President Ronald Reagan Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremonies (1982)

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Mr. President, General, the distinguished guests here with us today, my fellow citizens:

In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.

In 1863, when he dedicated a small cemetery in Pennsylvania marking a terrible collision between the armies of North and South, Abraham Lincoln noted the swift obscurity of such speeches. Well, we know now that Lincoln was wrong about that particular occasion. His remarks commemorating those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” were long remembered. But since that moment at Gettysburg, few other such addresses have become part of our national heritage-not because of the inadequacy of the speakers, but because of the inadequacy of words.

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them-not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

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what We Did – Seems Impossible

PLEASE WAKE UP  AND THINK ABOUT THIS…………

 

Carefully study this artwork. Then, read what we did.

Not only is the picture awesome, but so are the statistics!

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During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor
in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945,

“We the People of the U.S.A. ” produced the following:

            22 aircraft carriers

              8 battleships

            48 cruisers

          349 destroyers

          420 destroyer escorts

          203 submarines

            34 million tons of merchant ships

   100,000 fighter aircraft

     98,000 bombers

     24,000 transport aircraft

     58,000 training aircraft

     93,000 tanks

   257,000 artillery pieces

   105,000 mortars

3,000,000 machine guns and

2,500,000 military trucks

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa,
invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day,
marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately,
conquered Japan and Germany.

It’s worth noting that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama Administration
couldn’t even build a web site that worked

Secret Provision in 2017 Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill “Takes a Hatchet” to “American Liberty”

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Independent Sentinel

Some believe that there are no intrusions to privacy and infringements on American liberty that are too much in the name of safety. This could be a case of exactly that and all with the best of intentions. Do we only have one Senator who sees the need for some limitations?

The Senate’s annual intelligence authorization bill is alleged to contain a provision that would allow the FBI to obtain U.S. citizens’ email records without oversight – without a warrant. The bill is still classified and the committee gets to decide when the public sees the wording which is a week or two after it’s signed in committee.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was the lone dissenting vote and he said it does infringe. All the FBI would have to do is send a letter to get our email records.

Wyden’s office wrote: “The bill would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers. The FBI can currently obtain phone records with a National Security Letter, but not email records.”

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Pay Tribute to the Veterans in the 114th Congress

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FSM NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM

Monday May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day when we honor veterans.

In this season of political partisanship and rancor we at Family Security Matters would like to pay tribute to members of the 114th Congress who have served in the military.

 All legislators are willing to take a ballot for America. That’s democracy.

The following is a list of legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives who were willing to take a bullet for our great nation.

Democrats are in italics for purposes of identification. To all we offer our gratitude for their service.

 U.S. Senate

Member Branch Dates of Service Highest Rank
Dan Coats (R-Ind.) Army Corps of Engineers 1966-68 Staff Sgt.
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Army 2004-09 Capt.
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Army Reserve 1992-01 Capt.
Iowa National Guard 2001-present Lt. Col.
James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) Army 1957-58 Pfc.
Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Army Reserve 1968-73 Not Reported
Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) Army Reserve 1965-71 Capt.
Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Army 1971-79 Capt.
Army Reserve 1979-91 Major
Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Army Reserve 1973-86

