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I am going to do some flag waving of my own.

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Merle Haggard Dies On His Birthday At Age 79

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This is from Q Political. 

R. I. P. Merle Haggard you will be missed.

We loved him for his music, but now it will only be in the annals of history.

Merle Haggard has passed away on April 6, 2016, after a series of recent health struggles. He passed on what was also his 79th birthday.

According to Haggard’s manager, Frank Mull, the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, from pneumonia that he had been battling for months. Despite having kept up an ambitious touring schedule, Haggard was forced to cancel shows earlier this year when he developed pneumonia in both lungs.

The Country Music Hall of Famer had numerous No. 1 hits, but he was loved for songs like “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home”. But Haggard was more than that. He was more than just a great singer. He was a man who rose from poverty and prison (he actually escaped prison 17 times!) to become a bright star in the world of country and of music in general.

He sang songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride and Americans will always remember the man who brought justice and told off the record exec who once fired good ol’ Johnny Cash.

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In May 2008, Haggard was diagnosed with lung cancer, but kept it hidden from the public until November 2008. It was then that he had surgery to remove the tumor in his lung and made his public announcement about his illness just a few days later. In January 2009, he was cancer-free, but he has suffered more recent health challenges.

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The outlaw Cowboy had such a long rap sheet for the crimes of his youth that it was nearly impossible for his slate to wiped clean. That was until Ronald Reagan came along.

In 1972, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan pardoned Haggard for ALL his past crimes.

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In an interview with CMT, Haggard said, “He didn’t have to do it at all. He could have just snubbed his nose and went on to lunch.” Ten years later, Reagan was voted President of the United States and Haggard sang at a concert in celebration. “I hope the President will be as pleased with my performance today as I was with his pardon 10 years ago.”

Now not only had his rap sheet been forgiven, but we believe his sins were too, and Merle is now seated with Jesus in heaven. And miraculously, Haggard seemed to have known when he was going to go…

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We will miss you Merle. Thank you for your life and your gift. Rest in peace!

Johnny Cash – Christmas as I Knew It

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I think people at Christmas back then were happier than people in todays commercialized world of Christmas.

List of 10: Famous Personalities Who were Korean War Vets

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This is from War History OnLine.

I did not know about Casey Kasem or Charlie Rangel.

 

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. in lieu of this celebration, let us learn history and know 10 famous personalities who had Korean War ties.

It was early morning of June 25, 1950 when North Korean soldiers, numbering to about 75,000 and in a coordinated attack, rushed through the 38th parallel to invade their southern neighbor. Basically considered as the Cold War’s first military action, the Korean War lasted for three years at the cost of 5 million lives – both soldiers and civilians.

Here are ten well-known persons, from actors to astronauts, who served during this said conflict.

1. Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Korean War

Neil Armstrong went down history as the first human being to walk on the moon but before he did so, he served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He had to since he was going through college with his tuition being paid for by the Holloway Plan, a US Navy scholarship.

It was on 1949 when Neil Armstrong started his flight training to become a navy pilot. Two years later, on September 3, 1951, Armstrong had to eject from his F9F Panther after an anti-aircraft gun struck it down during a low bombing raid. He was only 21 at that time; it was only his fifth day after flying his first campaign in the Korean War.

F9F Panthers flying over Korea, c. 1951; 116 was piloted by Neil Armstrong.
F9F Panthers flying over Korea, c. 1951; 116 was piloted by Neil Armstrong.

Eventually, Armstrong went on to serve almost a full year in the Korean War flying 78 missions and earning three air medals.

2. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin

Armstrong was not the only Korean War vet aboard the Apollo 11. Buzz Aldrin, like him, also served during the Korean War. In fact, he is also a decorated pilot.

Buzz Aldrin Korean War

Buzz, the second man to step on the moon, graduated from the US Military Academy in West Point third in his class in 1951. He, then, went on to enter the US Air Force and was assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing.

Just a day short of Christmas in 1951, Buzz was shipped off to Korea where he became a F-86 Sabre Jet pilot flying a total of 66 combat missions. Unlike Armstrong, Aldrin served in the Korean War until the ceasefire declaration in 1953.

he went on to become the recipient of a Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his service in the conflict which included downing two Soviet-made MiGs.

3. Sir Michael Caine

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Sir Michael Caine, born Maurice Micklewhite Jr., saw extensive combat during the Korean War before he became an Oscar-winning actor.

