VETERANS: Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29th

Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29th

On March 29, our Nation will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on its 50th anniversary. There are several virtual events, live webcasts and 2021 traveling wall schedules posted to help us remember and respect the nine million American men and women – more than six million of whom are living today – who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during our involvement in Vietnam from November 1, 1955 to May 7, 1975. 

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Sadly for all those that didn’t come home and those that were so badly damaged — both recognized and unrecognized.

A special place in Hell for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent them there.

Let’s honor them by bringing all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

Requiescat In Pacem. Dona Nobis Pacem.


VETERANS: Doris “Dorie” Miller, U.S. Navy mess attendant 2nd class

A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor
September 29, 2020 @ 5:01 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition

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Doris “Dorie” Miller, U.S. Navy mess attendant 2nd class, became one of the first American heroes of World War II for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Navy/National Archives

Military names can echo down through the ages, a fact underlined by the current fight in Washington, D.C., between President Trump and Congress, which has voted to strip the names of Confederate generals from several Southern Army bases.

The president has vowed that won’t happen, but the battle might not be resolved before Election Day.

The Navy, meanwhile, has quietly charted a new course. A supercarrier now on the drawing boards will be christened the USS Doris Miller.

It’s the first supercarrier to be named for an enlisted sailor and the first to be named after an African American.

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I “knew” some of the story from high school history but never knew the man’s name. 

Hopefully this is something that the children learn in school.

Requiescat In Pacem Dorie.


VETERANS: Nemo Resideo

America’s MIAs: Coming Home
By Christopher D. Brady
December 21, 2020
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On December 23, 1944, 24 year old Captain Lawrence Dickson flew his P-51D Mustang on a routine surveillance mission into Italy and crashed. He became one of the 27 Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) Missing in Action (MIA) in World War II.  In spite of a post-war scouring of Europe for U.S. service members, it took 68 years to locate his crash site.  His remains were excavated in August 2017 and identified 15 months later using advanced DNA techniques.  This is indicative of how difficult it is to locate, excavate, and then identify missing service members.

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The concept of the Latin phrase nemo resideo, or “leave no one behind,” is almost as old as warfare itself. Greek mythology portrayed heroes who rescued those captured by enemies.

Unfortunately we have in the past and I guess “we” will in the future.

Personally, I think that the politicians and bureaucrats should be held to account for the girls and boys who ARE left behind!


Maybe then they will be incentivized to get everyone home?


VETERANS: American Legion HQ warns about tents for “outdoor dining”


I was copied on an email from the New Jersey State department of the American Legion warns about tents for “outdoor dining” being “non-conforming” after November 30th.  They recommended the Post may need to get a permit, inspection, and make modifications to “conform”.

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My reaction was; “I wish that the State Department would push back harder against King Murphy’s diktats.  They are killing the economy as well as our post.  It’s only a matter of time before the Post will go under.  And, the facts about lockdown don’t match reality,  They don’t know squat about this virus.



VETERANS: Inspiration in Steadiness From Band of Brothers Paratrooper, Carwood Lipton

During a season of intense stress in history, Carwood Lipton, an elite World War II paratrooper from the Band of Brothers, provides a prime example of someone who held things together. On a wintery evening in Belgium’s Bois Jacques woods, Sergeant Carwood Lipton slipped through the twilight from foxhole to foxhole, encouraging the soldiers in his care.

Source: Inspiration in Steadiness From Band of Brothers Paratrooper, Carwood Lipton

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A great read for Veterans’ Day!


VETERANS: Memorial

Image: Wikimedia Commons The Anthem Veterans , in Anthem, Arizona, consists of five white pillars representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each pillar contains a slanted elliptical opening, and the five are arranged so that at 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, November 11, the sun’s light passes through all five and illuminates the Great Seal of the United States, which is inlaid among 750 red paving stones engraved with the names of veterans.

Source: Memorial

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Neat. And make me sad for all the vets.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!


