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A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.
The eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange said. A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working at the time, Lange said, though he didn’t know if the train crew saw the float approaching.
Two people died at the scene of the crash, while two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout said. Ten of those injured are in critical condition, while the other seven are in stable condition, he said.
“There is going to be a very thorough investigation,” Lange said. “It’s obviously a very tragic incident.”
Photos of the float taken during the parade show about two dozen people seated in chairs set up on the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer decorated with American flags. A banner across the truck’s front bumper reads, “Heroes on Board.”
Many prayers going out to the families and friends. No words can express the sorrow.
Via My West Texas: Of the 17 injured, 10 are in critical condition and seven are in stable condition, officials said.
Take 20 minutes out of your day to watch this video! I mean it!
This is how the ‘customer service’ representatives treat a disable veteran? An airline employee KICKS a service dog? Is this how we treat our veterans? Those people should be bending over backwards to make EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM feel like the heroes they are! I am beyond disgusted with the way people treat each other, and especially how they treat those who gave up a large chunk of their lives to protects assholes like the airline employees! Those few that helped should be praised! Those who treated him like dirt, and especially the one who called him ‘retarded’ should be sh*t canned! PRONTO!
United Airlines CEO email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NO customer should ever be so abused by ANY company, but most especially, NOT our service men and women who have given us so much, and ask nothing in return but our respect!
H/T: Judson via Tea Party Nation
Making Memorial Day Make a Difference
For the young cadets, it was a powerful lesson in leadership, a reminder that their decisions in battle were far weightier than the costs of their own lives. Every decision they made might add to the row, so no decision, no sacrifice should be taken lightly.
For the rest of us, there is a lesson as well: Be thankful for the freedoms won–and who won them.
So, after a week and a half of utter misery (cold + damp = PAIN), the good Lord saw fit to give us a beautiful day…sunny and 65 degrees! Lord, how I love the South! Except for the cold and damp and more snow that I ever care to see again in my lifetime, but I’ll survive.
The Hardin County Republican Party and the Pickwick Republican Women hosted a lunch for our Congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn. It was really nice to see some folks I haven’t seen in quite a while due to all the health issues we’ve had going on. Our state rep‘s lovely bride, Ashley sat with us, one of my favorite patriots, Jerry Key (yep, the same one I frequently say “Shared by Jerry” on numerous posts), and Suzanne, the new president of the ladies bunch. Plus N’Gaoi, Kay, and even Dot. There were a LOT of new faces. Gracious sakes! I gotta get back into the swing of things. *shakes head*
While waiting for Marsha, Jerry gave the invocation, and a darn good one it was too! We DO need to pray for those in power, and do our best to direct them BACK to our foundings….UNDER GOD!
Now, I have to laugh, because while introducing Marsha, she kept referring to her as Senator Blackburn. When Marsha did take the floor, spoke about all the work the House is doing, and the Senate is not, she opened up the floor for questions.
Sorry….rather fuzzy. Phone issues…again!
There were numerous excellent questions, covering a variety of topics, from spending to national security, and the Iran/Israel situation. She stands with Israel too! There was even a ‘birther’ who got a shot in? *shakes head* Oh well, if ya don’t ask the questions, ya never know, right?
I actually did have a serious question for her, but she wrapped things up, so I had to wait until she finished speaking to a few folks.
And, of course, I did have to ask, once again, if she had considered running for the Senate. Lamar Alexander – RINO, has said he isn’t going to go for another term, so….. sigh… Couldn’t pin her down. Oh well. I’d love to see either her, or Stacey Campfield, take that seat.
If the anger and momentum continues like I saw this afternoon, I feel pretty good about the outcome. But we have GOT to do the work to get it done. First thing, make sure you are registered to vote. Second, get up off your hind end and GO VOTE! I don’t want to hear “but my vote won’t count” crap! We are going to have to battle a boatload of fraud, so YES, your vote just might make the difference between winning and losing!
Honoring Veterans Day
Today, we at The Heritage Foundation are proud to honor Veterans Day by pausing to remember the men and women in uniform who serve this country. They are some of the finest this nation has to offer.
