What about our vets now?

We only see them here, in whatever condition they exist in at the moment.


And then there was Barfoot, Van T.

Van T Barfoot died, probably doesn’t make a bump in your quotidian life. Well read this, it should change your idea of what an American stands for, where, when and how.

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it. Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.
van1 And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

van2That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.van4
van3What did make news…Was hisNeighborhood Association’s quibblewith how the 90-year- old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home.






Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.

Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down.
Then the HOA story made national TV, and the Neighborhood Association rethought its position and agreed to indulge this aging herowho dwelt among them.
“In the time I have left”, he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.” As well he should. And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have one well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. VanBarfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.van8


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Some of you I know, know this. But for the ones who don’t it will be very interesting. This is the origin of and the words to “Taps”.

Hope n’ Change

Memorial Day 2016


Be it Memorial Day or any other day, let us never forget the sacrifices of those who served our nation and sometimes paid the ultimate price. Hope n’ Change humbly thanks these men and women and their families.

Let today be a day of awareness, gratitude, and a reminder that each of us carries a debt to be worthy of what others have given us.

We’re breaking policy by discussing politics on Memorial Day, but we feel compelled to comment on Barack Obama’s reprehensible actions in Hiroshima over Memorial Day Weekend.

We can forgive him for laying a wreath for Hiroshima’s dead, but can not forgive his characterization of America’s use of the atomic bomb as immoral. Specifically, he said he desires: “a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”

The start, Barry? Really? We weren’t behaving morally before you came along to lecture us?

People are debating whether or not the president’s words constituted an “apology,” but they’re missing the more significant point of Obama’s anti-nuclear speech. He called out our nation as having been in the wrong morally, but did not – could not – apologize because he would have to identify himself as representing the United States to do so. And in this case, as in so many others, he was presenting himself as an outsider – a citizen of the world – speaking disdainfully to our country rather than for our country.

The bombing of Hiroshima was a terrible necessity and most experts agree that in the end it saved countless lives – including Japanese lives.

For Barack Hussein Obama to label our nation and our warriors immoral on this weekend of somber remembrance is beyond the pale. He can’t possibly leave office soon enough.

Enola Gay 1 1For the benefit of Homeland Security, we’ll point out that Mr. Trump is the entirely metaphorical bomb in this cartoon.

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How about calling your Congress Critter.

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Our Vets

Veterans Day

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It is nigh on impossible to comprehend how the brass hats in the Pentagon can make a decision such as the following and call themselves honorable.



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In case you missed it earlier this week, the New York Times published an extensive piece detailing how U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been told to ignore rampant sexual abuse of young children, mostly boys, by Afghan allies because “it’s their culture.” U.S. soldiers were not only told they would be punished for intervening or stopping a sexual assault, they have been punished for doing so.

Green Beret Charles Martland was discharged from the Army after roughing up an Afghan military commander who admitted, and laughed about, being a child rapist.

After an Afghan police commander admitted to repeatedly raping a little boy after chaining him to a bed for seven days, he was brought on base for questioning by Army Special Forces. When the commander laughed about his atrocities, in addition to beating the boy’s mother when she tried to intervene and stop him from assaulting her son, he got roughed up.

Now Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret with 11 years of outstanding Army service, is being kicked out of the military as a result of doing the right thing.

“Imagine this, you’re a 20-year-old kid and you’re serving your nation and on your U.S. base you actually see child rapists and pedophiles and hear the scream of little boys at night and you’re told it’s an Afghan criminal issue,” Duncan said. “They were allowing this to happen because they don’t want to offend the wrong people. There is a shameful lack leadership and morality in the Army.”

The Military under the Leftist guidance of the political Generals and Obama is showing the rot from the top down. The next President needs to demand the resignations of the batch now serving in that Puzzle Palace ad put some real warriors. Toss these goldbricks out of the service with a little something in their service folder that DOESN’T look nice.