Military officers who wear their religion on their sleeve are a danger to our country at any time, but especially after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001.
Whether it’s US Army Lieutenant General William G. Boykin telling his audience that “My God is bigger than his” in the close aftermath of that tragedy, or the more recent example of US Air Force Major General Craig Olson saying in uniform and in public—and speaking in tones far more like a preacher than a military officer—“I am a redeemed believer in Christ“, these are dangerous men, making dangerous displays of religion.
Moreover, such displays occur in an environment where they are strictly prohibited by secular rules. These rules—and in the case of the US Air Force, written regulations—are in place for a reason.
Received this e-mail today from VoteVets and Secretary of State Jason Kander's (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign:
I joined the U.S. Army as a Calvary Scout in August of 2001, one month before the attacks on September 11th.
I served a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and later deployed to Iraq as a Brigade sniper on counter IED and counter mortar missions. I performed over 160 combat missions without the use of an armored vehicle, engaged in countless firefights, and survived dozens of ambushes.
My transition back to civilian life was challenging. I struggled with intrusive thoughts, anxiety, depression, and more. But I found peace in the outdoors -- camping, hiking, and exploring natural wonders became a way of life.
That's why I support legislation granting free lifetime access to our national parks for veterans, and I'm asking you to join me.
Add your name to mine and tell Congress: Support legislation that would provide veterans free access to public parks.
Currently, to enjoy a lifetime pass on these lands, a veteran requires a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
There are millions of veterans with a service connected disability, but too often some choose not to file claims or even visit the VA after returning home.
Free access to our nation's parks and federal recreational lands would definitely give many of them incentive to get outdoors for what would be a very therapeutic experience. A 2013 University of Michigan study backs that claim up. They found a link between outdoor activity and long-term psychological well-being among veterans.
That's why this legislation is so important. Join Jason Kander and VoteVets and tell Congress to pass legislation providing veterans free access to public parks.
CelticLassie's quilt. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts...
It is a shock when you learn that a friend has cancer. Gordon20024 recently learned that he does. He is a person who is always there for others, as many Kossacks in several groups know well. So now it is time for us to be there for him... We can do this with a community quilt, full of words of love and support, that he can take with him to treatment or use anytime at home as he heals.
I'm Not Laughing At Him, I'm laughing with him. It's complicated.
If you knew him, you'd laugh at some of his antics too! The King of Drama! Yes, You, Joe Brennan. I am making fun of you. But in a good way. Where the heck are you?
Official photo for Maj. Gen. Craig S. Olson (U.S. Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)
That terrible warning to the USA, often attributed to the first American writer to ever win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1930), the great Sinclair Lewis, is now more terribly applicable than EVER; “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
That time has come, my friends, and it’s BEEN coming for quite a while now.
The United States Military has undergone a slow-motion fundamentalist Christian coup d'état. On perhaps no other occasion has this been made clearer than in the brazenly illegal, anti-Constitutional, and wholly theocratic speech delivered on Capitol Hill by United States Air Force Major General Craig Olson to the assembled guests at a 2015 National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, 2015. Unbeknownst to most Americans, yet broadcasted internationally via fundamentalist evangelical television (seriously, it’s actually called “GOD TV”) and internet streams, the uniformed Major General’s insipid 20-minute sermon revealed the frightening face of viciously intolerant, Christo-fascistic religious extremism run amok throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. The worldwide and national security implications of such a Christian supremacist force unleashed throughout our armed service branches is staggeringly high, yet the issue mournfully remains largely ignored by the lassitude and willful ignorance of mainstream press outlets.
Through Leidos Holdings, he has a total compensation package of $2,735,249. His other sources of income seem minor in comparison - Sourcefire Inc came in at $172,239 and SAIC,Inc at $15,600, and DesignLine Corp at $149,998. He continues to give advice to the Pentagon via the Reserve Forces Policy Board and the controversial Defense Business Board.
General Punaro isn't the only rich guy serving on the Defense Business Board and, together, they recommend outcomes that would benefit the board members and their companies as much if not more than the Department of Defense:
Its 21 members know little about military affairs, but they are rich in Wall Street experience, including with some of the biggest companies implicated in the 2008 financial meltdown. They are investment bank CEOs and CFOs, outsourcing experts, and layoff specialists who promote a corporate agenda of "behavior change" and "business solutions" in the military bureaucracy. The board proposes not only to slash and privatize military pensions, but also to have the Pentagon invest in oil futures, boost pay for its executives and political appointees, and make it easier for them to fire rank-and-file employees while scaling back those workers' collective-bargaining rights.
General Punaro's inclusion gives the Defense Business Board military credibility and has opened up other opportunities for the General to speak out on reforming military pay and benefits. He did that yesterday, with the Center for American Progress (CAP). The video is available on YouTube.
As soon as any organization invites General Punaro to speak, be warned. They won't be talking about how to save hard earned benefits and compensation but how to cut them.
