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This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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SUNDAY and MONDAY, February 28 and 19, 2016

JUST SO YOU KNOW.
With Obama "in charge", we don't need a massive hurricane to produce devastation.

"You're doing a great job, Brownie".

GS


The New Cold War - American Center for Democracy

SATURDAY, February 27, 2016

RR#1

VERY INTERESTING.

GS

Scalia’s Surprising Advice for Who His Replacement Should Be - CNSNews.Com

RR#2

"Where to Invade Next" by Michael Moore
(Posted: February 27, 2016)
This movie is worth seeing, a "B" overall.

It has to be called a documentary, since all of the "actors" are real people, always a plus. It is also a cleverly crafted screed that avoids the term "diatribe" appropriately attributed to his earlier works. It achieves this with dollops of honey and effective humor that cover for the occasional comments like referring to the history of American slavery as "genocide" tantamount to the Holocaust.

The story line contrasts individualistic America with several socialistic nations of Europe and elsewhere - where the citizenry are just happy to be taken care of from cradle to grave without too much effort on their part. It does appear to work for them, especially after the living memory of a disastrous first half of the 20th century.

What really gets this movie off on the right foot is his first "invasion"...of Italy.  Several believable sequences interviewing real and personally attractive people. And what bad can you say about his original description:
"Italians always look like people who have just had sex".
That got me hooked.

GS

RR#3

I AGREE.

GS



FRIDAY, February 26, 2016

RR#1

Subject: SCARED YET!

"Au Contrare".
I'm starting to warm to the idea.
The people, Republicans and Democrats, who really fear a Trump candidacy are those who FEAR THE PEOPLE.
And you know my personal Battle Cry:
ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE!!

GS

I fear a Trump nomination because it will guarantee a victory for Hillary Clinton.  - P

I could not find last night's debate live on TV,  but I watched a fair amount of it on out-takes by the liberal media - obviously none of them favoring Trump.  However, Trump stated numerous effective positions - over the incessant hectoring of Rubio. The one statement he made that I think was key was the observation that his candidacy is bringing many new people and now likely voters into the "new Republican Party".  That, in addition to the disgust and anger of a vast number of Americans over the state of our Government and its direction, will I believe win the election for Trump if he is the candidate for the Presidency. Notwithstanding the disappointing constant criticism of him by Charles Krauthammer (what's he worried about?), Trump showed himself last night to be as "presidential" as any other candidate on that stage, and as even-tempered.
Of course, in the end:
ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE!

GS

A TRUMP PRESIDENCY?

ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE!!

GS

RR#2

DONALD TRUMP.
I GUESS THAT MY REFLEXES ARE STILL PRETTY GOOD.

GS

Trump wins endorsement from Republican Christie ahead of Super Tuesday - Yahoo! Politics

THURSDAY, February 25, 2016

After considering these facts, and so many more, is there any conclusion to reach other than that
WE HAVE AN OUTLAW U.S. GOVERNMENT AT THIS TIME?

GS

Funding Palestinian Terrorism - American Center for Democracy

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, February 23 and 24, 2016

EATING CHOCOLATE REGULARLY IS NOT ONLY A "NO BRAINER".  IT'S A " BETTER BRAINER".
Hurray!

GS

Chocolate Consumption May Improve Cognitive Function - Consultant360.Com

MONDAY, February 22, 2016

RR#1

THE DATONA 500, FEB. 21, 2016.  THIS IS A KEEPER, FOR THE AGES.

GS

Denny Hamlin doesn't know how he won the Daytona 500 - Yahoo! Sports

RR#2

THIS IS NOT ONLY INSANE.  IT IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS GOING ON AMONG THE TREASONOUS FAR LEFT RIGHT NOW.

GS

Florida Bans Sharia Law But Democrats Object?!? - Viral247News.Com

RR#3

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

GS

BUCKET LIST FOR 2016
 
I like the list of 13 things that I, as a senior American citizen, want.
 
This is why Trump is zooming ahead. He is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about.  My mantra about Trump is this:  We are usually in agreement with most of what he says but wish someone else was saying it. We are getting older and our tickers aren't what they used to be...so here is Our Special Bucket List for 2016...
 
HERE IS WHAT WE WANT...
 
