never thought in a million years that I would be buzzing by a Russian news site, but here I am, doing it today—I like to keep my options open. Pravda, a Russian, Communist-leaning news site, has called out Obama, and I agree with just about everything this author has to say about Obama in both of the articles I’ve posted below: The first article is “Obama Versus The World” and the other, “Barack Obama: The Worst President In The History Of The USA”, both articles written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey.
For starters, they call out some statistics from The Drudge Report, where 729,336 votes were cast to the question, “Give Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria? An astounding 667,929 votes were placed against, which is 92% of the votes, with just 8% in favor. Even Jon Stewart, who loves Obama, called him out on the IRS scandal.
There was a recent take-over of the village of Maaloula by Syrian Islamist rebels, where they attacked the Christian center and told Christians, “You either convert to Islam or you will be beheaded”. This is the MO of savage beasts, and most likely the orchestrators of the chemical attacks in Syria. This begs the question, who’s side is Obama on? Why isn’t Obama condemning radical Islamists who are beheading Christians. After all, he’s tried hard to convince us all that he’s a Christian, hasn’t he? Why is there no anger about these attacks on innocent Christians?
CNN showed snippets from the videos Obama showed Congress to help persuade them. Weird how Obama once blamed a YouTube video for the Benghazi terrorist attacks, yet he’s now using YouTube to further his agenda on an attack in Syria. The ironies are surrounding Obama lately.
Obama is preparing to talk with us tomorrow night. From him, there will be a lot of boiler plate material from past speeches, many Bush references, a lot of arrogant stances with his nose tilting up in the air in that arrogant Obama manner, many pregnant pauses and a lot of Uh’s. From us, there will be a lot of Zzzs…
Obama versus the world
Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, states that what is at stake is universal values because “I didn’t set a red line. The world did” in his words. Let us then examine the opinion polls and draw a conclusion as to whether Barack Obama is in syntony with the world, or whether he stands pitifully alone, advocating a criminal act once again tarnishing the image of his country.
We may start with the reports on the influential Drudge Report opinion poll, in which 729,336 votes were cast on the question: Give Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria? The result was 667,929 votes against, or 92 per cent, and just eight per cent in favour, reflecting a general trend in the United States of America with eight to nine per cent in favour of what President Obama proposes. The ABC-Washington Post poll shows around 60% against missile strikes; the most favourable poll to Obama inside the USA is the Pew Report, which claims that the No vote is close to 50% and the Yes, some 29%. So much for his own country, now let us go abroad.
At an official level, China is against the attack, India is against the attack, Russia is against the attack, Iran is against the attack, Germany is against the attack, most of Latin America is against the attack, South Africa is against the attack, like most of the African continent … the list goes on and on and on and on and on, representing an official position against the attack representing the vast majority of humankind.
On the United Nations Security Council, Russia is against the attack, China is against the attack and the United Kingdom, while the Government is in favour, its Parliament is against. In fact, even in countries whose official position is in favour of military intervention, for example the UK, the people are against, in this case just 8% favour intervention.
66% of Britons said they did not care if the UK’s decision against military intervention damaged relations with the United States (BBC poll); in France, whose President Hollande has made declarations insinuating he would support a US attack (against the Rome Statute which France has signed), a BVA poll reported by Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, shows 64% of those polled against military action.
So rather than having a red line drawn by the international community in favour of military intervention, we see clearly a lying John Kerry who used photographic evidence to back up his claim that military intervention was justified which was taken in 2003 in Iraq, who denies al-Qaeda are in action in Syria among the “rebel” forces the west supported from the beginning and we see a delusional Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Obama, whose sanity one must now place in question.
We see a red line drawn by the international community against military intervention and we see a red line drawn around the feet of President Obama as he stands alone, arrogantly and defiantly supporting military action which nobody wants and which is illegal under international law, whatever Congress decides.
It is President Obama against the world and Barack Obama is about to draw the outlines of his own political epitaph and the standing of his country in the international community.
Here’s another eye-opener from Pravda written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey just two days later. The author is correct in saying that in the history of the United States Of America, Obama is the worst person to set foot in the White House, and he did it via voter fraud…
Barack Obama: The worst President in the history of the USA
Make no mistake: Barack Hussein Obama is preparing to give a speech to the citizens of the United States of America next Tuesday in which he is planning to justify military action against Syria, with or without a nod from Congress. If he does so, he will write his name in the darkest annals of history.
George W. Bush was the human epitome of the saying, and pardon me, “sh*t stinks” because with him, you knew what you were getting, it was raw, it was in your face, it was unsophisticated, brash, rash, harsh, arrogance, belligerence, chauvinism, it was kick-a*s diplomacy at its very worst, it was riding roughshod over the international community, it was insulting to every norm or precept of common decency… but it was undisguised. It was honest.
With Barack Obama, there is a mist of perfume which disguises the filth that lies below his policies, a cloak, a mantle of decency, a promise of “change”, mere words used, abused and manipulated by a cynical coward devoid of any emotional intelligence at all, who does not have the guts to stand up to the lobbies pulling his strings, the corporate neo-con elitists who created his Presidency. Barack Obama’s entire persona is dishonest, he is a fraud of the worst kind, a siren’s song; his policy is double-faced, double-tongued, double-dealing and plain, downright deceitful.
Barack Obama promises one thing, he delivers another. He promises change, he receives a Nobel Peace Prize not for what he has done but for the breath of fresh air he represents and what does he do?
He supports terrorists in Libya, playing along with an Anglo-French imperialistic dream to steal Libya’s sovereign fund and pillage its resources, destroying a State which provided for its people. Then at the same time, he supports terrorists in Syria, arming and financing terrorist groups using his Middle Eastern bed-pals, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and regional monster Turkey.
It is a pea-brained, nonsensical, short-sighted and criminally reckless foreign policy, it is as illogical as it is dangerous and it is bound to rebound and blow up in Obama’s face. Detailed scientific evidence gathered by Russia backs up Moscow’s claim that it was the Syrian terrorists supported by the West which have carried out gas attacks, not Government forces.
The United States of America has not produced any evidence incriminating the Government of Bashar al-Assad in the recent chemical weapons attack in Ghouta while the finger of suspicion once again points at the terrorist forces backed by the Obama regime trying to frame the Syrian Arab Army.
However with a policy which uses deceit comes the need for intelligence and logic. What Government force is going to use chemical weapons in an area where its own troops are fighting (Obama focuses on images of children – one such image used by Kerry was taken in 2003 in Iraq – but there are other images of Syrian soldiers in hospital which he has chosen to ignore), what Government force is going to deploy chemical weaponry in an area where it is winning, what Government force is going to deploy such weaponry on the eve of a visit from UN experts?
Every time the UN has gone to Syria, the terrorists Obama backs have deployed chemical weapons.
Let us then conclude that Barack Obama is the worst President in the history of the United States of America because he has insulted not only the Nobel Institution to its core but also the international community and his own people by disregarding basic and common human values, supporting Islamist terrorists, including al-Qaeda pandering to the whims of the lobbies pulling his strings.
