Category: Patriot posts
The e-mail byline read “three ways we could lose” so let’s get ‘em! I find it strange that Republicans would refuse disaster relief, and the same tired argument about attacking seniors Social Security and Medicare is being used to encourage donations.: (links broken)
Since November, House Republicans have shown they’re as committed as ever to dragging us backwards — if we let them.
They’ve forced the sequester into effect, introduced a new version of the destructive Paul Ryan budget, and of course voted to repeal Obamacare… again.
None of their worst legislation will see the light of day as long as Democrats control the Senate. But with 55 Democratic seats, we can scarcely afford to lose one — let alone the three held by Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Early support for these red-state Democrats will go farther in preserving these Democratic seats and our Democratic Senate majority — and they each have a crucial public financial reporting deadline on March 31st.
Contribute $25 or more to Senator Landrieu, Senator Begich, and Senator Pryor today, before the end-of-quarter deadline on March 31st.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many Republicans initially refused to provide the kind of disaster relief that has been routine in the past — including some from the gulf coast region.
That’s why the unwavering support of Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was so important to the passage of the Sandy Relief bill. Senator Landrieu did as much as anyone to help Louisianans recover from Katrina, and she fought hard for those of us affected by Sandy, too. We need her voice in the Senate.
Senator Landrieu needs early support for her reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline.
Senator Mark Begich has been so effective because he knows we need to defend and strengthen the programs seniors rely on, especially Social Security and Medicare.
That’s allowed him to take a smart, two-pronged approach to our economy that ignores the false choices on retirement programs. Instead, he’s focused on creating good jobs now and investing in critical basic facilities for future growth.
Senator Begich needs early support for his reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline
Senator Mark Pryor has been doing terrific work as a Democratic senator from Arkansas — particularly when it comes to jobs.
The Building a Stronger America Act he helped introduce included bipartisan measures to move our economy forward and support American competitiveness based on: strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, leveling the playing field for American companies, and enhancing trade opportunities for American companies.
Senator Pryor needs early support for his reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline.
After March 31st, each of these candidates will have to file a public financial report. Potential opponents — and the right-wing billionaires who fund them — will look at those reports to gauge each candidate’s strength and whether to make a challenge.
Strong reports out of these red states now could potentially save our Senate majority.
Thank you for your support,
Courtesy of a veteran friend I “met” while on JibJab; a considerable amount of my postings came from e-mails received from him.
Willie,Joe, and Bill in WWII
Get out your history books and open them to the chapter on World War II. Today’s lesson will cover a little known but very important hero of whom very little was ever really known. Here is another important piece of lost U.S. History.
Makes ya proud to put this stamp on your envelopes…
Bill Mauldin stamp honors grunt’s hero. The post office gets a lot of criticism. Always has, always will. And with the renewed push to get rid of Saturday mail delivery, expect complaints to intensify. But the United States Postal Service deserves a standing ovation for something that happened last month:
Bill Mauldin got his own postage stamp.
Mauldin died at age 81 in the early days of 2003. The end of his life had been rugged. He had been scalded in a bathtub, which led to terrible injuries and infections; Alzheimer’s disease was inflicting its cruelties. Unable to care for himself after the scalding, he became a resident of a California nursing home, his health and spirits in rapid decline.
He was not forgotten, though. Mauldin, and his work, meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home. He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin’s drawings of his muddy,
exhausted, whisker-stubble infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.
Mauldin was an enlisted man just like the soldiers he drew for; his gripes were their gripes, his laughs their laughs, his heartaches their heartaches. He was one of them. They loved him.
He never held back. Sometimes, when his cartoons cut too close for comfort, superior officers tried to tone him down. In one memorable incident, he enraged Gen. George S. Patton, who informed Mauldin he wanted the pointed cartoons celebrating the fighting men, lampooning the high-ranking officers to stop. Now!
“I’m beginning to feel like a fugitive from the’ law of averages.”
The news passed from soldier to soldier. How was Sgt. Bill Mauldin going to stand up to Gen. Patton? It seemed impossible.
