Saturday, February 16, 2019

North Platte, Nebraska - Taking Care Of The Troops!

Article ran in WSJ     Monday July 23, 2018.               

"We were overwhelmed," said Lt. Col. Nick Jaskolski.  "I don't really have words to describe how surprised and moved we all were.  I had never even heard of the town before."    

Col. Jaskolski, a veteran of the Iraq war, is commander of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard.  For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming , training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations.  Now it was time for the 700 soldiers to return to their base.    

A charter bus company had been hired for the 18-hour drive back to Arkansas.  The Army had budgeted for a stop to get snacks.  The bus company determined that the soldiers would reach North Platte, in western Nebraska, around the time they would likely be hungry.  The company placed a call to the visitors' bureau:  Was there anywhere in town that could handle a succession of 21 buses, and get 700 soldiers in and out for a quick snack?    

North Platte said yes.  North Platte has always said yes.      

The community welcomed more than 700 service men and women, North Platte, Nebraska,  June 18-19.     

During World War II, North Platte was a geographically isolated town of 12,000. Soldiers, sailors and aviators on their way to fight the war rode troop trains across the nation, bound for Europe via the East Coast or the Pacific via the West Coast. The Union Pacific Railroad trains that transported the soldiers always made 10-minute stops in North Platte to take on water.  

The townspeople made those 10 minutes count.  Starting in       December 1941, they met every train: up to 23 a day, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending after midnight.  Those volunteers greeted between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers a day.  They presented them with sandwiches and gifts, played music for them, danced with them, baked birthday cakes for them.  Every day of the year, every day of the war, they were there at the depot.  They never missed a train, never missed a soldier.  They fed six million soldiers by the end of the war.  Not 1 cent of government money was asked for or spent, save for a $5 bill sent by President Franklin D Roosevelt.            

The soldiers never forgot the kindness.  Most of them, and most of the townspeople who greeted them, are gone now.  And now in 2018, those 21 busloads from the 142nd Field Artillery were on their way, expecting to stop at some fast-food joint.      

"We couldn't believe what we saw when we pulled up," Col. Jaskolski said. As each bus arrived over a two-day period, the soldiers stepped out to be greeted by lines of cheering people holding signs of thanks.  They weren't at a fast-food restaurant:  They were at North Platte 's events center, which had been opened and decorated especially for them.    

"People just started calling our office when they heard the soldiers were on their way," said Lisa Burke, the director of the visitors' bureau. We had "Hundreds of people, who wanted to help."      

The soldiers entered the events center to the aroma of steaks grilling and the sound of recorded music: current songs by Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Florida Georgia Line; World War II songs by Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey. 

They were served steak sandwiches, ham sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, deviled eggs, salads and fruit; local church groups baked pies, brownies and cookies.
Mayor Dwight Livingston stood at the door for two days and shook every soldier's hand.  Mr. Livingston served in the Air Force in Vietnam and came home to no words of thanks.  Now, he said, as he shook the hands and welcomed the soldiers, "I don't know whether those moments were more important for them, or for me.  I knew I had to be there."    

"It was one soldier's 21st birthday," Lisa Burke said.  "When I gave him his cake, he told me it was the first birthday cake he'd ever had in his life."  Not wanting to pry, she didn't ask him how that could possibly be.  "I was able to hold my emotions together," she said, "Until later."    

When it became time to settle up, "the Army, after all, had that money budgeted for snacks" the 142nd Field Artillery was told:  Nope. You're not spending a penny here.  This is on us.   This is on North Platte.    

Excuse me, I seem to have something in my eye again...

I'd say this calls for at least a "fly over" to salute their patriotism.



Friday, February 8, 2019

Truer Words Never Spoken - Navy Seal!

Thursday, November 1, 2018 — Former US Navy SEAL, Ephraim Mattos, has responded to the following comments made by Don Lemon on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” — Don Lemon on CNN (October  29, 2018)

Here is Mattos’ response:

"After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed
parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life for the cause of freedom while fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with my brother Arabs, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Animists, and Atheists, I have now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin.

I represent just one of the hundreds of thousands of conservative white men who
have fought to preserve freedom in this great Nation and in other nations.  My
forefathers are the 3% who founded this Republic against the might of the British
Army. It was white Conservative men who died by the tens of thousands after charging into our southern states to free our black brothers from the slavery imposed on them by the Liberal left. We were the ones who acknowledged that women have a right to vote.  We held the line in WWI and charged the beaches of Normandy in WWII. We have fought for freedom and liberty for generations and we continue to do so today alongside all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their race or religion.

In the early 1930s, Hitler said the same thing about the Jews that Don Lemon of CNN just said about white men. This is the true face of the Democratic Party. First they enslaved and killed blacks, and now they use them to spew hatred and lies
against the very  people who have fought for generations to free them and uplift them. Remember  that when you vote!

One final thought: To  make a point, I have referred to myself as a “white male” in the previous sentences multiple times, but I must make it clear that I identify as simply “American,” not as “white” or “male” or “Republican.”  Although
 blatantly racist and hateful, do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to
freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality.

If CNN does not fire Don Lemon, it only goes to show that they are truly the “enemy of the people.”

Ephraim Mattos, Former US Navy SEAL

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Donald Trump Does The Unthinkable

Just in case you never received this message...

This is particularly illuminating for those who didn't know, but especially for those who didn't want to know!  Liz Conklin is an award-winning author, a seasoned journalist and an advocate for sex crime victims.  Liz began her journey at the University of Iowa, where she received a Bachelor's in Journalism and Political Science.
Trump Does the Unthinkable
By: Liz Conklin
July 16, 2016

As an entertainment journalist, I've had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade and in all my years covering him I've never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could've potentially sold a lot of magazines and would've been a huge feather in my cap.