Any vote from Congress is meaningless in an international context because the forum of international law governing this case is the United Nations Security Council. If the United States of America does not like that, tough, then why did it sign the agreement? We now wait to see whether Congress listens to its Constituencies or whether it blows a raspberry in the faces of the American people sick and tired of their manipulation of fear and facts in their lying murderous schemes.
And this is the guy who stood for “change”? Change of what?
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UPDATED 09-11-13: OBAMA, JOHN KERRY AND JOHN McCAIN ARE TRUSTING THE OPINION OF 26-YEAR OLD ELIZABETH O’BAGY FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY REGARDING THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR INSTEAD OF EXPERTS…
NEW YORK – Evidence is mounting that the strategy by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Secretary of State John F. Kerry to cast members of the Free Syria Army as “moderates” among the rebel forces opposing the government of Bashir al-Assad was the brain-child of Elizabeth O’Bagy, a 26-year-old graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Arab studies and political science at Georgetown University, who is working on a dissertation on woman’s militancy.
In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry cited O’Bagy, arguing that the war in Syria is “not being waged entirely or even predominately by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida die-hards,” but rather the struggle is being led but “moderate opposition forces – a collection of groups known as the Free Syria Army.”
The O’Bagy narrative, however, is contradicted by intelligence estimates and experts specializing in the region.
After Kerry’s testimony to Congress this week, Reuters reported: “Secretary of State John Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and non-governmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.”
On April 27, the New York Times reported that the Jabhat al-Nursa Front, a group declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, has pledged allegiance to al Qaida’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and remains the group of choice for foreign jihadis pouring into Syria. The Ahrar al-Sham, meanwhile, which shares much of al-Nusra’s extremist ideology, is composed mostly of Syrians.
In her capacity as a senior research analyst and the Syria team leader at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War think-tank, O’Bagy authored a report in March titled “The Free Syrian Army” in which she argued as follows:
The opposition movement in Syria has been fragmented from its inception, a direct reflection of Syria’s social complexity and the decentralized grassroots of the uprising. This condition has plagued Syria’s armed opposition since peaceful protestors took up arms and began forming rebel groups under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the summer of 2001.
The narrative is currently being circulated in Congress in an attempt to counter the recent disclosure of evidence the rebel groups in Syria affiliated with al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, who have committed atrocities against government soldiers and Syrian civilians, may be the parties responsible for the chemical weapons attacks the Obama administration is blaming on the Assad government.
O’Bagy also works as the political director of the Washington-based Syrian Emergency Task Force, or SETF, chaired by Mohamed Kawam.
Kawam is linked with the Washington-based Syrian Support Group, or SSG, which encourages Americans to send money that arguably could be used to buy weapons for the Free Syria Group.
The “Donate” button on the Syrian Support Group website specifies donations will go toward providing “certain logistical, communications, and other services to the FSA.” The caveat is “the SSG intends to support only those military councils that have adopted the FSA’s Proclamation of Principles,” not the Jabhat al-Nusra or any other group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
Syrian Support Group donation
The “About the Syrian Support Group” page on the group’s website states the SSG has pursued and received a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control that permits the organization to raise funds and provide certain services to the FSA, further specifying the SSG has to date transported over $10 million in U.S. government aid to the Supreme Military Council of the FSA.
The Facebook page of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria makes clear the Syrian Emergency Task Force organized McCain’s surprise May visit to Syria, where he met with leaders of the FSA Supreme Military Council.
Facebook posting by Coalition for a Democratic Syria
On May 27, the Los Angeles Times reported O’Bagy, in her capacity as political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, said in a telephone interview from Turkey that McCain’s office approached the task force two weeks earlier to ask if it could arrange for him to meet with Syrian rebel leaders in Syria.
O’Bagy, who accompanied McCain on the senator’s May trip to the Middle East, told the newspaper McCain met with FSA commanders in two meetings in Gaziantep, Turkey, and in one meeting about a half mile inside the Syrian border at the Bab Salameh border crossing. There, he talked with the Asifat al-Shamal, identified as the Northern Storm Brigade, that controls the border.
O’Bagy further confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Gen. Salim Idriss, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, and other rebel commanders asked the U.S. to consider giving heavy weapons to the FSA, set up a no-fly zone in Syria and conduct air attacks on Hezbollah in Lebanon.
McCain asked the FSA commanders how they planned to reduce the presence of Islamic extremists in Syrian rebel ranks, O’Bagy told the newspaper.
In Syria, McCain was photographed with a group of Syrian rebels that included Mouaz Moustafa, a Palestinian Arab (seen to far right of photograph, closest to camera) who was introduced to McCain as the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, the group that organized the senator’s trip.
McCain in Syria, May 2013, with Mouaz Moustafa (seen at far right, closest to camera)
On Twitter, Moustafa identifies himself as a Palestinian refugee who moved to the U.S. at 12 years old, worked as a staffer in the U.S. House and Senate (Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.) and participated in the Libyan and Syrian revolutions.
Mouaz Moustafa Twitter post
On Instagram, Moustafa calls himself a “Freelance Revolutionary,” adding that he also worked as a field organizer for the Democratic National Committee in 2008.
On Linkedin.com, Moustafa continues to list himself as the executive director at the Libyan Council of North America.
A Daily Caller profile of Moustafa added that he meets with National Security Council staff “every couple of months.”
In recent weeks, O’Bagy and Moustafa have been conducting a media blitz on behalf of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, including interviews with NPR, Fox News, RT, Thom Hartmann’s radio show, Foreign Policy Magazine and MSNBC, arguing that the FSA is the “moderate” rebel group the U.S. should support in Syria.
The Daily Beast has reported that in addition to meeting with Moustafa and FSA leaders in Syria, McCain also met with Mohammad Nour and Ammar Al-Dadikhi (a.k.a. Abu Ibrahim), two men who were part of a group that kidnapped Lebanese religious pilgrims returning from Iran in May 2012. Both were identified as being part of Asifat al Shamal, the Syrian rebel group known as the Northern Storm Brigade controlling the border.
UPDATED 09-05-13: CONGRESS GETS BOMBARDED WITH CALLS AGAINST OBAMA’S IMPENDING SYRIA WAR, AND OBAMA’S LIE IN SWEDEN ABOUT HIS INFAMOUS “RED LINE” COMMENT (VIDEO)…
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — 10:00 PM (My original post follows my update)
In this video, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) grills John Kerry about Benghazi, but Kerry gets defensive. Bravo, Rep. Duncan. Well said! What I find extremely troubling is that this administration is more interested in possibly assisting extremist rebels in Syria than finding the people who are responsible for the Benghazi terrorist attack. We have to hurry and help Syria, but it’s been close to a year, and we have no information about Benghazi.
Lawmakers have been speculating about the possibility that U.S. agencies operating in the Benghazi compound that was attacked on September 11, 2012 were secretly helping to transfer weapons from Libya (via Turkey) to the rebels in Syria. That’s got to be the main reason why they’re trying to sweep this scandal under the carpet, especially since the mid-term elections are next year…
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — 5:30 PM (My original post follows my update)
Rand Paul and John Kerry butt heads during the Syria Military Action Hearing. This is how a president should speak—very honestly, and with the best interest of the American people, not himself and his ego, as Obama. I absolutely applaud Rand Paul’s heartfelt words, and I agree with everything he stated here. He pulled no punches with another self-server, John Kerry…
Here is my Original Post…
America disapproves of military action in Syria by a margin of more than 200 to 1, and members of Congress are getting inundated with calls from angry constituents who don’t want military action in Syria either. What’s Obama’s rush? Most everyone doesn’t want this war, but he does. That puts up a red flag, doesn’t it? After all, Obama does have some members of the Muslim Brotherhood working in the White House. That would give one pause as to whose side Obama is really on. Don’t listen to his words, watch his actions.
