Police Under Attack
Troops, our military protects our nation from attacks from other nations; our police protect us from attacks and crime at home. Cops are the first-cousins in valor to we vets. They daily put their lives on the line to protect people they don’t even know. Our police deserve the full support of all Americans. Yes, as in all groups, we do have to deal with bad cops and good cops who make mistakes. And, yes, there is racism in America and across the world; we can, should, and are seeking to deal with it.
Former policeman Dan Clark-Neal investigates what is behind the rise in assaults on police officers serving on the frontline, featuring shocking footage captured on police bodycam, on CCTV and by the public. New research reveals an escalating problem across the country, with mounting numbers of assaults causing a devastating impact on the mental health of officers. Clark-Neal asks if government cuts to police numbers have put officers in more danger and eroded public trust in law enforcement and asks if respect for the police is at an all-time low, questioning what this means for the future of maintaining law and order.
One Retired Marine isn’t putting up with Mattis’s Nonsense
It really hurts me to report this—but facts are facts.
Ret. Marine general James Mattis, who served as Trump’s defense secretary, resigned over a year ago but has apparently been nursing a grudge since then. Recently, he took to the pages of the left-wing Atlantic magazine to air that grievance.
Mattis revealed a small mind. His facts were wrong and his arguments foolish and simplistic. The Democrat media, of course, celebrated the article despite its fundamental flaws. Retired Marine captain John M. Dowd, however, decided that he wasn’t going to sit there and take that nonsense, so he struck back. What he wrote is red meat for conservatives and Trump-supporters.
To understand what Mattis wrote for the Atlantic, you have to know that while he does love the Marines, he’s a leftist at heart. He supports the global warming agenda, is hostile to Israel, shied away from fights with the mullahs, wanted so-called transgenders in the military, wouldn’t leave Afghanistan, and ultimately quit because he wanted to keep US troops in Syria (reminder: the disaster leftists predicted for Trump’s pullout never materialized).
If you need more evidence that Mattis is a leftist politician, he hung out with limousine leftists:
I Replaced the Police
I’m not gonna lie, this isn’t exactly what I expected — lying here in the hospital. I mean, it’s only a few broken bones, a punctured lung, and some stitches to the head, but I almost feel betrayed. Three weeks ago, when I took the five-hour online course to become an unarmed rapid response social worker, I thought I was helping mankind. After all, with the police abolished, somebody had to be there to mitigate when people had inevitable disagreements.
My first mitigation didn’t go great. I was called to the scene of a bank robbery — which, there weren’t supposed to be any bank robberies once the capitalist-driven oppression of the police no longer created crime, but this guy apparently didn’t get the memo, I guess. He was a Latinx male-presenting person about 5’6” holding a shotgun.
Thinking back on my extensive training, I tried to calm things down with a breathing exercise. But he just kept yelling and pointing the gun at me, which again, not supposed to happen. I told him that as a white cis man, I could never know the trauma the Spanish-speaking people suffered under white genocidal maniacs like Cortez, and while his desire to rob the bank was understandable, even laudable, we have collectively decided not to support such actions, and resources were available to him.
That’s when he hit me in the head with the butt of his gun; I think it was the butt of his gun, anyway.
Remember, this month’s film review; I assign a film to watch each month—and give you a link to it; you’re invited to email in your comments—and we’ll review it on the last show of the month. Share the link with your friends or tell them that they can find the link on the Blog section of FrontlinesOfFreedom.com.
The movie for this month is: Fort Monmouth
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“It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and then don’t say it.”
I am the Flag
This video by Jimmy Weldon is a bit slow starting but is well worth a few minutes of your time.
By Paul Harvey
The Boy on the Beach
An 11-year-old boy on Omaha Beach, 2014. A boy we can all be proud of.
50 Questions about Racism in America
I am unaware of a single person, much less group, that thinks that what happened to George was in any way acceptable—whether he was a good citizen or a criminal. These questions are worth considering. We all have to make our own decisions.
Vietnam Port Stop and Covid19
The investigation into a coronavirus outbreak on the Navy carrier Theodore Roosevelt didn’t only lead the service to backtrack on a previous recommendation to reinstate the ship’s former commanding officer — but also on how the virus ended up on the ship in the first place. The Navy’s top admiral said that they now believe the COVID-19 outbreak on the Roosevelt originated with a March port call in Vietnam, not flight crews bringing supplies to the ship. Officials in April said the timing of the first outbreaks had them eyeing carrier onboard deliveries, known as CODs, as the likely culprit.
