“Bill” was a combat Marine who served in the Iraq War and received multiple medals and commendations. He later suffered memory loss and PTSD, which he attributes to long-term doses of un-prescribed medications the military provided, including amphetamines.
Back home, Bill was accused by a fellow Marine of using an illegal drug, questioned without an attorney and threatened with prison before signing a confession and being handed an Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge.
When he went to fill out benefits paperwork at a Veterans Affairs office, he was told he was ineligible because of his OTH discharge. The OTH also put a cloud over his job prospects and eventually he had to depend financially on his family to survive. After working three jobs and putting himself through school, he challenged the VA system and eventually was awarded a 60 percent disability.
Bill was one of three former soldiers cited by the authors of a study released this week by the Costs of War Project at Brown University that examines why the number of “bad paper” discharges – which result in vets being denied VA health care, education and housing support and other benefits — has grown from 5.5 percent during the Gulf War era to 6.5 percent since America went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Continue reading →
James Gillray,The Tree of Liberty, May 1798: Cited in Gillray’s Ungloomy Morality by Theodore Dalyrymple in City Journal, 2002
Of two trees, the one in the background, called Justice, has abundant green foliage; its two main branches, labeled Laws and Religion, bear healthy fruit called Happiness, Freedom, and Security... The tree in the foreground, called Opposition, is dead and without foliage, as if blasted by lightning; its two main branches are Rights of Man and Profligacy. From its lesser branches hang rotten, reddish-golden apples, each with a bite taken out of it, labeled with such temptations as Democracy, Conspiracy, and Revolution. Down the tree slithers a green snake ending in the jowly head, with its Nixonian stubble, of the radical Whig leader, Charles James Fox, holding out to the figure of John Bull an apple labeled Reform. “Nice apple, Johnny—nice apple!” says Fox. But the real meaning of the temptation is evident from the red revolutionary bonnet of liberty, from which the Fox-serpent’s tail emerges, and from the difference in the roots of the two trees: those of the Tree of Justice being the Commons, King, and Lords of the established British constitution, those of the Tree of Opposition being Envy, Ambition, and Disappointment, the discreditable emotions that are, by implication, the true motives behind French revolutionary radicalism, rather than supposed love of the beautiful abstractions with which the rotten fruit of the Tree of Opposition is marked. Continue reading →
This is amongst the many lessons taught to my 5th Grade glass at the Crestwood Elementary School in Northbrook Illinois by our teacher, Donald Adair in the late 1950’s. “Never stop searching for the TRUTH,” he always told me. And I learned the lessons of history – through him.
President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the States, as well as Lincoln’s violations of the law, his shredding of the Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war, and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at some unpleasant facts. (Read complete column on Metropolis Café…)
As we look at the preachers of early America what we will see is a total dedication to preaching the uncompromised Word of God and a refusal to budge from its true meaning.
The Church of England had been established in America because America was a subject of England, but many of the colonists had left not just England, but Europe in general to be free to worship in the manner that they saw fit. The Geneva Bible, which was the Bible of the majority of the pilgrims, had opened the eyes of many preachers and citizens alike because of its footnotes and commentaries as to what the Word was really saying about things like self-government, taxes, freedoms and liberties that no nation at that time allowed let alone practiced. Continue reading →
“A wise man seeks out the truth; a foolish one rejects it, or allows it to be silenced.” ~ Book of Ross; 4:45
There is an evil, a pestilence, which is spreading across America which goes by the name of Political Correctness. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, political correctness is defined as: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. You can call it whatever you want, cloak it under whatever disguise you want, but when all is said and done, it is nothing other than censorship.
Who and what defines what is, and what isn’t politically correct? Is it politically incorrect to say something, or display an image, simply because someone or some group takes offense to it? If being offended is the only guideline that establishes what is politically incorrect then we may as well just pass a law forbidding speech, or the displaying of any images; as there will always be someone who takes offense to something. Continue reading →
The following is a transcript of the speech given by Gov. Alfred E. Smith before an American Liberty League audience of 2000 and a national radio audience on January 25, 1936 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC,.
This is one of the greatest American political speeches. At the time it was considered the definitive analysis of the New Deal. Al Smith was the 1928 Democrat Presidential nominee, former governor of New York State and the leader of the Democrat Party until Roosevelt and the Communist wing took over in 1932. Smith was the person who gave Roosevelt his second chance in politics and therefore was responsible for FDR becoming President.
