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Today We Say Never Forget But Let’s Be Brutally Honest, We Are Forgetting.

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Today the United States of America once again pauses to take a moment to remember the events that reshaped the world on September-11-2001. Hard to believe that it has been 18 years since the purely evil events of that day unfolded. Yet here we are at another anniversary as time marches on.

Most of us will take to facebook and recount “where we were” when the planes struck and what an awful, tragic day that was. We will accompany those posts with memes that say “Never Forget” and then move on to September 12th and live our lives until next year. Which is of course what those who sacrificed their lives and those who were murdered would have wanted for us.

Let me very blunt here though.

We are forgetting and it is showing.

Here are some examples why…

On June 11th 2019 Luis Alvarez went before Congress to talk about the 9-11 victim compensation fund. Alvarez, a retired New York City Police Detective, and 9/11 first responder was there to plead for reauthorization of funds before a House committee.

Here is part of what he said according to Time

A little more than two weeks before his death, Alvarez – who was visibly very ill and thin – traveled to Congress and testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee, urging legislators to extend the fund.

“You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” he said. Comedian Jon Stewart testified shortly afterward, chastising Congress for taking years to make the program permanent and condemning the legislators who failed to show up to watch the first responders’ testimony.

At Alvarez’s chemotherapy appointment the following day, medical providers determined that his liver was failing and causing disorientation. Alvarez decided to enter hospice care shortly afterwards.

This hero died 18 days later.

You might have heard about this man and his colleagues going to Congress to ask for this without assistance from someone famous.

You DID hear about it because Jon Stewart had a meltdown, verbally undressing those elected officials for once again dropping the ball of simply keeping a promise. I know some reading this might have thought that Stewart did a bit of an acting job that day, well good for him if he was. He was at least ACTING as he cared on a day that was not Sept-11.

How does a nation that is saying “Never Forget” once a year allow our elected officials to forget those that responded first to these tragedies? They literally saved hundreds if not thousands of lives while giving up their own either on that day or a little bit each moment since, like Detective Alvarez.

“Never Forget” I guess does not apply to the still broken immigration system that this country has 18 years later. This has nothing to do with a wall but how we make sure that those that come here legally, stay here legally.  Five of the 19 hijackers were here illegally when the planes flew into World Trade Center One and Two, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

According to National Review

Did you remember that five of the 9/11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi, and Satam al-Suqami — carried out their killer plot after overstaying their visas, evading detection, and avoiding deportation?

Did you remember the other radical Muslim members of the Terrorist Visa Overstayers Club? They include 1997 New York subway bomber Lafi Khalil; 1993 World Trade Center bombers Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammed Salameh, and Eyad Ismoil; 1993 New York landmark bombing plot conspirator Fadil Abdelgani; convicted Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad; and U.S. Capitol bomb plotter Amine El Khalifi, whose visa expired in 1999 and who escaped Homeland Security’s notice for 12 years before he was arrested in 2012 — just blocks from the Capitol building donning what he thought was a suicide-bomb vest.

Maybe we forgot.

How about the war in Afghanistan?

The reasons for going into that war were justified. The Taliban were harboring those that trained and plotted the attacks on America that fateful day. President Bush 43 was able to explain that clearly when the United States military invaded in early October 2001.

Now, 18 years later can anyone explain what the mission is and how we “win” this longest battle America has ever been in?

We have paid a heavy price according to Washington Post

The conflict had left 2,400 U.S. service members dead and more than 20,000 wounded; more than 145,000 people in all, including Afghan military, police and civilians, have died, according to a 2018 report from Brown University’s Costs of War Project; America has spent $737 billion on the war.

This doesn’t include the calculation of dealing with the long term effects of those who served in this conflict and the one in Iraq. They need our support just as much as those who stormed the towers on that clear Sept morning almost two decades ago.

Next year we will have High School seniors graduating in the United States of America that were born AFTER the attacks of 9-11. What that means is that the horrible events of that day will only be a recorded event for them much like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination was for us. Simply saying “Never Forget” will simply be an empty slogan for them unless those of us who watched those terrible events unfold that day make it mean something to them.

We need to be honest with them about what happened on that day and what has happened since.

We need to teach them that anyone with a badge or uniform is not automatically the enemy but people that deserve our respect.

