Changed Mind

I’ve changed my mind, I think I’ll vote for Barack Obama, after all, he has accomplished quite a few things. I’ll list some, but will surely forget a few.

1. He was elected president with the highest qualifications, running against the most formidable opponent possible. Oh, wait.

2. He said he was going to close Guantanamo Bay in hist first year, and he did. Oh, wait.

3. He passed a trillion dollar spending bill that fixed our unemployment problem, and kept it below 8%. Oh, wait.

4. He passed a great healthcare law that everyone loves, that increased coverage, lowered costs, and no one is forced to be insured. Oh, wait.

5. The government took over all college loans, and the interest rates are going to stay low. Oh, wait.

6. He took the lead and put the military in action against Libya, and did it with congressional approval when the 100 day mark hit. Oh, wait.

7. He didn’t freeze deep well drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil leak. Oh, wait.

8. He has done wonders for our national unity by not pitting segments of the population against each other. Oh, wait.

9. He hated the Iraq war so much that he got us out by winning with a troop surge. Oh, wait.

10. He hated the war in Afghanistan so much he withdrew the troops without a surge. Oh, wait.

11. He hates power and dictatorship so much he has made it a point to enforce all laws passed by congress. Oh, wait.

12. He also hates power and dictatorship so much that he shot down having the future ability to send mass text messages to EVERYONE, in case of an “emergency”. Oh, wait.

13. He has managed to keep the deficit from growing out of control. Oh, wait.

14. He didn’t create a 26 billion dollar bailout for teachers, police and firefighters as a payback for their unions support. Oh, wait.

15. He didn’t take/give 51% control of General Motors to the government and unions. Oh, wait.

16. He spent some good quality time supporting the democrat mayor of Milwaukee (who threw all his weight behind Obama’s campaign) while he was running against Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall election. Oh, wait.

Anyway, I’m sure there are many more positive things President Obama has accomplished, and given the opportunity of another four years, he would continue to act and lead in the best interest of the country. Oh, wait.

Sgt. Hug

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Walk the Line

Well last night was a huge night in politics, and it took place in Wisconsin.

In 2010 Scott Walker (R) was elected in a normally blue state. He was elected because he said he was going to straighten out the budget, unemployment, and financial woes.

One of the things he did was go against government employer unions. He wanted to make it optional for people join a union, he succeeded, in March of 2011 there were 68,000 public sector union members, in 2012 there are 28,000. That means when given the option, 40,000 people bailed from the unions. One of the other things was he wanted union members to contribute a small amount, about 1% toward their own retirement. This passed also, but not without massive demonstrations, and democratic reps and senators running from the state and hiding, all avoid the vote. Well Scott Walker let them play their games a while, tried to get them to come back, and when they didn’t he stripped revenue items from the bill and they voted without the dems. When this their shenanigans failed, the unions went on a blitz to recall him, and he and the Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. So it went to the ballot box on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Guess what, Walker and Kleefisch both won their recalls…the unions and dems failed to oust them.

Governor Walker is a true example of solid leader. He was willing to make the tough calls, clash with the unions (full disclosure…I loathe unions), and take bold steps to improve the lives of Wisconsin residents. I hope the rest of the country is looking at what took place in Wisconsin, and realize the same kind of bold measures and bold leadership are what we need on a national level, as well as in a lot of states.

Congratulations Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Sgt. Hug

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Poppy

This will be short and to the point. Memorial Day is about this and this only. No flash or attempted fancy writing.

Total war dead in the history of our country…1,343,812.

The war that resulted in the highest number of deaths, the war we fought against ourselves. The total for that war was 625,000.

1,343,812 people died in war to ensure the rest of us could continue to live in freedom. Some of those died so that people in other countries would maybe have the same shot at living in freedom as we do.

This was written about WWI, but still holds meaning.

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Sgt. Hug

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Are all Service Members Heroes?

I will probably take a thrashing for this one, but here it is regardless.  Firstly, I’m a vet, a proud vet at that…rest of the story after comments.

