Stolen Valor – Lost Honor

In all the very appropriate outrage over the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, another ruling made by the Supreme Court has gotten much less attention – except in military/Veteran circles. And we are disgusted. Not to mention furious. The Supreme Court ruled on the Stolen Valor Act, as well as ObamaCare.

The Stolen Valor Act prohibits a person from falsely claiming that he or she has been awarded a military honor. It was passed by Congress in 2005, signed by President George W Bush, and called for a possible 1 year prison term.

Voting in favor of striking down the Stolen Valor Act were the Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Supporting the law were Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito.

The case the Supreme Court heard involved a man falsely claiming to be a Marine having been awarded the Medal of Honor – the highest of Honors. In Boot Camp we ‘joked’ that to get the Medal of Honor you had to be dead – you had to have sacrificed yourself to save others. It is commonly presented posthumously.

The Medal of Honor is, admittedly, the most extreme example. Many of our heroes live to receive their military awards, rather than having them presented to a grieving family. And they are often left with serious physical injuries, and even more often with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental and emotional injuries.

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Iowa Debate 8/11/2011

Here’s my take on the GOP Presidential Debate in Iowa, on August 11th…

Nothing unexpected. No surprises.

Bachmann and Pawlenty spent the night sniping at each other. Fun to watch, but not exactly Presidential. The Moderator did issue a low blow to Bachmann, asking if, as President, she’d be submissive to her husband. I’m not her biggest fan, but that was sexist and totally inappropriate.

Newt has been praised for “standing up to the press/moderator.” To me, he came off as petulant and whiny every time he got a real question instead of a soft one. I wasn’t impressed with him, or his answers.

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Hero? I Think Not.

By Jennifer Stephens on May 13, 2011

A toy company, HeroBuilders, has created an Obama action figure with him dressed as a Navy SEAL from SEAL Team 6, our heroes who took care of bin Laden. What an insult to our SEALs. (And as a Marine I have to say, insulting the SEALs is a seriously bad idea. Hazardous-to-the-health bad idea…) Obama has never served, and certainly not as an elite SEAL. He has never endured the training they go through. He has never made the sacrifices they make.

They are heroes, he is not.

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Public Service

By Jennifer Stephens on April 25, 2011

‘The Hill’ blogger Christian Heinze recently posted this:

“John Weaver, who’d be a top adviser to a Jon Huntsman campaign, weaves a clever excuse for his guy’s service in the Obama Administration.

“If you’re asked by the president of the United States to serve your country in a foreign policy or national security role and you don’t do it,” Mr. Weaver said, “that’s disqualifying.”

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Who’s to Blame?

By Jennifer Stephens on April 11, 2011

So, the Media and Liberals want to blame the GOP, and especially the Tea Party, for this budget mess/pending Government Shutdown. Let’s look at that…

This budget was due September 30, 2010 – more than 6 months ago. Back in August and September of 2010 (when the budget should have been passed) the Democrats had the Majority in both the House and Senate. With those Majorities, they could have passed a budget they liked. They didn’t. They knew that the GOP/Tea Party would win the House in the mid-terms. (They didn’t want to admit it publicly, but they knew it.) They knew that could lead to this stalemate on the budget, and that they would them be able to blame the GOP, and even more so the Tea Party they hate so much, for the stalemate. Some would say the Dumbocrats aren’t smart enough to plan that far ahead. Yes, they are sneaky and clever enough to do just that; and I believe they did.

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April Fools

By Jennifer Stephens on April 1, 2011

Let’s listen in on a very important meeting between Obama and Biden…

BO: Joe, I don’t understand why my approval ratings are so low. I’ve followed through on my campaign promises of giving people Change and Hope. What more do they want than for me to keep my campaign promises?

Democrats wanted change, and I gave them change. The House changed from Democratic majority to Republican majority. Are they mad I didn’t get the Senate to change majority as well? I made sure a lot of the Governorships changed from Democratic to Republican.

I did change the economy…

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Choice vs. Consequence

By Jennifer Stephens on March 24, 2011

I am Pro-Life, but very much believe in choice. I just think the choice comes when a woman decides to do the one thing (outside costly and planned medical procedures) known to cause pregnancy. I mean, really: “I don’t want to get pregnant, but I’m going to do the one thing known to cause pregnancy.” Come on… “I was on birth control.” It’s not exactly a secret the birth control isn’t perfect. Pregnancy is a consequence, not a choice. Rape and abuse are, of course, the exception; but otherwise, pregnancy is a consequence, not a choice. The choice came earlier.

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Robin Hood Syndrome

By Jennifer Stephens on March 14, 2011

A lot of Liberals seem to think the Government’s job is to play Robin Hood – take from the rich, and give to the poor. But the Government is not Robin Hood. It can’t be Robin Hood. It shouldn’t be Robin Hood. This isn’t England in the time of Richard the Lionhearted and Prince John. There is no evil Sheriff on Nottingham. We’re stuck with ‘Sheriff Joe’ – which may not be worse, but is definitely more boring.

Entitlement programs are not, I repeat – not, the American Dream. In fact, I’d argue they are harmful to the American Dream. If someone can coast along barely making it, but not working, on welfare, they may take that easy road. Many do take that easy road. That easy road might keep them from accomplishing greatness. What if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates just coasted along on welfare instead of working and accomplishing what they did? What if Regan had just coasted along on welfare instead of working hard to become an actor and President?

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Second Amendment Rights

By Jennifer Stephens on March 11, 2011

The last couple days there’s been a story on the news about an ‘intruder’ who broke into someone’s house to steal things, and then called 911 on himself. He was afraid the home owner might shoot him. I can only imagine the Liberal outrage if the home owner had shot the intruder – even though it would have been perfectly legal. The arguments would run something like this: Breaking and entering isn’t a capital crime, and neither is burglary.

And that is true. But when someone breaks into your house in the middle of the night you don’t know if they are a thief, a kidnapper, or a mass murderer. And if an unknown intruder is sneaking towards your baby’s nursery, or the room where your children are sleeping? What parent wouldn’t do anything necessary to protect their child(ren)? The Law understands this, and makes self defense legal.

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Why I Support Jon Huntsman Jr.

By Jennifer Stephens on March 6, 2011

Why I support Jon Huntsman Jr.

Huntsman is a moderate, which may lead some to call him a Republican in Name Only (RINO), but I think it would be much more accurate to call him a realist. By making compromises on the some issues, he gains goodwill (or debts, to look at it another way) that can be used to get votes he needs on other, more important, issues. Or accepting a compromise can keep things from going too far. For example, compromising domestic partnerships, to keep the issue from getting to actual same sex marriages. This is something he did while Governor of Utah.

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