We need to reinforce that there is evil in the world and ignoring it and hoping it goes away will only encourage it to thrive.

We need to teach them that “Never Forget” is not something we should not only do once a year but consistently throughout the year.  We should teach them this by doing it ourselves and showing by example not just by a Facebook post stating where you were for the 1000th time.

We need to ensure that those who rushed into the buildings and the regular folks who were thrust into horrifying circumstances and sacrificed themselves to save others are never forgotten.

Truly, Never Forgotten!!!!

Todd Beamer who was a passenger on United Flight 93 that crashed into Pennsylvania on this day along with some of the other passengers on his flight decided to storm the cockpit and stop their plane from being used as a weapon. Beamers last words as he was talking to a sky phone operator was “Let’s Roll” and he and others saved many lives while giving up their own.

If we do not fight the apathy that is creeping into the remembrances of what this day means during the other 364 days of the year, this country will turn Beamers last words into “Let’s Not” or “Who Cares” and that means, we will ultimately have forgotten.

So let us ban together to “Never Forget” so that “Never Happens”.

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Perpetually Ungrateful Kuwait – Continues to Screw Our Company and Its Executive

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The Only Reason This Kuwaiti Flag
Isn’t an Iraqi Flag – Is US

 

Most of the world is neither a friendly nor appreciative place.

No matter what we in the United States do to help the rest of the planet – no matter how much for how many countries – we only continue to be hated and reviled.

A lot of it is not our fault.  Because human nature.

Life is high school on steroids.

Most people in high school really didn’t like the varsity quarterback.  He was athletic.  And popular.  And dated multiple cheerleaders.  Most of the rest of the student body resented him much more than even those who liked him – liked him.

The United States – is the world’s high school quarterback.  Our economic and military prowess – is going to be resented.

The rest of it – is our fault.  Because human nature.

We do insist on sticking our enormous proboscis into all sorts of things and places – where neither it nor we belong.

We have a particular affection for armed invasions – for all the (publicly asserted) right reasons, of course.

We are now almost two decades into Afghanistan.  Which started righteously – we were attacked on 9/11/2001 by Islamist freaks based out of there.

But what should have been at most a six-month endeavor – has dragged on and on and….  With no end in sight.

The things we were told prevented us from leaving in Year Three and Year Eight, and Year Twelve, and… – are exactly the same things we are told prevent us from leaving now.  With no end in sight.

A sad, horrible, horrendous waste of blood, time and treasure – by any rational measure.

One of the many follies this Afghani folly’s proponents have incessantly put forward – since even before we invaded – is that our efforts would “win the hearts and minds of the Afghans.”

Ummm…they still have not.

Green on Blue Attacks:

“‘Green on blue attacks’ is the name given to a growing series of incidents where seemingly rogue Afghan security forces turn their guns on their NATO counterparts.”

Protestors Burn U.S. Flag in Pakistan and Afghanistan

In fact, we never will “win the hearts and minds.”  In Afghanistan – or anywhere else on Earth.  Most especially under arms.

As French politician Maximillian Robespierre knew:

“The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.”

Even when we do do a country a real solid – in exactly the right way – it doesn’t help or matter.

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.  The United States led a 35-nation coalition that rapidly expelled Iraq.  After which we all got the heck out – and returned Kuwait to the Kuwaitis.

So we’re Kuwait’s eternal heroes, right?  They love US forever, yes?

Not so much:

“Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time (at the United Nations).”

Which brings us to today.

Much of Kuwait’s economy – is business centered on and around raising oil from beneath their feet and selling it.  A lot of help in so doing – comes from US.

One such US company – is KGL Investment Company:

“A Kuwaiti investment fund is calling on the Kuwaiti government to clarify its position over close to $500 million of the fund’s assets which are currently stuck in a Dubai bank, after growing concerned about possible efforts by some Kuwaiti individuals to seize the money.”

Kuwait and Dubai have frozen KGLs half a billion dollars – and then some:

“This is just one part of a wider dispute which includes allegations of corruption and embezzlement involving Russian businesswoman Marsha Lazareva, managing director of KGL Investment (KGLI), which sponsored The Port Fund.

