Thank You Veterans!

Happy Veterans Day to all of you Veterans out there. Thank you.
From the NYPost this morning reflecting on what we owe our vets. President Obama had just given the Medal of Honor to a man who has been dead for quite awhile.:

This medal, he [Obama] said, “reflects our obligations as a country to the men and women in our armed services — obligations that continue long after they return home, after they’ve removed their uniforms, and even — perhaps especially — after they’ve laid down their lives.”
Exactly right. It’s the same reason we celebrate Veterans Day, to remind the nation that the freedom we can take for granted was purchased and is protected by those who have stepped forward over our history to wear the uniform of our nation.
“I’m mindful that I might not be standing here today, as president, had it not been for the ultimate sacrifices of those courageous Americans,” said President Obama.
Sometimes talk about what we owe our veterans gets bogged down by federal benefits, as though that is what motivates someone to serve. Certainly America owes those hurt or damaged by their service the best support and care this country can give.
Even so, what we owe them most is honor. It strikes us as the most fundamental measure of a grateful citizenry.
So on this Veterans Day, The Post [and this blog] salutes every one of you who has ever worn the uniform, from the lowliest cook to the five-star general. You’ve earned it, and we owe it.

I like this poem too.

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214 Days in Prison

Sgt Tahmooressi was interviewed this weekend.

A lot of people worked earlier to get this man freed, so why did he spend 214 days in a Mexican prison?

U.S. Republican and Democratic politicians had held talks with Mexican authorities to urge his release. A U.S. congressional committee also held a public hearing to pressure Mexico to free him.

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was “elated” by the news and that his PTSD will be treated by specialists in the United States. He had met with Tahmooressi in jail and talked to Mexico’s Jesus Murillo Karam about the case.

“As I said after visiting Andrew in the Mexican jail, he needs to come home to the United States to be with his mother Jill and the support network of friends I know to be standing by to help him. He is a hero who served his country bravely on the battlefields of Afghanistan, which is why so many Americans have been focused on getting him home,” Royce said.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who grew up in Mexico and has negotiated on a range of international issues, said he met with Tahmooressi in jail in the border city of Tecate, and he had talked to Mexican officials to urge them to release Tahmooressi on humanitarian grounds.

“I respect Mexico’s judicial process, and I am pleased that Andrew was released today and will return home to his family,” Richardson in a statement.

Perhaps because as Condi Rice suggests, “The world isn’t listening to the U.S.“.

Mobs

Am curious if people involved in mob rule “get” what that they are being influenced in very odd ways.

The Ferguson protest movement held a meeting tonight at St. Mark Family Church on Glen Owen Drive.

The protesters took time out from their meeting to beat a college student.
Then they chased him down the street screaming.

Finally the man was rescued at the local Walgreens.

This is all in preparation for a future mob where in the pre mobsters are insisting that while the mob can act like a mob, the police need to act like, well, not police.
The list of demands from the folks who are planning on being a mob are even enumerated.

QOTD

This is from David Harsanyi regarding an idea by Jonathan Alter at the Daily Beast whereby companies pledge a loyalty oath to the US instead of mingling with other countries to reduce their taxes.

Here is Alter:

That’s because efforts to stop desertion aren’t populist or socialist but nationalist, a much more powerful force in American politics. Unbridled nationalism is a menace; it leads to trade wars and, all too often, real wars. But properly channeled, nationalism and patriotism are matters of the heart that cut to our deepest ideas of who we are.

And here is the QOTD

Ah, properly channeled nationalism. You see, when you do it it’s just a bunch of dangerous jingoist rubbish. When we do it … America!

America!! F%$* yeah

Hamas and the UN

From the Washington Post on a story about the UN run school/refuge center where 16 were killed yesterday:

Israel has said some of the facilities are used by Hamas militants to store rockets that are later fired on civilian populations in Israel. Gunness (of the UN) refused to comment on this, even though the United Nations has said it found rockets hidden on its premises.

And why would Hamas put rockets on UN grounds?
According to Hillary – they’re out of space.
Gaza is small. Where else can they put rockets other than in schools or on UN property? And who in the UN is approving this? That is the secondary culpable person.

Yeah – vote Hillary. doh

Can I Get an Amen?

As the media has co-opted the term Tea Party to mean very bad things, I continue to defend it.

Am very happy to see this post and this book that Glen Reynolds posted today.
Along with the quote from Reihan Salam:

“The Tea Party is not some temporary aberration that will seamlessly blend into the conservative establishment in a few years. It is a real movement and, as America grows more diverse and American politics grows more contentious, it will grow.”

Elections are coming up. Time to start activating again.

Our Esteemed Colorado Senator

Basically thinks he should control everything.

I kid you not. These are the words of an amendment (yes, an amendment to the constitution) he wanted to pass.

To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal elections, including through setting limits on —

(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, federal office; and

(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

since re-written since that is so over the top.

ht Instapundit who would note…..”we are in the best of hands”