VETERANS: Lawrence Brooks, the country’s oldest-known World War II veteran … …

Oldest World War II veteran gets new roof in New Orleans, thanks to phone call, volunteers
PUBLISHED OCT 3, 2020 AT 3:57 PM | UPDATED OCT 3, 2020 AT 8:56 PM

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When Lawrence Brooks, the country’s oldest-known World War II veteran, turned 111 in September, he received more than 10,000 cards, a salute from a squadron of aircraft and a happy birthday call from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

His daughter, Vanessa Brooks, 60, heard her father’s end of the conversation, as the governor thanked him for his Army service and chatted with him about his big birthday. As the call concluded, it seems, the governor told Mr. Brooks to reach out if he needed anything.

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I don’t know if the Governor did anything or there was publicity that made it happen.

And, I’m very pleased with what happened!


VETERANS: How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Veterinarian & How To Make Sense of all Face Mask Orders

Dear Stevo, Just wanted to thank you again for your advice and encouragement regarding resistance to mandatory mask mandates. I have an appointment with my vet this week. The vet clinic has a “mandatory” mask requirement, with which I do not intend to comply.

Source: How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Veterinarian & How To Make Sense of all Face Mask Orders

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In another talk about the misery caused by using euphemism to dull the language Carlin said “I bet you, if we’d have still been calling it shell shock, some of them Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. But it didn’t happen, and one of the reasons is because we were using that soft language, that language that takes the life out of life. And it is a function of time, it does keep getting worse.”

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OK!  Let’s go back to calling it “shell shock” and help any of the vets that are still around and have not suicided!


VETERANS: 2 Vets and the tragic V.A. waiting list (PODCAST) | Sharyl Attkisson

How the lives of two veterans intersected in a tragic way, revealing serious problems in the system intended to help soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Source: 2 Vets and the tragic V.A. waiting list (PODCAST) | Sharyl Attkisson

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You can’t listen to this and not be ENRAGED at the politicians and bureaucrats of the Veterans Administration.

I know that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. But in this case, they have “outdone” themselves with possibly criminal neglect of of returning combat vets with Brain Trauma Disorder (BTD) and PTSD.

I pray for my fellow vets and will ask any politician seeking my vote what they have done on this issue, if anything.


VETERANS: Once again the US Gooferment reneges on a commitment

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email:

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DOD Immigrant Soldier Citizenship Promise Broken by U.S. – source

Six soldiers have filed a class-action suit charging the U.S. promise of citizenship for service – dating back to the nation’s founding – has been broken by DoDs restrictive policies on naturalization. The six non-citizens, who all enlisted in the Army under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program ( MAVNI), alleged new and lengthy security checks for possible terrorist ties and other measures have effectively blocked them from obtaining citizenship. The suit, filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union, charges DoD policies enacted in 2017 “unlawfully obstructed the ability of thousands of service members to obtain citizenship, placing them in a state of personal and professional limbo.”

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An inexcusable action!


VETERANS: Do NOT bring back the draft; repeal its legislation

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email:

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As I begin the 12th year of Bugle Blasts – something different – a rare editorial comment.

The Selective Service System and a Draft

There is occasional talk about bringing back the draft to replace or supplement the All-Volunteer US military. Having retired from the Army and having worked as a civilian for Department of the Army, the Selective Service System and Department of Veterans Affairs, a return to a draft is an option I have generally supported since I believe it would provide a better cross-section of the nation’s youth vs. the all-volunteer service. But would it be practical course of action?

If a draft (which, under present laws, would be all-male) were authorized today, the Selective Service System could provide the first allotment of 100,000 men in approximately 13 days, with additional allotments to arrive subsequently. So, where would they be sent for training? Where would they be housed? Where would the uniforms and equipment come from? Who would do the training? Where would they be sent when basic training was completed? Finally, how would they be paid? The first month base pay for the first allotment of 100,000 would be about $180,000,000 (a new recruit earns about $1,800 a month base pay). But today about 56% of new enlisted personnel are married and have families (70% of new officers are married), so all that additional pay and allowance-reiated cost would be added on top, plus medical care, quarters, schools and more.

Before the US initiated the WW2 draft an Army Private or Navy equivalent earned $21 a month base pay, unchanged since the Civil War, and all recruits were unmarried. It is interesting that in 1940 when the War Department mobilized the National Guard, a National Guard Private earned $1 a day. Their pay could not be reduced to $21 a month. As a result there was an immediate pay raise for all active military personnel.

So, while a draft might be an excellent idea, there are a few problems associated with taking such an action.