Sir Caine was drafted into the British army May of 1951 and became a 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers member. He arrived in Korea with his unit and was assigned on the front lines which were along the Samichon River. Here, he participated in heavy fighting as well as dangerous nighttime patrols that took him to No Man’s Land.

Not long after that, Sir Michael Caine contacted malaria that led to his being discharged from the army in 1953. Eventually, he returned to London and took his first step to being an actor by studying acting.

Ironically, the first major role he got was playing a British private in the 1956 war classic A Hill in Korea.

4. Ed McMahon

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Comedian and considered one of the TV/Movie industry’s greatest “sidekicks”, Ed McMahon actually served in two conflicts — World War Two and the Korean War. But it was his service in the latter that he became the recipient of six air medals.

Ed was able to serve as a flight instructor in the US Marine Corps during WWII. However, he did not have the opportunity to fly on combat missions. He was already working as a TV host in Philly when he was recalled by the Marines for the Korean War.

He went back into service on February 1953 and flew unarmed Cessna O-1E Bird Dogs until the ceasefire later that year. In all, he flew 85 artillery-spotting assignments which he did over enemy lines. You may ask why he was able to undertake so many assignments in just a short span of time? It was because Ed flew as many as five missions a day during his Korean war service.

5. John Glenn

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Ed Mcmahon is not the only well-known personality who was able to serve in two wars. John Glenn, who went down history as the first American to orbit Earth as well as a future US senator, also did.

The Second World War found John Glenn flying combat missions in the South Pacific as a Marine Corps fighter pilot. He was able to complete 59 assignments before the war ended.

Eventually, the future astronaut returned to the cockpit when the Korean War broke out and flew a total of 90 missions during his two tours of duty piloting F9F Panther and F-86 Sabre jets. It was during the last nine days of the said conflict that he downed three MiGs.

After his Korean War service, John Glenn graduated from a naval test pilot program and became “Mercury Seven” astronauts’ oldest member.

6. Ted Williams

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Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams manage to snag a place within the Baseball Hall of Fame with his 521 home runs despite being absent for about five full seasons. His reason? Military service.

Ted Williams trained as a pilot and a gunner during the Second World War but did not see any combat. It was in 1952, after playing six games that year’s baseball season, that he was recalled by the military to serve in the Korean War.

In all, Ted Williams was able to fly 39 combat missions as a pilot in the Marine Corps. His assignments include a number where he was John Glenn’s wingman. There were at least three incidents where Ted William’s plane was hit by enemy gunfire but fortunately, he survived.

He was finally discharged following the July 1953 ceasefire and was the recipient of three air medals for his Korean War service.

7. Casey Kasem

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Well-known American DJ and voice actor [he was the voice behind Shaggy Rogers of the Scooby-Doo franchise for 40 years] Casey Kasem was also a Korean War vet.

Kasem was already tinkering with voice acting and radio hosting while studying in Wayne State University, Detroit when he got drafted into the US army. It was during the Korean War that he was able to hone his broadcast skills on air as he worked as a DJ-slash-announcer in the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network.

He also produced as well as performed in several radio drama broadcasts for the soldiers.

8. James Garner

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James Garner, known for his roles in Maverick, The Rockford Files and playing the older version of Ryan Gosling’s character in The Notebook, was a decorated Korean War vet receiving Two Purple Hearts for the injuries he sustained during the said conflict.

Garner, born James Bumgarner, was a US Army private during the Korean War. He was with the 5th Regimental Combat Team, a unit which sustained heavy casualties during the war. Garner himself was injured several times throughout his service. As a matter of fact, he sustained several minor wounds on his hands and face while he was only on his second day in Korea after being hit with shrapnel from a mortar round.

After the war, Garner pursued acting and starred in a number of war-themed movies including the celebrated The Great Escape.

9. Charles Rangel

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The second longest current serving member of the House of Representatives is not only a Korean war vet but he also displayed an extraordinary act of bravery while in service that merited a Bronze Star with Valor device and a Purple Heart.

Rangel was a high school dropout when he joined the US Army in 1948. During the Korean War, he was a member of the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion.

It was in November 1950 during the bloody Battle of Kunu-ri when Rangel led about 40 of his comrades to safety behind enemy lines after being encircled by the Chinese Army. He did this in spite of the shrapnel wounds he sustained.

10. Johnny Cash

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Before becoming a country music royalty, Johnny Cash joined the US Air Force first weeks after Korean War broke out. After showing deftness with radio communications, the future country singer was shipped off to Landsberg, Germany where he worked as a high-speed Morse Code intercept operator. It was his responsibility to oversee Soviet Army transmissions, the USSR playing a covert role during the conflict.

