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A Man Who Said No To Bill Clinton: Jesse Brown

August 13, 2010 | By | No Comments

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Jesse Brown

Secretary of Veterans Affairs My friend and mentor Jesse Brown died on 15 August 2002.

I’m not sure I thanked him enough while he lived.

So I try to acknowledge him every August since he passed.

He died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, for the Hand of Divine Providence, he should have died decades earlier in Vietnam.

He survived and devoted his life to service to others and mentoring goofs like Your Business Blogger(R).

And he accomplished much in the federal government — in what he did. And didn’t do.

The combat wounded Marine was able to do two things few bureaucrats have been able to do:

Close a government facility, and


Say No to President Clinton.

Jesse Brown managed to do something many government watchdogs felt impossible: As Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, he worked with veterans’ lobbies and closed out-dated or non-performing Veterans’ Administration medical facilities.

These days when a government building or base needs to be closed, a special commission is set up to spread the guilt and minimize finger pointing.

Jesse Brown closed government buildings. Unbelievable. And he was a Democrat.

But an even bigger achievement was his ability to refuse Bill Clinton. Over lunch Secretary Brown told me the story of how he tactfully, adroitly rebuffed the chief of staff and the president’s “requests” to cut the VA budget.

Jesse Brown did not succumb to Clinton’s charms and other lies challenges.

As Jesse Brown tells the story, the chief of staff, Leon Panetta, I believe, called Jesse and instructed him to initiate and implement a sizable cut in his budget–and then take the ensuing political heat, sparing the president any collateral damage from Veterans’ groups.

Brown declined.

So Panetta then puts Clinton on the phone to work his charm…

[Your Business Blogger(R) once worked with a beautiful young woman from Arkansas — a rock-ribbed conservative — who met Bill Clinton.

“It was the strangest thing,” she said. “He ignored the whole rest of the room, looked deep into my eyes and asked for my vote.”

Your Business Blogger(R) didn’t move. It wasn’t too hard to see where this was going. “What did you say?” I asked.

She said, “I told him ‘yes.’ It was like he hypnotized me. I said yes…”

She wouldn’t be the last.]

…Panetta knowing that no one could resist Bill Clinton; no one could say ‘no.’

So Bill and Jesse had an extended conversation and Clinton oozes and slides all all-round the topic — but never makes a direct statement; never a suggestion; never a directive.

The President was simply smarmy and Jesse was un-seduced.

“Great talking with you Jesse,” said Clinton.

“Great talking with you Mr. President,” said Brown. And White House Signal signed off.

Jesse might well have been the only man to say “No” to Clinton.

Except for maybe Obama…

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Jesse Brown was only 58 when he died.

He was wounded by enemy sniper fire in Vietnam leaving his right arm and hand partially paralyzed. This never slowed him down. People who knew Jesse always extended a left hand for a hand shake in greeting. His right wasn’t serviceable.

I once asked him when he was at the pinnacle of his career what drove him to work so hard. Money, I thought; status, celebrity? No. “I just want to help my friends,” he said.

His passion for service helped him become the Veteran’s Affairs Secretary for Bill Clinton.

And yet he helped me, a nobody who worked for a Republican, a Republican governor.

Jesse is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, not far from my dad. Two warriors to whom I owe so much.

Semper Fidelis.

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Three Duties of a Mentor

In Memoriam: Jesse Brown

Job Interview: 3 Questions for Your Prospective Boss

Follow us on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Both President Obama and Secretary Brown called Chicago ‘home.’ The VA Medical Center in Chicago is named after Jesse Brown.

Update 28 Oct 2010, Florida candidate Meek is another black man who resisted the “First Black President” Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton Urged Meek to Quit Fla. Senate Race to Stop Rubio.

Haiti Relief; The Political Backstory

February 2, 2010 | By | No Comments

John Howland from USNA-At-Large, sends this along. It deserves a wide audience.

TJ Hanley and Bob Marsh send; further below Dick Nelson comments –

From a Retired Special Forces Sgt Major:

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I served in the SOG (Special Operations Group) in Vietnam with Brockhausen and Hebler, they have both been involved with various disaster relief programs for the last several years to include Hurricane Katrina.