1.  Hillary: in prison!
 
2. Put "GOD" back in America !!!
 
3. Borders: Closed!
 
4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else .
 
5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
 
6. Language: English only!
 
7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
 
8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!
 
9. Freebies:  NONE to Non-Citizens!
 
10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
 
11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
 
12. Fix the TAX CODE!
 
And most of all.
 
13. "RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!"
 
We the people are coming!    Only 86% will send this on. Should be 100%.
 
What will you do?

SUNDAY, February 21, 2016

RR#1

THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Add this to the long list of categories that place this State #46 or #47 in economic, social and political desirability. I tried to help by running for State Senate from the 20th District in 1990, including a 6 month informational campaign on the state of the State.  I lost.

GS

Conn. policies deter heroin recovery efforts - TheDay.Com

RR#2

ON MY RECENTLY STATED OPINION IN THE MATTER OF THE USSC APPOINTMENT, HERE IS "CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE".

GS

Win one for Nino, don’t fill his seat - TheDay.Com

SATURDAY, February 20, 2016

RR#1

HERE IS ONE OF MANY REASONS WHY THE PEOPLE NO LONGER TRUST THEIR GOVERNMENT, AND WHY THEY HOLD ON TO THEIR GUNS AND TO THEIR CYBER-PRIVACY - SUCH AS IT IS.

GS

The legislative and judicial branches strike back against Obama’s overreach - WashingtonPost.Com

RR#2

ANOTHER LETHAL EXAMPLE OF THE FOREIGN POLICY BUMBLING OF THIS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

GS

ISIS Growing Presence in Libya Threatens Europe and the U.S. - American Center for Democracy

RR#3

MORE.  THIS IS WHAT BEING CHRISTIAN, AND A MORAL PERSON OF ANY PERSUASION, IS ALL ABOUT.
And it's not about the national security requirements of border control, or about  the hypocritical condemnation of "12 million illegal immigrants" who were in effect invitees of our corporations, of our private citizens with lawns and fields to tend, of unenforced laws, and of crack-heads on our streets and in our corporate offices.  Those are all problems that must be honestly addressed and solved. But they must be addressed within the context of a basic human morality that Pope Francis is reminding us of.

GS

In Pope Francis era, US candidates face new moral questions - Yahoo! News

WEDNESDAY through FRIDAY, February 17 through 19, 2016

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".

GS

What the pope did, and didn’t, mean when he said Trump was not a Christian - WashingtonPost.Com

TUESDAY, February 16, 2016

POPE FRANCIS: NO DIVISIONS, BUT THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD.

GS

Zenit.Org

MONDAY, February 15, 2016

GOD BLESS CHARLIE DANIELS.

GS

Charlie Daniels’ Open Letter to America’s Enemies: You See Obama, But You Don’t Know America - CNSNews.Com

SUNDAY, February 14, 2016

RR#1

JUSTICE SCALIA'S DEATH AND THE POLITICS OF DIVISION.

 This article describes some momentous decisions now pending before the USSC.

As Senate Majority Leader McConnell has noted, the American people should have a direct right and opportunity - in the 2016 Presidential election - to weigh in on those decisions.

If President Obama is concerned about his "legacy", which to date has been all about the Politics of Division, he should forego nominating a replacement in a singular - and solitary - act of Statesmanship during his tenure.

But will he? Of course not.

GS

What Justice Scalia’s death means for pending Supreme Court decisions - Yahoo! Politics

RR#2

OK.  I'VE HAD IT WITH TRUMP. TOO UNDISCIPLINED, TOO MANY TIMES WRONG OR DEVIOUS ON THE FACTS.
See the exchanges last night as posted below. 

Then refer to my many facts and comments posted on Rapid Response between March 2003 and 2005.
In fact, let me make a bold prediction: Trump will lose South Carolina. Even if he doesn't, HE'S OUTA HERE.

GS

Trump, Bush Spar Over Iraq War, Crowd Boos Trump - NewsMax.Com

RR#3

"And he is not done yet."

GS

Misnavigating America - American Center for Democracy

RR#4

MORE ON CONCUSSIONS.
This is serious, at any age.

