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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PRAGER UNIVERISTY: Single-Payer Health Care (America Already Has It)

"Give us five-minutes and we’ll give you a semester." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Pete Hegseth

"The VA is a true single-payer health care system...[W]hoever can afford not to use the VA, doesn't use the VA.  Hardly a ringing endorsement of the system.  So, could government run Canadian-style health care work in the United States?  Given America's experience with the government-run single-payer VA, why would we even want to try?" - P.H.


"[F]or the past few decades, and especially for veterans of the war in Vietnam, as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...the VA has been an abysmal failure.  Inefficient, bureaucratic and sometimes deadly.  Among veterans, horror-stories about the VA abound...The real solution to the problem is not more government, more money and more bureaucracy.  It's more competition, accountability and transparency." – P.H.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day


Enjoy your holiday weekend - 'eat, drink and be merry,' but spend at least a little time remembering the reason for this most solemn national holiday.

May 29, 2017: Memorial Day is 1 of 3 days The Flag should be routinely flown at half-staff...But only until 12:00 noon (to honor their sacrifice), and should be raised to it's peak from 12:00 till the end of the day (to honor their glory).*

*This is entirely MY opinion on a problem for many over this great holiday:  If you are out of town and have to either leave your Flag at half or full-staff while you are gone - by all means FLY IT HIGH!  I say this with no disrespect to the 'sacrifice' portion, but out of ultimate respect for the 'glory' portion...There is no 'rule' on the matter, I just know most of our servicemen value their 'glory' much more than they fret their 'sacrifice.'

"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." - Gen. Douglas MacArthur




Unfortunately, America has seen many of its soldiers die, often too young and well before their time. Such is the price of freedom - It is a stiff one...Which is why we must always remember and honor them, so they don't "just fade away."

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers. On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:

"The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."


During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. This 1868 celebration was inspired by local observances of the day in several towns throughout America that had taken place in the three years since the Civil War. In fact, several Northern and Southern cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Columbus, Miss.; Macon, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; Boalsburg, Pa.; and Carbondale, Ill.


In 1966, the federal government, under the direction of President Lyndon Johnson, declared Waterloo, N.Y., the official birthplace of Memorial Day. They chose Waterloo - which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866 - because the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.  By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.  (Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all veterans, living and dead, is celebrated each year on November 11.)


Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.

*The comments above in blue are my own...Those in black are from Edward Palmer (The Joe Foss Institute)

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: Are Humans More Valuable Than Animals?

"We teach what isn’t taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Dennis Prager

"[A]re you more valuable than a dog, or a cat, or a tree?  That depends on your value system...People increasingly make moral decisions on the basis of how they feel...More and more people believe, as PETA does, that even if it would lead to a cure for cancer or AIDS, it would be wrong to experiment on animals." – D.P.


"The God-based, Judeo-Christian value system renders humans infinitely more valuable than any humanistic value system...Our secular, post-Judeo-Christian society, has rendered human beings less significant than at any time in Western history." – D.P.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Why is George Washington the Most Important American?

A simple letter he wrote on this date (May 22, 1782) is the answer.

Earlier in the month, Washington received a letter from one of his officers, Colonel Lewis Nicola, requesting that the general use the Revolutionary War army to make himself King of the new country...Which Washington could have likely accomplished with little bloodshed.  Which would have created an entirely different type of system than was established - it definitely wouldn't have led to our current democratic-republic we have.

(I hope and pray you don't mistake that last sentence with our Democratic and Republican Party's...If you don't understand the difference between democratic and Democratic/republican and Republican please ask.)

George Washington's response is why he isn't just the commanding general who won the war, the first President of the United States, a Founding Father, or one of the great men of our history...His response is why he is the most important American.

"With a mixture of great surprise and astonishment I have read with attention the sentiments you have submitted to my perusal. Be assured sir, no occurrence in the course of the war has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the army as you have expressed, [which are] big with the greatest mischiefs that can befall my country. If I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable...Let me conjure you then, if you have any regard for your country - concern for yourself or posterity - or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind."

No other person in such a position in history took the path that Washington took - think Alexander, Napoleon, or any other kind, emperor, caliph, etc., etc...Washington made a choice to create a nation based on 'the people', not on the 'most powerful person.'  A truly incredible and unlikely choice.  One every American should acknowledge and thank him for.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Armed Forces Day

"AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU!!"

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman "praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas" and said, "it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace." In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

"Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense."