Not quite. Mauldin, it turned out, had an ardent fan: Five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe .. Ike put out the word: Mauldin draws what Mauldin wants. Mauldin won. Patton lost.
If, in your line of work, you’ve ever considered yourself a young hotshot, or if you’ve ever known anyone who has felt that way about him or herself, the story of Mauldin’s young manhood will humble you. Here is what, by the time he was 23 years old, Mauldin accomplished:
“By the way, wot wuz them changes you wuz
Gonna make when you took over
last month, sir?”
He won the Pulitzer Prize, was featured on the cover of Time magazine. His book “Up Front” was the No. 1 best-seller in the United States.
All of that at 23. Yet, when he returned to civilian life and grew older, he never lost that boyish Mauldin grin, never outgrew his excitement about doing his job, never big-shotted or high-hatted the people with whom he worked every day.
I was lucky enough to be one of them. Mauldin roamed the hallways of the Chicago Sun-Times in the late 1960s and early 1970s with no more officiousness or air of haughtiness than if he was a copyboy. That impish look on his face remained.
He had achieved so much. He won a second Pulitzer Prize, and he should have won a third for what may be the single greatest editorial cartoon in the history of the craft: his deadline rendering, on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial slumped in grief, its head cradled in its hands. But he never acted as if he was better than the people he met. He was still Mauldin, the enlisted man.
During the late summer of 2002, as Mauldin lay in that California nursing home, some of the old World War II infantry guys caught wind of it. They didn’t want Mauldin to go out that way. They thought he
should know he was still their hero.
“This is the’ town my pappy told me about.”
Gordon Dillow, a columnist for the Orange County Register, put out the call in Southern California for people in the area to send their best wishes to Mauldin. I joined Dillow in the effort, helping to spread the appeal nationally, so Bill would not feel so alone. Soon, more than
10,000 cards and letters had arrived at Mauldin’s bedside.
Better than that, old soldiers began to show up just to sit with Mauldin, to let him know that they were there for him, as he, so long ago, had been there for them. So many volunteered to visit Bill that there was a waiting list. Here is how Todd DePastino, in the first paragraph of his wonderful biography of Mauldin, described it:
“Almost every day in the summer and fall of 2002 they came to Park Superior nursing home in Newport Beach , California , to honor Army Sergeant, Technician Third Grade, Bill Mauldin. They came bearing relics of their youth: medals, insignia, photographs, and carefully folded newspaper clippings. Some wore old garrison caps. Others arrived resplendent in uniforms over a half century old. Almost all of them wept as they filed down the corridor like pilgrims fulfilling some long-neglected obligation.”
One of the veterans explained to me why it was so important: “You would have to be part of a combat infantry unit to appreciate what moments of relief Bill gave us.
You had to be reading a soaking wet Stars and Stripes in a water-filled foxhole and then see one of his cartoons.”
“Th’ hell this ain’t th’ most important hole in the world. I’m in it.”
Mauldin is buried in Arlington National Cemetery . Last month, the kid cartoonist made it onto a first-class postage stamp. It’s an honor that most generals and admirals never receive.
What Mauldin would have loved most, I believe, is the sight of the two guys who keep him company on that stamp.
Take a look at it. There’s Willie. There’s Joe.
And there, to the side, drawing them and smiling that shy, quietly observant smile, is Mauldin himself. With his buddies, right where he belongs. Forever.
What a story, and a fitting tribute to a man and to a time that few of us can still remember. But I say to you youngsters, you must most seriously learn of and remember with respect the sufferings and sacrifices of your fathers, grand fathers and great grandfathers
in times you cannot ever imagine today with all you have. But the only reason you are free to have it all is because of them.
I thought you would all enjoy reading and seeing this bit of American
DO NOT HOLD ON TO THIS.
SOMEONE HAS TO HOLD OUR COUNTRY IN THEIR HANDS.