They have both always been straight shooters and known to call a spade a spade, as well as sometimes using very “colorful” language which had to be cleaned up a bit. So I have no doubts as to the truthfulness of what he’s saying.

News back from Nick Brockhausen.

He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.

To All,

I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact.

Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble.

There are easily 200,000 dead, the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompetents or outright anti American.

Most are French or french speakers, worthless every d*** one of them.

While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little Obamites and communists that openly speak against America) These two organizations exemplar their parochialism by:

USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, while we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.

Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn’t release a drop of it to the rescuers.

No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.

No latrine facilities, less digging a hole, if you set up a S****** everyone was trying to use it.

I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically, berate a full bird colonel in the Air Force, because he countermanded her orders, while trying to unscrew the air pattern. ” You don’t know what your president wants! The military isn’t in charge here, we are!”

If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don’t waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.

If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans. Where the h*** is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society.

Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn’t need democracy, what Haiti needs is Papa Doc. That’s not just my opinion , that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. The French run the UN and treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa Doc ran the country.

Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAY’s home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us. The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn’t give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.

Nick

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I worked as a political asylum officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the old INS) in Miami, after retiring from my law firm. About one third of our “clientele” came from Haiti, and we were required to learn a lot of information about Haiti’s history, culture, language—and its violent ways. What I am going to say is not a racial statement, it is a cultural statement. Bottom line: an influx of Haitians into the U.S. would be a disaster. The Haitian culture and history are founded on violence, and plenty of it.

There are exceptions, as always, but a mass immigration of Haitians as “refugees” would yield a new population that is largely uneducated, non-English speaking, and which would exist for years on two sources of income: crime and public welfare.

Because the Haitians are now located within their country of nationality, they do not qualify as “refugees” under current law. However, they do have a possibility of using the Asylum laws to get into the U.S, which are administered by USCIS. From that agency’s web site, here is how you qualify for political asylum:

“How Does The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge Determine If I Am Eligible for Asylum?

The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge will determine if you are eligible by evaluating whether you meet the definition of a refugee. The definition, which can be found in section 101(a)(42)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), states that a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home country or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The determination of whether you meet the definition of a refugee will be based on information you provide on your application and during an interview with an Asylum Officer or at a hearing before an Immigration Judge.”

Unfortunately, it is ridiculously easy to qualify, on the basis of a 90 minute interview. If the applicant has been coached, and is willing to lie, he/she can say the right things and the asylum officer is required to accept that testimony, unless the officer has contrary evidence. You will not have much evidence on the applicant, because you are not allowed to contact their country of origin—that might cause “more persecution.” Once they are in, they get permanent work status (“green card”) and often qualify for public benefits. In effect, they are permanent legal immigrants. If they are convicted of a crime, their status can be revoked. However, there is no data link between law enforcement and USCIS, so the feds will never know, in actual practice.

Aside from that, I now worry about our 10,000 troops that will be on the ground in Haiti to maintain order. What rules of engagement will they have, to quell the ubiquitous Haitian street violence? This is a “country” where gangs run the streets, often with the sharp edge of machete. Inevitably, our troops will be placed in a position where they must use lethal force to protect themselves, property, or innocent people. It is simply a matter of time.

When that occurs, and a soldier or Marine takes out a bad guy, are we going to have a turbo-charged version of the Haditha mess or the current SEAL case? I believe we should stay completely out of Haiti, and leave it to the United Nations, who are in business (theoretically) to keep the peace. We should remember that Bill Clinton tried to fix that place for eight years, and could not make a dent.

Dick Nelson ’64

Career Tips for Leadership for Military Officers

December 5, 2009 | By | No Comments

John Howland from USNA-At-Large@yahoogroups.com posted this career advice. It deserves a wide audience.

Career Tips:

How to get ahead the “smart” and ethical way and avoid running your career aground—

My point of view

by Dick Nelson ’64

1. Always remember and apply the basic leadership trilogy: “Know your Stuff; take care of your people; and be true to yourself.” This one says it all.

