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Memorial Day Special: Never Forget What American Troops Are Made Of

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To honor our troops for Memorial Day this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

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“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

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“The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: ‘Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?’ I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: ‘Yes, Sergeant,’ with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, ‘No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.’ They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

“A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way–perhaps 60-70 yards in length–and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms…

“What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as [Iraqi policemen on the scene] had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

“You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: ‘Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.’ The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

“It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were–some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

“For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop… the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore into the body of the son-of-a-beech who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers–American and Iraqi–bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe… because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

“The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty… into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight–for you.”

(Originally published by The Weekly Standard in December of 2010)

Tales like this are legion in the annuls of the military history of the United States of America. Our citizen soldiers are some of the best ever seen by mankind. This Memorial Day, please do remember them, pray for them, support them.

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Protesters Storm Baptist Church, Harass Children, Assault Parishioners (Video)

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Protesters Storm Baptist Church, Harass Children, Assault Parishioners (Video)

Black Lives Matters protesters have been threatening and harassing attendees of Grace Baptist Church as they enter the building for the past few weeks.

Video footage shows no one is safe from harassment regardless of age or race. There is also a video of these leftwing BLM agitators entering the sanctuary to disrupt church services.

Daily Wire:

Videos posted on social media show parishioners, both black and white, being harassed and physically assaulted at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York.

The protesters, repeatedly shouting “Black Lives Matter,” even harassed and blocked churchgoers while they were with their young children, using a megaphone to scream at the families, shaming and threatening their parents with calls to CPS, or Child Protective Services.

The assaults, harassment, and protesting have been occurring since at least the end of June, according to the viral videos posted online. The church has refused to close or backdown, directing men from the parish to help escort fellow worshipers inside as they are blocked by BLM protesters.

Grace Baptist Church made headlines last month for giving away an AR-15 as a prize for a church raffle. When the giveaway was first reported, Pastor John Koletas told WNYT that the church held it in solidarity with hunters and gun owners who have been “viciously attacked by anti-Christian socialist policies.” One local critic told WRGB at the time that the giveaway exhibited “extreme poor taste,” citing “all of the shootings going on in all of our communities.” More

Where is their mayor? Governor? They need to stop this insanity. People have a right to protest but not to be able to go into churches and harass and assault people.

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‘Hamilton’ Musical Once Praised, Now Slammed by Wokesters for Celebrating American Founders

The wokesters are now out the cancel celebrated rap musical ‘Hamilton.”

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Only five years ago the rap musical Hamilton was praised as high art and an important achievement. But now, the Black Lives Matter haters are slamming the musical for daring to lionize the founding fathers.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda unveiled Hamilton in 2015, he was hailed as a genius and celebrated for bringing the history of the founding to a new generation of people.

But now he is already being attacked for the play. Why? because he wrote his play about the founders who today’s Black Lives Matter terrorists want to see destroyed, not celebrated in a play.

First of all, before we get to the fools attacking the play today, we must dispense with this idiotic claim that Hamilton is anything but fake history created with racism at its heart — anti-white racism.

Miranda’s play is not “history.” It is garbage. The fact that he puts blacks in the roles of white men is absurd. And rap is not music, anyway, so let’s get beyond all this nonsense that Hamilton is important art. It is woke garbage not worth being celebrated.

But, even if those who have been celebrating it since 2015 were right that it is a great piece of work, Hamilton has already become the newest thing to cancel by anti-American, woke activists.

Over the July 4th weekend, Hamilton began trending on Twitter as BLM wokesters began attacking it for daring to say that America’s founding was a good thing.

As The Blaze reported:

“Are y’all ready to talk about how problematic Hamilton is? Lin Manuel Miranda created a piece of work that used hip hop (a genre created by black people) to tell the story of colonizers and slave owners,” one Twitter user wrote.

“As much as I love the show, it and it’s writer are deeply problematic,” another wrote. “I’ve intentionally or unintentionally ignored these things for years, but I’m trying to fix this now so I can fully contextualize and understand Hamilton and it’s effect as a whole.”

“Hamilton is deeply problematic in concept and so is Lin Manuel Miranda to some degree,” another person tweeted.