But after a wider investigation they no longer believe that to be the case, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday told reporters. Gilday and Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite
briefed reporters on the outcome of a months-long investigation into the Roosevelt’s outbreak and the subsequent firing of the ship’s commanding officer.
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The nominee to lead the National Guard Bureau sidestepped questions on the alleged use of helicopters to disperse protesters in Washington, DC, but stressed the Guard’s growing mission to de-escalate violence by backing up local law enforcement.
“Given the magnitude of recent domestic events, I anticipate a larger role for the National Guard in supporting civil authorities in the homeland,” Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson said at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
Hokanson said he also foresaw a “potential increased role for me, if confirmed, in the interagency in planning for and reacting to events in the homeland.”
As Hokanson was testifying, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma announced that about 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard had been activated to assist in maintaining order during President Trump’s Saturday campaign rally there.
Senators did not express any opposition to Hokanson’s nomination, and he is expected to receive quick approval from the full Senate to get four-star rank and succeed retiring Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel as chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
However, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questioned Hokanson closely on the Guard’s response to the protests in Washington, DC, over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis..
Warren referred to a June 1 incident in which Guard members backed up police as they forcibly cleared Lafayette Square near the White House of peaceful protesters to allow President Trump to pass through for a photo op.
Later that night, two helicopters from the District of Columbia National Guard flew low over a remaining crowd of protesters in Chinatown.
“This tactic blew debris everywhere, it kicked up dirt, it snapped trees,” Warren said. “How would you ensure that guardsmen clearly understand the type of orders under which they have been activated and the activities that are within the scope of their mission?”
Riot in DC on Juneteenth
I guess, to the rioters, it’s okay to destroy anything that, for any reason, you dislike—regardless of other people’s desires. Rioters stand for nothing but destruction.
Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation’s capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day some wrongly believe marks the end of slavery in the US, amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot statue of Albert Pike — wrapped with chains — wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backward, landing in a pile of dust. Protesters then set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police!”
Eyewitness accounts and videos posted on social media indicated that police were on the scene but didn’t intervene. President Trump quickly tweeted about the toppling, calling out D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and writing: “The DC police are not doing their job as they watched a statue be ripped down and burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!”
Jubilant protesters read out Trump’s tweet over a bullhorn and cheered. After the statue fell, most protesters returned peacefully to Lafayette Park near the White House.
The Pike statue has been a source of controversy over the years. The former Confederate general was also a longtime influential leader of the Freemasons, who revere Pike and who paid for the statue. Pike’s body is interred at the DC headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, which also contains a small museum in his honor.
Army Basic Training
The head of Army training said recently that the service is now shipping the same number of recruits to Basic Combat Training (BCT) as it had been before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We have been at 100% shipping for the last couple of weeks,” Gen. Paul Funk II, head of Army Training and Doctrine Command, told defense reporters.
As COVID-19 began spreading across the country in mid-May, the Army reduced the number of recruits it was shipping to BCT from 1,200 per week to about 600 a week, or about 50%.
Then in early April, the service halted shipments for two weeks to finalize what is known as a two-week controlled monitoring program when recruits first enter BCT. Known as the 2+8 Training Model, new recruits are isolated in groups, or secure bubbles, for two weeks for classroom training to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the training environment. Trainees then join the rest of the population for the remaining eight weeks of standard BCT. The Army also had to come up with a process for shipping recruits in caravans of sanitized buses from BCT to advanced individual training to keep the training population free of the virus.
Since April, the service has sent 23,440 trainees across all initial training centers, Funk said.
“And we have done that in the COVID-19 environment, focused like a laser beam to make sure that we can keep those security bubbles … as we moved through the process,” he added.
The Army began shipping recruits to BCT at a rate of 75% in mid-May and then resumed 100% shipping in early June.
“The bottom line on our training is we understand how to do this; we have taken on this process and molded our processes and procedures and are providing world-class troopers to our force all over the world,” Funk said.
The Francis Scott Key Buoy
The U.S. Coast Guard set the Francis Scott Key memorial buoy on the Patapsco River for the 40th year, marking the approximate location where the Marylander wrote the national anthem.
Key, a lawyer, came up with the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814 while being detained on a British ship during the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The buoy, which features stars and stripes, sits between the Francis Scott Key Bridge and Fort McHenry. It is set every summer and removed just before the winter.