Nobody is even sure that it was Assad who used chemical weapons on the people of Syria, but Obama is trying to convince everyone that it was. My money’s on al Qaeda, and if we can prove that Obama knew this, he should be impeached ASAP. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, especially after Benghazi. Even our military is not behind him on this. Bill O’Reilly from the O’Reilly Factor is on Obama’s side, and as much as I respect O’Reilly, I don’t agree with him this time around.
If Obama really wants to stop Syria’s WMDs against innocent people, why didn’t he intervene two years ago? He’ll tell us that he did, but who can believe this big-time liar? I automatically believe the opposite of whatever he says. He’s doing this because he looks weak, and he will blame Congress if it doesn’t go well. That’s his MO—blame everyone else for his mistakes.
Just yesterday, Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt held a news conference in Stockholm where Obama denied saying “I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line”, but we all knew he said it. He’s saying the world set the red line…and who might that be? Most of the world is against it! He’s distancing himself from his own words because he said something extremely stupid. It’s always everyone else’s fault, never the narcissist’s. This lying loser doesn’t take responsibility for anything he does or says, but is always front and center to take credit, whether due or not. How pathetic.
What is it going to take to convince Congress to rule against Obama? I pray to Almighty God that it won’t take the blood of our brave military soldiers. This is not our war to fight! Let al Qaeda fight their own battles, Obama. How can he expect America to believe him after what he did in the Benghazi scandal that he calls “a fake scandal”. It’s as real as his inflated ego. Al Qaeda is fighting with Syrian’s so-called “freedom fighters”, even though John Kerry says they’re not—he’s lying as well! I also wonder what the heck happened to John McCain? McCain sneakily slipped in a last-minute amendment with verbiage to oust Assad. We’re on to all of them…
We will never forget Benghazi, no matter how many diversions Obama puts in front of us (Congress story follows)…
By Garth Kant and Chelsea Schilling
Congress may or may not approve a military strike on Syria, but it looks like the American public overwhelmingly disapproves – by a margin of more than 200 to 1.
A national debate is raging on Twitter. Tweets and statements from members of Congress – both Democrat and Republican – show tremendously strong opposition to President Obama’s call for an air strike on Syria:
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., tweeted, “Calls and emails from my constituents is 100 to 1 AGAINST getting involved in Syria. The American people are speaking.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said 99 percent of the calls his office oppose an attack.
Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said, “Constituents who have contacted my office by phone or mail oppose action in Syria 523-4 so far.”
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted, “My phones are blowing up, and an overwhelming amount of constituents oppose U.S. military intervention in Syria.”
Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., tweeted, “Syria constituent calls 489-2 against.”
Rep. Shelley Capito, R-W.V., said of “about 1,000 calls to my office, maybe 5 are for.”
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said calls and emails to his offices are 600 to 9 against striking Syria.
Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., tweeted, “FYI: Received 75 calls/emails from constituents today so far on Syria. All 75 opposed to military action.”
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, said he is getting swamped with phone calls and on-the-street comments from constituents telling him to oppose a strike on Syria.
Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said, “I’m told the phone calls are 9 out of 10 against a strike in Syria, from my constituents in Kentucky.”
Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas: “I have received hundreds of calls and letters from constituents expressing strong opposition.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., tweeted, “My office has been inundated with constituent phone calls and emails about Syria. Virtually unanimous opposition to military intervention.”
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tells WND his office is hearing the same overwhelming opposition to intervention.
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said, “I don’t know a member of Congress whose e-mails and phone calls are in favor of [bombing Syria.]”
Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., said 96 percent of his emails and phone calls are from constituents who want to express their opposition to military action. He said, “Overwhelmingly, we are hearing pushback from our citizens against military intervention in Syria.”
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said he’s heard no support from his constituents for striking Syria: “I have not had a single person, not a single person, in over 92 Facebook posts just a little while ago in a question we posed, having a single constituent or a South Carolinian saying let’s go to war in Syria.”
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted, “I’ve been hearing a lot from members of our armed forces. The message I consistently hear: Please vote no on military action against Syria.”
Members of the military post photos of themselves to Facebook in protest of Syria action (Photo: Armed Forces Tea Party)
(Photo: Armed Forces Tea Party)
(Photo: Armed Forces Tea Party)
Meanwhile, U.S. men and women in the military are taking to social media to anonymously demand that the Obama administration refrain from sending them to fight Syria.
Uniformed military members posted photos of themselves on Facebook with paper messages covering their faces, declaring:
- “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for al-Qaida in a Syrian civil war.”
- “I didn’t sign up to kill the poor for the rich. No war in Syria!”
- “Obama, I will not deploy to fight for your al-Qaida rebels in Syria. WAKE UP, PEOPLE!”
- “I didn’t join the Navy to fight for al-Qaida in a Syrian civil war.”
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VERY UGLY OF DELTA AIRLINES, ESPECIALLY TO OUR VALIANT MILITARY, AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT…
First, the Good…
I recently received this video in an email. I know it’s about a year old, but I felt it was news that should be brought front and center again, plus I added additional info at the bottom of this story. It’s a video showing Delta Airline employees’ “Honor Guard” showing honor and dignity as one of our Brave Fallen Heroes is transferred from one of their planes. May God rest his heroic soul. It filled my heart with such emotion that I wanted to post it here. It seems they treat our Fallen Heroes with the dignity they deserve as they are returned to the country they so valiantly served…
Now, the Bad and Very Ugly…
It’s a habit of mine to dig deeper into subject matters that interest me, and I am a proud military supporter. I wanted to know what started this dignified ceremony and what I found wasn’t what I expected…
According to a story I read on TheBlaze, on December 13, 2011, Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown was leading his squad on foot patrol in an area in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED and lost both his legs; one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. At a later date, on a Delta Flight from Atlanta to Washington, he was humiliated and treated with such disrespect that even passengers on the plane complained. Marine Lance Corporal Brown was then escorted to the back of the plane.
People offered to give up their seats, even in First Class, but Delta Airlines would have none of that patriotism! You would think that they would have put him either in First Class or at the front of the plane in an effort to show their support for his heroism and because of the extent of his injuries, but they did neither, and as an added insult, wouldn’t even permit others who wanted to show him their respect for his service to our great nation.
I hate to bring race into this story, I really do, but had this been even a black civilian, do you really think he would have been escorted to the BACK OF THE PLANE??? I don’t think so. Anyway, here’s the link to that story…
I couldn’t believe this story, but it is true. After reading it, I now know why Delta Airlines formed their “Honor Guard” in what I call “damage control”. I hope all airlines take note and not follow Delta’s disgraceful actions and inactions. They should be thanking and embracing every military service personnel who boards their planes, both living and deceased, because if it weren’t for our military, they’d all be sitting on camels instead…
I found it appalling that Delta Airlines, because of public scrutiny, now honors our Fallen Heroes. Here’s an idea, how about also honoring those that survived the evil, and give them the hero’s welcome which they deserve when you are fortunate enough to have them sitting in your planes? I wonder if even one of the crew thanked him for his service to our country. I wonder if they now look back and correct their bad mistakes and honor our military when they see them. Our heroes deserve it!