“I mean I think the fact that a musical like Hamilton (which is deeply problematic and nationalist) has to exist in order for non-white actors to have a space on Broadway is just very indicative of how non-white stories will never be able to thrive on this elitist medium,” another person said.

“Reminder for all y’all Hamilton watching mofos: Hamilton was a racist slaveowner, and casting POC as white bigots isn’t the reclamation you think it is,” read a tweet that had nearly 60,000 likes. “It’s a romanticized telling of a white man’s plights, so none of y’all better be stanning the founding fathers AGAIN.”

First they came for Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Now they are coming after Lin-Manuel Miranda.

You reap what you sow, liberals.

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Six Black Children Murdered in Violence Over Weekend — Black Lives Matter Silent

At least half a dozen black children were shot down in black neighborhoods over the Fourth of July holiday.

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At least half a dozen black children were shot down in black neighborhoods over the Fourth of July holiday, and yet Black Lives Matter is utterly silent.

Black children were murdered in Washington D.C. Chicago, and San Francisco over the weekend. But no one on the left seems to care even a tiny bit.

Per the Daily Wire:

In Washington, DC, 11-year-old Davon McNeal was preparing to leave a Fourth of July cookout with his mother when shooting broke out somewhere nearby. A bullet struck the youth football player in the head, killing him, according to The Washington Post.

“We just had a real genuine kid who wanted to get out of the neighborhood. That’s all he said is, ‘I’m gonna make it,’” McNeal’s football coach Kevin McGill said remembering the boy’s dreams of playing in the pros. “These kids’ lives are being robbed over nothing.”

Just under 90 people have been killed in Washington, DC this year, a roughly 17% increase over last year. 2019 ended with the most people killed in the city in a decade.

D.C. was not the only Democrat-led city to see a child murdered.

In Atlanta, 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was killed. Thirty others were killed in Atlanta that weekend, too.

Moving west, in Chicago 7-year-old Natalia Wallace and a 14-year-old boy whose name has not yet been released were murdered.

Next up, in Hoover, Ala., 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr. was killed in the city.

Finally, a 6-year-old boy was shot and killed in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

So, have you heard Black Lives Matter lament these murders?

Nope.

One man from Atlanta took BLM to task over the 8-year old killed there.

“If this was a white police officer gunning down three blacks and injuring four, Wilson High School would be set on fire and every black leader, every community leader, would be up here,” the man told reporters. “Black Lives Matter, hands up. Blacks have murdered other blacks every 32 hours since June. I’ve been in this town all my life, I’m 56 years old, I am afraid of being shot and gunned down by a black man.”

“Again if this was a white police officer shooting and killing three blacks, people will be out here, the school will be on fire, people will be coming forward saying, ‘I saw this white police officer,’” he continued. “But because it’s black on black crime, it’s socially acceptable for blacks not to talk to The police. It is appalling. Every 32 hours since June, blacks have been murdering blacks, and you all have to do a better job.”

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The Year of Stupid: Boeing Forces Exec to Resign Over 33-Year-Old Op-Ed Opposing Women in Combat

33 years ago, Boeing exec Niel Golightly wrote an op-ed wherein he opposed women in combat. Now he’s lost his job.

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Thirty-three years ago, Boeing executive Niel Golightly wrote an op-ed when he was a 29-year-old Navy Lt. wherein he opposed women n combat roles. Today, in the year of stupid, Boeing forced him to resign.

Until this week, Golightly was the head of communications for Boeing, but now he is out for having an opinion 33 years ago that was the prevailing, common opinion of nearly everyone but the most fringe activists at the time.

The then Navy Lt. had his op-ed in a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute. It is an outfit which describes itself as “an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security.”

Who would have thought the magazine article printed in 1987 would be so troublesome after three decades?

In his op-ed, Golightly expressed the common feeling that introducing women into combat units would disrupt the dynamics necessary for a cohesive fighting unit.

“At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks. Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for—peace, home, family,” Golightly wrote, according to an excerpt published on the U.S. Naval Institute’s website.

Indeed, women were barred from combat in U.S. military forces from our founding all the way until Barack Obama broke down those barriers in 2013.

Absurdly, Golightly’s then extremely uncontroversial opinion has led to his job loss today.

“My article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time,” Golightly said in a statement this week. “My argument was embarrassingly wrong and offensive. The article is not a reflection of who I am; but nonetheless I have decided that in the interest of the company I will step down.”