“Our crew is proud to carry on this annual Coast Guard tradition in commissioning the Francis Scott Key Memorial Buoy,” Lt. Justin Strassfield, commanding officer of the James Rankin, said in a news release. “The operation allows us to reflect on the distinctly American spirit of resiliency.”
Attack on a SEAL Base
A 30-year-old civilian was shot and killed after brandishing a knife at a duty officer after attempting to enter a building on an Alaska military base used by Navy SEALs for cold weather training, officials said.
Jayson Vinberg of Kodiak died in the shooting at the Naval Special Warfare Detachment Kodiak on Kodiak Island, Navy Criminal Investigative Service spokesperson Jeff Houston said.
Vinberg entered the compound and attempted to get inside a building, Houston said.
“A Naval Special Warfare service member confronted the intruder, and events led to the service member using deadly force,” Houston said.
Alaska State Troopers said a guard saw a man trespassing at the installation and tapping on the windows of a watch building with a knife.
The guard told the man to leave. The guard then left his secure building to make sure the man left, troopers said.
It was then that troopers said the man walked toward the guard with the knife and failed to obey the guard’s repeated commands to stop. The duty officer shot the man, who was declared dead by responding medics, troopers said.
Houston and Lt. Matthew Stroup, a Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman, said the service member was in good condition and receiving support from his command leadership. Stroup declined to say whether the service member was injured or hospitalized.
“There is no known threat to the community at this time,” Houston said, adding that NCIS will not release additional information during the investigative process.
Fourth of July Celebration
President Trump is moving ahead with a lower-key “Salute to America” celebration this year on July Fourth, despite concerns from some lawmakers about the crowds the event could generate during the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington has held an Independence Day celebration for decades, featuring a parade along Constitution Avenue, a concert on the Capitol lawn with music by the National Symphony Orchestra and fireworks beginning at dusk near the Washington Monument.
Trump altered the lineup last year by adding his speech, moving the fireworks closer to the Lincoln Memorial and summoning an array of tanks and warplanes to entertain the crowds.
The White House said that the president and first lady Melania Trump will host the event this year from the White House’s South Lawn and the Ellipse. It said the president will deliver remarks and that the ceremony will include music, military demonstrations and flyovers. Last year, Trump spoke near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“As President Trump has said, there will be an Independence Day celebration this year and it will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “The American people have shown tremendous courage and spirit in the fight against this global pandemic just as our forefathers did in the fight to secure our independence, and both deserve celebration on America’s birthday this year.”
Democratic lawmakers from the Washington region have (naturally) stated their strong opposition to an event like last year’s.
God Loves Us
Scott McChrystal is a retired Army Colonel, Chaplain. Here are some of his insights that I think you’ll find appropriate.
Some Words of Wisdom by Ret navy Capt Joe John:
The Sunrise Movement Preplanned The Minneapolis Riots, They Just Were Awaiting For A Trigger, To Initiate A Riot With Precision
Civil War History
Here are some questions on the Civil War; we’ll post the answers in the next newsletter.
Last issue’s questions:
1.Who was known as “the Virginia Creeper?”
Ans: Union General George B. McClellan for his Virginia Peninsula Campaign, for his very slow advance.
2.Who was known as the “Fighting Bishop?” Ans: Confederate LTG Leonidas Polk
Here are the new questions:
1, When Johnny Clem retired as a Major General, USA, he was the last known soldier serving in the armed forces who had served in the Civil War. What was his role during the War?
2. Who was the oldest known soldier to serve in the Civil War?
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4-5 July: Ambassador Ric Grenell will discuss Independence Day. Then former Mayor Bill Hardiman, Sheriff Micelle Young, and former Police Officer Dave Leonard will discuss defunding the police. And Terry Johnson and Skip and Cedar Coryell will discuss the need to get trained and get armed.
11-12 July: Dr. David Miller will discuss how veterans are being denied pharmaceutical support by the VA—due to rules that can’t be met by the pharmacies.
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Humor: Puns for Educated Minds
1 The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir (Cir)cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2 I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3 She was only a whiskey-maker, but he loved her still.
4 A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5 No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
6 A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7 A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8 Two silk-worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9 A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head’
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
19 When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.
21. A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam!’
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the raft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says, ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal?
His goal: transcend dental medication.
26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
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