But wait, there’s more…
Just five months ago, former Marine Sergeant Joseph Smith, filed a lawsuit against United Airlines and their airport workers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, stating that airline workers “tipped over his wheelchair while boarding a plane, which caused his catheter bag to spill and left him to soak in his own urine on the flight”, as CBS Chicago reported. I wonder how many others have suffered the same humiliation, but is not reported.
Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown was rightfully honored in April with the help of Operation Open Arms and many others in SWF, Fort Myers, FL; Sanibel Island, FL and Captiva Island, FL. Click on the link below for the complete story, including pictures, and sadly, stories similar in nature suffered by other heroic warriors. The actions of these airline employees is absolutely disgraceful, but I’m sure our military knows just how proud the rest of us are of their service to this great country and the sacrifices they have made…
Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown, a disabled veteran was honored with the help of Operation Open Arms and many others today here in SWF, Fort Myers, Fl, Sanibel Island, Florida and Captiva Island Florida
Now, here’s what we can do about it. It explains what Veterans AirLift is and what they have done for our veterans, and the link is also listed at the bottom of my Blog at QueenBeeWorld. The Veterans AirLift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
Who needs the airlines when patriots are willing to help patriots. That’s why I love this country! America is strong—not because of our government—but because of everyday Americans who go above and beyond to help their brothers and sisters who go above and beyond every day to fight for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
I think it’s high time this country stops honoring so-called celebrities who care only for themselves, stop supporting the illegal dead weight that has been festering in this country always looking for a handout, and start honoring and supporting the true heroes who have always gone above and beyond to ensure America remains the greatest nation on God’s earth…
Before you read the story I posted below, I’m posting the video of 23-year old Navy EOD Tech, Taylor Morris, a courageous soldier who lost his arms and legs protecting our freedoms that so many take for granted. His loving girlfriend, Danielle Kelly, also gets my applause for being the loyal girlfriend who truly does love, honor and support her heroic boyfriend, as evidenced in this beautiful video.
Taylor’s and Danielle’s picture is also at the bottom of the story below. May God bless them both, and may God continue to Bless The United States Of America…
To Honor Our Veterans Please Boycott Delta Airlines
Submitted by rcwhalen on 12/24/2012 12:36 -0400
“On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip,” the Washington Post reported on December 13, 2012. “He also lost part of his right index finger.”
“Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was ‘humiliated’ to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of the plane, according to a complaint sent to the airline by an outraged fellow passenger.”
What is outrageous is that when several passengers on the Delta flight offered to give Brown their seats in first class, the Delta crew refused. The Washington Post reports that “Flight attendants insisted no one could move through the cabin because the doors were being closed for takeoff.”
Now you are probably wondering why a financial analyst and banker is taking an interest in wounded veterans. The answer is that my employer, Carrington Holdings, participates in a voluntary network of private companies and individuals known as the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) that donate our Flight Crew and aircraft to move wounded veterans around the country. The VAC organized and flew over 1500 trips last year and has a growing list of over 1800 planes and pilots that are standing by to help out.
The work of the VAC and its volunteers makes a big difference. A couple of days before Christmas, our flight department at Carrington had the honor of flying Taylor and Danielle Morris home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to their home in Iowa. Like Chris Brown, Taylor was grievously wounded in battle and required months of rehabilitation before being discharged from military service. You can see their story on YouTube.
Carrington tries to fly 15-20 missions a year and like all the participants in the VAC, supplies flight crew, aircraft, fuel, maintenance and insurance all free of cost to the Veteran and family. We believe that it is our fundamental obligation to take care of those that have sacrificed so much while protecting our freedom.
Unfortunately while the Department of Defense generally does a good job of rehabilitation of wounded veterans, the last detail – namely getting these heroes home safely and with dignity – somehow is missed. We were fortunate to be able to help this brave young man and his beautiful wife travel those last miles home in comfort and dignity that they deserve. Like all veterans, they thank us profusely. Our answer is simple: “No, thank you.”
The VAC tries to serve as many veterans as possible, but the sheer number of young men and women who return from Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts missing arms and legs among other severe injuries is still too great for this volunteer effort. Hundreds of wounded veterans are still compelled to fly on commercial airlines and endure the same humiliation and disrespect that Chris Brown suffered at the hands of Delta Airlines.
In fact, when the VAC cannot fulfill a mission directly with a volunteer aircraft and crew, they buy and donate airline tickets to the Veteran and his or her family. You guessed it, even on Delta Airlines in the past – not anymore.
The goal overall though, is to make certain that when commercial airlines have travelers like Chris Brown or the other thousands of severely wounded Veterans, they make generous accommodations available to treat these heroes with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Or they can refer the veterans to organizations like the VAC for more customized transportation. Working together, the commercial airlines and private organizations like the VAC can get the job done; take care of America’s Heroes.
Unfortunately when my colleagues at Carrington and many of the other organizations that participate in the VAC contacted Delta Airlines to complain about the treatment of Chris Brown and to ask for a change in policy, they were rebuffed. They sent us a form letter. But this is a case where we are not going to take no for an answer.
The only reason that the commercial airlines aren’t interested in referring and taking care of the veterans is in pursuit of the Almighty Dollar. Then in further pursuit of the fictitious “On Time Departure,” they treat these brave young soldiers like excess cargo. Companies like mine won’t stand for that.
Those of us who travel as part of our jobs rightly hate commercial airlines as a business model, but my colleagues and I vehemently resent their treatment of this special group of passengers. We need your help to get this bad situation fixed. And until Delta Airlines changes its policies, the 2,500 employees of our company will no longer fly on Delta.
When our CEO, Bruce Rose put the policy out to all of our Associates, he was met with overwhelming support and expressions of pride from all corners of the country where we work. Our Company “get’s it”.
Will you join us in expressing your outrage?
First, we want you to contact Delta Airlines CEO Richard H. Anderson and his colleagues. You can click here to get the contact information for Delta (NYSE:DAL). But frankly all of the major airlines need to hear the same message.
If you share our sense of outrage at the way wounded veterans are treated by Delta Airlines and other commercial carriers, then please get involved. Something as simple as forwarding this post to you friends and colleagues is the first step. And you can tell them, as we have, that you will not fly on Delta until they change their policy towards wounded veterans.
Second and perhaps more important, we need to contact members of Congress to demand that they pressure the White House, the Transportation Safety Administration and related federal agencies to make adjustments in law and regulation to change the way that Veterans are treated when they travel on commercial airlines. The VAC web site has a number of horror stories about how wounded vets are humiliated by commercial airlines and the TSA. Perhaps it has been lost on the TSA that these are the same people that are fighting on the front lines for what the TSA is pretending to protect. This situation is outrageous and completely unnecessary, but it will be rectified when we get enough voices to demand change.