2. Keep your head on a swivel. Threats come at you from 360 degrees, especially when you least expect it. Why do you think the Japanese picked a Sunday to attack Pearl Harbor? Review the Japanese and U.S. tactics in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which demonstrate—on both sides—how easy it is to be caught napping by making the wrong assumptions. Remember what happened to USS Stark, USS Cole [Good Plebe questions!] and the World Trade Center. When you stand a watch, the welfare of the ship and the crew (or the Marine unit) has been entrusted to you. That’s why you get the “big bucks.” Don’t let them down.

3. Trust your subordinates, but verify their performance. Corollary: Trust your superiors, but quietly back them up by cross-checking their assumptions, especially in matters of navigation. Cliché: Watch my back, and I’ll watch yours!

Continue reading at the jump.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

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Happy Veterans Day 2009

November 11, 2009 | By | No Comments

The grandchildren. The heritage.

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Charmaine Quoted in Politico. What Does Obama Think of Pro-Lifers?What Does Obama Think of Veterans?

April 16, 2009 | By | No Comments

ronald_reagan_with_charmaine_smaller.jpgYour Business Blogger(R) teaches business at the local college and loves the ‘continuous learning’ life style. So when Jack Welch, Ph.D., former CEO of GE has something to say about management, this student takes notes.

Welch appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning and graded president Obama on leadership.

Welch said Obama on leadership earned an “A.”

(On leadership, said Welch; Not so on policy…)

Personnel is Policy, Ronald Reagan & Charmaine

Welch mentioned his criteria: Vision, Mission, Communication and Team Building.

Welch explained the value of having the right people on the president’s team — and how well the team works together because they each share the vision and mission of Obama’s America.

This is what president Reagan talked about in “Personnel is Policy” when Charmaine worked in the West Wing. You hire people who think as you would think — the boss should hire like minded deputies.

And this is exactly what Obama has done. Jack Welch is right. Obama’s managers want us all to love and worship Obama’s world (view).

So when an Obama Deputy – Napolitano — publishes a directive to law enforcement officials — those with the power to arrest — that Pro-Lifers and Veterans are a danger to America; all Americans know that this is exactly how Obama thinks.

What happens next? Obama is dividing our nation. People are not buying Obama’s vision for America. Texas talks about seceding (again). But this time the abolitionists Pro-Lifers will be in the south — not Massachusetts. Salena Zito writes,

Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week declared the federal government had become “oppressive in its size, intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state.”

Obama will push for the so called ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ or FOCA. Which will remove all local regulation of abortion and the offices where abortions are preformed. A social worker in a dirty back alley could do the baby-cutting.

Obama will allow open homosexuals to serve in the military which will destroy unit cohesion and effect our ability to complete any mission and will certainly cost American lives.

But red-blooded Americans are fighting back.

Charmaine was interviewed by Politico on the Obama backlash. CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN writes in Obama boosts anti-abortion efforts,

The first hint of a stir came just after Election Day, when the computer servers at Americans United for Life crashed. People were swamping the Web site to sign a petition urging President-elect Barack Obama to stand firm against abortion.

“I got a call from one of our guys, ‘We have a problem,’ ” said Charmaine Yoest, the group’s president and chief executive officer. “And I was like, ‘The problem would be what?’”

Tech-savvy Charmaine knows that servers being overwhelmed with internet traffic is a high-quality problem.

Obama does not care for veterans such as Your Business Blogger(R) nor the Pro-Lifers such as Americans United for Life.

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Join Fight FOCA

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Thank you (foot)notes:

An Alert Reader, fred5676 writes on Michele Malkin’s Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real,

So NumbersUSA and Americans United for Life are terrorist groups??? COUNT ME IN!!

Visit the Baptist Bulletin world news.

See the Pregnancy Resource Center at UAB; A student organization serving pregnant and parenting students on our campus,

More than 261,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Notre Dame to withdraw its invitation for Obama to speak at the Catholic university’s May 17 commencement. The petition says Obama has carried out “some of the most anti-life actions of any American president,” including expanding taxpayer-funded research on embryonic stem cells.