Cash even went on to say in his autobiography that he was the first American to intercept transmissions reporting about Stalin’s death in 1953.

It was in Landsberg during his downtime that he wrote his songs. He even bought a guitar to practice them along with a ragtag band of airmen dubbed The Landsberg Barbarians.

My Name Is Old Glory

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This is from USA Patriotism.com.

 

I am the flag of the United States of America
My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.
Look up! And see me!

I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident . . . I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one.
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped.
I am saluted.
I am respected.
I am revered. I am loved.
And I am feared.

I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years…
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
and a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.

I was there!

I led my soldiers.
I followed them.
I watched over them…
They loved me.

I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I was dirty, battle-worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me,
and I was proud.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt . . . for I am invincible.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle . . . it hurts.
But I shall overcome . . . for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.

I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips to be used for bandages
for my wounded comrades on the field of battle.
when I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers…
and when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother at the graveside of her fallen son.

I am proud.
My name is Old Glory.
Dear God . . . Long may I wave!

SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
Copyright © 1983
Relisted January 9, 2009

Author’s Note… “My Name is Old Glory” was my way of remembering my brother,
Gunnery Sergeant John F. Miller, US Marine Corps.

Editor’s Note… USA Patriotism! has confirmed through the US Copyright office and other
documents that Don Miller is the author of “My Name is Old Glory” regardless of who
might be listed as the author elsewhere.

 

Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

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Christmas As I Knew It

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A lovely song (well ballad really) from the Great Johnny Cash.

Not heard very often but should be as it’s a lovely song. Enjoy

10 Prepping Mistakes That Could Get You Killed (And How To Avoid Them)

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This is from Joe For America.

A little FYI.

 

This informative article has been contributed by Survival Pulse.

Everyone that is into prepping is doing it for a good reason, to increase their chances of survival. However, there are a number of simple mistakes that can actually make you LESS likely to survive than if you didn’t prepare at all.

In no particular order, here they are, 10 prepping mistakes that could get you killed:

1. Having a false sense of security.

Just because you can put some holes in a target downrange doesn’t make you safe when shtf. Having a false sense of security could make you ignore danger that you would have otherwise responded to.

How to Avoid it: Do not underestimate your enemy! No matter how good you are, there are more dangerous and better trained people out there prepared to take what they want without asking.

2. Failing to get immediate family on board.

You are not a lone ranger. You are not good enough to protect your group alone. What if you get hurt, sick, or worse? Will your crew be able to pick up the slack. If your spouse looks at you like you are nuts when you talk about prepping, this one is for you.

How to Avoid It: Make sure your family has the basic skills and not just you. It’s better to have 2-3 knowledgeable people than one super prepper.

3. Ignoring the “boring” prepping areas.

We all know about the fun areas of prepping. Guns and ammobug out bags, food stockpiles, etc. However, without things like a steady supply of water or first aid skills, you could be out of the game within hours when shtf.

How to Avoid it: Make a point to spend time on all the critical prepping areas, even if they aren’t fun.

4. Never actually using you preps.

Probably the most common one on the list. Buying a bunch of crap and never even using it. I’ve seen it with everything from food, survival kits, and even guns. If you cannot act quickly and are not skilled with your gear, you might as well give it away or sell it when the time comes.

How to Avoid it: Be a prepper, not a hoarder. Use the gear that you buy until you are comfortable with it.

5. Falling in love with your plan.

If you have a plan, you are at least a few steps ahead of the game already. However, it’s extremely unlikely that your plan is perfect for every disaster. Being unwilling to deviate from your plan could easily get you killed.

How to Avoid It: Have a plan and practice it, but always have a backup plan. When practicing your plan, throw in a curve ball or two that make you improvise and think about what you would do if part of your plan failed.

6. Telling acquaintances about your preps.

The people that pose the greatest danger to you are your acquaintances. While they seem like decent friends now, that will all quickly change. Believe me, when people start to get hungry, thirsty, and angry, your “friendship” will be the last thing on their mind.

How to Avoid It: Only tell people you trust completely about your preps. If it is not someone that you would trust with your life, they are a potential threat when shtf.

7. Buying large amounts of preps at once.

It should be obvious by now the government is spying on everything you do. Buying a ton of preps from anywhere all at once is not a great idea, but especially when using a credit card or dealing with companies that are in the governments pocket.

