A big Tammy Blog and Radio salute to all our veterans. Thank you for keeping our nation safe and free!

Please consider this your Open Thread Lounge for the day where the usual “no links” rule is lifted in the name of lounging and sharing and being grateful 🙂 While the Lounge is for all sorts of news and politics, here are some links to get us started on this Veteran’s Day.

Nat Geo: Veterans Day 2011: Why It’s Today, How It’s Changed, More

USA Today: Fewer members of Congress today also served in military

Guardian: Remembrance ceremonies mark Armistice Day across Britain

Christian Science Monitor: Veterans Day: How colleges are easing leap from war zone to classroom

ABC: U.S. Veterans: By the Numbers

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  1. kmsimchak says:


  2. Rob_W says:

    We salute our Veterans today and every day – the best of America!

  3. IslandLibertarian says:

    To all active duty and vets, MAHALO nui loa!

    I’d like to share this about Hawaii District 1 Congressional candidate Charles Djou. He is going up against the Democratic Machine here in Hawaii when he gets back from serving in Afghanistan.

    Posted by Djou Team on October 10, 2011
    HONOLULU — Republican congressional candidate former Rep. Charles Djou is scheduled to leave Friday for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.
    Djou is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is also running for the seat occupied for seven months — the 1st Congressional District of urban Honolulu.
    He lost the seat to Democrat Colleen Hanabusa. He will likely face off with Hanabusa again.
    On KITV4 News This Morning Djou said he will not be allowed to campaign during his deployment.
    “I’m not doing this because it’s fun. I’m not doing this because it’s good for my political career, or my political campaign. It most certainly is not,” Djou said. “I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”
    Djou will be deployed with the 10th Mountain Division.


  4. Tinker says:

    “Most of them were citizen soldiers, sailors, and airmen–men from the farm, from the city, from the schoolroom, from the college campus–men not dedicated to the profession of arms, men not primarily skilled in the arts of destruction–men amazingly like the men you see and meet and know each day of our lives–but men animated, inspired, and ennobled by a sublime cause–the defense of their coun…try, of their native land, of their very hearthstones. The most divine of all human sentiments and impulses guided them–the spirit and willingness to sacrifice. He who dares to die–to lay his life on the altar of his nation’s need–is beyond doubt the noblest development of mankind.” ~General Douglas MacArthur, 26 January 1955, excerpt from his speech given at the dedication ceremony of a monument erected in his honor at MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.

  5. jeaneeinabottle says:

    Thank you to all the TAM veterans, from my heart I am so thankful for all you have done for me and our great country, God Bless you all….

  6. 1ntbtn says:

    To all our veterans, thank you for your service, your honor, your sacrifice, and all you do to ensure our freedom and safety. You are LOVED!

  7. Kat says:

    Thank you to ALL Veterans and your families for your sacrifice and service! Also I thank you for keeping us safe so that we Americans can live in the best country in the world!!!!
    I posted this in the TAMWIRE but in the spirit of our great military I will post it here too! http://www.theblaze.com/stories/check-out-the-navys-first-weaponized-drone-helicopter/
    Thanks again Veterans!!!!!!

  8. tamcat says:

    Thank you all American Military Veterans. Some wars were unjustified, but your service is always justified. May your continued suffering not be in vain, & may we restore our country to the one that you so gallantly served.

  9. Kat says:

    Found this after my initial post: Operation Honor Cards is an AWESOME idea even if it was inspired by the FLOTUS! http://www.theblaze.com/stories/operation-honor-cards-the-program-that-allows-you-to-serve-in-honor-of-those-serving/

  10. dennisl59 says:

    Here’s a couple of websites that may be of interest to the TAMs:

    The first one is the Wounded Warrior Project, that’s, in my opinion, the best of the best, as seen on TV:


    The second one is Gary Sinise’s. Everyone knows who he is, an upstanding, givin’ it back to the troops, grand example of a man who really cares:


    posted 11/11 630pm Texan for [Leaning Newt’s Way] Time.

  11. aztech68 says:

    Thanks Tammy! I’m glad there are still conservatives here that understand the nature of the sacrifice. Semper Fi!

  12. dennisl59 says:

    OK, just when you thought ‘The Farce’ couldn’t get any worse, it does:

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Greets Solders Returning from Iraq!


    What’s he going to say?: “Thanks for your service, here’s your Food Stamp Book”?

    By the way, I never trusted this man the moment he had his 60 Minutes profile back in February 2009.

    Newt’s right…Fire Him!

    posted 11/11 Texas [Leaning towards Newt] Time.

  13. LJZumpano says:

    I don’t need a gun, I’m spitting bullets over the recent PA situation. One point I haven’t seen discussed is the fact that while these child rapes were occurring, the American Catholic Church was in the middle of a sex-abuse scandal which rated national headlines. The news of what was happening in the church should have been a warning to those witnessing violence against children. I find it hard to imagine that any institution which worked with children didn’t immediately set up a procedure to insure that child abuse and rape wasn’t occurring in their midst. I can’t believe that given the awareness and the toxic atmosphere, anyone witnessing a child being raped would not immediately and without hesitation cry out and demand justice. American Catholics were shocked by the claims of sex abuse. They were baffled that such inappropriate behavior was happening and they didn’t see the signs. They banded together to fight the hierarchy and force change. Today, every Catholic diocese has a monitored program for the protection of children. Here on Long Island, not only clergy, but every employee and volunteer must submit to a background check, sign a code of conduct and participate in a program to learn how to see the signs of child predators and recognize the symptoms of abuse. In every program, every project, the first question that must be addressed is how to insure that children will be protected. No one, absolutely no one, is allowed to be involved in anything without first being certified as having followed the child protection procedures which have been set up. The scandal in the church should have been an eye-opener for all, but especially for large institutions with reputations to protect.
    In the case of the church, it took the children, now grown up, to finally blow the whistle and demand to be heard. In PA we see adults witnessing child rape and then turning away as though having a good football team was worth destroying the lives of children. Every adult at that school should be immediately fired. Not only did some of them ignore the tragedy of what was happening, but no one thought to consider that what had happened in the church could possibly be happening at their school. No one bothered to see if it were even possible that men with responsibility and authority could be predators. The scandal in the church took most decent people by surprise, and it took time for the unbelievable to become accepted as a reality. Today there is no excuse. This recent exposure surprises no one, disgusting as it is. Every school, every institution, every place where children may be must immediately put in place a program to uncover abuses and to prevent them from happening in the future.

  14. dennisl59 says:

    Speaking of Cows…

    Since the ‘no link’ rule is lifted here, I thought the TAMS, as a change of pace, would enjoy a link to the Cow Auction catalog for the event that happened today(11/13), hosted by Jay Leno, here in Austin…(check out #23 & #29!)

    All are really great works, in my opinion. Something for everyone!



    posted 11/13 945pm Texas [Got Milk?] Time

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