” The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.
So why would ranking SEAL commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the flag? Is President Obama? “” The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror. “
For the uninitiated here are some links to the storied history of the Navy Jack , a history that is irrevocably entwined with the history of our country itself and beautifully reflects the “radicalism” of the Founders and our great nation .
“The office of the Director of National Intelligence is both confirming that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was deliberately planned in advance and excusing the White House for getting the story wrong. Officials are trying to determine if a mysterious, little known organization called “Al-Qaeda” had something to do with the attack. This doesn’t seem likely, as Al-Qaeda was reported dead or at least in what former Vice President Cheney would have called its “death throes” in Pakistan last spring, but you never know.”
“Rickenbacker International Airport hummed with excitement as tearful family members greeted 235 Ohio Army National Guard soldiers from all over the state, including many from Southwest Ohio.”
”Defence has confirmed that five Australian soldiers have been killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.
Three Australian soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform in a ‘green on blue’ attack at a base in Uruzgan province in the south of the country yesterday.
Two other Australian soldiers were wounded in that incident.
In a separate incident early this morning, two special forces soldiers were also killed when their chopper crashed in the Helmand province.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that in a war of so many losses, this was Australia’s single worst day in Afghanistan and “the most losses in combat since the days of the Vietnam War”.”
The makings of a police state are all around us . This is just the tip of the iceberg . The terrorists are winning . Even without a major attack in over a decade they have managed to get us to approve of the erosion of our own liberties in the name of “public safety” .As Benjamin Franklin said “ Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. “
Are we deserving of Liberty ?
Some National Guard footage .
This is a bittersweet subject that had never crossed my mind . On reflection it seems such an obvious thing but I have to admit , somewhat shamefully that I’ve never given any thought to American soldiers donating organs . It is just another of the many ways that the American GI , through their sacrifice improves the world . Read it with a dry eye , I dare you .
“Since 2006, about 140 European lives have been saved because organs — hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and pancreases — were harvested from 36 U.S.servicemembers determined to be brain dead from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to statistics from the German foundation that oversees organ removal and implantation.
All casualties from combat funnel through the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for care before being flown to the USA.
The window for removing, transporting and transplanting organs is narrow given the viability of organs, making it difficult for them to be used in the USA, says Insel Angus, a Landstuhl intensive care nurse involved in these cases.
Troops who are brain dead from head wounds arrive on a ventilator. Even with ventilator support, key organs last for only 24 to 36 hours, says Joel Newman, a spokesman for the German foundation’s USA counterpart, the United Network for Organ Sharing.”
If you are unfamiliar with the first person war reportage of Michael Yon you need to take a look . The man operates through donations and his own bankroll and can use all the help he can get . Michael has consistently provided hard hitting , eyewitness war reports from the world’s hot spots . Give him a moment of your time ( and perhaps a couple bucks ) . You won’t regret it .
Photo: Michael Yon
Just another case of “we the people ” knowing better what’s going on than our clueless leaders . Remind me again , what do we pay them for ?
“Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today. But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Cal Thomas :
“Those who believe the war against radical Islamists is over never really believed we were fighting one. They have been in denial from the start. Each time they have been proven wrong — the land for peace formula between Israel and her enemies is just one example among many — they have simply moved on to the next level of denial. Now they have reached rock bottom with nowhere else to go and are telling us we can live with Islamism.”
Funny , but if the war is over why do we need this or to put up with this or this or this or this or this ?
FIRE THEM ALL !!!
“It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is seen as a potential accessory to terrorists. “the war on terror is over,” one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”
Legitimate Islamism ? WTF ?
Thank goodness the State Dept. let us in on the secret . I’ll certainly breathe easier knowing that they have things well in hand .