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One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

--- Golda Meir

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday's Hero

This post was suggested by Michael

Cpt. Joseph O'Callahan

Cpt. Joseph O'Callahan
58 years old from Worcester, Mass
Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps, USS Franklin
May 14, 1905 - March 18, 1964

U.S. Navy

From Cpt. O'Callahan's Medal Of Honor citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as chaplain on board the U.S.S. Franklin when that vessel was fiercely attacked by enemy Japanese aircraft during offensive operations near Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. A valiant and forceful leader, calmly braving the perilous barriers of flame and twisted metal to aid his men and his ship, Lt. Comdr. O'Callahan groped his way through smoke-filled corridors to the shells, rockets, and other armament. With the ship rocked by incessant explosions, with debris and fragments raining down and fires raging in ever-increasing fury, he ministered to the wounded and dying, comforting and encouraging men of all faiths; he organized and led firefighting crews into the blazing inferno on the flight deck; he directed the jettisoning of live ammunition and the flooding of the magazine; he manned a hose to cool hot, armed bombs rolling dangerously on the listing deck, continuing his efforts, despite searing, suffocating smoke which forced men to fall back gasping and imperiled others who replaced them. Serving with courage, fortitude, and deep spiritual strength, Lt. Comdr. O'Callahan.


You can read more about Cpt. O'Callahan here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look. Wounded Warrior Project - Because So Many Have Come Back With Injuries, Seen And Unseen.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Feckless State Department in Action

Gary Fouse
fousesquawk
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com

Hat tip Washington Free Beacon, Frontpage Magazine and Hastings


Even under good conservative administrations, our State Department is by nature a feckless entity consisting of pseudo intellectuals who think they are a cut above the average American. I know because I spent as total of 8 years with DEA stationed at an embassy and a consulate overseas. In addition, I spent two years with DEA in our International Training section doing training seminars overseas, which were funded by State. I know first hand the arrogance of these folks (not all, mind you).

Having said that, I am constantly amazed by  DOS' two principle spokesholes, Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, both political activists who were rewarded by the Obama administration with the jobs they now occupy. The latest outrage is by Psaki who here insists that a Palestinian youth who was throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars before he was shot dead was not a terrorist.

The Washington Free Beacon and Frontpage Magazine have the story.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/state-dept-throwing-molotov-cocktails-at-jews-not-terrorism/

Would not the prudent course of action (DOS traditionally acts "prudently") have been to not get involved in the issue at all?

"But," you say, "the kid was a US citizen".

So was that 3-month -old baby deliberately run over by a Palestinian driver in Jerusalem last week. The US embassy in Israel referred to that as a "traffic accident".

Friday, October 24, 2014

Elvis Presley To Play Israel In May 2015 (PreOccupied Territory)

Hat Tip to Elder of Ziyon

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 Tel Aviv, October 22 - Music fans in Israel will be treated to four live shows by legendary rock musician Elvis Presley this coming spring, local promoters announced today.

King Promotions, a Tel-Aviv-based agency, announced that in May next year, the King of Rock 'n' Roll will perform in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, and Beer Sheva, with a possible fifth appearance in the southernmost city of Eilat.

Presley has yet to perform in Israel despite his popularity there. Sales of Presley's music have remained on par with those in most Western countries, but the rock superstar has seldom ventured beyond US shores. His last performance abroad was an appearance in Canada in 1957, and he served in the US Army in Germany from 1958 to 1960.

Perhaps as a nod to his Jewish roots, Presley will begin his first international tour with the Tel Aviv show. His maternal grandmother was Jewish, and since in Jewish law Jewish ancestry follows the mother, it follows that his own mother, and therefore he, was Jewish. The artist behind "Love Me Tender" and "Blue Suede Shoes" had a Star of David engraved on his mother's tombstone after her passing in 1959, and had a warm relationship with the Jewish community in Memphis, Tennessee, though, like much of his extended family, his Judaism was otherwise seldom expressed.

The announcement represents a blow to the aspirations of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement against Israel, which has for years tried to prevent artists and performers from visiting the Jewish State. Presley's appearances follow a series of other high-profile musicians who have spurned BDS, most recently Lady Gaga. The King, however, carries even more cultural weight, and his performances constitute a reality check for the movement, which often harasses or threatens performers not to take their act to Israel. A small group of BDS activists made their way to Graceland in Memphis today to register their protest.

Specific dates have yet to be released, and tickets will not be offered for sale until next month. King Productions anticipates being able to charge a premium for attendance, in addition to the revenue from corporate entities interested in piggybacking on the unprecedented publicity potential.

After Israel, Presley is expected to perform in Germany in a gesture to his days as a US soldier there, though some fans suspect he chose Berlin after encountering reports that generic chocolate pudding with a whipped cream topping is available cheap at supermarkets there.