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A Gigantic Step Backwards: Trump Bans Transsexuals from the Military on the Anniversary of Truman’s Desegregation of the Armed Forces

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Russian dissident Gary Kasparov said this on Twitter yesterday shortly after President Trump announced on the same platform that Transsexuals, even those currently serving honorably would not be allowed to serve in the military. Kasparov noted:

“The autocrat always requires enemies to protect his base from. If real enemies don’t exist, they will be created. Minorities preferred.”

Yesterday I was debating whether to write about President Harry Truman’s courageous decision sixty-nine years ago yesterday to desegregate the U.S. Military. I didn’t because first I have written about it before and I couldn’t come to a decision on how I wanted to approach it. So I wrote an article combining baseball that the principle of interiorizing public rules, norms, traditions, and behaviors that are necessary for our Republic to survive.

But this morning when I saw the series of three Trump tweets about excluding transsexuals from…

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How To Fix The Broken Police Culture

Police culture. The first time I heard that term was in an article written by Brian Willis titled “7 reasons the police culture is broken (and how to fix it)”, published on policeone.com. Brian Willis is Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), He was once a full time police officer from 1979 to 2004 with the Calgary Police Service. He also has a website.

chokeNot long ago, a friend and I talked about the hiring and training of police. We spoke about the draft. You might ask, what does the draft have to do with the police?  My son served 12 years in the Armed Forces. He worked and attended college before joining the military.  When his second enlistment was completed, he received letters from law enforcement agencies. Some were local and others were from other states. There was active recruitment of military personnel to apply for positions in law enforcement and border patrol. My son was not a combat enlistment, but the recruitment letters for “combat veterans” kept coming.

In wars before Viet Nam, the enemy was easily recognizable by uniform. It was army against army.  In wars since then, and particularly starting with Persian Gulf II, the enemy can look like, and can be, a civilian.

Rather than wars being country against country, it is “them against us.” Read the rest of this entry

Happy Veterans Day – 2014

veterans dayVeterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the armed forces.  It coincides with the holidays celebrated in other parts of the world that mark the end of hostilities of World War I.

To honor our veterans and active duty personnel, some restaurants provide free meals. Some of these Veterans Day free meals are nationwide but some are only at participating locations.

The below is a partial list of restaurants honoring our veterans and those on active duty. Read the rest of this entry

The Boy With A Golden Heart

It makes my heart cry for all the children who wonder what a parent was like, and all the parents who wonder what their child would grow up to be, if not for the taking of their lives.

Good Time Stories

What would you buy if you found a random $20 bill in a parking lot? One 8-year-old from Ohio bought a lifetime of inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people and one soldier in particular. You have to see what he does. This boy was raised the right way! God bless him and our military and their families.
By the way…you may want to have a box of tissues nearby.
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Source: komando.com

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20 Heartwarming Photos of Soldiers Meeting Their Babies for the First Time

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Felicia Nicole McCubbins wrote: This is the exact moment I met my daddy. It will be 23 years ago on March 15th, I was born on February 14th, 1991.

Felicia Nicole McCubbins This is the exact moment I met my daddy. It will be 23 years ago on March 15th, I was born on February 14th, 1991. Thank you to Harpers dad. For serving our country even though it meant a huge sacrifice!!!! She will never let you forget how being in your arms is most important to her!!!

Katie Purdy wrote: I did this in November when my marine got home!

Katie Purdy  I did this in November when my marine got home!

Karla Rodriguez wrote: Here’s them meeting for the first time

Karla Rodriguez  Here's them meeting for the first time

Nicole Walters wrote: This was my hand painted homecoming sign

baby waiting for soldier daddy

Karla Rodriguez also wrote: Here’s my daughters homecoming sign for her daddy

Karla Rodriguez  Here's my daughters homecoming sign for her daddy

A touching moment. A U.S. Army soldier meeting his baby for the first time, after returning from Iraq.

A touching moment. A U.S. Army soldier meeting his baby for the first time, after returning from Iraq.

This picture was made two years ago when this US Marine saw his 3-week-old baby daughter for the first time. The young couple found out that they expecting a baby when this young guy was already away with his convoy.

This picture was made two years ago when this US Marine saw his 3-week-old baby daughter for the first time. The young couple found out that they expecting a baby when this young guy was already away with his convoy.

Being almost one year old this little girl has never seen her daddy. When she was born her…

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