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America was a different place both before the draft by Abe Lincoln and after Viet Nam.

In the prior time, “We, The Sheeple” joined their State militia.  In the later time, “We, The Sheeple” had see enough young boys ground into hamburger.

I oppose the “DRAFT” as unconstitutional slavery. Ditto of the various forms of “draft” disguised as “training programs”, Gooferment-sponsored volunteer “opportunities”, and any form of “public / private partnerships”.

It’s the “endowed by their Creator” part that prohibits Gooferment coercion.

And, let’s not forget that the Dead Old White Guys abhorred a “Standing Army”, as well as “special militias” like the BATF, FBI, etc. etc. and (let’s not forget) the (well armed) Department of Agriculture.


VETERANS: Veterans’ Day should be renamed to Armistice Day


Pro-war propaganda
Tom Woods

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Pro-war propaganda.

A fellow I do a fair amount of business with posted on social media today that this is not a day for “antiwar propaganda.”


Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, in commemoration of the cessation of hostilities in World War I. The armistice was signed in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918.

For four years, Europe tore itself apart, and sent millions of men into a meat grinder for no good reason. Tens of thousands would die, and the front would move a matter of yards.

Especially on this hundredth anniversary of the original Armistice Day, how does anyone seriously expect to honor the fallen without any discussion of the madmen who sent them into this horror?

Did their deaths occur in some abstract realm, outside time, space, and causation?

Or were they killed in specific ways, under orders from particular people?

Anyone speaking in mere platitudes today is an enemy of mankind.

The left-liberals and neoconservatives alike, who always seem to put aside their pretend differences when an idiotic war is in the offing, and who make saccharine speeches about democracy and openness and peace, are enemies of mankind.

As a reminder of how deranged our cultural elite and political establishment are, how many major political figures of the past hundred years have been dismissed from polite society for urging too much war?

There are lots of things that get you demonized and ostracized in America, but that ain’t one of them.

Usually it gets you called a “statesman.”

This is deranged.

Especially on Veterans Day should we speak out against war and the lying propagandists who foment them.

And the state cheerleaders who make excuses for them. (Why, Saddam really did have WMDs! etc.)

Especially culpable are the so-called conservatives who claim to distrust government propaganda — and yes, they’re indeed very sound on the milk subsidies question — but who can’t ape that Pentagon press release fast enough.

To hell with all of them.

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The best way to “celebrate” Veterans’ Day is DEMAND that “we” stop creating so many of then, and “wasting” their lives,  IMMEDIATELY.

Never met a vet who disagreed.

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VETERANS: Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall


History most people will never know.
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
by Unknown Person on the ’Net
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 62 years since the first casualty.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

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For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, brothers and sisters of our friends, neighbors, classmates, fathers, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, fellow workers, fellow students, sons and daughters There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.

I’ve also sent this to those that I hope care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

[Tip o’ the Hat to to Jim Woosley, who sent this along.

And I must ask, what did all those mostly young people die for? Not for their country, there was no benefit to their country from that “war” (since it was not declared by Congress it couldn’t be a war). Did they die so American tire manufacturers could continue to get cheap rubber from the plantations? Or what? Nobody knows, and those who know—if any—aren’t telling. — Editor, (who has a number of guys he grew up with listed on that wall.) ]

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What can one say?

Not all the “casualties” are on the Wall.  There are many, who were “collateral damage”, like my best friend from high school who went underground as did a ⅓ of the eligible draftees and died in an MVA while “hiding”.

Sad to say, it was a national disaster and a national disgrace. 


“Happy” Memorial Day.

Can we all tell the politicians and bureaucrats to stop wasting lives like these?


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VETERANS: Where is a national apology to all the in-country Viet Nam vets?


FROM Karen O’Connell Bednarski

Today is a day put aside for the service personnel of the Viet Nam Veterans Era, especially those who were in Viet Nam. .. to all “welcome home?…think of good memories and thank you for your service!


I was only in “the Era”; not out in the boonies. Those guys — mostly men — deserve a national apology to them and their families for what they brought home (i.e., the multi-generational harm of Agent Orange). Those are the real heroes.

