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Spill It – For the Good of Our Country


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The four Americans murdered in Benghazi

Sure…  People will say its politics.

Democrats supporting the Adminstration.

Republicans attacking the Administration.

But there are four Americans whom I believe – BELIEVE – needlessly died at the hands of terrorists on 9/11 last year.

The four who died are pictured above…along with their names.

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The attackers actually had enough time to snap pictures of themselves.

For argument’s sake, let’s say the firefight DID last about eight hours…that it wasn’t over in a flash.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there were drones videoing the attacks.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there was a gunship up in the air with her dedicated crew’s fingers on the triggers of very accurate weapons.  Well, their fingers were on very accurate targeting systems, not triggers.

For argument’s sake, let’s say the attack took place on any OTHER day instead of 9/11.

For argument’s sake, let’s say that the two former SEALs – our BEST – were killed SEVEN hours after pleas for help went out.

SEVEN HOURS?

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The deceased souls parents want to know.  Here is just one letter from one mother to Congress.  It’s a link so please feel free to click on it:

Letter to Rep. F. Wolf

The mother was there when her son’s body – in a flag-draped casket – was off-loaded in Washington, DC.

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(Yes.  President Obama and Hillary were there.)

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Our country needs to heal.

Not just about Benghazi…but about nearly everything.

We are divided – right down the middle, it seems.

But what happened to CHARACTER?

A person I like to follow is Michael Josephson.  He “teaches” folks about ethics and character.  I would like to close this blog with this excerpt from one of his commentaries:

“The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us — like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries — tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. How we behave when we think no one is looking or when we don’t think we will get caught more accurately portrays our character than what we say or do in service of our reputations.

Of course, our assessment of a person’s character is an opinion and it isn’t always right. Abraham Lincoln recognized an important difference between character and reputation. “Character,” he said “is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Because the shape of a shadow is determined by the angle of light and the perspective of the observer, it’s not a perfect image of the tree. In the same way, reputation is not always an accurate reflection of character. Some people derive more benefit from their reputation than they deserve; others are better than their reputations.

Still, reputation matters. It determines how others think of us and treat us and whether we are held in high or low esteem. That’s why many people and organizations are so preoccupied with their image that they actually undermine their character by concealing or creating facts to make them look better. It’s ironic that reputations are often the result of dishonesty or the lack of accountability.”

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Hillary…  No more conveniently-timed strokes or falls or other ills.

Parents want to know what happened and why their sons are no longer with them.

We want to know why NOTHING has been done to go after these terrorists, some of whom were in PICTURES…on the INTERNET.  It’s been eight months, for heaven’s sake.

Hillary.

Spill it.

For the good of our country.

Old Man Jack-ism #5: “Shit from Shinola”


shinolaWell, Old Man Jack always spoke his mind.

I’ll give him that but that’s maybe why we were close.

He didn’t care who was there when he spoke.  His thinking was it was their fault for listening in to something they had no business in.  Lot of truth in that, I guess.

But it was if his departed wife came down from above and washed his mouth out with soap when my kids were in earshot.  He spoke like an angel.

Well, not quite…but almost.

Some of his more oft-used phrases (light-heartedly said) were:

  • “You dumb shit.  Shut up and listen,” or,
  • “They thought they knew everything but found out the hard way,” or,
  • “Them Marines thought they owned the beach but they forget who brought them there.”

When he would say these phrases, it would likely be when he was story-telling on some of the more memorable moments on those “stinkin’ islands”.

But one of Old Man Jack’s phrases keeps popping back into my head with fondness:

“They didn’t know shit from Shinola.”

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For some of you, no explanation is necessary.

But for you younger folks, Shinola was known for shoe and boot polish.

And for Old Man Jack’s phrase, the dark brown Shinola boot polish would be implied…which has a strikingly similar coloration to cow poop.

Hence, “…doesn’t know shit from Shinola”.

Pardon the French.

And yes, the phrase arose from the ranks of World War II military personnel.

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And while Old Man Jack DID get the local newspaper delivered to him, he never really read them.

He’d look through them for some restaurant coupons.  That was about it.  I asked him why and he said he doesn’t believe half the s*it in it.

(Odd why there’s an asterik there when I quoted him earlier.)

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Which brings me to one thing that depresses me immensely: the lack of legitimate oversight on our media.

They use their own medium without restraint.  To suit their pocketbooks.

How they deem fit…and pay no mind to us.

Doctors get controlled.

CPA’s get controlled by the government now.

Everyone else does…  Oops.  Not the lawyers.  They’re as bad as the media.  Did I say that before?

But certain media “stations” or “newspapers” love to castrate law enforcement personnel…or shame soldiers or Marines doing their best to protect us after one incident.

It is like they were the judge and jury before the case could come to court…or actual facts disclosed…or the brutal environment in which our young men and women trying to protect us is truly displayed.

THEY deem it wrong.  That’s similar to discrimination.

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But to close this story – and as I blogged once before – please compare these two webpage screen prints taken within minutes of each other.

First CNN.  Notice nothing is highlighted about gun control (when that was all they could write about at that time) or the murder of four Americans in Benghazi…but they deem news of a woman who shows up after 11 years to be crucial to Americans.  Certainly nothing embarrassing to President Obama.

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And here’s the webpage from Fox News.  It does highlight the murder of four Americans and brings up guns…and makes only small mention of the mysterious woman that CNN deemed important.  But certainly, the first two items could embarrass President Obama.

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“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

― Mark Twain

Old Man Jack was right…again.

So what are we to read?

After all, we need facts and truth so that we’d be able to tell the difference between shit and Shinola.

What do you all think?