U.S House of Representatives

Member 

Ralph Abraham (LA-05), Mississippi National Guard
Mark Amodei (NV-02), Army
Brian Babin (TX-36), Air Force
Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), Army
John A. Boehner (OH-08), Navy
Mike Bost (IL-12), Marine Corps
Jim Bridenstine (OK-01), Navy
Vern Buchanan (FL-16), Michigan Air National Guard
Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Navy Reserve Medical Corps
G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Army
Mike Coffman (CO-06), Army, Army Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
Doug Collins (GA-09), Air Force Reserve
Michael K. Conaway (TX-11), Army
John Conyers Jr. (MI-13), Army National Guard
Paul Cook (CA-8), Marine Corps
Eric A. Crawford “Rick” (AR-01), Army
Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Air Force
Jeff Denham (CA-10), Air Force & Air Force Reserve
Ron Desantis (FL-06), Navy
John J. Duncan Jr. (TN-02), Army National Guard
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Army National Guard
John Fleming (LA-04), Navy Medical Corps
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Army
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Hawaii National Guard
Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Marine Corps
Christopher P. Gibson (NY-10), Army
Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Army
Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Army
Andy Harris (MD-01), Navy Reserve
Joseph J. Heck (NV-03), Army Reserve
Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Marine Corps & Marine Corps Reserve
Darrell E. Issa (CA-49), Army
Bill Johnson (OH-06), Air Force
Sam Johnson (TX-03), Air Force
Walter B. Jones (NC-03), North Carolina National Guard
Peter T. King (NY-02), New York National Guard
Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), Air Force & Air National Guard
John Kline (MN-02), Marine Corps
Steve Knight (CA-25), Army
Ted Lieu (CA-33), Air Force Reserve
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Air Force
Jim McDermott (WA-07), Navy Medical Corps
Martha McSally (AZ-2), Air Force
Seth Moulton (MA-06), Marine Corps
Tim Murphy (PA-18), Navy Reserve Medical Corps
Richard B. Nugent (FL-11), Illinois Air National Guard
Pete Olson (TX-22), Navy
Steven M. Palazzo (MS-04), Marine Corps Reserve & Mississippi National Guard
Bill Jr. Pascrell (NJ-09), Army & Army Reserve
Stevan Pearce (NM-02), Air Force
Scott Perry (PA-04), Pennsylvania National Guard
Collin C. Peterson (MN-07), North Dakota National Guard
Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16), Air Force
Ted R. Poe (TX-02), Air Force Reserve
Mike Pompeo (KS-04), Army
Charles B. Rangel (NY-13), Army
David G. Reichert (WA-08), Air Force Reserve
E. Scott Rigell (VA-02), Marine Corps Reserve
David P. Roe (TN-01), Army Medical Corps
Harold Rogers (KY-05), Kentucky National Guard & North Carolina National Guard
Thomas J. Rooney (FL-17), Army
Bobby L .Rush (IL-01), Army
Steve Russell (OK-05), Army
Gregorio Kilili Sablan (NMI Delegate) Camacho Army
Mark Sanford (SC-01), Air Force Reserve
Robert “Bobby” C. Scott (VA-03), Army Reserve & Massachusetts National Guard
José E. Serrano (NY-15), Army Medical Corps
John Shimkus (IL-15), Army & Army Reserve
Chris Stewart (UT-02), Air Force
Steve Stivers (OH-15), Ohio Army National Guard
Mike Thompson (CA-05), Army
Timothy J. Walz (MN-01), Nebraska Army National Guard Minnesota Army National Guard
Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Army Reserve
Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Army Reserve
Joe Wilson (SC-02), Army Reserve & South Carolina National Guard
Steve Womack (AR-03), Arkansas National Guard
Mark Takai (HI-01), Hawaii National Guard
Don Young (At Large AL), Army
Todd C. Young (IN-09), Marine Corps
Ryan Zinke (At Large MT), Navy
Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Army Reserve

Reports: Obama to Liberate Up to 24 Prisoners from Guantánamo

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The Obama administration is secretly preparing to transfer up to 24 prisoners out of the U.S. military detention center Guantánamo Bay in Cuba by the end of the summer, the Guardian and Fox News report, citing unnamed sources. As the first news outlet to shed light on the plans, The Guardian notes that the transfer to multiple countries is expected to occur by the end of July.

Currently, there are 80 prisoners detained at the Guantánamo facility, down from the 242 when President Barack Obama took office.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com

Bill Clinton’s Personal Aide — With No Security Clearance — Operated Hillary’s Email Server

Cooper obviously had the authority, access, and ability to access and shut down the server used by State Department employees, diplomats, and ambassadors to communicate with the Secretary of State. And apparently the server was also used by Bill Clinton’s aides for his business, as we reported last September.

The Clintons are very interested in Cooper’s legal issues. Columnist Monica Crowley reported that the Clintons are now paying Cooper’s legal bills. That’s interesting, isn’t it?

The “all in the family” approach of the Clintons to the operation of the private server makes a mockery of security. Not only could anyone with even minimal levels of skill hack into her server through her Blackberry (that she carried with her into high risk countries despite the explicit warnings of security officials that she wrote about in her own books), but an aide who worked for a former president, who was aggressively courting foreign countries for donations and for a private consulting firm soliciting foreign governments as clients had access to the State Department email server.

(Excerpt) Read more at dickmorris.com

Obama’s Terrorist Friend Visits DC

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A new report notes that Labib al Nahhas, a senior official of Ahrar Al-Sham, visited Washington in December 2015, State Department spokesman Mark Toner cited “privacy concerns” on Monday and said he would follow up.

“I do know this individual certainly did not have any meetings that I’m aware of at the State Department,” he said on Tuesday. “I can’t speak to whether we were aware or not aware of his visit or entry into the country. I just don’t have that information.”

What makes this so interesting is that al Nahhas is the leader of an al-Qaeda affiliate that we support — Ahrar al-Sham.

“Ahrar al-Sham is not a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” Toner said when Russia recently tried to have them declared a terrorist group. Russia wants them to have a “yellow card”, a terrorist designation, partly because they are against Bashar al-Assad which is exactly the reason the US and the West supports them.

The group is a coalition of multiple Islamist and Salafist units. The group aims to create an Islamic state under Sharia law, and is openly allied with Al-Nusra Front (the branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria) with which it carries out joint operations. Syria, the United Arab Emirates,Russia, Iran and Egypt have designated Ahrar ash-Sham as a terrorist organization and won’t issue the ‘yellow card’ as requested by the UN. That, however, is in support of al-Assad.

It’s hard to believe anyone cares about the massacre of villagers, especially the Christian ones or Alawites (al-Assad is an Alawite) like the people in al-Zara.

On May 13, Al-Sham fighters raided the village of al-Zara, killing and capturing scores of inhabitants in what was described as a massacre.

Ahrar al-Sham has emerged as not just a populist revolutionary force and the most powerful non-ISIL rebel faction in Syria, but allegedly they are questioning the Islamist movement, but I wouldn’t take that to the bank.