What we begin this day, is the culmination of a nearly 17 year-long project by Kettle Moraine, Ltd. Publications, which includes the intellectual battle which led to the formation of the Law of the Land – our Constitution! In addition, we will be publishing those papers and proclamations which came before, including such works as the Mayflower Compact and The Articles of Confederation, some of which have been previously published in our book, AMERICA the Grand Illusion ~ BOOK I: Orphans of the Storm
This project will be completed soon – but is still an intense project to complete, as there over 700 pages of records to load (to include possible cross-references between both the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers alone) – and hopefully our end result will provide one of the most thorough and complete dissertations of these monumental records ever published on-line – with (planned for) links connecting the ‘Point’ and ‘Counterpoint’ views of the participants and authors. We look forward to the insight and involvement of Neal Ross on this portion of the project.
For teachers and educators – as well as those who just want to expand their historical knowledge – we are proud to bring this project to you… and so we begin.
I’m used to arguing with people over slavery being the sole cause of the Civil War; it is what they were taught in schools and I can, at least, understand why they are so vehement in their beliefs. However, the other day I read an article that left me flabbergasted; and then the comments following it showed that there were many who supported the claims made by the author.
The basic premise of this article was that if Robert E. Lee had not accepted command of the Confederate Army the Civil War would not have happened and all those people would not have died.
First off, Lee did not immediately accept the position of Commander of the Confederate Army; he was assigned command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Virginia, if you were not aware of this, did not secede from the Union until Abraham Lincoln called out for volunteers to suppress the rebellion in those States which had already seceded. (Continue…)
Educators in Virginia back in the 50’s and 60’s should remember well that we had an example of Common Core enforced by the state for fifteen years. It was an example of what happens when government takes over the writing of history and government textbooks. The story is one I was involved in and should be a warning against letting he Federal Government take control of curriculum in local school systems.
To understand Virginia in the 1940’s and 50’s a description by historian V. O. Key, Jr. in his study of Democrat Party politics in the South summed it up very well. We were described as “the state with the most thorough control by an oligarchy.” While most Virginians alternated between the use of the term “organization” or “machine” for those who ran the state it was accepted that the dominant figure was U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. The organization had the ability to keep a tight rein on the government through strong courthouse control and a poll tax. Continue reading →
The Cleveland Indians might not remember their last World Series celebration. But a 95-year-old guy in Fort Worth does.
1948 Cleveland Indians
“In the dining car was where all the celebration took place,” first baseman Eddie Robinson tells the New York Daily News. “There was champagne dripping from the ceiling. That was a madhouse.” Back in Cleveland Robinson and his teammates drove around the city in the backs of convertibles as fans cheered them as they passed.
Robinson played alongside Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Lou Boudreau, Ray Boone, and Bob Lemon on that championship team. He batted .300 with a six hits and an RBI in the four-games-to-two triumph over the Boston Braves in the Fall Classic. The Baseball Almanac recalls his postseason play. But his old team does not. Continue reading →
Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and lesbian couples and their new families. But behind those big smiles and sunny photographs are other, more painful stories. These are left to secret, dark places. They are suppressed, and those who would tell them are silenced in the name of “marriage equality.”
But I refuse to be silent.
I represent one of those real life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families. Continue reading →
People who are familiar with my writings should not be surprised at my list, although many people who read my Facebook post did act surprised. Of course, these could have been people who aren’t that familiar with my writings after all.
At any rate, with my Facebook post I made my list without explanation. I will use this column to share a little bit of the reasoning behind my selections. So here goes: my top ten worst presidents in U.S. history: Continue reading →
Milwaukee’s mayor and police chief announced Monday that body cam video supports the shooting of Sylville Smith – which sparked riots across the city.
At least one person was shot as police clashed with protesters during a second night of riots after Smith, 23, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday.
But Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A Flynn insists the footage makes it clear that the shooting was lawful.
He said that Smith was shot after he turned toward an officer and raised his gun.
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, speaking at a press conference on Monday, added that a still from the cop’s body camera shows ‘without question’ Smith had a gun in his hand… Smith had previously been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety for his involvement in a shooting last year but the charges were dropped. (Read FULL Story)
More than a half million veterans still must wait at least a month to see a VA doctor, and even when they do manage to get an appointment, the care they receive is not always up to the standards patients expect to see in the private sector. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has never fully recovered from the firestorm of criticism it received after a whistleblower revealed a nationwide scheme to cover up long delays in healthcare in 2014.