GS

Study: Suicide Risk Increases Following a Concussion - Consultant360.Com

SATURDAY, February 13, 2016

RR#1

HAPPY ST. VALENTINE'S DAY.

GS

Breathtaking wildflowers in Death Valley spring to life ahead of possible ‘superbloom’ - Yahoo! News

RR#2

WHO KNEW?  You never know what you can do until you have to.

GS



RR#3

END OF LIFE DECISIONS...BEFORE END OF LIFE!
Is this the way you want to go? No? Then TAKE ACTION NOW.

See: "Not Just A Death, a System Failure", by Barbara Moran, NYTimes Sunday, Feb . 7, 2016, Sunday Review, p9.

GS

Not Just a Death, a System Failure - NYTimes.Com

RR#4

MORE ON OBAMACARE, THE CHRISTMAS TREE
See this article for some needed reforms, once again...with feeling.

"Instead of ObamaCare: Giving Health-Care Power to the People",by Lanhee J. Chen and James C. Capretta, WSJ Jan. 23-24, Opinion, pA13.

GS

Instead of ObamaCare: Giving Health-Care Power to the People - WallStreetJournal.Com

RR#5

BERNIE SANDERS "SOCIALISM", EXPLAINED.
Why do so many young people seem to want this?
Don't get me started.

See: "Livin' The Danish Dream", by David Brooks, NYTimes Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, Op-ED pA25.

GS

Livin’ Bernie Sanders’s Danish Dream - NYTimes.Com

FRIDAY, February 12, 2016

RR#1

See "THE DEMOCRATS' DILEMMA: THE CLINTON CANDIDACY MAY NOT BE SALVAGEABLE".

GS

The Democrats’ dilemma: Clinton may not be salvageable - WashingtonPost.Com

RR#2

Three New US Navy Ships (.pdf)

RR#4

WOW!
An Out Of Mind experience.

GS

You’re  going to Love this, be sure to watch the altitude as it climbs on the left side.

For those who may have this on your "bucket list" This is a Wowsa!!

Unique View of Mount Everest
 
FROM THE TOP

JUST FOLLOW THE  RED LINE  AND YOU CAN BE THERE !!!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE ELEVATION, LEFT SIDE OF YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN, AND THEN MOVE THE MOUSE AT THE END TO SEE A PANORAMIC VIEW.

*This is amazing . . . it’s almost like being there and there's a 360 degree view from the top! *

Mt Everest Journey : Everest Avalanche Tragedy : Discovery ... - EverestAvalancheTragedy.Com

RR#4

"AND THE WINNER IS...ABSENT.

GS

Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money and Obama - TheDay.Com

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, February 10 and 11, 2016

FROM DENNIS MILLER ON A RECENT O'REILLY SHOW:
"They're still sitting there, because neither one wants to pick up the bill." BARABING!!

GS
Sanders meets Al Sharpton as he seeks to woo black voters - Yahoo! News

MONDAY and TUESDAY, February 8 and 9, 2016

RR#1

THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC: IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY.
Yes: that has been obvious for generations, beginning at the highest levels of government, as I have been saying for decades.

GS
The Heroin Epidemic and The Zika Virus - American Center for Democracy

RR#2

WHETHER YOU ARE PRO-LIFE OR PRO-ABORTION, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO READ THESE REPORTS.

There is no "taking the 5th" on Judgment Day.

GS

LifeNews.Com

RR#3

Pope: Prayer Isn’t About Getting What We Want - News.Zenit.Org

SUNDAY, February 7, 2016

RR#1

Regarding the Republican Debate in New Hampshire, Feb. 6, 2016:

WHEN IS A DEBATE NOT A DEBATE?
When the moderators ask fair, probing questions, not "gotchas".
When every one of the Republican participants provides insightful and informative answers.
When all of the participants' answers and statements reflect near- unanimity in their individual approaches to the problems presented.
When there were no attacks between and among the candidates, either on the merits or ad hominem.
When every participant demonstrated that he was qualified to be the next President of the United States.
When every candidate condemned the tenure of the present President on specific and similar grounds.
When every candidate dismissed the eligibility of Hillary Clinton to hold that office on specific grounds.
When every one of these standard bearers of the Republican Party clearly articulated the positions and philosophy  of that Party, in glaring contrast to those of the Democratic Party, thus offering a clear choice to all voters.
This is what really happened tonight, in contrast to what you will undoubtedly be reading and hearing from the mainstream media in the coming days.
An excellent job by all involved. Finally no one was afraid of the People.  They are actually listening to the People. And the People will respond in November.