I have been trying to plan a trip to DC for a very long time regarding the quest of making Veterans equal regarding Pre 911 and Post 911 benefits. The Presidential Medal of Freedom for Dr. Ferguson Reid idea I believe so strongly about gave me the perfect opportunity to make the journey.
I orginally had planned and desperately wanted to go to the Roanoke meetup, however
the scheduling of some meetings that were made, the trip distance between my journey from one side of Virginia to the other plus my problem with altitude sickness kept conflicting with the business in DC. I had to figure out which thing to do and not miss my mission PLUS meet Dr. Ferguson Reid, Fergie Jr. and keep my appointments.. This was really hard. Sorry Randalt and Gordon.. I really tried to figure it out.
Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaign:
Abusive lenders have long preyed on military families. They surround bases with misleading advertisements and charge heavy interest payments, causing unmanageable debt.
The good news is that the Department of Defense is working to prevent predatory lenders from targeting military families with high-cost loans. But banking industry lobbyists are trying to delay important new protections.
I introduced an amendment last Wednesday to immediately protect our service members from predatory loans, and it passed the House Armed Services Committee. Now, we need to ensure that members of the Senate stand strong against banking industry lobbying too.
Join me and VoteVets: tell the Senate we should protect military families from predatory lending without delay:
A major war is being viciously waged against the United States of America, a war that’s global in scope and poses a terrifying threat to our national security interests. The ruthless attacks, which this conflict has generated, have inflicted grievous damage to nothing less than the U.S. Constitution itself, as well as the foundational core values of the United States armed forces. While the mainstream media has been woefully asleep regarding this raging conflict, the Pentagon has verified through its own official publications that the war has already led to vast transformations within the armed forces. Religious fanatics are spearheading this pernicious worldwide campaign and, no, I’m NOT referring to Shia or Sunni Islamic jihadists…. but “jihadist” was a good guess. I’m referring, of course, to our very own fire & brimstone fundamentalist Christian crusaders, both within uniform and without, who have seemingly infiltrated every echelon of the United States armed forces. These religious extremists are bolstered by legions of civilian zealots, parachurch organizations, legislators, and persons of influence who are carrying out their own grievous massacre of bedrock civil rights under the banner of “religious freedom.”
You want the latest proof? Witness the appalling appellation and homage recently given to USAF Chaplain (Capt.) Sonny Hernandez, 445th Airlift Wing Chaplain Corps: freshly crowned as the "Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Individual Mobilization Accession Company Grade Officer of the Year" at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. The official statement regarding this newly benighted Company Grade Officer of the Year sounds wonderfully amazing and ecumenical. Well, don’t cue the U.S. Air Force band rendition of Kumbaya yet, folks – the plot’s about to thicken with bountiful bile and phlegm.
Did a recent graphic by the anti-gay, pro-religious-freedom American Family Association make their intentions a little too clear?
The American Family Association (AFA) proudly describes itself as one of the largest and most effective “pro-family” organizations in the United States.
This doesn’t mean that AFA advocates for healthcare or paid family leave or family planning or education funding or laws that protect abused children, or aid to dependent children, or other evidence based services that promote family flourishing. Nope; it means they use their legal clout and broadcast media to oppose gay rights in places like Indiana, obstruct access to abortion care, repeal universal healthcare, and defund public services and regulations.
Forget the love of country and freedom that is denied to the people of Iraq and Syria by this cancer spawned by decades of tyranny and instability, ISIS. The counteroffensive being waged against the forces of radicalized, sectarian jihadism is being frightfully framed at Seymour Johnson AFB as a clash of competing deities. That's right! Our brave warfighters are being fed an extremist narrative whereby a ghastly, caricatured version of Allah (as envisioned by the twisted extremist fringes of Wahhabi Islam) is pitted against Slocum's ultra-sectarian Judeo-Christian god (aka "The Lord") in a mano a mano clash of the titans akin to an epic torn straight from the annals of Greek mythology. The theocratic Col. Slocum peppers his command briefings with a rallying cry that mirrors – in brimstone-tinged, southern fried, fundamentalist form – the rabid religiosity that has poisoned the minds of the bloodthirsty ISIS. What is the goal of both contending forces? To unleash their respective "holy warriors" upon the Middle East, enveloping the Cradle of Civilization in a ferocious conflagration for the purpose of bringing its people under their heinous yoke? For ISIS; clearly yes. For the USAF to adopt the same goal; outrageous, treacherous, and treasonous beyond description.
On March 10 during a training exercise off the coast of Florida in heavy fog a Black hawk helio crashed into the gulf. All 11 on board perished in the crash, 7 Marines of an elite unit, 4 Army aircrew.
3 of the Marines were from Michigan, each was a combat Vet. Governor Snyder has decline to order the US flag be lowered in Honor of these Men because they were not oversea in active combat. This is the same Gov that 2 weeks ago ordered flags lowered for the passing of a retired State legislator.
As a Peace time Army vet my reply to the Gov is FU. MY flag will fly at half mast until the final Funeral Service has been held. They each deserve the Honor.
If You live in Michigan and agree please do likewise.