The good news is that thanks to the VAC and other organizations, a growing number of private companies and individuals are making their time and resources available to help address the needs of thousands of wounded soldiers coming home from war. We don’t yet have enough volunteers and planes to get the job done privately, but the cases where we can take these brave men and women home in comfort and dignity make the effort worthwhile.
Just look at the photo below of Taylor and Danielle Morris on their way home with our flight crew flying the VAC organized mission last week. This is about honoring our veterans and doing the right thing. Carrington and the VAC can’t do it alone – please help us to take care of the true American Heroes that have sacrificed so much protecting our freedom by making their lives just a little bit easier.
VALERIE JARRETT CALLED OFF THREE ATTACKS ON OSAMA BIN LADEN BEFORE SEAL TEAM 6 KILLED HIM—SHE ALSO GAVE THE STAND-DOWN ORDER REGARDING THE BENGHAZI MASSACRE ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2012…
“Voting is the best revenge.”
Yes, it is, and with everything the American people know about Obama and his equally disgusting corrupt crew, you can bet we’ll be revenge-voting against him and his evil establishment in 2014, hopefully starting with Obama’s impeachment proceedings.
Valerie Jarrett really is pure evil, and she is Obama’s confidante. What does that tell you about Obama? I guess birds of a feather really do flock together. I have been stating from Day 1 that Obama and his corrupt crew are evil, along with others who saw right through him, yet all those low information voters elected him anyway…twice! All those idiots who stayed home instead of voting for the more-than-capable Mitt Romney are equally to blame for the downfall that is happening in this country.
American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and political commentator Dr. Charles Krauthammer, whom I highly respect, stated very intuitively on a recent episode of The O’Reilly Factor…
“The ‘biggest scandal of all’ regarding that Benghazi slaughter has yet to emerge. I think there is a bigger story here that will, in time, come out.”
—Dr. Charles Krauthammer
He was right; the time is now; it has finally come out…
Jarrett called off three attacks on Osama bin Laden, which she did purely for political gain—for Obama. You see, she didn’t want anything standing in the way of Obama being reelected if the attacks didn’t go as planned. But Obama, being the tyrannical peacock who can’t stop strutting his plumes around the country, insisted “he got Osama”. He didn’t get Osama—Seal Team 6 got Osama. Not only is Obama a flamboyant liar, he’s also a coward hiding behind colorful feathers and a mask that is starting to disappear. He hides behind his administration, he hides behind George W. Bush, and he hides behind the Republicans, all the while blaming them for his failures. Because of him, the respect that America rightfully earned throughout the years is slowly dwindling because of his tyrannical rule, his reckless actions, and also his many inactions. If he remains in office, we will lose the fight against evil, and we will lose our freedoms.
“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.”
― Lysander Spooner
Obama claims “Osama is dead and al Qaeda is on the run”. What I see is al Qaeda thriving, and he wants America on the run. This is not the America I have known all my life nor is this a message that I’ve gotten from any other president who has held office that I know of. The America I know and love never gives up, no matter what. True grit is what made America the “Shining City Upon The Hill”, but Obama is doing whatever it takes to snuff out that light—God’s Light. What is it going to take to get rid of the evil infestation that is trying to get a stronghold on America and our freedoms? Not only do we have to deal with terrorists who want to extinguish America; now we also have to deal with a tyrannical administration that wants to take it down as well—brick by brick so as not to be conspicuous.
I’m not calling the Obama administration terrorists, but it appears that they are so focused on destroying our economy and our way of life that it makes one wonder if they’re doing it intentionally or if they’re just a bunch of clueless idiots. Every day, it’s another scandal, yet he wrongly dismisses them all, and most people believe him! I just don’t get it. He claims they’re all “fake scandals”, but even an idiot can see these scandals are real. The only “fake” I see is the guy who stole the White House with the help of voter fraud. Everything about him is fake, except his agenda to destroy America and anyone who gets in the way of accomplishing his devious goals. As far as I can see, he only told the truth once…when he claimed that “We’re five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Will you low information voters please stop focusing on the faux smiling object that has invaded the White House and please start focusing on what’s really going on in this country. People have no excuse to be so uninformed or misinformed with the truth right at their fingertips. Stop listening to the Alphabet News of treason and start listening to the voices of reason! All you have to do is look at the bottom of my site, QueenBeeWorld, where I put links to various sites where you can arm yourself with facts instead of fiction about what’s really going on in this country. There are countless other sites that try and bring us the truth if you’re willing to look for them.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with him, Jarrett and the rest of this useless do-nothing administration. We need to let Jarrett know that Americans don’t forget either, and that now it is her time to go.
People who voted for Obama believed his lying words about bringing America together. Instead, in five years, he has divided this great nation to such an extent that it’s disgustingly tragic. It’s now up to us whether or not we let him accomplish his goals further. It’s time for America to unite with one another instead of fight with one another, which is what Obama is betting on. Do we really want a tyrannical government invading every aspect of our lives or do we want to keep our freedoms as Americans that so many have fought for, and many have lost their lives for? In their honor and in their memory, we should also fight for the greatest country on the face of this earth—America! After all, we’re still the United States Of America, aren’t we? Remember: United We Stand; Divided We Fall. We’d be wise to always remember that…
Valerie Jarrett Gave Benghazi Stand-Down Order
Thu, Aug 08 2013 00:00:00 E A13_ISSUES
Scandal: The omnipresent power behind the throne some have called the president’s Rasputin had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden. She may have used that power again the night four Americans died in Benghazi.
The Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, came while America failed to mount a rescue mission despite sufficient time and assets. Included in that disaster were the unaccounted whereabouts of President Obama during eight critical hours, the lack of Situation Room photos, the failure by the president to follow up with subordinates before his trip to Las Vegas and the fabricated story that the whole thing was prompted by an Internet video.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer said recently on “The O’Reilly Factor” that the “biggest scandal of all” regarding that Benghazi slaughter has yet to emerge.
“I think there is a bigger story here … that will in time come out,” Krauthammer said. “The biggest scandal of all, the biggest question is: What was the president doing in those eight hours?”
The columnist noted: “He had a routine meeting at 5 o’clock. He never after, during the eight hours when our guys have their lives in danger, he never called the secretary of defense, he never calls the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he never calls the CIA director.”
One of the people Obama always talks to is Valerie Jarrett. She emerged from the same Chicago cauldron of radicalism where Obama got his ideological baptism.
The Iranian-born Jarrett (her parents were American-born expatriates) is the only staff member who regularly follows the president home from the West Wing to the residence and one of the few people allowed to call the president by his first name.
Her influence is shown by an account in Richard Miniter’s book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.”
It relates that at the urging of Jarrett, Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before approving the Navy SEAL mission in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Seems she was concerned about political harm to Obama if the mission failed.
Miniter writes that the president canceled the kill mission in January 2011, again in February and a third time in March, in each instance at the urging of Jarrett. Miniter cites a source within the Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.