And Americans United for Life plans to expand its plans to expand its staff in Washington and, after the post-election crash, recently upgraded its computer system to handle the bump in online activism.

The King’s Good Servant and God’s First

Jill Stanek has excellent analysis at Anti-life (on steroids) Obama energizes pro-life movement

See Peter Shinn from Pro-Life Unity interview Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

Fight for Life here.

AUL Defends Doctors and Nurses

Oklahoma legislature would allow pregnant mother to use deadly force to protect unborn

Love Life no matter how small.

Catholic Pro-Life Committee

CNA — Oklahoma legislature would allow pregnant mother to use deadly force to protect unborn

Sales and Persuasion: Selling Inside and Outside Your Organization

March 6, 2009 | By | No Comments

A Tale of Two Presentations.

A Tale of Two Wheelers.

What if Earle Wheeler was more like Elmer Wheeler?

Your Business Professor

Jack YoestYour Business Professor opens our lesson with a story from November, 1965, as told by Charles Cooper who remembers the most important sales presentation of the last fifty years — .

Charles Cooper was a young staffer assisting his boss, Earle Wheeler who made a presentation to the Big Boss.

The Big Boss had to decide between two strategies, one from Earle, who had wisdom and judgment and experience.

The another strategic was from Robert who ran an academic team of whiz kids.

The Big Boss had to choose between nearly opposite recommendations from Earle and Robert.

Although the pitch by Earle Wheeler was done almost a half century ago, Charles Cooper remembers it as if it were yesterday. Cooper was the young man who was holding the flip chart.

The Big Boss was about to make the biggest mistake of the last 50 years…

Why? Because Earle Wheeler could not sell like Elmer Wheeler.

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Sales Training

Persuasion in Business, Government, Non-Profits and War.

Well-run organizations have decision makers and influencers who are sales professionals at every level. People who persuade.

They sell to customers, superiors and peers. They are ‘salesmen’ who work to control events – both inside and outside the organization. Salesmen in business development who are account managers.

Who: Professionals and life-long students in management or in business development – sales, fund-raising, leadership.

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What: The seminar will equip the attendee with background on how to manage and how to sell both tangibles and intangibles — To sell ideas, and products, and services.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 11:00pm to 12:15pm

Where: Northern Virginia Community College,

Alexandria Campus, campus map

The new Bisdorf Auditorium, room 196

3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 street map

Why: Increase sales, Increase funding,

Sell an idea, Save the world.

Cost: No Charge. Register here at JYoest@NVCC.edu. Space is limited.

Jack Yoest with sales trophies, circa 1995.

The sales training on March 18th will present an overview of the dominant, popular sales philosophies and their application to selling ideas and products in for-profits, not-for-profits, government, military, media and academia.

Jack has developed a simple three step method to sell; to persuade:

The Push: gently encourage the client — overcome inertial.

The Pitch: the seller must always be in the debt of the buyer — never the reverse.

The Promise: selling is a long term relationship — love the client.

Jack Yoest, Adjunct Professor of Business at NOVA and President of Management Training of DC, is a former Armored Cavalry Officer in Combat Arms. For over 30 years he has managed software, health care and international human resource management companies. His experience spans the military, Fortune 500, government, start-ups, non-profits, media and academia.

He conducts sales and marketing and management training for professionals in industries from law to government, from for-profit businesses to charities.

He has sold car mufflers and intravenous catheters. He’s peddled tactics for night vision devices, partnerships with software developers, budgeting in public policy and media marketing for CEO’s.

Jack also served in the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth Virginia as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources where he acted as the Chief Technology Officer for the secretariat. He was responsible for the successful Year 2000 (Y2K) conversion for the 16,000-employee unit.

He was also a sales account manager with a medical device start-up and helped move sales from zero to over $12 million, opening over 300 accounts, resulting in a buy-out by Johnson & Johnson.

Jack has consulted across industries and in China and India. His first job out of high school was selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door in 1971.

Questions? www.Yoest.com, JYoest@NVCC.edu or call Jack at 202.215.2434.

Suggested class reading:

Selling your skills, Do You Have An Incompetent Manager? From The Washington Post.

