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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Are Unions Obsolete?

Are Unions Obsolete? I Asked Around to Find the Answer

By Patty Ewing Robichaud, April 8, 2011

My feelings have been made clear about unions all throughout March 2011 – I am no fan, and the shenanigans in Wisconsin have brought my blood to a boil as I watch unions trying to strong arm businesses like a Mafia protection racket.

And the first thing I hear from liberals when I express my outrage is that I must hate teachers. Huh? No, it is the unions I dislike – not their individual members (unless, of course, they are thugs).

But no need for me to rehash my data here.

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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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An Egregious Step

By Craig Andresen on March 24, 2011

In case you’ve been wondering if or doubtful of Obama instituting a new world order, NWO, speculation has just come to a screeching halt. The NOW is here and it starts right now.

Obama has effectively ceded our national interests and security to the United Nations and one week after putting into place a no-fly zone over Libya he has now handed control of OUR military in THAT theater over to a 28 nation committee called NATO.

Yes it’s true that NATO military ops are commanded by an American but that American is constricted by the committee of nations. Make no mistake, the United States is NOT controlling OUR military in the skies over Libya. As ground forces will surely be called for (in fact there have been special ops on the ground in Libya for 3 weeks even though Obama has stated there will be NO ground forces sent to Libya…he lied)  one wonders how long they will be in theater before THEY too are placed in the hands of NATO.

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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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