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COL POWERS’ LETTER TO THE NFL

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

 

Thanks to Jim Forbes for sharing this letter with us that was written by Colonel Jeffery Powers (ret) that he wrote to the NFL Commissioner regarding athletes who disrespect America and the men who have bravely fought and those who died  for our country.    This letter was published by Colonel Allen West on his website and you will find the link and  Colonel Power’s letter below. (If you are on facebook, please post the Allen West link on your facebook page.)    I have also included the extremely impressive  bio of Colonel Powers, one of our country’s real heroes.    Nancy

 Colonel Jeffery Powers is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and commanded a 1,200-man Task Force in Saudi Arabia as part of the lead contingent of Operation Desert Shield, according to his bio at Bloomberg Business:

He was decorated for valor while serving as Operations Officer for the lead Task Force into Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps achieving the rank of Colonel. He held command assignments in Marine reconnaissance, light armor reconnaissance, a Dutch Marine rifle company, a U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) training company, as well as an Officer in charge of Special Operations Training Group for the Marines on the west coast. He served as an Analyst for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems at Boeing. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Energy Corp. until March 2008. Mr. Powers served as an Executive Officer of Eyemakers, Inc. He has been Chairman and Director of Homeland Security Technology Inc., since October 1, 2004. Colonel Powers is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, an M.S. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval Warfare College, Newport, RI.

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www.allenbwest.com/allen/marine-owns-nfl-brutal-letter-commissioner

Marine OWNS the NFL with BRUTAL letter to commissioner

September 17, 2016

Commissioner,

I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

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VIDEO – JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO – WE NEED TO KILL THEM

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

VIDEO – JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO – WE NEED TO KILL THEM – IN RESPONSE TO PARIS RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK

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LIFE LESSONS FROM NAVY SEAL TRAINING

Monday, May 26th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
LIFE LESSONS FROM NAVY SEAL TRAINING
May 23, 2014 6:40 p.m. ET

The following is adapted from the commencement address by Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University of Texas at Austin on May 17.

The University of Texas slogan is “What starts here changes the world.”

I have to admit—I kinda like it.

“What starts here changes the world.”

Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT.

That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com, says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime.

That’s a lot of folks. But if every one of you changed the lives of just 10 people, and each one of those folks changed the lives of another 10 people—just 10—then in five generations, 125 years, the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people.

Eight-hundred million people—think of it: over twice the population of the United States. Go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the world—eight billion people.

If you think it’s hard to change the lives of 10 people, change their lives forever, you’re wrong.

I saw it happen every day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the 10 soldiers with him are saved from close-in ambush.

In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a noncommissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500-pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

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A Navy SEAL instructor and his class during ‘Hell Week’ in Coronado, Calif. Getty Images

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn were also saved. And their children’s children were saved.

Generations were saved by one decision, by one person. (more…)

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THE PRICE OF FAILED LEADERSHIP – MITT ROMNEY

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE PRICE OF FAILED LEADERSHIP
MITT ROMNEY
March 18, 2014

Why are there no good choices? From Crimea to North Korea, from Syria to Egypt, and from Iraq to Afghanistan, America apparently has no good options. If possession is nine-tenths of the law, Russia owns Crimea and all we can do is sanction and disinvite—and wring our hands.

Iran is following North Korea’s nuclear path, but it seems that we can only entreat Iran to sign the same kind of agreement North Korea once signed, undoubtedly with the same result.

Our tough talk about a red line in Syria prompted Vladimir Putin‘s sleight of hand, leaving the chemicals and killings much as they were. We say Bashar Assad must go, but aligning with his al Qaeda-backed opposition is an unacceptable option.

And how can it be that Iraq and Afghanistan each refused to sign the status-of-forces agreement with us—with the very nation that shed the blood of thousands of our bravest for them?

Why, across the world, are America’s hands so tied?

A large part of the answer is our leader’s terrible timing. In virtually every foreign-affairs crisis we have faced these past five years, there was a point when America had good choices and good options. There was a juncture when America had the potential to influence events. But we failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left without acceptable options. In foreign affairs as in life, there is, as Shakespeare had it, “a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” (more…)

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OBAMA’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS BYPASS

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
OBAMA’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS BYPASS
November 13, 2013

The White House recently whispered out the back door that President Obama would not appear in Pennsylvania next Tuesday at the ceremonies for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The political betting had been that this was a big-speech venue whose glow Mr. Obama would not want to miss. The higher-road expectation was that this particular Civil War anniversary required the presence of this particular American president. It’s not happening. The administration’s official attendee will be Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

The White House offered no explanation beyond Jay Carney‘s bloodless reply to a reporter: “I think Americans will take the appropriate time to consider the speech that was delivered there. I would simply say that I have no updates on the president’s schedule.”

What was he supposed to say? Once the president—or whoever—decided he wouldn’t attend, no possible explanation was going to suffice for the Gettysburg no-show.