“Boeing does not agree with the views expressed in the article, and it does not reflect Niel’s views today,” the company added.

“Niel and I discussed at length the article and its implications for his role as the Company’s lead spokesman,” Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun said. “I want to emphasize our Company’s unrelenting commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its dimensions, and to ensuring that all of our employees have an equal opportunity to contribute and excel.”

David Calhoun, you are a morn.

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Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid Statue Defaced with ‘Racist Fish’ Graffiti

Now the left-wing loons are coming for Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue which was defaced with “racist fish.”

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Now the left-wing loons are coming for Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue which was defaced on Friday with the words “racist fish.”

Isn’t it wonderful that we have lunatic leftists around to let us all know that fish are racists?

The “Little Mermaid,” a bronze statue honoring folk tale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story, was erected in 1913 and placed on a rock near the sea off a pier in Copenhagen.

The local police said they had no clue who defaced the 107-year-old tourist attraction.

“We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation,” the Copenhagen police said on Friday morning.

According to Reuters:

“I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news wire Ritzau.

How is the Little Mermaid racist?

Since when does the Black Lives Matter movement need logic, facts, or reality to intrude upon the world of lies they have built?

All they are interested in is wanton, meaningless, destruction.

BLM’s SOLE goal is to destroy what they deem white civilization.

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Report: Schiff’s Staff Knew In February About Russian Bounties On American Soldiers

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff saw reports back in February that Russia was purportedly paying Taliban operatives to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan but took no action.

The Federalist reported that “multiple intelligence sources” told the publication that some members of Schiff’s staff “were briefed in February on intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties in Afghanistan,” but that Schiff “took no action in response to the briefing.”

TDW:

A new report alleges that top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), were briefed in February about Russia offering the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, but Schiff remained inactive vis-à-vis the issue. According to The Federalist’s Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway, “multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing” said it occurred when a congressional delegation made a trip to Afghanistan in February.

Davis and Hemingway note that Schiff was asked on Tuesday if he knew about the Russia story before it was printed by The New York Times report, and Schiff answered, “I can’t comment on specifics.” They point out, “As chairman of the intelligence committee, Schiff had the authority to immediately brief the full committee and convene hearings on the matter. Schiff, however, did nothing. He did not brief his committee on the matter, nor did he brief the gang of 8, which consists of top congressional leadership in both chambers.”

Schiff has implied that President Trump did not have access to the full intelligence, saying, “You don’t deprive the President of the United States of information he needs to keep the troops safe because you don’t have it signed, sealed, and delivered… If the intelligence community had intel along the lines that is publicly reported … this is information I think would be negligent to keep from him.” More

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff needs to be removed from his position on the intelligence committee. The congressional trip that was not recorded into the record needs to be thoroughly investigated. Schiff is most likely the source to The New York Times and he needs to be held accountable.

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Rapper Blasts Black Lives Matter: ‘Not Our Movement,’ ‘Given To Us By George Soros’

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Rapper Blasts Black Lives Matter: ‘Not Our Movement,’ ‘Given To Us By George Soros’

Rapper Lord Jamar sparked controversy when he renounced the Black Lives Matter organization over its Marxist origins, alleging it was created by far-left philanthropist billionaire George Soros and saying it is robbing Black Americans of their own “organic movement.”

In a viral video, Lord Jamar said that he is not a “Black Lives Matter” supporter, saying the organization’s radical views that fall outside its original mission statement.

“I’m not a Black Lives Matter supporter,” Jamar said in an interview on SCUM.

“You’re not?” the interviewer asked in surprise.

“No, absolutely not,” responded Jamar. “Because it’s not our movement. This is a movement that was given to us by, you know, George Soros and his f***ing boys. Because they saw how things were going and they didn’t want to go back to the 60s to where we started having our own organic movements. That was a big f***ing problem for them. So let’s give the people a movement that we can control. We’ll provide them the leaders and all this type of s**t. That’s what black lives matter is.”

“Look at the leaders of Black Lives Matter,” he said. “These lesbian women who are trying to incorporate, you know, LG whatever the f*** the letters are, incorporate their concerns into black people’s concerns. Go to the website. Look it up.”

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