Why Do States Need Stolen Valor Statutes?

A federal law exists, so do individual states really need to enact their own Stolen Valor statutes? That question can only be answered by the citizens of each state. But, each state has a Constitution, laws against things like fraud and murder, as well as a plethora of other state laws which federal laws also address. So, why not codify Stolen Valor into state law as well?

Law enforcement officials and prosecutors across the country reflect the values of the communities they serve. While a few things, like murder, are universal in their being illegal, the states vary even in their individual definitions of that crime. State laws allow the citizens of each state to define the parameters of what is and is not acceptable behavior within their state, which may or may not be the same as any other state. In the case of Stolen Valor, each state gets to say, “It’s not OK to lie about one’s military service.” Continue reading

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Gedunk! There I Said it Aloud!

With all the PC changes to the Military in general, and The Navy in particular, I suspect that the notion of The Gedunk Truck will disappear soon.

Will the OOD announce the arrival of The Healthy Snack Truck? Will The Navy be adopting the healthy stance ala Michelle. Our schools are struggling some, but the military isn’t quite the same… I hope.

With all of the PC changes going on isn’t The Gedunk Truck a likely target?

Aside: I don’t really know if the term Gedunk is even in current usage? It just struck me that the term is a potential target.

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Are we there yet?

We find ourselves in a new year. The same old problems seem to have followed us here. And some of the issues sound about the same as they did decades ago.

It’s enough to make you want to go back to bed and pull the covers over your head! Think that’s what I’ll do. At least until this silly cold gets better.

Spring is coming, isn’t it?

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‘Tis the Season

Another year is quickly coming to an end as this week we celebrate Christmas then step right into a New Year next week. May everyone enjoy some quiet time amidst the chaos, have safe travels to and fro, then break a fast or two with loved ones while making some perfect memories.

Merry Christmas, All!

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Paranoia Strikes Deep

“Even paranoids have enemies!”

Let me share what the voices in my head are telling me.

Our President is heading to Hawaii for the holidays. There are TV ads running about hungry children HERE in the US. Imagine if The President eschewed Hawaii and donated the money he WILL spend to the needy.

Our President has stated  that he ain’t done yet. Given his track record  I’m challenged  to find the tiniest thing to latch onto with optimism at that marvelous bit o’ news.

As Jonn shared earlier… The Games Afoot.

I can’t quite say that I recognized IT any earlier as he did,  but my voices have carried it a step further. Simply, if Obamacare subsumes the military lifers – how far can the VA be down stream? Oddly, it makes a kind of sense. Our VA system has the whole Community Based Clinic System in place, etc. I can see certain types of bureaucrats having parties IF I’m right.  Added: I’m not damning bureaucrats in general. However, if you’ve dealt with The System you know who I mean.

Oh, and GUNS! The singular evil that is careening This Country into historical oblivion.  Those pieces of metal that are causing all of our woes. They turn the otherwise innocent into cold blooded criminals. Those damn things are literally directly responsible for much of the crime in Our Country.

Does anyone seriously expect our President to let that evil device continue to be available to just anyone?

Old George made a point worth noting: “Those Who Forget History Are Doomed to Repeat It”.

And DO keep in mind The Sheep.  I’ll leave you the words my voices are discussing:

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

If you need the reference: Col. Grossman says…

 

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I Got a Phone Call Today

It was a pleasant surprise. A representative of a local American Legion Post here in Central West Virginia called.

Note please, that I’m an annual member of the Legion, and a life member of the VFW and DAV.  BUT I don’t go to meetings.  First off…the meetings are at night and my night driving vision is simply not good. Just one of those blue headlights oncoming and I’m blind for 30 seconds or so. And as some here might easily testify, I also ain’t very good with mundane social interactions anyway.

So out of the blue I get this call. The fellow said that his post had been notified by National that I was a member in good standing but belonged to no local post, just some sort ephemeral State post, and he’d like to invite me to join with them.

I described my night vision problem and instead of backing off he started kinda casting around to see if I could get a ride with someone in the area. I was deeply impressed.  No one from any other Vet group has expended even that amount of effort.

My contact and I WILL get together in the spring (he’s traveling, as am I) and we’ll see how this shakes out, BUT I am looking forward to the effort.

I joined these groups even after being dismissed many years ago by several of them. Nam vets need not apply. But I have always felt they could provide a sort of backstop to prevent our government from leaving us to rot. So when I could – I joined.

I dunno how this particular exercise will develop, but the mere fact that is has happened is, for me anyway, a sort of bellwether event.

And kudos to the American Legion for the effort, however it turns out for me.

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A Time for Gratitude

Gratitude is one of those things which is good to have every day. It is so important that a special day is set aside for that specific purpose in spite of it having now morphed into also being synonymous with commercial sales and football games. Still, most of us associate Thanksgiving Day with giving thanks and being with the people who are most important in our lives. And food. Lots and lots of food.

It is no accident that Thanksgiving Day is at the end of the harvest season. After the bounty of farm life has been put up for the winter is a wonderful time to express our thanks. And take a breather from the labors of the fields. Some of us even grew up with Fall Festivals specifically designed to express that community gratitude with parades, dances, and church services. Continue reading

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When A Song Uses a Hammer to Make a Point.

You may not be interested in the genesis of the tune, but when it grabs hold of something you can’t ignore ya gotta acknowledge that thing.

Here is my current reality hammer:

I have known those faces… BUT some of the references to groups offered during the end of video are suspect.

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Zero and the Giant Thumping Machine – A Tale of Almost Terror

I approached the imposing building quite late in the day with some trepidation.  The doors were inviting enough, I guess, and they did swing open as I neared, but there were no humans in sight.

I was there for a test – a special sort of test where any METAL is evil indeed. I’d already shed every trace of the foul stuff. I was clad only in sweat pants and a tee-shirt. No keys, not even a wedding ring. I was ready, or so I thought.

As I made my way through the brightly lit halls it seemed those few humans I encountered were staring at me; some with pity and some with a touch of awe. Maybe the drugs I’d been given earlier had somehow heightened my sense of awareness. I dunno.

Far back in a corner of the building I came upon a seemingly armored door. No windows nor any glimpse of what was beyond. Just a push-button and a sign that said “Ring Bell for Admittance.” I pushed the button and the door was slowly opened.

Inside were three apparent humans dressed in medical garb. They were not masked, which I took to be a good sign. The tiny entry area itself was quite plain but I could almost feel something large just beyond the wall.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave

Everyone knows the second line of the quote attributed to Sir Walter Scott. I’ll leave it to your Google-Fu if you are curious enough to explore.

My small point is a reflection of OUR current news.  And the phonies dancing when they are called out. I’ll leave the latter to Jonn et al at TAH.
My primary premise is kinda based on the old joke: “How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”

Even with the recent elections we are left with the simple idea that those in DC are, at least, suspect.  How do we properly approach a system that is broken? Term limits for Congress Critters has been mentioned. I dunno, but I am skeptical.

No pragmatist could successfully argue that our current system works. Our military and VA system are so top-heavy that they serve as very real and very negative examples.

I’m not prepared to offer anything easy, or maybe even useful, but few can argue that we are better off today as a country than in the past.  Do keep in mind that our country once went to war over what was considered an arguably not simple notion.

I’m old enough that I am genuinely only peripherally involved in what will come. You younger folks better start learning the dance.

 

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