UPDATED 04-03-14: U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS VETERAN, JOHN WRANA, 95, KILLED BY CHICAGO PARK FOREST POLICE IN RIOT GEAR WHERE HE WAS TASERED THEN SHOT WITH BEANBAG ROUNDS IN A RETIREMENT HOME…
I said I wouldn’t stop updating this page until the scumbag who shot Mr. Wrana was brought to justice, and here it is…
A black officer, Park Forest patrolman Craig Taylor (pictured above), 43, was charged in the police killing of 95-year-old John Wrana. When an officer Tasered Mr. Wrana and it failed, Taylor quickly fired five times “in rapid succession” with bean bag rounds from a distance of 6 to 8 feet, but the optimum firing distance for using such rounds is a minimum of 15 feet. Taylor was charged with “reckless conduct”. How about charging him with murder or at least, involuntary manslaughter? He had to have known what those beanbag rounds would have done to the frail 95-year old WWII veteran.
I was wondering what took them so long in announcing the shooter in this tragedy, and now I know. If this had been a white cop, you can bet his name would have been announced immediately.
Of course, there’s some outcry that this black cop was justified. Just imagine if this was a black WWII veteran and a white cop hit him with 5 beanbag rounds. Do you think black people would sit down and shut up??? Not a chance! This is hypocrisy at it’s best. Taylor’s lawyer is stating that he didn’t act alone. Hey, if his client is going down, why not bring down the other officers who were at the scene as well? Taylor was released on personal recognizance pending trial, and that’s justice at its worst. They should have locked him up.
Mr. Wrana was armed with a cane (because he couldn’t walk) and a shoehorn that the cops mistook for a machete, if you can believe that! He was sitting in a chair when Taylor shot him. He was not a threat, but Taylor saw 95-year old John Wrana as a threat so much so that he fired at him like some maniac. His lawyer is saying Taylor’s a “good man”. Man? He’s no man. People use that word too loosely. He’s a coward and a loose cannon. I’m wondering if he’s being evaluated because sane people don’t act out like that, but street thugs do.
If there is any justice in this world, Taylor will never know peace and happiness because he robbed Mr. Wrana of his and more importantly, robbed him of his life. He should pay dearly for that. I have faith that Taylor will reap what he has sown. It may not be from the judicial system, as they’ll probably go easy on him, but from a Higher Power.
Maybe Mr. Wrana can now rest in peace, and his family will be able to put some closure to this horrific incident by suing the pants off of Taylor in Civil Court. That would be justice at its best…
Here are some links to the updated story…
From The Chicago Tribune…
The media is still curiously quiet about the identity of the officer who shot John Wrana and the official Illinois State Police report still hasn’t been released, even after six months (Mr. Wrana was shot on July 26, 2013).
The links below (all courtesy of Chicago Tribune’s John Kass) have more details of this crime where a police officer felt the need to fire five beanbag rounds (not the first reported “one round”, from a 12-gauge Mossberg pump-action police shotgun) into a defenseless WWII Veteran who was just approaching his 96th birthday. The shotgun, according to one of these updated stories, was a CTS-brand “Super Sock” where rounds travel about 190 MPH. They are not to be fired at human targets closer than 21 feet, but the attorney for the Wrana family stated that Mr. Wrana was shot near the entranceway of his tiny studio apartment, about 10 feet from the door, but they didn’t know where the officer stood when he fired at Mr. Wrana, so it could have been closer than the doorway—nobody’s talking.
As I stated in my previous posts (below this update), I will stay on this story until I know more. Someone has got to be held accountable. My thinking is that someone would have been held accountable a long time ago if Mr. Wrana had been black…
The news media is curiously silent about the cop who killed John Wrana, and I won’t stop looking until I find out who the trigger-happy idiot is.
I did come across this post from Peter Bella, a former police officer with 30 years under his belt working with the Chicago Police Department. Mr. Bella talks about the Wrana case and about a prior similar case he worked on. I thought his story was interesting enough to post here. Mr. Bella wants to know why Park Forest Police killed a 96 Year old veteran. We’d all like to know, Peter. Hopefully, the rest of the details will come out…
Here is my Original Post…
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
—Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
I feel I need to stay on this story. Here is more information I found on Mr. John Wrana, U.S. Army Corps Veteran, who was killed on Friday, July 26, 2013 by a trigger-happy Keystone Kop-like cop in Chicago. He should be celebrating his 96th birthday, but instead his family is grieving the loss of their WWII hero who was attacked on the very soil he so valiantly protected. This is such a heartbreaking story, and as I continue to pray for the family he left behind, I’m not hearing any more specifics about this case.
The news anchor in this video states Mr. Wrana was taken to two different hospitals, yet the accompanying text states only one. Which one is it?…
Mr. Wrana was murdered on Friday, July 26, 2013. I’d like to know why after three weeks now, there is no mention of the cop who killed him. Any other shootings would have the full name front and center, so why all the secrecy?
I know he will be waked at the Ryan Tews Funeral Home in Homewood, IL, but this hero’s services are still pending at this time…
May God rest your valiant soul, Mr. Wrana. We thank you for your brave service to this great country. May your family take comfort in knowing that you served America well and that you will be celebrating your birthday with God, where He will give you the greatest present anyone could ever hope for—everlasting peace and love…
A very grateful American, and proud military supporter
Saturday, August 10, 2013 — 11:20 AM (My original post follows my update)
“The willingness with which our young people are
likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly
proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and
appreciated by their nation.”
—President George Washington
I’m troubled by your comment (below), Albert, as it appears you don’t even know your own history. It was France and England who declared war on Germany. Your own Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939. This war was started because of an unprovoked attack on Poland by Germany. Both France and England declared war on Germany after Hitler (do you even know who this maniac was) refused to stop his invasion.
America started supplying the UK with oil and war supplies to help you fight YOUR WAR. Germany’s treaty with Italy and Japan in September of 1940 against France and England was a warning to us here in the United States. They wanted us to STOP HELPING ENGLAND. We gave you 50 of our old destroyers FOR YOUR WAR.
Then the Holocaust happened. Surely you know what that was, Albert, or are you a denier in that atrocity? This is where America starts sending England ammunition and more war supplies—EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP FUND YOUR WAR.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and two other U.S. Islands, Guam and Wake on December 7, 1941, both Germany and Italy DECLARED WAR ON THE UNITED STATES. On December 8, 1941, Congress approved our entry into war. Technically, WE WERE ATTACKED FIRST BEFORE WE DELARED WAR!!!
On June 6, 1944 (D-Day)…Do you know what that is, Albert? That’s when Allied Troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France to begin Europe’s liberation. U.S. Troops then liberated Guam.
In September of 1944, a U.S. Navy torpedo plane, piloted by our own George H. W. Bush, our 41st President, was shot down. He parachuted into the sea and a U.S. sub rescued him.
I could go on, but I’ll stop here. Albert, you would be wise to know the facts of the war that Mr. Wrana fought in so heroically, and why it’s necessary to fight an ongoing evil in this world. True, war is evil, but it is a necessary one in order to retain our freedoms that we wholeheartedly believe in and enjoy. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history where the total deaths lost in the UK (450,900) and in the United States (418,500) alone were catastrophic. May God rest all those souls who lost their lives in this war, and may they also find comfort in God’s loving arms. We helped you fight your war because we believed in your cause and because we were attacked on our soil. The United States didn’t even start this war, yet we lost almost as many as the country that started it. How’s that for a slap in our face, Albert? Did America complain? No! That’s not what America is about. America has always been against tyranny, and we will continue to fight against it even though we know what the repercussions could be. That’s what makes the United States of America the greatest country on this earth!