GS

RR#2

JUST IN TIME FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY.

GS

Wisdom and Beer

"Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed.  Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams.  If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.  I think, "It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
Babe Ruth


"If all you had to look forward to was sleeping with Lady Bird you'd stay drunk too."
Lyndon B. Johnson


"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
Paul Horning


"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case.  Coincidence?  I think not."
H. L. Mencken


"When we drink, we get drunk.  When we get drunk, we fall asleep.

When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.  When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.

So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!"

George Bernard Shaw


"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Benjamin Franklin


"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer.

Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

Dave Barry


Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C.!

W. C. Fields


Remember "I" before "E," except in Budweiser.

Professor Irwin Corey


To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group.  Salvation in a can!

Leo Durocher

 

One night at Cheers (TV Sitcom), Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson:  "Well, ya see, Norm, it's like this...A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.  And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.  This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members!  In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.  Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.  But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.  In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine!  That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

               Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!



SATURDAY, February 6, 2016

RR#1

MORE NEWS...NONE OF IT GOOD:
Islam: An Invading Nation/State.

GS



RR#2

REALLY!
Read it and weep...for joy.

GS


"Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."


I am forwarding this to those on my Senior ’s email list because it is so well written.

Please send back. (I did) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message.  I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon?  I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I will remember the important things.


Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken.  How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?  But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion.  A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.


As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think.. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.


So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!  MAY 2016 BRING YOU THE BEST HEALTH, GREAT MEMORIES AND LOTS OF WONDERFUL DAYS OF HAPPINESS.

RR#3

Qualifications

There is no "try," only "do" or "not do." (Yoda)

*Subject:* Qualifications for being President....

 * In a Purdue University classroom, they were discussing the qualifications to be President of the United States, it was pretty simple. The Candidate must be a natural born citizen at least 35 years of age.*

 *However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen. In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president. The class was taking it in and letting her rant, and not many jaws hit the floor until she wrapped up her argument by stating, "What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by C-section?"*

*Yep, these are the same kinds of 18-year-olds that are now voting in our elections! They breed, and they walk among US!!  Lord, we need more help than we thought we did!*

*No wonder half of graduating college students can't find a job.*

RR#4

MUST WE GO BACK TO "FREEDOM FRIES"?

GS

French Appeasement Déjà Vue - American Center for Democracy

RR#5

SO WE WEREN'T IMAGINING THESE SYMPTOMS AFTER ALL.
WE REALLY ARE SICK. AND OUR "DOCTOR" TURNS OUT TO BE A QUACK!

GS

America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama - DailySignal.Com


FRIDAY, February 5, 2016

RR#1

ABSOLUTELY!
And this is the worst of several actions / inactions by this President that fulfill the Constitutional application of "high crimes and misdemeanors" warranting IMPEACHMENT.
Such Articles of Impeachment must be brought in the U.S. House Representatives.  Mr. Speaker, please do your duty.

GS

They Lost Syria - Speaker.Gov

RR#2

YET ANOTHER OUTRAGE.
But the greatest outrage taking place in this "government of the people, by the people and for the people" is the number of citizens who do not vote and thus enable - guarantee - these injustices. The message: VOTE. VOTE. VOTE!

GS

28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting

It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please
pass it on.  It's an idea whose time has come to deal with this self
serving situation:

Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college
student loans.

Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to
payback student loans.

Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws
they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.

For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.

And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from
Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public
servants and then putting themselves above the law.

I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or
whatever.  The self-serving must stop.

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government
for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states. It only takes 38 (of
the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States

Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or
Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the
Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the
Citizens of the United States ..."

RR#3

CONCUSSIONS, BEGINNING AT ANY AGE.
"Can you hear me now?"

GS

Concussions: A Growing Psychiatric Epidemic - PsychiatryAdvisor.Com

RR#4

Owners of New London Harbor Lighthouse seek special permit - TheDay.Com


THURSDAY, February 4, 2016

RR#1

IT RARELY HAPPENS: I'M SPEECHLESS.