SEND THIS ON, AND ON AND ON
The soldier stood and faced
Which must always come to
He hoped his shoes were
Just as brightly as his
‘Step forward now,
How shall I deal with
Have you always turned the other
To My Church have you been
The soldier squared his shoulders and
“No, Lord, I guess I
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fears…
sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fear.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the
Where the saints had often trod.
the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Dear Fellow Patriot,
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This posted by PAN National Director – didn’t know of him till this obit. You will find his pg worth the read. His last post was just prior to the Nov “elections” (parentheses intended) when we thought “O” would be ousted. I include the obit, the link can be used to access his pg. We lave lost a great Patriot. “X”
Please join us in paying respects and condolences to the family of Skip MacLure and honoring his life. Skip was a regular contributor on PAN the past few years. He was a true Patriot! RIP Skip! DD
Blog post added by Skip MacLure:
Skip MacLure 1944 – 2013 It is with deepest sadness that I have to announce that Skip MacLure passed away in the early hours of February…
Blog post link: (PAN)
Skip MacLure 1944 – 2013
- Posted by Skip MacLure on February 9, 2013 at 4:07pm
Skip MacLure 1944 – 2013
It is with deepest sadness that I have to announce that Skip MacLure passed away in the early hours of February 5th, 2013. Skip had just celebrated his 69th birthday on February 4th.
Although I knew Skip for only seven years, he became the closest friend that I have ever had the privilege to know. While it is difficult to come to terms with this loss, I feel honored to have known him for what was, unfortunately, far too short a time.
Skip was, unabashedly, a true conservative. Plain-spoken, he was not afraid to take anyone to task, regardless of party affiliation. He believed that the Constitution was the greatest legal document ever written, a gift from God to the people of the finest country in the world.
Skip was often attacked by the liberal left for his honest remarks. Although he shrugged off what were often cruel, personally offensive remarks, I felt hurt by them… for I knew the sort of person that Skip really was. Much of it was standard leftist rhetoric, but it still smarted. If they knew Skip’s family and friends, for example, they would see that he was anything but racist. Having been brought up by his Italian grandparents, he endured the taunts of neighborhood children who called him “the little blue-eyed wop kid”. It served to toughen him up for the future.
I could go on further, but this is not to be a biography, but an invitation to his friends and readers to salute a true patriot and a great American.
I have agreed with Skip’s family that his website, skipmaclure.us, continue… alas without new articles from the man himself. I know that Skip would want me to continue what he started, and for the site to stay true to his beliefs.
Semper fi, Skip.
Written by Skip’s editor, Dee.
This YouTube video was sent via e-mail. Like those fleeting moments of sunset; we are losing the few remaining ones Tom Brokaw dubbed “The Greatest Generation”.
First seen – Supermarine Spitfire. After the Spitfire, a B-25 “nose shot”, A Grumman F-6-F Hellcat, Odd tail shot of Century series Korean War era Jet belies it’s type. Douglas DC-3′s (AKA C-47′s, “gooney birds”) Head on shot of an F-18 Hornet – Perhaps the Superhornet variant. A group of P-51-D Mustangs – Folks these did not see action until 1944; too bad the B and C models are seldom shown which were the ones to finally turn the tide against the Luftwaffe [Toward the end of this video, there is a very short archive clip of perhaps the C models.] Actual footage of Spitfires, and stills of those valiant ones. AT-6 “Texan Trainer, w/ B-25 in background. A Grumman SBD “Dauntless” divebomber (the ones who sank three Japanese carriers at Midway) and a F4U-4 Corsair to its left, followed by Acrhive shots of them, a most famous and much used footage of a B-17-F Flying Fortress in a banking turn during take-off. The old Vet is by a B-17 -G Flying fortresses; the chin turret was to reduce losses from hair raising head on attacks by Luftwaffe pilots.
An F-4-F “Wildcat” that bore the brunt of the bad days in 42; (Butch O’Hare flew this one)
http://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/butch-and-easy-eddie-true-account/ A Cutiss P-40-E “Kittyhawk” then archive clip of a P-40-B “Tomahawk”, with E models after.
Other gut wrenching memories. I cannot describe the degree of sadness I feel for the loss of life and sacrifices made…
THIS POSTING COMES FROM A 68 YR OLD PATRIOT ON BLOGGER…