Management_Time__Who_s_Got_the_Monkey___HBR_OnPoint_Enhanced_Edition_.pdf Harvard Business Review. How not to sell in the office.

One Minute YouTube Introduction: Office Politics: Someone is always selling, Someone is always buying.

Come to this class.

Thank you (foot)notes,

See George Mason University, History News Network The Day It Became The Longest War.

Parking info at the jump.

Save the Date: 18 March 2009

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Save the Date 18 March, Sales Training: How To Persuade in Business, Government, The Military

February 27, 2009 | By | One Comment

jack_yoest_awards_small_cropped.pngYour Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine are spending a few days at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel for a series of meetings.

This Ritz sold us in the first two minutes.

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The car valet attendant took our car and offered assistance with our bags. Walking thru the front entrance, the staff welcomed us.

By name.

We are escorted to the check-in counter (of magnificent stone) and Charmaine addresses the lovely clerk (young, but mature and a happily married mother we soon learn),

Charmaine asks, “How did the door man know our names?”

She looks up. “He’s got special powers,” she replied matter of factly.

Funny. Smart. Ladies and Gentlemen Serving Ladies and Gentlemen.

The Ritz knows how to sell. The lifetime value of each regular guest of the hotel is over $300,000.

Commitment, Attention to Detail, Immediate Follow-up: Selling.

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Save the Date:

Sales Training

Persuasion in Business, Government, Non-Profits and War.

Question: What lost Vietnam?

Answer: A failed sales presentation.

Well-run organizations have decision makers and influencers who are sales professionals at every level. People who persuade.

They sell to customers, superiors and peers. They are ‘salesmen’ who work to control events – both inside and outside the organization. Salesmen in business development who are account managers.

Who: Professionals and life-long students in management or in business development – sales, fund-raising, leadership.

jack_yoest_awards.gifWhat: The seminar will equip the attendee with background on how to manage and how to sell both tangibles and intangibles — To sell ideas, and products, and services.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 11:00pm to 12:15pm

Where: Northern Virginia Community College,

Alexandria Campus, campus map

The new Bisdorf Auditorium, room 196

3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 street map

Why: Increase sales, Increase funding,

Sell an idea, Save the world.

Cost: No Charge. Register here at JYoest@NVCC.edu. Space is limited.

Jack Yoest with sales trophies, circa 1995.

The sales training on March 18th will present an overview of the three dominant, popular sales philosophies and their application to selling ideas and products in for-profits, not-for-profits, government, military, media and academia.

Jack Yoest, Adjunct Professor of Business at NOVA and President of Management Training of DC, is a former Armored Cavalry Officer in Combat Arms. For over 30 years he has managed software, health care and international human resource management companies. He conducts sales and marketing and management training for professionals in industries from law to government.

He has sold car mufflers and intravenous catheters. He’s peddled tactics for night vision devices, partnerships with software developers, budgeting in public policy and media marketing for CEO’s.

Jack also served in the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth Virginia as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources where he acted as the Chief Technology Officer for the secretariat. He was responsible for the successful Year 2000 (Y2K) conversion for the 16,000-employee unit.

He was also a sales account manager with a medical device start-up and helped move sales from zero to over $12 million, opening over 300 accounts, resulting in a buy-out by Johnson & Johnson.

Jack has consulted across industries and in China and India. His first job out of high school was selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door in 1971.

Questions? www.Yoest.com, JYoest@NVCC.edu or call Jack at 202.215.2434.

Suggested class reading:

Selling your skills, Do You Have An Incompetent Manager? From The Washington Post.

Management_Time__Who_s_Got_the_Monkey___HBR_OnPoint_Enhanced_Edition_.pdf Harvard Business Review. How not to sell in the office.

One Minute YouTube Introduction: Office Politics: Someone is always selling, Someone is always buying.

Come to this class. You might be the one to prevent another Vietnam.

Jack Yoest

202.215.2434

Adjunct Professor

The Death of Private First Class Chance Phelps

February 24, 2009 | By | 6 Comments

Updated 28 June 2012, I finally Netflexed the Movie Taking Chance. I watched it alone–with out Charmaine or our three girls or our two sons.