“Lazareva was handed a 10-year jail sentence by a court in Kuwait in May. Her lawyers, Washington D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring, say she was subjected to a ‘show trial’ and have started proceedings to set up an international tribunal to examine the case.”

So Lazareva and her four-year-old son were held captive in Kuwait until she was released on bail.  On a ridiculous conviction and facing ridiculous fines.

A great and growing group of people are calling for action – including from the Donald Trump Administration:

Lawmakers From Both Parties Request Action from Treasury to Help Businesswoman Stuck in Kuwait

Both inside and outside government – and the US:

“Among those advocating for Lazareva’s release are Neil Bush, the son of the late President George H.W. Bush, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Sergey Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia, British Barrister Lord Carlile and members of UK Parliament….”

Why all this Kuwaiti nonsense?  Besides innate ungratefulness?  Kuwaiti cronyism:

“Behold Agility Logistics.  A Kuwaiti company – with close ties to the Kuwaiti government.

“Agility’s CEO, Essa Anwar Al-Saleh – is a former Chairman of Kuwait’s Gulf Bank.  So he exercised significant power over Kuwaiti commerce and finance.

“And it appears Al-Saleh still does.  Agility is a KGL competitor – with the home nation advantage.  The Kuwaiti government appears to be (holding the Lazarevas and) freezing KGLs coin – to benefit Agility.”

In fact

“Agility, a Kuwait-based multi-billion dollar logistics company spawned by the U.S. invasion of Iraq….”

…we made Agility’s very existence possible.

Yet again – no appreciation.  Only antagonism.

Oh: Agility has a long history of screwing its clients.  Including US:

“The Defense Logistics Agency suspended Agility, which specializes in logistics, in November 2009 after its parent company Public Warehousing Company K.S.C. was indicted in Atlanta on $6 billion in fraud charges stemming from food services contracts for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and the Middle East region.”

Defense Contractor Resolves Criminal, Civil and Administrative Liability Related to Food Contracts:

“Agility Pays $95 Million and Gives Up $249 Million in Claims to (the US) DOD.”

So you have an ungrateful Kuwait – screwing a US company and its executive and thumbing its nose at US.

So as to benefit its crony, corrupt in-house company – that has already, repeatedly screwed US.

This cacophony of nonsense has dragged on, and on, and….

It is high time we bring it to an end.

Ingrate Kuwait has already held the advantage for far too long.

Please note: This piece has been updated.  We wrote Mrs. Lazareva and her son are being held captive in Kuwait.  They were – until she was finally released on bail.  Please forgive the error.

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A New Poll Reveals a Disturbing Trend Among Millennials Over the Ideals America Has Long Held Dear. Is Revival Still Possible?

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You know what’s important in life? God, family, and country.

Oh, wait — sorry. That’d be the things that aren’t important.

So believe millennials, according to a new poll.

The annual study conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal started just over two decades ago, asking Americans what values they hold the most dear.

At the time — as noted by the Journal, “principles of hard work, patriotism, commitment to religion and the goal of having children” were all high on the list.

These days? Not so much.

WSJ’s Chad Day observes:

Today, hard work remains atop the list, but the shares of Americans listing the other three values have fallen substantially.

Compared to scores from 1998, as for their ranking among “Very Important” components of good living, religion dropped a whopping 12%; having children suffered a startling 16% plummet; and patriotism took the plunge at a rate of 9%.

How do the youngsters match up to the old folks? Like this:

Among people 55 and older, for example, nearly 80 percent said patriotism was very important, compared with 42 percent of those ages 18-38 — the millennial generation and older members of Gen-Z.

Also found: “A majority” are happy with the country’s economy, and two-thirds don’t expect the next generation to necessarily be better off.

According to the survey, Democrats have changed more than Republicans.

One metric seems point to the radical revolution happening on the Left:

In fact, the views of Democrats over age 50 were more in line with those of younger Republicans than with younger members of their own party.

Personally, I find that pretty believable.

“Faith, family, and America” used to be our most treasured ideals. The fact that those have fallen is a disturbing prognosis for the future. Can the tide be reversed, or is it too late? If there is such a thing as hope, where can it be found? I’ll start with here and here.

What would you add? I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Poll: Younger Americans much less likely to say that patriotism, religion, and having children are “very important”

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What a horrifying result.