The discovery that 110 VA facilities had used secret patient waiting lists to cover up veterans’ long wait times led to the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, but only three employees involved in the manipulation were fired. Continue reading →
Liberals and anti-Constitution residents of the U.S. don’t understand the purpose of the 14th Amendment. But the Amendment’s author was pretty clear about its purpose. The inconvenient truth is that the 14th Amendment does not and never has granted U.S. citizenship to foreigners born in the United States.
The 14th Amendment is one of the most misunderstood, and most cited amendment among all of the amendments in litigation in the United States. Its author, Senator Jacob Howard (R-MI), wrote quite clearly the purpose of the law’s scope when he introduced it… Continue reading →
When I was in high school, several of our teachers lamented the depiction of blacks in movies and television. The reason given was that they were always shown as servants or other degrading roles.
Years later, many blacks called The (Bill) Cosby Show, with the title actor’s character an obstetrician/gynecologist and a successful lawyer for a wife, unrealistic. The family lived in a beautiful brownstone in highly fashionable Brooklyn Heights. Continue reading →
The attacks of September 11th, 2001 will forever be mired in doubt and suspicion by millions of people who saw the events live on their televisions. Almost immediately following the attacks theories began to emerge.
Were the hijackers operatives for a Western intelligence service? How did a passport from one of the terrorists survive completely unscathed, only to be found later amidst the rubble of the Trade Centers? How did WTC Building 7 collapse even though it was never struck by an airplane? Why was President George H.W. Bush meeting with members of the Bin Laden family at the very moment of the attacks? Were the planes that hit the buildings actually commercial airliners or were they remotely operated drones? Why was the entirety of Ground Zero quickly sanitized and shipped to China for recycling before any investigation ever took place? And, what are the odds that on the very day terrorists used planes to attack the Pentagon and World Trade Centers, the U.S. military was holding exercises simulating hijackers crashing planes into buildings, a circumstance that led to total confusion across the United States and a complete failure of national defense?
These questions and thousands more have been the subject of fervent debate for over a decade, and like the Kennedy assassination, may never have an official answer.
But just as has been the case with the investigation of JFK’s murder, new details and evidence continue to emerge surrounding the events of that day. Continue reading →
“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.“ ~ George Washington (1776)
Historically, the worst in America brings out the best in America. Whether the catastrophic Islamist 9/11 attack 15 years ago, or the devastating Islamist attack in Orlando last weekend, killing 49 civilians and leaving many others in critical condition, first responders, friends and neighbors, and most Americans nationwide, are quick to rally in support of victims and their families. This unity in moments of great tragedy speaks volumes about the combined character of our nation.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about most leftist demagogues and many of their loyal constituents. When a political machine depends on a generationally tried and true “divide and conquer” strategy — one that foments discontent and division based on income, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, education, occupation and the like — in order to achieve its political objectives, predictably their politics of disunity will emerge before the blood on the walls has dried. Continue reading →
I liked Muhammad Ali right from his start as Cassius Clay. I liked him for his blinding speed and his brashness. I liked his penchant for jingles predicting the rounds of his opponents’ defeats which turned out to be accurate and which landed him before a congressional committee investigating corruption in boxing or maybe all of sports. I liked his clowning.
My father was a fight buff & I used to watch the Friday night fights with him in New York City. He didn’t like Clay/Ali because of his politics but he said that he had the fastest hands he ever saw. He had seen Sugar Ray Robinson and said that he’d thought Robinson had fast hands but Ali was faster. Continue reading →
~ NOTE ~ This following is ONLY for those who want to know the TRUTH about mass SLAVERY and CONTROL of the American people, including that thrust upon us by Mr. Lincoln – the so-called ‘Emancipator of the Slaves.’ Several comments by myself will be posted indark blue.~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher and Editor of the Federal Observer Continue reading →
People remember Thomas Jefferson for the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote in 1776. A few will remember that he served as president from 1801 to 1809, but aside from that, they know almost nothing of his life and work. In actual fact, he lived till 1826, when he died on July 4, fifty years to the day after the ratification of his Declaration.
During those fifty years, Jefferson’s intellectual life bloomed. He was an inventor, a horticulturalist, and especially a philosopher. In fact, he was a brave and excellent philosopher. Continue reading →
It is now conceded that the Flint, Michigan water supply has been contaminated, with lead and other toxic materials, for a very long time. Lead leads to brain damage and behavioral disorders, especially when the exposure starts in childhood. Michael Moore was born in Flint. See, there is an explanation for him.