How to Avoid It: Pay with Cash when possible and only do business with companies that respect your privacy. Explore alternate payment methods online with prepper friendly companies.

8. Ignoring OPSEC.

Preppers that wear military style clothing or fortify their homes in a way that is visible from the exterior can be doing more harm than good. Things like generators and barbed wire in areas where it is typically uncommon will make others think that you have something worth hiding.

How to Avoid It: Check out some of these articles about OPSEC . Be discreet when fortifying you residence. Make your place look as boring as possible from the outside yet very difficult to gain entry. Keep your visible preps to a minimum or move to an area where it doesn’t raise eyebrows.

9. Completely depending on your preps.

So you got a new AR, 1000 rounds of ammo, and 6 months worth of food and water. That’s great, but what happens if a natural disaster or a fire takes out your supply. Do you have an alternate plan to stay alive?

How to Avoid It: Keep it real. If the shtf, all the preps in the world are only going to give you an edge. Try have some preps spread across different locations or cachesjust in case something goes wrong.

10. Trying to do it all.

You will never be completely prepared for every scenario. Trying to do this will only result in burnout and may even make you think about giving up.

How to Avoid It: Focus on what you already know until you become proficient at it. Prep for the most likely shtf scenarios first.

 

 

SHTF Plan
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2013/10/10-prepping-mistakes-get-killed-avoid/#jrweIXFBli00DDvR.99

 

Johnny Cash Sings Far Side Banks Of Jordan

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I for the first time heard this song about a week ago.

I bought a n old Johnny Cash Gospel CD.

June  Carters lines in the beginning are very prophetic.

She was to first to cross to the Far Side Banks of Jordan.  

Crossing Jordan for Johnny as he was blind and almost deaf.

Just think the first thing he saw Jesus’ face and heard the

angels sing what a day that was.

Crossing Jordan is some thing we all will face.

What will you see when you cross over Streets of Gold of

eternal darkness and brimstone? 

 

 

 

So Long, Possum

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This is by Charlie Daniels in CNSNews.

George had a style of all his own.

 A style I call pure country music.

George Jones,Johnny Cash,Marty Robbins and

Hank Williams could touch your  soul with their songs.

Good Bye Possum and God’s speed.

 

I was still in high school when I first heard the name George Jones. Atthe time he was an up-and-coming songwriter, but it didn’t take long before the powers that be in Nashville took notice of that one of a kind voice and vocal style and took him in a recording studio to begin one of the most legendary careers in the history of the music business.

George was probably the most imitated country singer of all time and you can hear a little of the Possum in the vocal styles of scores of young singers who have come along in the last fifty years or so, but nobody ever came close to doing it like the man himself.

With young singers who tried to emulate George Jones, it was an affectation, while with George it was a God given natural talent that affected his phrasing, his pronunciation and the melancholy timbre of a voice that had a quality that touched the solemn emotions hidden deep inside all of us.

George did things with his voice that nobody else would ever even think about, he’d hold on to a word, teasing it, turning it and make you wonder where he could possibly be going with it, but just at the right second it he’d turn it loose and just make you smile and admire.

Billy Sherrill, George’s record producer, once told me that he was the only person he ever heard who could make a five-syllable word out of “church.”

George Jones’ voice was the rowdy Saturday night uproar at a backstreet beer joint, the heartbroken wail of one who wakes up and finds the other side of the bed empty, the far off lonesome whistle of a midnight train, the look in the eyes of a young bride as the ring is placed on her finger, the memories of a half asleep old man dreaming about the good old days, lost love, lost innocence, good and bad memories and experiences that are just too much for a human being to deal with.

He sang for us all: the non-stop partiers, the guy who is always alone, the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert, the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home, the happy, the unhappy – and everyone in between. George had a song for everybody.

He had the quintessential blue-collar voice and his life was an open book. He had his problems through the years, but it seemed that every bump in the road only endeared him to his legions of fans and made him seem a little more like one of us with the same faults and weaknesses as ordinary folks.

He never strayed from his roots, never tried to go with trends or fads or sound like the next big thing coming off Music Row. He just kept on being George Jones, and in this modern day of follow-the-leader, cookie cutter, “whatever radio will play” sameness,

George stood head and shoulders above the fray, kept right on doing it his way and we all loved him for it.

Now he’s gone home. He joins the ranks of the greatest of the great. Like Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe, as long as there’s country music, he’ll never be forgotten.

We’re going to miss you, Mr. Jones.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

 

 

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