There is no inclination in this quarter to second-guess the White House’s rationale for not attending. And maybe it’s just as well we won’t hear Mr. Obama’s thoughts on the Gettysburg Address. Those words were about a renewal of the nation’s unity, and five years into the Obama presidency, the United States is about as politically divided as it can get. The division is so intense that Americans paint their political beliefs in one of two colors: blue or red.

That this division exists in 2013, 150 years after Lincoln wrote those words, is ironic, to say the least. So it is unavoidable that any reflection on the anniversary of the ceremony at Gettysburg Cemetery in 1863 has to occur inside the context of the nation’s current presidency and what that presidency stands for. (more…)

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN, A GREAT MAN AND A GREAT PRESIDENT

Friday, February 15th, 2013

 

The following two articles on Abraham Lincoln give us an insight into the great man and president that he was.   The second article is a quote from his Second Annual Message of December 1, 1862.    
The Wall Street Journal

  • February 13, 2013

A Lincolnian Economic Primer

for Obama

Abe’s approach was to provide rules of the road for the private sector and let entrepreneurs compete.

By KEVIN BRADY And LEWIS E. LEHRMAN

Mr. Brady, a Republican congressman from Texas, is the incoming chairman of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Mr. Lehrman is chairman of the Lehrman Institute and author of “Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point” (Stackpole Books, 2008).

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Lincoln saw the government’s job to provide the private sector with rules of the road and public works through which entrepreneurs could both compete with one another and expand jobs. Unlike President Obama, President Lincoln saw creators of wealth not as “robber barons” to be maligned by the federal government but as job generators that should be encouraged.

 

President Obama chose to deliver his State of the Union address this year on the 204th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. It was a good selection of a significant date. As Steven Spielberg makes clear in his epic film “Lincoln,” Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions can learn much from the character and presidency of the 16th president.

With regard to human rights and economic liberty, Lincoln adhered to two fundamental principles. First, that every person was entitled to the fruits of his or her labors, and no one had an unrequited claim (i.e., slavery) to the fruits of the labors of others. What so troubled Lincoln about slavery was that it was theft—pure and simple. Lincoln ran for president on a platform to stop slavery’s spread. As president and commander in chief, he struck against slavery in the rebellious states through the Emancipation Proclamation. Then he pressed for slavery’s permanent abolition by constitutional amendment—in both rebellious and loyal border states—because no man may steal the fruits of the labor of others.

The second principle that guided the Republican president was that every person, regardless of the circumstances of his birth, should be able to climb as far up the economic ladder as his talents may take him. Historian Richard Hofstadter called Lincoln the “greatest dramatist” for upward mobility the nation ever produced, and for good reason.

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Corbis

Under Lincoln’s watchful eye and skillful leadership, the 37th Congress enacted more economically significant legislation than had any of its predecessors. The underlying theme of Lincoln’s economic initiatives was that by providing ordinary people with incentives to use their own skills and labor, the entire nation would prosper. Very little of what Lincoln signed into law could be declared, in the present-day idiom, “entitlements” or “redistribution.” (more…)

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VIDEO – NETANYAHU SPEECH AT THE U.N. 2012

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NETANYAHU SPEECH AT THE U.N. SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

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GEORGE W. BUSH: THE ARAB SPRING AND AMERICAN IDEALS

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

  • May 18, 2012

We do not get to choose if a freedom revolution should begin or end in the Middle East or elsewhere. We only get to choose what side we are on.

By GEORGE W. BUSH

These are extraordinary times in the history of freedom. In the Arab Spring, we have seen the broadest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism. The idea that Arab peoples are somehow content with oppression has been discredited forever.

Yet we have also seen instability, uncertainty and the revenge of brutal rulers. The collapse of an old order can unleash resentments and power struggles that a new order is not yet prepared to handle.

Some in both parties in Washington look at the risks inherent in democratic change—particularly in the Middle East and North Africa—and find the dangers too great. America, they argue, should be content with supporting the flawed leaders they know in the name of stability.

But in the long run, this foreign policy approach is not realistic. It is not within the power of America to indefinitely preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable. Oppressive governments distrust the diffusion of choice and power, choking off the best source of national prosperity and success.

This is the inbuilt crisis of tyranny. It fears and fights the very human attributes that make a nation great: creativity, enterprise and responsibility. Dictators can maintain power for a time by feeding resentments toward enemies—internal or external, real or imagined. But eventually, in societies of scarcity and mediocrity, their failure becomes evident.

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ReutersProtesters hold Kingdom of Libya flags and an American flag during an anti-Gaddafi demonstration in Benghazi in March 2011.

America does not get to choose if a freedom revolution should begin or end in the Middle East or elsewhere. It only gets to choose what side it is on. (more…)

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VIDEO – RONALD REAGAN SPEECH – A TIME FOR CHOOSING

Monday, February 27th, 2012

FROM THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

THIS IS THE COMPLETE SPEECH THAT WAS DELIVERED BY RONALD REAGAN DURING THE BARRY GOLDWATER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ON OCTOBER 27, 1964.

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VIDEO – TAREK FATAH SPEAKS OUT TO CANADIANS ON THE THREAT OF RADICAL MUSLIMS

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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