Instead, I found that he doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs, he's a hardworking businessman. On top of that, he's one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.
Since the media has failed so miserably at reporting the truth about Trump I decided to put together some of the acts of kindness he's committed over three decades which has gone virtually unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.
In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill's family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill's pleas for help in news reports.
In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn't hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from  Los Angeles  to  New York so he could get his treatment.
In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.
In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: We've paid off your mortgage.
In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of  Palm Beach, Florida, accusing the town of discriminating against his Mar-a-Lago resort club because it allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who was the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump put the light on Palm Beach not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. Foxman also noted that Trump's charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.
In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl's story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.
In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson's family members were tragically murdered in Chicago Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump's security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.
In 2013, New York  bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.
In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn't even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine's release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.
In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she's the bravest woman, I know She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.
Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement in 2016 defending her boss against accusations that he's a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she's struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.
Donald Trump's kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people from every sex, race and religion. When Trump sees someone in need he wants to help.
Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he'd ever run for president. He said:  "If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what's happening with this country.'"
That day has come.  Trump sees that America is in need and he wants to help. How unthinkable!  On the other hand. have you ever heard of Hillary or Obama ever doing such things with their own resources?
Now that's really unthinkable! Might be worth passing on!
Just shows we hired the right guy. If Hollywood, the liberals and the media ever STOP harassing him, Trump will have time to do many more positive things for our country...the good ole United States of America!
Liz Conklin:
PS - To those who are already fact checking, don't bother...already did it and all the stories are TRUE!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Trump Needs To Begin A War on Waste

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.

Polls show that Democrats are now more trusted on balancing the budget than Republicans. That's like losing an arm wrestling contest to Nancy Pelosi.

The big first step for Republicans to regain American trust on fiscal responsibility is for President Donald Trump to deliver a nationally televised prime-time speech from the Oval Office to announce an all-hands-on-deck war on waste in Washington.

Fiscal Superhero

Declare a debt-spending emergency. If Americans believed Trump were seriously committed to this initiative, he would be regarded as a fiscal superhero. His approval ratings would skyrocket. Who better than a businessman president to scrub out the hundreds of billions of useless expenditures that have made Americans so contemptuous of the Washington swamp.

The issue is teed up right now because the spending trends have been so alarming. The Congressional Budget Office just announced that the government is now spending $2 billion more than it takes in every day. Don't even think about blaming the tax cuts. In 2018, the estimated $3.4 trillion raised in federal revenues was the highest level ever in American history — even with the tax cuts. The problem is a spending avalanche that now exceeds $4 trillion of outlays a year.

Several weeks ago, a taxpayer watchdog group called Open the Books published an open letter signed by former Sen. Tom Coburn, Tom Smith and Adam Andrzejewski and sent to the president urging a war on waste, and it listed hundreds of examples of taxpayer dollars being flushed down the drain. Open the Books estimates $125 billion in waste at the Pentagon alone.

When Trump was shown these lists of white elephants he responded: "I thought we already took care of this." Unfortunately, no. The bureaucratic blob made sure it wouldn't happen.

War On Waste Won't Be Easy

Fighting this war on waste won't be easy. Back in 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed the famous Grace Commission to ferret out waste, duplication and inefficiency in the federal government. That landmark commission of private sector businessmen and women examined every nook and cranny of the cavernous government agencies in and around Washington and uncovered some $420 billion in bureaucratic overspending.

It called for the elimination of hundreds of bureaus, agencies and departments that serve no purpose. It exposed expenses like the Pentagon's infamous $640 toilet seats — that was back when $640 was a lot of money — and $7,600 coffee pots.

Then the bureaucratic "resistance movement" set in and only about 10% to 15% of the Grace Commission recommendations were ever adopted. Here we are 35 years later and we are still wasting tens of billions of dollars a year on programs identified as outdated back in the 1980s. Now the cobwebs in these useless agencies are bigger than ever.

Trump seems committed. He has called for a 5% cut in the budget of every federal agency in 2019. Five measly cents out of every dollar. Any agency that says it can't do that should be given the list of the hundreds of pork projects buried in its budget.

List All Spending

Open the Books wants Trump to require every agency to list all spending items as little as $100 to be listed on a government website so we can monitor how the money is being spent. They want the president to report to the American people each month how much progress is being made in every agency in cutting their budgets.

Almost nothing would do more to guarantee Donald Trump's re-election than a crusade to weed out the hundreds of billions of dollars of fraud, inefficiency and duplication in Washington. No one is better to do it than a president who has been a successful businessman.

A government that is going broke and yet still spends tens of thousands of dollars a year on pianos, hundreds of millions of dollars a year on public relations firms (to advertise what a great job they are doing spending money?), and millions of dollars a year sending Social Security checks out to dead people, isn't serious about balancing the budget or spending taxpayer money with care.  And that's the whole money problem in Washington in a nutshell.

·         Moore is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks. He is the co-author of "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy."  Written 12/04/18

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

That Green Thing, As Told By A Senior

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right, our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. She went on to explain:  Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores didn't hand out thousands of plastic bags every day.  They bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed and re-used the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one radio in the house -- not a TV in every room. If we had a TV it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it (or excelsior, remember that?), not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We used a broom and a rake, not a leaf blower.  We used a snow shovel, not a gas-powered snow thrower.  We used a grass clipper not a weed eater.  But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using billions of plastic bottles because we might get thirsty. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances and computers and to recharge cellphones. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off...Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.