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Veteran’s Day 2008: Will Obama Continue to Mock the Military?

November 11, 2008 | By | One Comment

certificate_cold_war_yoest002.jpgYour Business Blogger(R) wanted a medal.

A piece of paper will have to do.

And it’s not a check…

Certificate of Recognition

for service during the Cold War.

Robert Gates is grateful.


Robert Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers that only veterans who served in the country’s armed forces would be allowed the privilege to vote.

In Obama’s administration, a voter doesn’t have to be a citizen, goodness, doesn’t have to even be a live citizen.

Obama is NOT Pro-Life: not for babies; not for voting citizens. A dead baby is just fine. A living citizen is not a requirement for voting.

Early in the presidential campaign, Obama maligned the military, for air-raiding villages. And Friended with fellow community activists who tried to blow up the Pentagon.

Will Obama continue his military re-malign-ment? It would appear so.

The popular fellow-liberal, congressional gender-free Barney Frank, not being happy with destroying Freddy and Fannie has now turned his sights on the pentagon, looking for a 25 percent cut in funding.

Veterans do not expect big money bonuses from the government for our service.

But, yes we do want some cash. We would like money… to provide for the common defense for the budget to secure and defend against all enemies foreign…

And domestic. As stated in the oath of office.

Does this mean Obama will go after Bill Ayers as president and commander-in-chief…?

Happy Veterans Day.


Thank you (foot)notes,

Cold War Warriors: Request Your Certificate

Veterans Day, The Liberal Prospective

I Was A Soldier

Arlington National Cemetery, John Wesley Yoest, USN, BMCS

Veterans’ Day 2007 & The 13 Flag Folds

The Women in Combat Debate and Celebrating Veterans' Day on Fox

November 10, 2006 | By | No Comments

Fox News here in Your Nation’s Capital is taping a segment on women in the military. The interview will air on the 11th. Veterans’ Day. I will be discussing the contribution of women in the uniformed services.





DoD photo by: SGT R. KLIKA

Date Shot: 20 Jun 1985Our women in uniform are serving with distinction and honor in our Armed Services. The nation is proud of our women in uniform for their outstanding contribution to the security of our nation. They have faithfully discharged their duty and oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. We are grateful for their service.

To defend out institutions and our way of life. Our women in the military have made sacrifices. And for too many, the supreme sacrifice.

Women have served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan in the global war on terror. There is no debate, no question on the patriotism of our women in the military and their contribution to our national security.

Nothing that has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan changes the debate on women in combat. That women have been placed in combat.

The President, the Commander in Chief, has said that women willl not be in [land] combat.

Congress has decreed that women will not be in land combat.

Army rule and req have forbidden the placement of women in land combat.

The American people have demanded that women not be placed in land combat.


Women are dying in combat.

Todate, 67 women in the service have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the Vietnam era only 17 women were killed. And most of those female casualties were nurses. We do not have to sacrifice our women in combat.

What has changed?

During the Clinton era army regulations were weakened to where women are now exposed to a substantial risk of capture. The end results of this change has been tragic. As we now have seen with the capture, torture and murder of our female soldiers.

We are proud of our women in the military. But we did not send them off to a war zone to be killed and captured in combat.

Double Standards involving Women (DSIW)

…here’s what a 22-year-old man and woman must do to “max” (get a perfect score of 300) the physical fitness test in each service.

Marine men must do 20 pull-ups, 100 sit-ups and run three miles in 18 minutes. Women Marines must hold the flexed-arm hang for 70 seconds, do 100 sit-ups and run three miles in 21 minutes.

Army men must do 75 push-ups, 80 sit-ups and run two miles in 13 minutes. Women soldiers must do 46 push-ups, 80 sit-ups and run two miles in 15:35.

Women are held to lower physical standards than men. Lower physical standards can jeopardize mission accomplishment and evacuation of wounded fellow soldiers.

Only about 3% of military women test as well in physical training as the average male. Women have much to offer in knowledge, skills and abilities to our armed forces. Man-handling an 80 pound back isn’t one of them.

If one of our soldiers is wounded, do we know that a female could move her buddy to safety?

This doubt, this hesitation on rescue is what destroys unit cohesion.

Women in combat does not improve the ability of our Army to fight and win.


US Marine Corps Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Schliesman and the other Drill Instructors of the 2nd Battalion, H Company, watch as new recruits do dead hang pullups at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. (Released to Public)

Pullups. Men have to do them. Women don’t. Double standards. For the feminists.


Thank you (foot)notes: Update: The interview was bumped. We’ll let you know when segment is re-scheduled. Your Business Blogger serves as the Vice President of the Center for Military Readiness

12 Oct



Media Alert: Center for Military Readiness on C-SPAN

October 12, 2006 | By | 2 Comments


The Center for Military Readiness is having our Eleventh Annual Celebration, this afternoon, Thursday, October 12, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

C-SPAN has confirmed to cover the event.

The Celebration will be held at the National Guard Association of the U.S. Building — Hall of the States, on

One Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington D.C. 2002, one block west of Union Station.


Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness, will preside. I will MC.

CMR Issues Briefing

4:00 PM — 5:45 PM

The CMR Issues Briefing panel will discuss the question Respect for Women: Where is the Military Taking Us?