Of course patriotism is important!

I’m wondering, though, how angry we should be at a generation whose lives were wrecked by the Great Recession (and will be even more wrecked by the next recession) and whose future was mortgaged so that the country could pretend for a little while longer that it can afford entitlement programs for senior citizens.

Like, there’s probably *some* blame to be placed for the civic alienation of young adults on the garbage generation we call Baby Boomers, no?

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The WSJ didn’t provide partisan splits on each question, but if you suspect that young Democrats are driving this collapse in basic American values, you’re correct: “In fact, the views of Democrats over age 50 were more in line with those of younger Republicans than with younger members of their own party.” Call it the AOC-ization of the Democratic Party. Thanks to the drift among progressives, the overall share of the public that says each of the values listed above is “very important” has declined significantly since 1998. As a society, we’re now nine points less likely to say patriotism is very important, 12 points less likely to say that religion is, and 16 points(!) less likely to say that having children is. The last of those is actually under 50 percent, in fact, with just 43 percent finding it “very important” to have children.

If forced to choose between children and time on one’s smartphone, the choice is clear.

Just one wrinkle. How much can we trust the age groupings in this poll? Putting the Silent Generation and the Boomers together doesn’t fully compute. Older members of the Silent Generation lived through World War II; Boomers were born after the war and have Vietnam as their most vivid military memory. You’re probably going to see some differences on patriotism between those groups. Likewise for the pairing of millennials and Generation Z. The former remember 9/11 and the Iraq war; the latter remember … I don’t know what. The financial crisis, maybe? Certainly the dawning of the Trump era. I’d be curious to know if there are any differences within these broad demographic pairings on basic values questions given their life experiences.

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Prepare for More Cranial Combustion: Jon Voight Declares Trump ‘the Greatest President of This Century’

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In May, Oscar-winning actor and dad to Angelina Jolie surely made some noggins combust when he proclaimed Donald J. Trump “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln” (see here).

Well, brace for more blowout.

In a video posted to Twitter Monday, Mr. Voight took aim at “the radical Left” and their far-from-tolerant disposition before giving the President yet another title: the greatest president of this century.

“This is not peace,” he says in the clip. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical Left.”

Jon explains that “no amount of ‘book smart’ will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion.” Furthermore, he says, “Love is what we should be voting for.”

The actor expounds further on that whole “hate” idea:

“[T]his is war among the Left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

He also praises the Commander-in-Chief for his stance in defense of Israel:

“I’ve said this many times, and I’m saying it again: From the deep truths of my heart and soul, President Trump is a man of truths, love, and justice for the American people. And also for the people of a sacred place — Israel.”

Trump certainly hasn’t shied away from defending the tiny and threatened Middle Eastern nation. He did so again on the White House lawn Wednesday, with a 2020 tie-in:

“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel, I cannot understand how they can do that. They don’t want to fund Israel. They want to take away foreign aid to Israel. They want to do a lot of bad things to Israel. In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”

“Not only does [the President] love our country, the United States of America,” Jon notes, “but he has a love for the people of all nations.”

In closing, the Ray Donovan star asks for prayer for the Leader of the Free World as he wishes for clarity and a change of heart within those who detest him:

“Let us pray for peace. Let us pray for this country, that President Trump will take on four more years of his strength, devotion, knowledge of truths. And all that doubt and who have extreme hate and anger toward President Trump, may they be shown differently, that President Trump is the greatest president of this century. Let us take a stand for liberty and justice for all. God bless.”

Given the climate of Tinseltown, personally, I find Jon Voight’s perpetually outspoken endorsement of The Donald remarkable. If you think you and I are aware of Hollywood’s left-wing lean, how much more so must be a man who’s appeared in 98 productions starting in 1963?

But he isn’t wavering with his support.

Also unfaltering is his hope — for the United States and for the world.

-ALEX

 

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Marianne Williamson Is Right About Grosse Pointe, For The Wrong Reasons.

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Last night at round 1 of the Democrats debate in my hometown of DEEETROIT at the wonderful Fox Theatre on Woodward Ave, we had the opportunity to watch 10 people who are most likely not going to be the Democrats nominee for President in 2020.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth watching.