With Memorial Day coming up soon, I had to touch a topic that has grown to bother me more and more.  It started years ago when our city started hosting an air show every Memorial Day weekend, and it is called “Salute to veterans”.  Sorry folks, Memorial Day is there to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and died in the service of our country.  We have a day for veterans, and it is called, you guessed it, Veterans Day, and that takes place six months after Memorial Day.  Memorial Day should be observed with a ceremony at the local memorial for the war dead, or at a local cemetery where war vets may be buried.  It should not be parades with Corvette owners and their prom queen daughters waving from the window.  It should not be the local high school band playing songs having nothing to do with anything.  It should not be a drunken barbecue either.  We should get rid of Armed Forces Day too, we have Memorial Day and Veterans Day, that should about cover it.  Active duty does not need special recognition (other than a thank you), not until their service years are over.

The topic that is really driving me crazy lately is the seemingly endless butt kissing, by calling everyone who served in the military a “hero”.  Sorry folks, not everyone who has served in the military is a hero, not even if that time is during war.  On the local radio station the other day, they had an Air Force member on the show.  The guy had been in for 1.5 years, and the station was so eager to suck up to him, that they started playing Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins…duh, which happens to be a Navy themed movie.  It was quite embarrassing.

No, the hero name needs to be about people who are winners of the Medal of Honor, or maybe the Navy Cross (other branch equals apply).  A hero is a guy who selflessly puts himself in the way of danger to protect his fellow Marine, Soldier, Sailor, or Airman.  A lot of times these people don’t survive what they did, but that’s just it, they didn’t think about the end result, only the help they could give at that second.  They deserve being called a hero.

Yes, we were at war in Iraq for a long time.  Yes, we have been at war in Afghanistan longer than any other war our country has been involved in.  Yes, people who volunteer to do a job that by nature could possibly result in them being maimed or killed.  Are they all heroes? No.  Fireman are not all heroes, police are not all heroes, and neither are all our military members.  At times do they perform heroic acts? Yes.  So do fireman and police.  But again, they are not all heroes.

I am a veteran of eight years service to our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.  I served in Desert Storm, which was a war.  Our position took incoming Iraqi rocket fire for numerous days until we could take out the source.  We slept with our rifles and in full uniform, knowing we would be up at some point in the middle of the night to make a dash for the bunkers.  Were we heroes?  No.  We were a bunch of guys who signed up in the Marine Corps because that was the branch most likely to get in a good fight.  We came from all walks of life, some guys were rock solid and some guys were dirt bags.  Some could be relied on, some could not.  Some would have your back in the most brutal street fight, some would not.  Were we all heroes? No.

Folks, I know this whole column goes against the current line of hero-worship taking place, but let’s keep some perspective.  I’m very glad there are people who voluntarily join the military, it is a hard way of life, always on the road, away from family.  It can be tough.  It can also be very personally rewarding, and a hell of a lot of fun!

Clearly I can’t speak for everyone, but as far as I’m concerned, if you found out I was in the service and you said to me “hey, thanks for your service”, I would reply “thanks, you bet, I would do it again in a heartbeat”.

Anyone who reads this and served…thanks for your service.

Sgt. Hug

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Wedgie

Let’s see BO is unable to run on his record, so what is he doing? He is trying to drive a wedge in the public, here is the list from just since the primary season began.

1. He comes out in support of the Occupy Wall Street gang. Why? Because it plays right into his fiddle of hating the rich and successful. Right into his view that taxpayers should be footing the bill for the poor, or unwilling to work.

2. He says “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”. Why? Because he can try to drive a wedge between the races.

3. He makes a phone call to Sandra Fluke to praise her on taking a stand for what she believes in. Why? Because he wants to drive a wedge between the genders, and gain votes for November.

4. He comes out in support of gay marriage. Why? A further wedge, because many conservatives believe in marriage being between a man and a woman. Again to shore up votes.

5. He now has the TSA performing random checks on the highway at truck way stations and bus stations. Why? Because they think trucks are the biggest security threat, not airplanes. Remember when he said we need a civilian security force that’s just as big, just as well-funded as the military? I would say the TSA is in training as that force.