You would be wise to know the truth before you go shooting your mouth off with misguided and false accusations against the United States of America. You see, we are the country that sides with truth and freedom. We are against evil and will fight against it for all time. That is who we are…that is, until Obama got into the White House because of rampant voter fraud. Now we are fighting the evil from within, and I know in my heart that good will overcome evil in our country as well. Most of us here have a strong faith, and we know that God will never let us down, even though our government has. We may not believe in our government as it is being run now, but God will see us through this injustice just as He has seen us through every single catastrophe we have ever been faced with. That, Albert, is why America will never die. We will persevere as we always have. “Truth, Justice And The American Way” is not only our mantra, it is God’s, and there is no greater power than His, I assure you…
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Albert, and I hope you stop by again real soon…
Here is my Original Post…
Officers were called to the Victory Centre in Park Forest after Wrana, 95, allegedly threatened staff with a cane and knife.
“If the system turns away from the abuses inflicted on the guilty, then who can be next but the innocents?”
―Michael Connelly, The Concrete Blonde
First of all, I would like to thank John Wrana for his valiant service to our country. May his heroic soul rest in peace embraced in God’s loving arms. I send prayers to his grieving family on the wings of God’s angels…
Here’s a tragic story of a white 95-year old WWII Veteran who served his country valiantly, and was sitting inside the Chicago retirement home, Victory Centre, where he lived. He was being “involuntarily committed” for surgery. He was told that if he survived the surgery, he would most likely be put on life support so he was vehemently against it. The staff at Victory Centre was trying to subdue him for the ambulance that was coming to transport him for surgery that he didn’t want and he, understandably, became agitated. If I was forced to have a surgery I don’t want, only God knows how I would react. I strongly believe this is just a precursor of what is to come for the rest of us.
Instead of quieting him down, they called the police. About 5-7 Park Forest Police officers busted in and Tasered Mr. Wrana, while he was sitting down. By this time, he became enraged brandishing his cane and shoehorn, and police say a knife, although the staff said a knife wasn’t found. I’m sure the police lied to justify their vicious attack on Mr. Wrana. The Taser didn’t work so they came back with riot shields and shot him with a rifle full of beanbag rounds, which eventually lead to internal bleeding which killed him.
As for these cops who ACTED MORE THAN STUPIDLY, I hope they all reap what they have sown on this war veteran who served America so proudly. They are all cowards of the lowest form. Was a 95-year old man who could hardly stand up really a threat to them? If the Chicago police would put that much energy into getting the filthy scum off of the streets of Chicago, they wouldn’t have the crime rate they have there. Instead they kill a 95-year old man who wasn’t a threat to anyone. I wonder if they would have been so quick to pull the trigger if it had been a black guy. They don’t have to answer; I already know what the answer is.
Here is a white man who police said was brandishing a knife, yet no knife was found at the scene. This was a lame attempt to cover up for themselves. I am always front and center to defend those who put their lives on the line for us every day, but when I read a story like this, I wonder what the heck is going on in this country, and this world. I can’t believe this happened.
Please permit me to spew a little…
Just about every time blacks are pulled over, arrested or accosted by police, they claim it happened “because they’re black”. There are so many stories where Asians, Hispanics or Caucasians are pulled over as well (I am a blonde white woman, and I am in this category), arrested or accosted even though they’re “not black”. I have news for them. If they’re black and they break the law, they should pay for their crimes.
In this case, there was no crime committed whatsoever, but you don’t see white people rioting in the streets in retaliation for a wrongful death to a white man. You don’t see white people breaking the windows of storefronts, stealing whatever they can get their hands on because a white person died at the hands of an officer or someone else. You don’t see white people use a white person’s death as an excuse to deface someone’s property or go on a crime spree or worse. Why is that? They’re not the only ones who are murdered or wronged, but they are the only ones to act like wild beasts at every opportunity to mutilate or steal from innocent people who have nothing whatsoever to do with whatever may be going on.
I’m so sick and tired of the Trayvon Martin sympathizers in this country as well. His death certainly wasn’t like the “Emmett Till” death as Oprah wants America to believe. He wasn’t “hunted down like a rapid dog” as Rep. Federica Wilson (D-FL) so wrongly and stupidly stated. He was a black criminal who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and instead of walking away, he got on top of Zimmerman and repeatedly banged his head on a concrete sidewalk almost killing Zimmerman. As sad as his death was, George Zimmerman, who is a Hispanic, was found not guilty of a racial crime in his death so get over it! Why don’t you all try reading the terrible stories of white people who are viciously killed by overzealous cops, blacks and others. Yes, black on white crime is at an all-time high, but nothing is ever said about that, EVEN FROM WHITE PEOPLE! White people are viciously attacked by blacks yet the media is curiously silent about the rising statistics, and you don’t see white people going after random blacks in retaliation. Why is that?
How sad that John Wrana, who was about to celebrate his 96th birthday, who survived WWII, was taken down by Chicago police thugs who used over-excessive force on a man who was only trying to fight for his rights against people who were forcing him to have a high-risk surgery he didn’t want to have. I am troubled that a 95-year old was forced to have high-risk surgery. Why was he forced? I guess this is the “Chicago way”, and I fear that thuggish behavior will be spreading out. God help us all…
World War II veteran, 95, died after police shot him with TASER and bean bag rounds for ‘threatening care home staff with his CANE’
By Anna Edwards
PUBLISHED: 09:20 EST, 7 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 EST, 7 August 2013
A 95-year-old world War II veteran died after being Tasered and hit with bean bag rounds by police for threatening care home staff – but his family insist he was killed unnecessarily. Police say that John Wrana, who lived in a Chicago assisting living home, was brandishing his cane, a metal shoehorn and a knife before officers shocked him and hit him with bean bag rounds. The senior citizen had been reported to authorities because he was being ‘involuntarily’ committed for medical treatment by staff at the Victory Centre, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The incident was ruled as a homicide by the medical examiner, The Blaze reported. According to the Wrana family lawyer, Nicholas Grapsas, the 95-year-old was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Corps in the rank of a sergeant after fighting in India and Burma. During his service in the Pacific, he was shot down once. After the war, the Massachusetts native moved to California and got into real estate before settling in Glenwood, Illinois.
His wife of more than 30 years, Helen, passed away in 2005. The veteran lived with his 74-year-old stepdaughter, Sharon Mangerson, until his health took a turn for the worse. An autopsy found that the 95-year-old man died from internal bleeding after being shot in the stomach from a bean-bag gun. Grapsas and Wrana’s stepdaughter have questioned the official version of events laid out by police, insisting that the elderly man was sitting in his chair the entire time, and neither his family nor staff ever saw a butcher knife in his room. ‘The Japanese military couldn’t get him at the age he was touchable, in a uniform in the war,’ Grapsas told the Tribune. ‘It took 70 years later for the Park Forest police to do the job.’ Grapsas said he was told that between five and seven responding officers came armed with a riot shield commonly used in demonstrations to enter Wrana’s room before shooting him in the stomach. His stepdaughter described the 95-year-old as a fiercely independent and vital man who still enjoyed playing cards. According to the Chicago Tribune, Wrana was scheduled to undergo an operation. On the night of the tragic incident, his doctor told Margenson over the phone that even if he survives the surgery, her stepfather will likely end up on life support. Wrana than got on the phone with Sharon, thanked her for everything she has done for him and told her he loved her before saying goodbye and hanging up. That was the last she’s heard of him. Mr Wrana’s family are now deciding whether to file a lawsuit, according to their attorney. ‘This was a literal war hero,’ Mr Grapas said. ‘It’s outright insulting when you have such lack of respect for someone who served our country to the extent he did.’ The Victory Centre is a 112-apartment supportive living community for adults 65 and older, it’s website says.