And, let’s not forget those who never got to come home and those who went underground and to Canada to avoid being sent to the “meat grinder” for no good reason other than the hubris of politicians and bureaucrats. Thanks, Ike, JFK, Nixon, McNamara, and their ilk.

Makes me sad to think of my lost best friend and all those who came back “changed”.

And, my amazement is that “We, The Sheeple” have learned nothing from it. We have decades of constant war. Sending now young women, and men, into various “meat grinders” around the world for no good reason that I can determine.

Argh! If only we’d have elected Ron Paul, then we’d have a sane foreign policy. Instead of new KIAs, MIAs, WIAs, and broken Vets to regret creating.

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VETERANS: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

It looks like America’s next big religious-freedom case could center on the war memorial known as the “Peace Cross.” The Supreme Court justices recently agreed to hear the case this year.God

Source: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

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To find this is “religious” is absurd!

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VETERANS: “Let There Be Light” The Documentary The Army Suppressed

Authored by Chris Calton via The Mises Institute, At the end of the second World War, filmmaker John Huston got a commission from the US Army to produce a documentary of new treatments for psychiatric casualties of the war. This occurred when experimental treatments such as hypnosis or injections of sodium pentothal were being introduced into psychiatric therapy.

Source: Let There Be Light: The Documentary The Army Suppressed

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What else has the Gooferment stamped as “SECRET” to avoid “bad optics”?

Pity the poor vets (TWENTY PER CENT!!!) who were put threw a mental meat grinder for the pleasure of the politicians and bureaucrats.


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VETERANS: Veterans Affairs Dept. won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits


Veterans Affairs Dept. tells Capitol Hill it won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits recipients

  • The news conflicts with a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month that it would reimburse those veterans who received less than the full amount they were due.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 / 8:40 PM EST / Updated Nov. 28, 2018 / 8:52 PM EST
  • By Phil McCausland

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For weeks, student veterans across the country have raised an alarm about delayed or incorrect GI Bill benefit payments, which the Department of Veterans Affairs has blamed on computer issues.

But on Wednesday, the department told congressional staffers that it would not reimburse those veterans who were paid less than they were owed, two committee aides told NBC News.

The news conflicts with a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month that it would reimburse those veterans who received less than the full amount they were due.

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Are the politicians and bureaucrats this “tone deaf”?

When are we going to stop screwing around with Vets?


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How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers | Popular Science

All of Oxford’s siblings, friends, and his ­fiancée were dead by the time his family held a service for him in a high school auditorium near Concord. Nonetheless, hundreds of people turned out—dozens of relatives, as well as scores of neighbors, veterans, local politicians, and other well-wishers. At a cere­mony before the burial, a framed photo of the airman stood next to his casket. Beside it, his family placed pictures of the other seven Hot as Hell crewmembers.

Source: How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers | Popular Science

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No man left behind!

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VETERANS: All veterans need “new blood”

American Legion seeking ‘new blood’
Maria Herlihy — May 5 2018 12:00 AM

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The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris and is a non-profit, patriotic, wartime vetrans organization and has since grown to be the nation’s largest wartime organization of 2.5 million worldwide members. It was  founded on the values, contributions and sacrificies of those who answered their country’s call to arms.  

A person who is seeking to join must have served in the marine corps, coast guard, army or the air force. However, Pat Mulcahy explained that they did not have to have been in combat but they must have served in the army during war time. 

“I’m afraid our members are dwindling downwards due to age and this year we lost four members,” he said. 

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Sadly true. Seems like the young vets don’t join either the AL or the VFW.

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VETERANS: I wonder how much “Agent Orange” damaged vets


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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? 
After obtaining my private pilot’s license, I enrolled in Advanced Flying Training using my GI bill benefits. By the time I up for my third reenlistment, I had my commercial pilot’s licenses with instrument and multi-engine ratings and my flight instructor certificate. I was unhappy with the way the military was changing after we withdrew from Vietnam so I decided not to reenlist even though I had 12 years in service.

I went into aviation, first as a flight instructor and charter pilot then was hired as a corporate pilot by a major corporation (Ashland Oil.) I flew corporate from 1984 to 2000 then flew as contract pilot until 2010 when I was placed on medication for nerve pain caused by Type II diabetes that the FAA does not approve.