GS

CHRIS KYLE

For those who may not know, here are a list of Chris Kyle's awards.

•2 Silver Stars with Combat Valor
•5 Bronze Stars with Combat Valor
•Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Valor...
•2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Valor
•2 Combat Action Ribbons
•Navy Presidential Unit Citation
•Joint Meritorious Unit Award
•Navy Unit Commendation
•Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
•Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 Service Star
•National Defense Service Medal
•Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 Campaign Stars
•Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
•Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
•Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Service Stars
•Rifle Marksmanship Medal
•Pistol Marksmanship Medal
• United States Navy SEALs Insignia

Here is a description of his funeral, definitely worth reading:

Chris Kyle: 

This is apparently from a wife of one of the Navy Seals in attendance... it makes interesting, disturbing, but hardly surprising reading.

Chris Kyle became the US armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of lives. 
 
Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams because he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper" and 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq .

<>That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen, how to protect themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker. He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.

Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.

Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL & their family from any airport to the funeral... free of charge. The employees donated buddy passes & one lady worked for four days without much of 

a break to see that it happened. Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.

The Marriott Hotel reduced rates to $45 a night & cleared the hotel for only SEAL's and family.

The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs.

Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated).

The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.

At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to meet in and so they could use the restroom there instead of the bathroom in the house. 
 
Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home. Only a hand full of SEALS went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on an hourly basis.

<>It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job. 
 
George W. Bush and his wife Laura , met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring.


Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families.

The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.

<>Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He and his wife were just making sure everyone was taken care of....Class... He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services because so many wanted to attend. The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALS in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium! 
 
We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available.That was for about 300 people . We were growing. A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband.  This was a very formal military service.  The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us.


It was a beautiful & emotional service. The Bagpipe & drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire service & sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
 
The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out.  We had dozens of police motorcycle riders,   freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars . You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge.

Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection.

It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were everywhere The entire route was shut down ahead of usthe people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.

Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by.  Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weatherIt was so heart warming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.

The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas.  It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.

Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it.

Another tearful moment. 
 
After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita , invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas . She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess. We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas.

They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called - after a 20 hour flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.

We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week." 
 
To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle; his service, his death, his duty, his generosity, his caring, his life.

However, the President can call a sports person and congratulate him on his bravery for announcing to the world that he is gay. 

 He can say on national television that someone, a man who has committed a crime and  was shot by police in the line of duty, would have made him a good son.


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10 Essential Facts About the Zika Virus - EveryDayHEalth.Com


WEDNESDAY, February 3, 2016

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WOMEN IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE MILITARY.
This is how politicians handle serious questions of national security.  Shameful.

GS

Generals say women should have to register for draft - Yahoo! News

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COMING OUT OF IOWA: VERY GOOD!
And Exactly as I saw it on Tuesday morning.
In brief: the Democratic Party has a bigger problem than do the Republicans.

GS

Observations on opening night in Iowa - TheDay.Com


RR#3

REGARDING CRIMINALITY IN AMERICA.
As noted in a recent Rapid Response offering, Criminality is exploding not mainly in Chicago but in the highest halls of Government and extending downward. Worse than murderers.
The following is yet another example of the cancer growing in America's innards. 
SEND THESE BASTARDS TO JAIL WITH LONG SENTENCES!

GS

U.S. exonerations hit record high as more troubled cases probed - Yahoo! News


TUESDAY, February 2, 2016

RR#1

REGARDING AMERICA'S AND EUROPE'S APPROACH TO THE SYRIAN REVOLUTION AND TO THE RISE OF ISIS.
You can run, but you can't hide.  It's one world.

GS

Sexual Attacks Widen Divisions in European Migrant Crisis - NYTimes.Com

Teenage girl admits making up migrant rape claim that outraged Germany - TheGuardian.Com

RR#2

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".

GS




MONDAY, February 1, 2016

THIS IS HOW TODAY'S PRESS WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT.

GS

BREAKING NEWS: Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Massachusetts
 
National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Paramilitary extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
 
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
 
Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.
 
The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
 
Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
 
One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”
 
Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.
 
During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
 
Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
 
Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
 
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.
 
Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.
 
And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.



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