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MSM can’t find any reason to negatively spin President Obama

Two different approaches to President Obama’s recognition of Memorial Day are circulating. One perspective paints the event as just another day on the job for the honorable Obama, tainted by some inconsequential trumped up scandal. The other perspective isn’t afraid to portray the situation negatively for the president.

The following AP story won’t even mention the fact President Obama is taking a vacation, and that this timing of vacation is part of the reason there is an issue here at all.

Obama asks Americans to observe Memorial Day
May 29, 2010 by AP

President Obama’s Memorial Day Vacation
May 26th, 2010 by The Heritage Foundation

So what’s the big deal? As leftist columnist David Corn writes: “[D]oes it matter if Obama throws some leaves on a tomb?” Well, apparently to liberals, it does not matter and to Corn, even wondering why the president would miss the occasion in itself dishonors lost soldiers. Seriously. Somehow, wanting the president to appropriately honor the troops who paid the ultimate price is chalked up as “political ammo.”

The truth is that no president has missed the Arlington ceremony on Memorial Day since 1992. That year, former President Bush attended a ceremony in Maine while campaigning for re-election. In 1992 our nation was not at war. President Bush was himself a decorated war hero in World War II, risking life and limb to complete bombing missions in the Pacific and losing crewmates in the battles. His commitment to honoring his brothers-in-arms was never in doubt. So comparing 1992 to 2010 is not exactly an apples to apples debate.

On the other hand, President Obama has demonstrated time and time again an unwillingness to fully support our troops whether through resources or through rhetoric. He gave a commencement address in 2008 with the theme of ’serving your country’ on that Memorial Day weekend, and did not mention serving in the military once. His proposed budgets reduce defense spending as a percentage of GDP to pre-9/11 levels. And this White House is uncomfortable even using the term ‘war on terror’ which is the cause that many of those who sacrificed their lives committed themselves to in the first place.

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Supreme Court says cross can stay

High court says Mojave cross in Calif. can remain
April 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a federal court went too far in ordering the removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home in California.

In ruling that the cross could stay, the justices said federal judges in California did not take sufficient notice of the government’s decision to transfer the land in a remote area of California to private ownership. The move was designed to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land.

The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority.

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Wounded Vet bashes BS about second-hand PTSD at Fort Hood

Hero JR Salzman Slams State-Run Media On Bogus PTSD Claims
November 10, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

JR Salzman, the “Lumberjack in the Desert” blogger, was the ESPN Outdoor Sportsman of the Year back in 2005.
Then he went to Iraq.
JR lost his arm in an IED attack.
In July he came back and won his 7th ESPN Logrolling Championship.

…You don’t get PTSD from sitting on your ass around Walter Reed. Not only is it not possible to “catch” secondhand PTSD, but it is not that kind of a place. I would know, I was a patient there for nine months. The place is simply not that stressful or chaotic. When I was there my PTSD got better, not worse. And I would be willing to bet my dog tags that I saw far more wounded Soldiers than sh-t bag Major did during our overlapping time there in 2007. I regularly visited Ward 57 to give advice to the new wounded. Other Soldiers and amputees did it for me when I was there so I considered my visits “paying it forward”. I had daily physical and occupational therapy with other Soldiers. I regularly partook in activities in and out of Walter Reed with present and past wounded Soldiers. To say that this guy got PTSD from being stationed at Walter Reed is an absolute farce. The people who are making this sh-t up have never set foot on Walter Reed, let alone met a soldier with PTSD.

This does not look good for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the man who killed 13 people and wounded 30 more. Don’t expect NPR or any other MSM media to report on the comments of this war hero.

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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor
For actions on Sept. 29, 2006

Petty Officer Monsoor’s actions could not have been more selfless or clearly intentional. Of the three SEALs on that rooftop corner, he had the only avenue of escape away from the blast, and if he had so chosen, he could have easily escaped. Instead, Monsoor chose to protect his comrades by the sacrifice of his own life. By his courageous and selfless actions, he saved the lives of his two fellow SEALs and he is the most deserving of the special recognition afforded by awarding the Medal of Honor.

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Wake-Up Call

Letters to the editor in a local Arizona newspaper

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus

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To an American Soldier American Soldier Greeting Cards (Pk of 10)

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Ed Freeman (sent via email)

You’re an 18 or 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, November 14,1965. LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 to 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the medevac helicopters to stop coming in.

You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’r enot getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away,and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter,and you look up to see a Huey, but it doesn’t seem real, because no medevac markings are on it.

Ed ‘Too Tall’ Freeman is coming for you. He’s not a medevac, so it’s not his job, but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the medevac’s were ordered not to come.

He’s coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, they load 2 or 3 of you on board, as they drop off much needed water and ammunition. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back……13 more times….. and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died Wednesday Sept.3, 2008 at the age of 80, in Boise, Idaho.
Thanks Ed……. Blue Skies.

Recognition for one of America’s best
February 17, 2007, by Joseph L. Galloway

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Remembering Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato

Why he served
October 17, 2008, by Michelle Malkin

The following is a blog entry written on Aug. 30, 2008, by Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato, who was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was blown up by an improvised explosive device. This entry was forwarded to the Globe by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Crawford.

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Freedom Is Not Free

Aiding wounded service members, their families and the families of the fatally wounded.

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My Choice
February 11, 2008, by Sgt. Seth Conner

When the nosecones of 767 passenger jets punched into the Twin Towers, my choice was simple to make. My choice was not, as the patchouli-smelling Berkeley hippies would have you believe, the duplicitous work of “salespeople known to lie to and seduce minors and young adults into contracting themselves into military service with false promises.” By that rationale, car salesmen are responsible for the 40,000 Americans who will die this year on the nation’s highways.

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