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was "Teamed for Defense." It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government. Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of "educational program for civilians," one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In Washington D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the President and his party. In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Templehof Airfield. In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day "under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types." In the harbors across the country were the famed mothballed "battlewagons" of World War II, the Missouri, the New Jersey, the North Carolina, and the Iowa, all open for public inspection. Precision flying teams dominated the skies as tracking radar was exhibited on the ground. All across the country, the American people joined together to honor the Armed Forces.

According to a New York Times article published on May 17, 1952:

"It was a day for the military to show 'state-of-the-art' equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States."

"This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces...to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won't be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty."

- Edward Palmer (Joe Foss Institute)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: Why Isn't Communism As Hated As Nazism?

"Give us five-minutes and we’ll give you a semester." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Dennis Prager



"Communism is based on nice sounding theories. Nazism isn't.  It's based on heinous sounding theories...They (intellectuals) dismiss the evils of communists as perversions of 'true communism.'  But they regard Nazi atrocities, correctly, as the logical and inevitable results of  Nazism." - D.P.


"Given the unparalleled amount of human suffering communists have caused, why is communist so much less a term of revulsion than Nazi?...There is, simply put, widespread ignorance of the communist record...And since the left dominates academia, almost no one teaches communism's evil history." – D.P.

The entire Prager University Course List

**In case you need more proof of the acceptance of Communism:  California may end ban on communists in government jobs

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Peace Officer's Memorial Day


In 1962 the date of May 15th was designated as Peace Officer's Memorial Day, "in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty."

On this day the flag should be flown at half-staff for the full day, unless May 15th happens to also be the third Saturday in May (ARMED FORCES DAY). On the rare occasion when both holidays fall on the same date, the flag is to be flown at full-staff.



We should honor and thank our Peace Officers. Their service is equal to that of our Armed Forces as the defenders of our communities, which are often as dangerous as any war-zone...Especially in our current time, when many are doing their best to turn the people against them.

Visit the Officer Down Memorial Page..It's a little over 1/3 through the year, and we already have over 48 peace officers killed in the line of duty. 145 were killed in 2016.


The streets of the U.S. aren't 'war-zones,' but our peace officers aren't outfitted with helmets and M-16's, and function in a position of weakness in the desire to be seen as 'peace officers'...We are living in a period where peace officers of all kinds are being labeled as 'bad guys', but we should all take a little time to think about what our neighborhoods would be like if the police weren't around and the streets were left to the truly 'bad guys.'

They are not perfect, and there are definitely some bad apples (as there are in every profession), but most are very good good men and women who are defenders of our way of life, and we should keep them in our heart at all times - especially on this day.

AMERICA'S PEACE OFFICERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


"Society has been so successful in disparaging what used to be considered the noblest of professions." - Kimberly Fletcher

"To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands." – Oprah Winfrey

Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays, because three of the five most important people in my life are mothers:  Melissa (wife), Jackie (mother), Krissi (sister)...I am hopeful the other two will become mothers someday as well:  Holly and Brooklyn (daughters).

These five mothers and mothers-to-be are truly the foundation of my life - my reason for existing.  They are all that is good in me.

I know I am not alone in this belief.  As such, I want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all mothers...I hope you will read the entire article below, but if not, I have listed it's main points below.

The Powerful Influence of Mothers
By:  Kimberly Fletcher

This Mother’s Day remember just how powerful the words 'Just a mom' are...remember you are not just raising children, you’re changing the world!

It makes it easy to look at Hollywood stars, corporate executives, or media professionals and wonder if we should be doing more with our lives.  And yet, many of those women - who seemingly had it all - have left those very jobs to be full time moms.  Why? Because they know motherhood is the most powerful, most influential profession in the world - and comes with the greatest rewards.

The mothers of a nation mold its institutions, develop its character and shape its destiny.  There is no other profession on earth that possesses that much power and influence.

If I wanted to destroy a society and tear down a free nation I would do exactly what the Destroyers of Liberty are doing. I would launch a full out assault on women.  I would do everything I could to discredit and devalue them. I would try and convince them that motherhood is insignificant, that they need a job and title of be of value.  I would convince them they need experts to teach and nurture their children.  I would convince them they have to do it all, be it all and have it all to be truly successful.  I would do everything I could to pull the women from their homes and their families - especially their children - because I, like the Destroyers of Liberty, know just how powerful their influence is.

Just a mom are the three most powerful words in the world - Cassie Fletcher

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