I’m probably missing some example, but those come to mind. I don’t think BO has any intention of trying to fix things, I think he hates this country and is doing everything he can to cause social strife. I mean it was his own words when he said he wanted to “fundamentally change America”. And his hag wife says that BO getting the nomination was the first time in her adult life she was proud of her country. How about his friendship with Bill Ayers? How about his admittedly be drawn to communists in college. This man hates the country, pure and simple, and he will do whatever he can to help with its demise.

Yeah, call me extreme, but I’m a micro-spec compared to the president. He must be defeated in November, because if he wins reelection, you can bet some bad stuff is going to go down when another term isn’t holding him back.

Sgt. Hug

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Three Keepers

Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Cino De Mayo.  These are three days, that for the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so excited about.  Unless you have some direct tie to them, they are celebrated in the U.S. for one reason, to drink obscene amounts of booze.  Seriously, what other reason do you need to drink beside the fact that booze exists.  But these aren’t the only useless days on the calendar, here’s more..

1.  Valentines Day.  A day men are made to feel like dirt if they don’t conform with society and spend a bunch of money and buy candy for someone who may not need it.  The garbage hits the shelves a mere number of days after New Years Eve.

2.  May Day, though not a spendy day, why on earth do people of a freedom loving country want to even bat an eye at a day that is revered in the communist/socialist world.

3.  Labor Day.  Here is a novel thought, let’s ditch the day and simply call it “end of the summer long weekend”.  Again, labor movements are tied in with communists/socialists.  A good way for workers to celebrate…cash the paycheck that you earned.

Here is the kicker, two of the most revered days in the Christian world are Christmas, which we start hearing about endlessly for two months prior.  And Easter, which has been turned into a hard-boiled egg and buckets of candy hunt…which are on the store shelves for about a month prior to the day.  Don’t get me wrong, though I’m not really a religious guy, Christmas is huge in foundation.  Easter may even mean more than Christmas when it comes to depth of meaning and impact.

Outside of the obvious mass world following of Christmas and Easter, let’s look at a few that are unique and important to our country, and our country only.

1.  Memorial Day.  Simple, this should be a somber day to memorialize and remember those in the military who have given their lives in the defense of this country, or in the process of enabling those of another country desperately trying to find freedom.  I don’t think it should be a day for air shows celebrate those who are living…we have Veteran’s Day for that.  Let’s have services at the cemetary and place flags at the graves of those who gave the ulimate…their lives.

2.  Fourth of July.  Simple, we stated our intention to become a free country, no longer under the yoke of the British.  Let’s cook out and drink on this day…it really is a celebration, one that needs to be remembered so it doesn’t happen again.

3.  Thanksgiving.  Simple, a feel good day that acknowledges our bountiful ways and who helped with some good farming tricks.

Those three days are purely American, there may be other small ones not coming to mind, but they are the big three.

I have become cranky with age and cynical about anything that requires a month or more of loaded store shelves to celebrate.  And for all our sake, I won’t even get into the relentless fund driving/begging for money by organizations that last a month each.

Sgt. Hug

 

 

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Bully Me? My A$@!

I have not seen the movie “Bully”, but I have lived it and have something to say about the overall topic.

First, one of the stories was about an 11 year old who committed suicide because the level of bullying he was receiving was so bad the he couldn’t take it any more. This is heinous and tragic, the fact that it was not noticed and addressed by school officials, parents, or for that matter another student, is also heinous. In no way should a kid feel like the only way out is to kill themselves.

In 1977, when I was 12, my family moved from upstate New York to South Dakota. I was a skinny kid and didn’t know anyone. The geeky kids (I too was geeky) befriended me, and I them. Now being a geeky skinny new kid made me a target for the tough kid bullies to pick on, and they did. Naturally I did not tell any teachers or my parents about it, instead I tried to make myself invisible, but that didn’t work. Finally I said something to my mother and she said this simple thing, “If someone hits you, you hit them back…harder”. Not being a fighter made that a potentially big move, but one that I would eventually try. The next few times the bullies came at me I fought back…and yes, I was beaten up a few times. The thing about it is, they eventually stopped because I was no longer an easy target…I became a target that would fight back, and that took all of the fun out of it for them.