There is an ancient Jewish admonition that tells us to “imagine no evil.”

I didn’t want Charmaine to see the movie as our boy John applies to the various military academies or an ROTC program as I did. Losing a son would be unimaginable. But it is a necessary risk for the uniformed services.

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Obama is speaking to a joint session of congress. The War is not a priority for Obama and liberals.

Every soldier’s death is a public event.

Back in the day of the horse cavalry, Your Business Blogger(R) was privileged to be a Survival Assistance Officer helping families who lost a service member. As a young Cavalry Officer, I commanded a number of burial details. The part that hurt and still moves in slow motion in my mind’s eye, is handing the tri-folded American flag to the widow.

I never cried at these funerals. I was too young. It was a task, a detail that had to be done.

Charmaine and I have two sons who we expect will serve our country in uniform. And they may serve a commander-in-chief who does not demand victory over our enemies.

Americans want Victory over — not justice for — terrorists.

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The following article was written a few years ago and deserves a wide audience, courtesy of John Howland of USNA-At-Large.

chance_phelps_marine.jpgTAKING CHANCE, 23 Apr 04 – The enclosed article was written by LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC who is assigned to MCCDC Quantico, VA and served as the officer who escorted the remains of PFC C. Phelps USMC from Dover AFB, DE to his home. PFC Phelps was assigned to 3d Bn, 11th Marines – an artillery unit functioning as a provisional infantry battalion during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 2. PFC Phelps was killed in action from a gunshot wound received on 9 Apr 04 during combat operations west of Baghdad. He was buried in Dubois, WY on 17 Apr 04.

 

PFC Chance Phelps

Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didn’t know Chance before he died.

Today, I miss him…

Read at the jump.

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What Did Not Happen in 2008?

January 2, 2009 | By | No Comments

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King Kong in New York CityFrom time to time, Your Business Blogger(R) works out of a client’s offices at the edifice at 350 Fifth Avenue in NYC.

Also known as The Empire State Building.

It is still standing.

So what didn’t happen on New Year’s Eve?

What did not happen in 2008?

Nothing.

Enemy Jihadists didn’t blow anything up on USA soil. And they didn’t touch Times Square packed with people at midnite 31 December.

President George Bush has been keeping all Americans safe since 9.11.

Even Michael Moore.

Even Jeremiah Wright.

We have been safe for some 2,800 days. Will this continue?

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Vice President Elect Joe Biden has promised us that we will be attacked when Barack Obama is president. Americans will be killed by jihadist terrorists.

This is a campaign promise of the Obama administration. One that Obama is sure to keep.

Alert Readers know that our household lives down wind in the blast zone of Your Nation’s Capital. A dirty bomb in DC is a bit of a concern for us.

If you voted for Obama, you voted for changing the landscape in Washington, DC.

Literally.

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Be sure to thank Bush for keeping us safe.

9.11 How Would Liberals Have Protected Us?

We have not been attacked since 9.11.01. It is nearly impossible, in war, in politics, to make nothing happen.

So the liberals are right when they say to George Bush,

“Thanks for nothing…”

September 11, 2001 Remembered: What Were the Feminists doing on Sept 10, 2001?

See Nine Possibilities Heading Into 2009

Visit Bush Kept Us Safe Since 9.11.

The Story of Intrepid, Not the Story of Obama

November 20, 2008 | By | 6 Comments

intrepid.jpgSo pre pre-schooler Baby Boo walks by as Your Business Blogger(R) is watching The Story of the Intrepid. The story of the famed WWII aircraft carrier.

The boy catches a few seconds of battle, of war, the triumph of good over evil; an American civics lesson. He listens to the music.

He asks, “Is this a Jesus movie?”

“No,” I said. “But it’s hard to tell the difference…”

Must see clips: USS Intrepid

We don’t know exactly how Obama will attempt to lead as Commander-in-Chief. But we do know his liberal belief philosophy.

Where?

From his pastor: Jeremiah “God D@m America” Wright.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on FOX, Cavuto Obama and Wright: Do They Hate America?

In contrast, another must see clip,

Thank you to USNA at Large for Intrepid’s link.

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