Among those who have served throughout the years, the recipients of the Medal of Honor (MOH) deserve our utmost respect and admiration. They wear this august award for those who did not come home. They never refer to themselves as “winners” but see themselves as caretakers of the Medal of Honor for all who also served in harm’s way in defense of freedom.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award given to an American military service member who has shown extreme courage and intrepidity during combat.
Police are looking for some vandals who stole metal rods from a veterans’ cemetery, most likely for cash.
The thieves took at least 18 markers made of copper, bronze and brass from the graves of war heroes at Mount Vernon Cemetery.
Cemetery superintendent John Burnett said the staff that holds the marker together with the American flag is what the grave robbers are looking to fence, not the medallions that come with them.
“What they do, they leave the medallion on the ground because they can’t turn them in because scrap metal people won’t take them because it’s a veteran marker,” Burnett said.
There have always been people who aren’t worth much more than trash. Stealing from the graves of our heroes doesn’t even rank as high as trash.
A True Story; my return home from Gulf War I
By Christopher S. Watson
It was sometime in late May of 1991 and I was headed home after my first trip to the “Sand Box” as it was first coined then. The war was over and we had kicked Saddam out of Kuwait. America felt strong again after years of hanging its head low in the wake of Vietnam. Movies like Platoon, Hamburger Hill, Apocalypse Now, and The Deer Hunter had cast a terrible light on the silver screen of my early childhood. Somehow America had begun to blame the soldiers for the failures of its politicians. I knew little about the world at the time, but I did know that this was somehow wrong.
Honestly, I have a lot of favorite vets, many of who are fellow bloggers! But this one was my ALL time favorite. Why? Cuz he’s my dad. Gone nearly 30 years now, but he’ll always be #1 in my book. He was the first hero in my life, and remains so to this day!
Thank you, dad! And to all those who served to keep me safe….
A three-year-old federal law that makes it a crime to falsely claim to have received a medal from the U.S. military is unconstitutional, an appeals court panel in California ruled Tuesday.
The decision involves the case of Xavier Alvarez of Pomona, Calif., a water district board member who said at a public meeting in 2007 that he was a retired Marine who received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.
Mr. Alvarez was indicted in 2007. He pleaded guilty on condition that he be allowed to appeal on First Amendment grounds. He was sentenced under the Stolen Valor Act to more than 400 hours of community service at a veterans hospital and fined $5,000.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with him in a 2-1 decision Tuesday, agreeing that the law was a violation of his free-speech rights. The majority said there’s no evidence that such lies harm anybody, and there’s no compelling reason for the government to ban such lies.
Is common decency a ‘compelling reason’? You can’t shout FIRE in a crowded theater. It is NOT protected under the 1st Amendment, nor should a feckless weasel LYING about his military service. It dishonors all who DID receive such medals. It is a slap in the face to every honorable person in the country. But then, this IS the 9th circus, and judging by many of their decision, honor isn’t even in their vocabulary.
In my limited understanding of the 1st Amendment, the phrase “abridging the freedom of speech”, does NOT protect thieves. And that’s what this case represents….THEFT!
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL!!
A new attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center charges the tea-party movement is “shot through” with radical ideas and tied with “hate groups,” “furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups” and “so-called ‘Patriot’ groups.”
The SPLC report, “Rage on the Right, The Year in Hate and Extremism,” assails Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., for “plugging” anti-government ideas and Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt for daring to promote Second Amendment gun rights.
The SPLC’s Mark Potok warns “so-called ‘Patriot’ groups – militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose ‘one-world government’ on liberty-loving Americans – came roaring back after years out of the limelight.”
I gotta tell ya, THIS guy scares me a WHOLE lot more than anyone I’ve ever met at the Tea Party rallies!
I’ve checked out the SPLC more than I’d care to admit. It’s a scary site too. When you have the word LAW in your title, wouldn’t you think that someone over there would have bothered to read the basis for our laws? Just a thought. As much as I hate to do it, in the sense of fair play, this is the link for Mr Potok’s recent rant.
The SPLC said the “radical right” “caught fire last year.”
So, folks who believe that the U.S. Constitution trumps all the horse manure flowing out of D.C. are the ‘radical right’? Got it. I guess the folks who actually sat down and WROTE that document were pretty ‘radical’ too, eh?