One of the breakout comments of the night was from self-help author and feelings over facts guru, Marianne Williamson, when she compared the ultra-wealthy Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe located just a couple of miles from the Motor City to the decimated area of Flint 70 miles away.

Here is what the enlightened author said in regards to the Flint water crisis …

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“I lived in Grosse Pointe. What happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe.”

She then went on to talk about dark psychic forces and some other things that we can discuss in a later post.

She is 100% spot on though that this would never happen in G.P. and it is not because of race. Simply, it is because of competency.

Grosse Pointe and the surrounding cities are represented in District 2 by State Representative Joe Tate who just happens to be a Democrat. Also in the State Senate, this city is represented by State Senator Adam Hollier also, believe it or not, a Democrat. The citizens and the elected representatives would have never allowed the incompetence that occurred in Flint to materialize.

Back in April of 2014 when Flint changed its water delivery system from the Detroit water system to the Flint river it was overseen by…Democrats.

This does not mean that Republicans would have done better necessarily. The Governor at the time was a Republican by the name of Rick Snyder and his Department of Environmental Quality dropped the ball severely when the initial warning signs of issues popped up in Flint. As President Barrack Obama’s E.P.A. did also.

However, the debacle in Flint immediately became an issue of finger-pointing while people suffered and being used as pawns. That would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. Partly because of the value of the property but also there would have been demands for people to have been fired locally. The political class knows this and would have reacted before they had received 4 phone calls on this.

In Flint, there is still to this day almost zero accountability for the very people who put this plan into motion. If you don’t believe me take a look at the actual CITY COUNCIL MEETING from March 25th, 2013 and then google what penalties these people faced.

I’ll wait right here.

So while Williamson was right “technically” about her statement, she had it wrong and for all the wrong reasons. This had nothing to do with racism and more to do with the competence of officials that people just give a pass too when they constantly deliver poor results.

The decent citizens need to start kicking people in the arse in their city just like people in other cities across Michigan would do. I know the results they would see would amaze them.

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Tim Ryan Lost Last Night’s Debate Before It Even Began. Along With the Primary. Am I wrong?

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There’s nothing quite like starting off with a bang.

At Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, the National Anthem played and POW!

Tim Ryan was out the gate with a big snub to “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Excellent work, for a guy trying to convince people to let him lead the country.

The Democratic Ohio representative refused to put his hand over his heart. Unlike everyone else on stage.

According to my sensibilities, he just lost the nomination. Before the debate even began. Game Over.

That’s my sensibility, but it isn’t necessarily that of the average Democratic voter.

Still, all he has to do to lose is not score higher than everyone else on that stage.

Heck, Bill Maher scratched Tim off after the debate a month ago (here):

“Tim Ryan. I think he said one good thing. No.”

A few social media reactions:

Commentator Michael Knowles got in on the action:

Fiery Meghan McCain fired off a missile:

Prediction: He’s gonna relive that moment in memes. It’ll keep coming up until he bails. And it’s only gotta put off the moderates.

I really think he’s out. He was a long shot to begin with; he needed all the help he could get.

Bernie Sanders even sang, for Pete’s sake.

I think it’s over.

Watch a guy lose just by standing still:

On tweeter had a comment of a different sort:

Good question.

And point — looks like the DNC’s going for arctic white.

Maybe he’ll be the Comeback Kid.

-ALEX

 

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Five Positive National Anthem Stories You May Have Missed

When we hear about the national anthem, it’s usually because somebody is being disrespectful, right? Somebody is kneeling, or Beto is inviting kneelers to the Democratic debate. So, I wouldn’t blame you for having missed these recent national anthem stories that were good news. Miss them no more…here they are.

1. Hockey coach tells players no kneeling will be tolerated

It is a truth universally acknowledged that hockey is the best sport in the world. Here’s a coach demonstrating that fact.

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2. This guy who is on a quest to play the national anthem at every MLB ballpark

Wisconsin trumpet player Jim Doepke has played the national anthem in 28 different major league baseball parks- and he’s on a quest to make that an even 30.

“It’s a great way to give back and honor everyone who’s given us our freedom,” Doepke told a local CBS affiliate in Wisconsin after playing for his home team.