In addition to CMR President Elaine Donnelly, guest panelists will include:

Kate O’Beirne Washington Editor of National Review, author of Women Who Make the World Worse, and former member of the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces

Charles W. Gittins Noted attorney, USNA alumnus and former Marine naval flight officer and lecturer who has successfully defended many men who have been caught up in high-profile legal and cultural controversies at the service academies and in the military

Karin L. Agness Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), which helps female college students to confront radical feminists and liberals on fifteen college campuses. Ms. Agness is a Phi Beta Kappa member and student of law, University of Virginia.

CMR Celebration Reception 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

2006 Honorees, 7:00 PM

“CMR Spotlight Award” Janet Parshall, Salem Radio Network

Ambassador Robert D. Stuart, Jr. of the Stuart Family Foundation


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Your Business Blogger is proud to serve as the Vice President of CMR. The Center for Military Readiness is an independent public policy organization that specializes in military personnel issues. Information about issues of concern to CMR can be seen on our website, More at the jump.

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01 Jan



George Bush's New Year's Resolution?

January 1, 2006 | By | 3 Comments

According to the Jerusalem Post, the United States is “planning [a] strike against Iran.”

That’s very interesting.

Of course, the article goes on to explain that the U.S.: “reportedly began coordinating with NATO its plans for a possible military attack . . .” And “coordinating plans” is not quite the same thing as “planning a strike.”

The Pentagon is always planning. That’s their job. It remains to be seen whether these are just garden-variety war games — or game on.

18 Nov



101st Airborne Message for John Murtha

November 18, 2005 | By | 6 Comments


A letter from a soldier to his mother:


Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoon’s to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in another company in our batallion. I can no longer be silent after watching the sacrifices made by Iraqis and Americans everyday. . .

Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. . .

Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyone’s right to have. Ironic isn’t it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. Please, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.

SGT XXX and 1st Platoon

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Read the whole letter at Sgt Hook’s.

Bill Clinton on WMD’s

November 17, 2005 | By | No Comments

Don’t want to take the word of a former UNSCOM weapons inspector about WMD’s in Iraq?

How ’bout Bill Clinton then?


Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. . .The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again.

Ian, the Political Teen, has the VIDEO.

(Thanks to Bryan Preston, of Junkyard Blog, guest-blogging at Michelle’s.)

Why We Didn’t “Find” WMD’s in Iraq

November 17, 2005 | By | No Comments

John Tierney

Former Weapons Inspector

John Tierney was an UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq. Today, FrontPage carries a lengthy interview with Tierney.

Why didn’t we find WMD’s? Here’s Tierney’s response:

On finds, the key word here is “find.” UNSCOM could pursue a lead and approach an inspection target from various angles to cut off an escape route, but at some point, the Iraqis would hold up their guns and keep us out. . .knowing that as long as there were armed guards between us and the weapons, we would never be able to “find,” as in “put our hands on,” the weapons of mass destruction. The western press mindlessly took this up and became the Iraqis’ tool.

So where did the WMD’s go?

Tierney gives a detailed answer which can be summarized in a word — Syria:

In Iraq’s case, the lakes and rivers were the toilet, and Syria was the back door.

(Via Powerline.)

John Stuart Mill on War

November 16, 2005 | By | One Comment


War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.

John Stuart Mill

09 Nov



Enlist in Soldier’s Angels

November 9, 2005 | By | 4 Comments

Yesterday my family buried our Uncle Joe Carr. He served as a Sergeant in WWII in Germany. Combat Medic Badge. He’s seen the sacrifices. He would be proud to see his country really support the troops.


Soldiers’ Angels

Project Valour – IT

We are asking for donations for Project Valour – IT. “Valour” is the acronym for “Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops.”

The Project Valour – IT Site describes the initiative as follows:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the ‘Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse. The experience of CPT Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important this voice-controlled software can be to a wounded servicemember’s recovery.

Parkway Rest Stop writes:

Project Valour – IT has injected a friendly inter-service competition into the mix to see which military branch team can produce the most donations. So, you are asked to pick a “team,” and go make your donation. I again stress that this is a friendly rivalry, as the real winners here will be our wounded soldiers, sailors, Airmen and Marines.

Team Leaders

Army: BLACKFIVE (This is my team and Uncle Joe’s)

Navy: The Indepundit (This would be my dad’s team)

Air Force: The Mudville Gazette

Marines: Soldiers’ Angel – Holly Aho (This would be Grandpa Shaw’s team)

Parkway Rest Stop continues:

I’m making a special appeal to Jersey Bloggers who are active military, vets, those who have friends or family in the military and generally to all those who really do “support our troops.” You need not make a large donation. Every single donation helps!

Uncle Joe now rests in his beloved Jersey ground. My donation is in his memory.


The Army Flag outside the funeral home

November 7, 2005, Riverside, New Jersey


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Most of the above verbiage is borrowed from Parkway Rest Stop

A Salute to John and Beth Donovan of Argghhh! for reminding Your Business Blogger of this mission. This is what makes America good…and great.


BlackFive has Valour IT Keep Army on top.

The Indepundit has drive info.

Balance Sheet has getting short.

SeaWitch has congrats.

Soldiers’ Angel has goodies to bid on.

MacStansbury knows the players.

Basil’s Blog has meals.

Political Teen has Open Trackbacks.

Stop the ACLU has mid-week trackbacks.

NIF where everyday is open trackback day.

Adam’s Blog has Midweek Open Trackbacks.

Outside the Beltway also got mentioned on MSNBC today. Traffic Jam.

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

Soldiers Tribute

August 21, 2005 | By | No Comments

Wonderful photo tribute to our soldiers from Free Republic.


Thanks to Andi’s World, who also has a great post with pictures covering a Support the Troops rally in front of the White House.