All Posts Tagged With: "Military"

A Victory For President Obama

Several weeks ago, President Obama made one of the best decisions of his Presidency.

He decided to support South Korea by after North Korea attacked the island of YeonPyeong.  And he did it with the strength of our military by moving them into the area and engaging in military exercises with our friends in the South.

I was afraid at the time that he would turn his back on Seoul, but instead he did the right thing for the region and for the United States.  Well done, Mister President.

This morning, South Korea followed through on its plans to conduct artillery drills on that same island, plans which had brought promises from the North that there would be further attacks due to this new “provocation”.…

Honor them, today.

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It’s a place like very few others on the planet. It’s true enough; the world would be a better place if places such as Arlington weren’t required to be a part of it, but man is fallible. Our freedoms that so many of us take for granted , come at a very high price. What you see in front of you is but a small part of that price.

Something there is about humans that causes us not to want to be indebted to anyone. It’s perhaps why some are so anti-military. Yet we are indebted to these individuals, and millions more like them, buried on battlefields all around the world. We are indebted in a way that …

BFS: We Made It!!!

Great news!  Books For Soldiers made their $70,000 Fund Raising goal and will NOT have to close!

BFS provides an awesome service to our deployed military members, and I hope we can continue to support this vital ministry for years to come!

Thank you to all of you that donated to and promoted this urgent need over the past few months!

2009 fundraising is now in progress… please keep Books For Soldiers in mind as you consider year-end and ongoing charitable giving.

Books For Soldiers: Almost There!

Just $2,800 left to meet the critical donation level required by the BFS Board of Directors!  What’s amazing is that the original deadline was October 31 (they plan to close the operation if the $70,000 is not reached), and you’d have never thought they could get this close by that date!

Fortunately, as we mentioned two weeks ago, the Board extended the deadline to November 30.  Can you give $50?  $100?  Okay, yeah, if you have $2,800 to spare, go for it! This is a vital service to our men and women on active duty overseas, and I know from comments I’ve received and otherwise seen that this means a great deal to them!  Go to their web site and see what they are

Book For Soldiers: Still Need Your Help, Making Progress

Great news!

Since a week ago when I last posted on this topic, Books For Soldiers has been able to raise another $4,000! Thank you for all you’ve done so far, including passing this word along to others!

They still need another $13,500.  The good news is, the organization’s directors, who had given them until October 31 to raise a total of $70,000 ($56,500 raised so far) or face closing, have extended this deadline to November 30!  That’s still only 6 weeks away.

Please consider donating $20, $50, $100 or more.  If you have family on active duty overseas like I do, you know how important the work of this organization can be for our military.  How can we not do what we …

Books For Soldiers Needs You NOW!

Just a little more than two weeks and it’s over!  Not the General Election, but the existence of Books For Soldiers.  These folks have been providing books and videos for our soldiers for several years now, and for lack of $17,500 raised by October 31, they will have to close their doors come December 31.  We talked about this back in May, and a lot of progress has been made, but the work is not done!

We cannot let this happen!  This organization has the process down cold, they have great creds and do a super job.  Thousands of soldiers have been served by BFS.

Won’t you please act now?  Go to this link and make a donation now.  If every visitor to …

A Defining Day

Seven years ago today our world changed.  Expressing how that day felt and how it has changed the way we live today I will leave to the rest of the world today.  It was a day of great heroism and pain, and I cannot forget it.  It hurts.

My concern today is how quickly we seem to have forgotten.  It is a shame that so many are anxious to forget the horror of 2001, the loss of life, the viciousness of the attack and the evil that permeates the hearts of those that wish to destroy America.

I can’t say that I understand the kind of hatred held by those who want to do us harm.  But I am confident that they will not …

Swamp Stomper Alert: Housing Bill Heads to White House

Well, it took almost 3 months, but Congress finally passed the bill today, on older version of which was  passed by the House in May, after some considerable back and forth between the Senate and the House.  The bill is HR 3221 (pdf), titled: “Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008”.

The entire bill is over 600 pages long.  The table of contents is 7 pages.  And technically, this is a bill that began its life over a year ago.  Sponsored by none other than Nancy Pelosi.  And apparently Bush is planning to sign.

He should not.

Touted by most of the media is the section that provides up to a $7,500 tax credit is 1,800 words.  And the  media manage to mention it …

Save Books For Soldiers

Books for Soldiers ( needs financial help. This is an organization that provides books and other media (donated or financed by members such as myself) to members of the US Military who are on active duty. I have personally had a positive experience with this organization. They know what they are doing when working with the troops and site members, and provide excellent controls throughout the process. They lack only sufficient funding to maintain an excellent program.

Early on in the life of this blog we began promoting two non-profit organizations: Kiva and Books For Soldiers. BFS means a lot to me, and I will be providing a financial commitment to help keep them operating. Anything you can do, I appreciate. You can …

If The Government Is Defective, Can We Get Our Money Back?

You should probably expect to see the following happen in the US within the next few years.

In Great Britain, a high court justice has ruled that British Human Rights laws apply to soldiers while in combat, according to a report heard on Friday’s BBC NewsPod Podcast. While this may sound relatively benign on the surface, the intent and impact of this ruling is to hold the Ministry of Defense (MoD) accountable for situations where soldiers are injured or killed due to the failure of defective equipment, or due to insufficient supplies in their kit.

Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, LL.D., FBA made the ruling during a request for military inquest guidelines in the case of the death of a Scottish soldier in Iraq who died …

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