Parents need to be involved with their kids school life, ask the how their day is every day, look for signs of something not quite right. If the kid has friends, ask them, if no friends ask the teachers. The teachers, hall monitors, other kids…somebody has seen the bullying. The teachers should be aware of the signs of bullying in their students, and they should not be afraid of addressing the situation.

Bullying is not some new thing that suddenly needs to be tackled, it was alive and well 35 years ago for me, and long before that in general. Appeasement does not stop it, hiding does not stop it, trying to ignore it does not work. Telling parents and school officials is the first approach, maybe they can intervene and end the problem. Then again maybe that will only piss off the bully, making them think retribution. However, the effort must be made.

Ultimately what will deter a bully is if one day when he walks up and pushes a kid, knocks his books on the floor, tries to take their lunch money…and the bullied kid suddenly turns and starts to pummel the bully. The bullied kid may take a few lumps in the process, but so will the bully…and chances are the bully will eventually move on. Bullies like to talk a big game and intimidate, but most of them don’t want to actually have to fight, and get hit.

A kid needs to approach bullying the same as a nation approaches hostile nations. Appeasement does not deter the tough kid on the block…the tough kid thinking he may get a bloody nose as a result of his actions does.

Sgt. Hug

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Green Marines

This is a tweet that was on the official Marine Corps twitter feed. “Happy #EarthDay! The Marine Corps’ been green since 1775. Ooh-rah!”.

The only part of that familiar to me is about the Corps being green since 1775. Though when I went to boot camp 28 years ago, being green was what Marines were called to break any racial lines. You weren’t white, black, Hispanic, Indian, etc… you were different shades of green. That kind of makes sense since the Marines come from all walks of life.

But now the Marines are tying being green in with the super liberal festive event called Earth Day. Trust me when I say a vast majority of Earth Day followers and participants hate the military and all it stands for…and the Marines are the epitome of military. So by sucking up to the liberal establishment the Corps makes itself look weak and pathetic.

What ever happened to the days when this was a slogan, “The U.S. Marines, When It Absolutely Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight”. Yes, now there’s a slogan for you, and by the way, I bought that shirt on base.

The Marines need to stay out of the nicey nice business, because the people they are trying to suck up to, don’t give a flying crap about them (except in a negative light). Those earth day folks will never enlist, and will actively prevent their friends and family from joining.

The Marines need to stick to one thing and one thing only, the thing they have excelled at since their birth at Tun Tavern, November 10, 1775…kicking the living crap out of anyone or anything that gets in the way of our country and our way of life. Now that deserves an Ooh Rah… not Earth Day!

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Declaration of War

Contraception, equal pay, stay at home moms…each instance is purely the democrats attempt at regaining/retaining the vote of women.

Contraception has been covered in the Sandra Fluke scenario, so I won’t hash out the details, other than it was trying to make it look like NO republican men wanted women taking any form of birth control.  No, it was all about convincing women we hate them, and about who should or shouldn’t have to pay for extra curricular, personal physical activities.

Attack stay at home moms.  Brilliant, attack the group of people who are the most keenly aware of how much it costs to raise a family, and the hard work that goes into that task.  I’m a dad with two kids, I work full-time in the evenings, and let me tell you just having two kids running around for half the day is a serious workout.  I can’t imagine Ann Romney and five boys.  Liberals simply hate the idea that a woman would voluntarily stay home with kids and not pursue a workplace career…unless you are Sarah Palin and then they hate you because you were a vice presidential candidate who wouldn’t be at home.

Equal pay taken care of in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  I work for a company that employs over 1,000 people, and every hourly employee starts at the same pay, and EARNS incremental increases based on the time they have been employed with the company and their job performance.  All pay raises on my shift of 80 to 120 people are put in for by their immediate supervisor, it then goes across my desk, and finally the desk of the vice president of distribution.  Oh, have I mentioned the raises are figured out by computer programming based on the supervisor entries.  If I had the hankering to adjust down ANY employees pay increase, I am required in writing to justify the decrease to the vice president.  I work for a mid-sized company in the midwest and we have a rather detailed system for reviews and pay increases.  Sure there are exceptions to everything, but there is no doubt in my mind that most companies are diligent in the pay process.