Since I quit flying, I have spent my time writing. I’ve authored several books, some of which are Air Force related. They can be seen at I had intended to finish out my 20 years in the Reserves or guard but when I went for my physical, I learned I was just over the enlistment weight. I never joined either the Reserves or Guard.

I am currently rated 60% disabled due to Type II diabetes and complications caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

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Special place in hell for the person who decided to use that “weapon”.

As well as for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent us to an unwinable war.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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VETERANS: Not a parking space in sight


FJohn Reinke shared New Jersey 101.5’s post.32 mins · 

Drove by but there wasn’t a parking space in sight. I’ll visit again after all the hype is gone to say thanks.

New Jersey 101.52 hrs · “The day was overwhelmingly positive. … There was no negative talk about the NFL, only the love and respect our veterans deserve.”

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VETERANS: Why politicians hated Armistice Day but love Veterans Day


Those who fail to learn from history end up harming veterans

Why politicians hated Armistice Day but love Veterans Day Retweet
By Perry Willis 

Veterans Day will be observed on Friday, November 10th this year. It used to be called Armistice Day, in memory of the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

Armistice Day was a valuable holiday!

It reminded people of the biggest mistake the political class ever made — a world war fought over nothing! Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly, and so they changed Armistice Day into something they could exploit — Veterans Day.

Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, politicians now use Veterans Day to promote those schemes. They loudly proclaim…

“Our soldiers fought to preserve our freedom!”

We want to stress-test that claim. We will, as we have done before previous military holidays, circulate a series of articles. Each article will review a different U.S. war and answer the following questions… Armistice Day

  • Did the war defend America?
  • Did the war defend freedom?
  • Did the war improve things?

We believe the evidence is overwhelming that U.S. wars have…

  • Endangered U.S. security
  • Reduced freedom
  • Harmed the world
  • Injured and destroyed veterans for little benefit

You’ll be able to judge for yourself as we present the evidence. We do this because…

We want to prevent the loss of more young lives in useless wars!

Alas, experience has taught us that we can’t speak the truth on either Veterans Day or Memorial Day. We’re met with howls of outrage on those days, while sweet-sounding lies are embraced with enthusiasm. Fortunately, we’ve found a more receptive audience in the days immediately before Veterans Day and Memorial Day. So look for several articles over the next couple of weeks, before the holiday.

In preparation, I want you to quickly consider the two most common criticisms I’ve received about my articles…

  1. I supposedly blame America for everything.
  2. I supposedly benefit from hindsight based on knowledge that was unavailable at the time.

If you read my articles closely then I think you’ll see that the second criticism is completely untrue. All of my arguments are based on facts that were widely known at the time. And the charge that I blame America for everything is equally false. I don’t blame America for anything! I blame U.S. politicians! But I do focus on the U.S. for two important reasons…

  1. The U.S. is so powerful that it’s mistakes have a disproportionate impact on the world. It’s been said in many ways by many people, “When the U.S. catches a cold the rest of the world catches the flu.”
  2. I have some small ability to influence things in my own country, but almost none in other countries.

If you find the series of articles we’re about to present of value, please share them with others. Start a conversation about the correct way to honor veterans and the war dead. We believe it should be possible to honor their courage and mourn their loss, without telling lies about how they were used. And if you’re new to our work and like what you see, please subscribe using the form near the bottom of our homepage! It’s free!

Perry Willis is a co-founder of Downsize DC and the co-creator of the Zero Aggression Project

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Let’s honor the KIA, MIA, and vets of all wars but returning the holiday to Armistice Day and bring all the girls and boys home now! 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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VETERANS: Don’t thank me; kick a politician’s ass

IN RESPONSE TO “Thank you for your service!” … … provatemessages & Facebook postings

… … as well as Veterans’ Day sales and offers


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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply.

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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales to me. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply. If folks want to say “thanks”, then demand the girls and boys come home NOW! The USA is not serious about how these hero’s are used. Argh!!!

Sorry for the rant, but Armistice Day makes me sad for all the vets who didn’t come home or came home “broken”. And for the children of vets who had their lives shortened by Agent Orange that came home with Dads. And, especially mad at all the people who let THEIR politicians and bureaucrats waste blood and treasure on Quixotic or idiotic foreign adventures. And that includes all parties and most all Presidents since George Washington.