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Wow! Obama is getting brow-beaten by another! Now it’s Ted Nugent’s turn to deliver a burn…
He put out such a great piece that I had to post it here. I have to say…well said, Uncle Ted, well said! For someone who has a slight hearing loss, Ted are more in tune with what’s going on in this country than a lot of Americans who only hear what they want to hear. He deserves a 21-gun salute for his consistent honor and dedication to our heroic military and for his relentless vigilance in helping to preserve America The Beautiful.
Thank you so much, Ted, for reading the minds of many. America is not a racist country, but this country has never been so divided as we have been since Obama stole the White House. I believe more and more people will see him for the phony he has always been, which reminds this Bostonian of a famous quote from our own Larry Bird (formerly of the Boston Celtics NBA Team, and the current team president of the Indiana Pacers)…
“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”
Many people believed Obama’s phony words in 2008, but many are now experiencing a severe case of buyer’s remorse…
It is very difficult to ignore accusations of phoniness from the master of all things phony who has dedicated his entire life to one phony scam after another. But when this unprecedented level of criminal abuse of power is so flagrantly dictated from the most powerful man in the world, good Americans should be quivering in our boots.
No, Mr. President, those are not phony tears from Brian Terry’s mother. Those are real tears, unlike your constant phony blather about caring about the middle class as you continue your well-orchestrated kamikaze economic swan dive for the average American family.
And, be assured, you old Chicago ACORN scammaster you, that those were not phony body bags that arrived home from Benghazi. As the greatest phony America has ever known, like your phoniest phony “job” as community organizer, your phony claims to get to the bottom of that horrific dereliction of duty by your phony secretary of state was just another scam of phony smoke and mirrors to placate your phony sheep-like constituency.
Phony is as phony does, Mr. President, but none of the tea party or conservative Republicans’ claims of illegal targeting by your phony IRS jackboots is phony by any stretch of the imagination.
We believe your earlier claims that such accusations were serious was just more of your phony baloney.
You want phony, Mr. President? I give you your top cop of the United States, your own phony attorney general who refuses to charge your Black Panther buddies with any crimes even though you both saw the same footage of your phony buddies committing numerous federal and state felonies when they threatened and intimidated voters in Philadelphia.
Nothing phony about those criminal gangsters.
And with all due respect, your holy phoniness, who can’t see the terminal phoniness of wasting more tax dollars with more phony charges against George Zimmerman in defiance of your own FBI investigation and the same exhaustive evidence that proved his obvious innocence to the jury of his peers and everyone paying attention who was not blinded by your phony racism?
And we mustn’t forget your phony Nobel Peace Prize, or your phony real estate scammaster ripoff artist Tony Rezko, or your phony claims that your phony “Affordable Healthcare” scam will make our healthcare system cheaper and better when just the opposite is guaranteed.
And let’s all be honest here; more of us believe in the American hero Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s thorough investigation into your phony birth certificate and phony history than the phony media’s smoke and mirrors.
We all know that Van Jones is a phony and all your green scams are as phony as phony can be.
We know that your Mao-loving communications czar Anita Dunn is as phony as they come.
Everyone knows your phony claims to “all of the above” for America’s energy independence is dangerously phony.
We know your so-called Department of Justice is as phony as the insane phony claim that your Allah Ahkbar buddy Maj. Hasan is about as guilty of “workplace” violence as I am the tooth fairy.
I could go on and on and on, but in order to avoid the inevitable violent vomiting impetus from more of your nasty phony baloney than America can possibly handle, I would just like to say: “How dare you, Mr. President, claim the nonstop ugly scandals during your Saul Alinsky inspired attack on America are phony, when everyone with a brain, a heart and a soul knows damn well what you are up to and how you are intentionally implementing the ‘Rules for Radicals’ agenda so appropriately dedicated to Satan.”
We know your hope-and-change lie is as phony as it comes. We know the rotten America-hating preacher that married you and baptized your children is a phony man of the cloth, a soiled cloth as it were.
It brings me no pleasure at all to have to admit all this ugliness. But as a participating “We the People” American in this sacred experiment in self-government, it is clearly my duty, a moral obligation that I owe to the hero warriors of the U.S. military and their families for sacrificing so dearly for our God-given individual rights, as guaranteed by the sacred U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
They, and I as a law enforcement officer, took a sacred oath of honor, to defend, protect and enforce the U.S. Constitution. But unlike the president of the United States, we weren’t being phony when we raised our hand and placed our hands on the Holy Bible, and gave our solemn pledge as Americans.
We meant it.
No, these are not phony scandals, but we are heartbroken that we have a phony president.
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Bob Hope was, and still is, one of the most revered celebrities in show business. He was and still is one of the greatest comedians and Americans, and was loved by his wife Delores, loved by his family and friends, loved by his fans, and the military loved him as well.
May God rest this very funny and generous soul. Entertaining troops from World War II through Desert Storm in 1990, he never forgot our military, which makes me love him even more. In the midst of all the death and destruction our troops saw on a daily basis, fighting for our freedoms, Bob Hope would go to our troops, wherever they were, and would bring them the gift of laughter.
I’m posting a link to Bob Hope’s bio, some vintage Bob Hope videos entertaining the troops that I came across on YouTube, as well as some humorous Bob Hope cartoons I found on winkmartindale.com.
Mr. Hope, thanks for the memories…
I HOPE THIS WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR HEART. Tribute to a man who DID make a difference:
May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003
ON TURNING 70
‘You still chase women, but only downhill’.
ON TURNING 80
‘That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.’
ON TURNING 90
‘You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.’
ON TURNING 100
‘I don’t feel old. In fact I don’t feel anything until noon . Then it’s time for my nap.’
ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER, BOXING
‘I ruined my hands in the ring .. the referee kept stepping on them.’
ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR
‘Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it’s called at my home, ‘Passover”
‘Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.’
‘I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained only six.’
ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER
‘When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, ‘ Congratulations. You have an eight-pound ham’.’
ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
‘I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it’
ON HIS FAMILY’S EARLY POVERTY
‘Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.’
ON HIS SIX BROTHERS
‘That’s how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.’
ON HIS EARLY FAILURES
‘I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn’t for the stuff the audience threw at me.’
ON GOING TO HEAVEN
‘I’ve done benefits for ALL religions. I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.’
Last Memorial Day, I celebrated our great fallen heroes with words that came from my heart. This year, I would like to celebrate their heroism and the immense love they had for America with two great songs that touched my heart, and I’m sure they’ll touch yours as well. May God Bless And Rest The Very Brave Souls Of Our Fallen Heroes, and May God Continue To Bless America…
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