So, in summary us conservative/republican men just hate women so much we have to have a war against them.  This notion is completely insane.  I for one love women, probably too much for my own good sometimes.  If anything you would think some men would be giving better raises to women simply because of beauty, and maybe a smile shot in their direction.  Nope, it’s all about shoring up the female vote in November.  If the liberals can convince women us conservatives are out to run/ruin/destroy every aspect of their lives, the democrats will get their vote in November.

It is an absolute mystery to me how highly intelligent people, or marginally intelligent people for that matter, fall for these sort of amateurish pranks. War against women, what a joke.

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Just Drug Them *Updated **Updated Again***Updated Yet Again

***The newest one is mothers being exposed to “particulate air pollution”. I’m not saying autism doesn’t exist, but I’m telling you they are throwing around diagnosis on kids like they are throwing PTSD at every person who served in a time of war (drone pilots with it, yeah right). They are trying to make stuff up. If it can’t be diagnosed with physical testing, as in urine, blood, cells, etc…then they are diagnosing it in the form of a shrink, and that sure isn’t science, it’s witchcraft.

**I just read now they are saying environmental pollution is linked to autism. Sounds like an attempt by the environmentalist whackos to play on heart strings in order to push their agenda. What I really think…they are making this up as they go…including the autism stats.

*I just read there is a new study that may link obesity during pregnancy to autism. At what point will people with nothing else to do, stop digging in their asses for non-existent BS.

You hear that word thrown around a lot, yet very little is actually known about the source of the disease. I remember Michael Savage took a beating because he was talking about it and he commented “drop the act”, as if it weren’t a real disease, but an actual act. Here are some basic stats tossed around.

In the world, 1-2 kids out of 1,000 have autism. In the U.S. it is 11.3 per 1,000. I find it amazing how the most politically and financially successful country in the world has the highest rates. Then again, maybe we are headed torwards a world like the movie “Idiocracy”.

It increased dramatically in the 1980’s…beofore massive cell phone use

In the last five years there has been a 79% increase…can’t be from vaccinations, I was getting them in the 60’s and 70’s.

They say genetics and environment can be contributors. Well the recent explosion can’t be too genetic because there wasn’t that much of it back when current parents were born. The environment is not specified, is it weather, TV consumption, being poor? What?

There is a higher rate of Autism than, get this, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and downs syndrome…COMBINED!

Most recently I heard that there is a potential tie to kids with older parents (dad). The kids with the older parents are more likely to get it. I don’t know how this matches up with the 79% increase in the past five years, are there suddenly people in their 40’s cranking out kids?

Here is the best part though. 1 in 88 kids get it. 1 in 252 girls get it…and 1 in 54 boys get it. So how does it work out that something they are not even sure of how it is passed along, contracted, developed, is so much more prevalent in boys? I think it is this, which plays into Michael Savage somewhat, it is way over diagnosed and in a lot of cases they do need to drop the act. Maybe some better parenting would help. I mean seriously, when I was a kid boys ran around playing tag, racing bikes, climbing trees and pulling girls pigtails. What were girls doing at the same time, playing house and huddling together on the playground and hanging together…staying away from us rambunctious boys.

I think part of what drives these stats of so many boys getting it is this, by and large, boys grow up and run business, we are the predominate participants in politics…and we start and fight wars! All of these things are looked upon with disdain by the liberal crowd (who dominate the media and education)…who seem to hate business, hate the boys club, and hate war (so do I, but if it comes to war, you better be ready for it).

So, if this huge amount of boys develop autism, we can dope the boy out of the boy, in turn the boy doesn’t developed the normal way a boy does, and in turn not the way a man does. It’s funny, we have the same disproportionate rates in boys with ADD and ADHD, a couple more reasons to drug boys out of their youth and beyond.

I’m not saying autism doesn’t exist, but it surely has to be over diagnosed. It is also a convenient way to take bad parenting off your shoulders.

Sgt. Hug

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