3. Baseball player gives kids a lesson in national anthem etiquette

Errol Robinson, a player for the Tulsa Drillers (a farm team for the Dodgers), gave a couple of kids a lesson on respecting the national anthem.

VALUABLE LESSON

VALUABLE LESSON. Errol Robinson, a player for the Tulsa Drillers, taught a couple of boys a quick lesson in respect and patriotism at last Thursday's game.

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4. A famous Japanese immigrant dedicates the anthem to America for her “generosity to diversity”

5. A 96 year-old WWII veteran played the national anthem on his harmonica.

I’m not crying; you’re crying. But I’m also crying.

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Victory: SC City Decides to Allow Police Officers Monument With the Lord’s Name to Be Reinstalled

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Tega Cay, SC police officers monument. Screen grab via WCNC.

On Thursday, I wrote about the controversy surrounding a police officers monument in Tega Cay, South Carolina that the city decided to alter and then later remove after complaints from some residents about its Biblical references.

The city first made the crazy decision early in the week to scratch out the Lord’s name on the monument in hopes it would appease those who had expressed objections to the references. Here’s what it looked like:

The next day, however, they announced they were going to remove the monument entirely:

“We have received many comments, both locally and nationally, in response to the monument at the Tega Cay Police Station,” the city said in a statement posted Facebook. “We attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided.”

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“Hopefully folks understand why it was there. Hopefully folks understand why it has been removed. The text,” said Tega Cay City Manager, Charlier Funderburk.

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“At this time, we have removed the monument while we continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours,” they said.

The good news is that today they reversed course and now will not only restore the references to the Lord’s name on the monument but also will reinstall it at its original location. Here’s what the city posted on their Facebook page:

After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the…

Posted by City of Tega Cay, SC (government) on Friday, July 26, 2019

As I said yesterday, they never should have taken it down to begin with. After all, you can’t please everybody. But in the end, they made the right decision. All’s well that ends well.

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Video: Former Navy SEAL Climbs Pole to Adjust American Flag in Moving Patriotic Moment

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Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, Jr. fixes the American flag at the Navy SEAL monument – Virginia Beach, VA. 7/18/19. Screen grab via Dom Raso, Jr.

Last Thursday, former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, Jr. noticed the American flag hanging at the Navy SEAL monument in Virginia Beach was not hanging appropriately and needed to be fixed.

So he tried three times to climb the pole and was unsuccessful. On the fourth try, he made it and got the job done.

Here’s the video and comments he posted on his Facebook page of his successful climb. To date, the video has been watched over 3 million times:

[The] flag needed to be fixed at the Navy SEAL monument this morning.

After a 3.5 mile run and smoked from the previous attempts, This was my 4th attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag. Literally had to visualize what I was doing wrong and what I had to do to correct my inefficiencies in order to improve for the next attempt. I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for all us was something I wasn’t just going to pass by. This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life. There has been way to grave of sacrifice for me not to try. Once I do try I have to give it my ALL for them. If I fail…honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it. Westlake Legal Group 1f1fa-1f1f8 Video: Former Navy SEAL Climbs Pole to Adjust American Flag in Moving Patriotic Moment Virginia Veterans Patriotism North Carolina navy seals military Merica hero Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Culture Allow Media Exception   ARMR-UP #CRUSHEVERYTHING #ISTAND #ICLIMB #honor #GodblessAmerica thanks @bamfony for the boost!

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Posted by Dom Raso on Thursday, July 18, 2019

He posted a follow-up video the next day with some additional thoughts:

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As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail.

It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions. EVERY SINGLE DAY we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t. I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said “God bless you”. ⁣

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people.” ⁣
1 Peter 2:15 #thewilltofight

Part 2 of fixing the Westlake Legal Group 1f1fa-1f1f8 Video: Former Navy SEAL Climbs Pole to Adjust American Flag in Moving Patriotic Moment Virginia Veterans Patriotism North Carolina navy seals military Merica hero Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Culture Allow Media Exception   flag! As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail. It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions. EVERY SINGLE DAY we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t. I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said “God bless you”. ⁣⁣“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people.” ⁣1 Peter 2:15 #thewilltofight

Posted by Dom Raso on Friday, July 19, 2019

Well done, sir. Well done.

(hat tip: The Blaze)

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