Sorry for the foul mood but I’m mad and sad. That’s not a good combo for me.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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Sorry, but I’m not “celebrating” Veterans’ Day, Armistice Day, or any other day on the bodies of a lot of good men and women.


(Have to make a joke to lighten my spirits. Ping me if you want to know how I really feel!)

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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales to me. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply. If folks want to say “thanks”, then demand the girls and boys come home NOW! The USA is not serious about how these hero’s are used. Argh!!!

Sorry for the rant, but Armistice Day makes me sad for all the vets who didn’t come home or came home “broken”. And for the children of vets who had their lives shortened by Agent Orange that came home with Dads. And, especially mad at all the people who let THEIR politicians and bureaucrats waste blood and treasure on Quixotic or idiotic foreign adventures. And that includes all parties and most all Presidents since George Washington.

Sorry for the foul mood but I’m mad and sad. That’s not a good combo for me.

Dona Nobis Pacem

VETERANS: Setting and meeting tougher standards


Army Strong 
The U.S. Army’s decades-old physical-fitness test could get more physical soon, with the aim of encouraging more-practical training and preventing injury. Among the six events in the proposed overhaul of the Army Combat Readiness Test: a barbell lift, a sprint with 40-pound kettlebells and a brutal new style of push-up. With one set of passing standards and no adjustments for age or gender, it reflects a U.S. military where all combat jobs are now open to women. The test would be a dramatic shift for the Army, long a bellwether of civilian health and fitness. Tens of thousands of soldiers can’t be deployed because of injuries, Army leaders say, many caused by poor physical fitness.

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Finally, some common sense in this crazy “politically correct” world!

I don’t want unfit men OR women who can’t deploy. It just makes it dangerous for everyone.

For the jobs where you sit on your butt all day, outsource them to civilians.

AND, why not make the physical items as part of shaping the force in terms of retention.

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VETERANS: Why are “we” in Niger?

REVEALED – Full story of deadly Niger ambush: Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson died going BACK into the kill zone to save comrades… as survivors fought for their lives for TWO HOURS until French fighter jets reached them

  • Sgt. La David Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck when the ambush started
  • His vehicle was in front of the Land Cruiser carrying Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright
  • Johnson and his vehicle escaped the fire of 50 ISIS militants but then went back
  • They were trying to save the other four US men when they were all struck Sgt. La.’s body was eventually given back to Nigerien troops by a village elder
  • That same village elder is suspected of stalling the troops before the ambush 
  • The October 3 attack in Tongo Tongo, Niger, has been shrouded in secrecy 
  • Sgt. Johnson’s widow revealed this week that she still did not know how he died
  • The new details were revealed on Friday by an unnamed US official
  • Questions remain over why the lightly armed unit of just 42 soldiers was sent on a dangerous mission to capture an ISIS target with so few men and weapons 
  • The official revealed the men were meant to have back-up but it could not go with them at the last minute
  • Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed with the mission 

By Jennifer Smith For
PUBLISHED: 16:43 EDT, 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 00:55 EDT, 29 October 2017

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They searched through the night for on October 2 then, on October 3, stopped in Tongo Tongo which is known to have links to the terror group. The soldier said that after meeting the village chief, he tried to stop them from leaving. 

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Questions which must now be answered include whether the men should ever have been told to proceed with the mission with no surveillance, no back-up and limited weaponry and ammunition. 

It has also shed light on the US military’s presence in Africa which was largely unrecognized until recently.

U.S. forces have been in the country intermittently for more than two decades. Currently, some 800 U.S. service members are supporting a French-led mission to defeat the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram in West Africa.

Another 5,000 or so are in the Middle East. In five years, the number of US commandos in Africa has tripled from only 450 in 2012. 

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(1) Was that “village chief” delaying or attempting to save our grunts? Once someone determines that, EITHER WAY he should be appropriately rewarded (i.e., a bullet or a thank you).

(2) Why the <synonym for the act of procreation> are our troops in Africa for two decades? What is our strategic national issue?


It’s up to us vet to “explain” to our elected officials what the “ground truth” is —  bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! If the politicians think it’s so important, then let them make a case for it. I doubt it will “fly”, but let’s have that conversation.


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