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WWII Marine Raider
Our granddaughter has been visiting. We signed her up for dance camp and for guitar lesson from the dance teacher's brother, Tim Vana. Tim saw my Marine cap and gave me a CD of a wonderful single he had recorded, "Always Faithful" in tribute to the Marines. (Copies are $5. Contact him at timothyvana (at) att.net). He told me about his dad, a WWII Marne and we asked to take them to dinner, which we did Friday night. It was a privilege for my wife and me.
Cpl. Dick Vana enlisted in the Corps early in WWII and volunteered for the Raiders. He was assigned as a replacement for Red Mike Edson's 1st Raider Bn. on Guadalcanal, arriving after much of the action. The Bn. saw action on Guam, where Cpl. Vana was hit in the head. He had just turned his head, by God's grace, and a sniper bullet pierced his helmet and grazed his head. He was treated, given a purple heart and returned to the lines the next day. After Guam, the Raiders were formed into the reconstituted 4th Marines, assigned to the 6th Marine Division. He fought on Okinawa for 99 days, which includes 17 days of patrolling after the Island was declared secure, during which members of his platoon were killed. He was wounded twice by shrapnel in each leg, but just pulled it out, bandaged it, and kept going. He didn't turn in to sick call, so received no Purple Hearts for these wounds. (Not the John Kerry type). He was training for the invasion of Japan when we dropped the A-bomb, saving his life.
Dick had been going steady with his future wife, Marion, since she was 13 and he 14. They married before he went overseas and he didn't see her for over two years. They made up for lost time, with ten kids, 28 grandkids and the 13th great-grand child is on the way. A great American family. She is gone no. Dick is 88, still driving, working a little, writing, reading and enjoying the family. He gave me copies of touching letters he received from the father of one of his close buddies who was KIA near him on Okinawa, of a letter he wrote to HBO criticizing the portrayal of Marines in "The Pacific," and of an oral history the local library created about him. There are wonderful history stories and great Americans, right in our own neighborhoods. Look around.
"Balanced" Should Take Into Account the Obama Health Law
By Betsy McCaughey July 22, 2011
President Barack Obama told the nation on Saturday that solving the nation's debt crisis would "take a balanced approach, shared sacrifice, and a willingness to make unpopular choices."
Those are weasel words.
On Tuesday, the president applauded a proposal from the "Gang of Six" - six U.S. senators who unveiled a a scheme to reduce the nation's debt. He called it "balanced" because it combines spending reductions ($500 billion immediately, most later and few specifics offered) with changes in the tax code that would bring in $1 trillion more money from taxpayers over the next decade than current law.
Incredibly weak recovery: President Barack Obama's tax/spend/regulation policy – "stimulus"; continuation of TARP; bank, insurance company and auto industry bailouts; "quantitative easing" (aka the printing of money); cash for clunkers; minimum-wage hikes; new regulatory rules on businesses; tripling of the deficit; addition of $4 trillion to the debt – failed miserably to produce jobs and grow the economy at the historical rate expected after a deep recession.
Dear Conservatives, This is a critical time in our battle for liberty and limited government. Campaign for Liberty members have been on the frontlines of the fight for our nation's future, and I'm writing you today to urge you to further action.
Hmmm...IF debt is a bad as Obama says it is- and it IS- then WHY does he, the Libs- DNC & R.I.N.O., & MSM-want MORE debt?!!
SALVATO: IF DEBT IS THE ENEMY THEN THERE ARE TRAITORS AMONG US
By Frank SalvatoJuly 22, 2011 5:25 am
The so-called “debt ceiling default crisis” continues to loom, with enough Progressive-Leftist demagoguery in the air to choke a horse, or, in this case, kill an economy. I roll my eyes at the term “debt ceiling default crisis” because the honest man – an increasingly rare species in federal government – understands that there can only be a crisis should President Obama choose to create one. That said, Republicans, TEA Partiers and Conservatives are in danger of doing the right thing in refusing to enable more debt, but losing the public relations war to what amounts to the traitors among us due to chronic messaging impotency.
Imagine going to sleep one night and waking up many years later in a totally different world. In this futuristic world, literally everything you do is tightly monitored and controlled by control freak bureaucrats in the name of "sustainable development" and with the goal of promoting "the green agenda". An international ruling body has centralized global control over all human activity. What you eat, what you drink, where you live, how warm or cold your home can be and how much fuel you can use is determined by them. Anyone that dissents or that tries to rebel against the system is sent off for "re-education". The human population is 90 percent lower than it is today in this futuristic society, and all remaining humans have been herded into tightly constricted cities which are run much like prisons. Does all of that sound good to you? Well, this is what Agenda 21 is all about.
Posted By Joseph Klein On July 20, 2011 @ 12:43 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 24 Comments
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere
The infamous Norwegian Vidkun Quisling, who assisted Nazi Germany as it conquered his own country, must be applauding in his grave.
In the latest example of Norwegian collaboration with the enemies of the Jews, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere declared during a press conference this week, alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, that "Norway believes it is perfectly legitimate for the Palestinian president to turn to the United Nations" to seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
Despite Abbas's decision to throw his lot in with the Hamas terrorists as part of some sort of "unity" government, Stoere signed an agreement with Abbas on upgrading Palestinian representation in Norway. Under the agreement, which effectively rewards Abbas for joining forces with Hamas, the Palestinian representative will have the full diplomatic rank of ambassador.