Saturday, December 2, 2017

If you're a die hard Liberal...can you watch this? ...from beginning to end?


ANOTHER REASON ALABAMA MUST VOTE FOR JUDGE ROY MOORE


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Roy Moore Story Unraveling? One Accuser Worked For Hillary, Another Claims Several Pastors Made Sexual Advances
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com
 
Judge Roy Moore
From the outset, several aspects of the Washington Post‘s decades-old accusations of Roy Moore having inappropriate relations with four young women seemed off. In addition to odd circumstances surrounding the story’s origins, the accusers themselves – and even the WaPo journalist who wrote the story – have checkered pasts and political views which some could consider ulterior motives.
If the accusations against Moore are true, he needs to immediately step aside and exit politics – as both President Trump and, oddly, Mitch McConnell have stated. Moore has vehemently denied the charges.
How did the story come together?
As Radio host Mark Levin pointed out on his show last week that there are several aspects of the case which don’t really make sense. To recap; a Washington Post reporter overheard a rumor at a Roy Moore event in Alabama about Moore sexually abusing four girls 38 years ago, then found the women, interviewed them, and the rest is history.
Per WaPo:
While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women.
Levin posed the following questions:
  • How did the WaPo reporter know there were four women, who they were, and how to contact them?
  • How is it that the reporter's anonymous source, who they bumped into, knew about the four women who don’t know each other and have never met, and knew each woman's story and contact information?
  • Why hasn’t any of this been reported in Moore’s 38 years in politics? And why now – a month before an important election to fill Jeff Sessions’ senate seat?
Adding to the list of questionable circumstances - one which the Washington Post oddly omitted from it's report, is the fact that one of Moore’s accusers, Debbie Gibson, worked as a sign language interpreter for Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, and is actively campaigning for Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones.
As New York Times bestselling author, Attorney, Law professor and Newsmax columnis James Hirsen points out:
 

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Gospel according to Trump

By Norman E. Hooben
 
The Gospel according to Mathew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.  Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.  They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.  All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’  As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.  Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.  Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah.  The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 
The Gospel according to Trump

Trump spoke to the crowds and his followers saying, “The Democrats and the Republicans have taken their seats in Congress, the seat of government. Therefore, do and observe all that they tell you, but do not believe a word that they say.  They preach but they do not practice what they preach. They place heavy tax burdens on the backs of the working class, and they will not lift a finger to reduce them.  All their works are performed to make them look good.  They care only about themselves and their bank accounts; and whether or not they will get re-elected. They love places in the news media that promotes their false image, and the salutation ‘Congressman’.  As for you, you cannot have such honor.  You have but one choice, and you are all equally disenfranchised whether your name is followed by a D or an R.  Call no one on earth your honor; for the current crop of politicians by their very nature are dishonorable.  Do not be called ‘Master’ for you have but one master, the Christ.  The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Your humble servant Donald Trump. 
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To learn why it is that most politicians say one thing and do the opposite click here.
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bergdahl and the Judge…a slap in the face to American justice

Bergdahl and the Judge…a slap in the face to American justice
By Norman E. Hooben
Before I begin my commentary read the following editorial posted at the Daily Wire.
I want to say at the outset that this judge did not exercise good judgment in handling Bergdahl’s sentencing; he has prescribed codes that he must follow…and he did not!

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OUTRAGEOUS: Deserter Bergdahl Gets NO PRISON TIME, Judge Cited Trump's Comments As 'Mitigation Evidence'
By Ben Shapiro @ The Daily Wire
On Friday, traitorous Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post and wandered into Taliban territory, only to be taken prisoner and held for years, then exchanged for Taliban terrorists by President Obama, received no prison time. That freedom came despite the fact that Bergdahl’s desertion apparently led to the deaths of six Americans who went searching for him. The judge did give Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, and reduced him to private while giving him a $10,000 fine. Bergdahl had already pled guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could have gone to prison for life.
The rationale for the sentence is unclear, but the judge in the case had commented on it previously: he had stated that he would take into account President Trump’s negative comments about Bergdahl when considering sentencing. Col. Jeffrey Nance stated, “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.” According to The New York Times:


The judge rejected a request that he dismiss the case or cap the length of the sentence on the grounds that the president’s comments had precluded a fair hearing. The judge said he had not been influenced by the remarks and that the public’s confidence in the military justice system had not been undermined.

So instead of recusing himself, the judge did what the defense wanted and simply let Bergdahl off the hook.
The sentence is as repulsive as Obama’s decision to trade away top terrorists in exchange for a deserter. Americans lost their lives searching for a man who deliberately left his post; more Americans will lose their lives to the terrorists Obama released in order to return Bergdahl to the country. Now, Bergdahl will go free, with virtually no penalty. ~ Ben Shapiro
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All too often when there is a disagreement with someone the opposition generally passes it off as, “That’s just your opinion.”  Well if this is my opinion it is also the opinion of the United States government…that same government that just tried a traitor to his country whom pleaded guilty to the charges.  Because my commentary centers around the Judge’s sentencing in this trial I would also like to point out that this judge violated the code of conduct by saying, ““I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.””  He also stated that he would take into account President Trump’s negative comments about Bergdahl when considering sentencing.
Now if you read below (Canon 2 B); “A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment.  Anyone with rational thought would agree that Judge/Colonel Jeffrey Nance allowed political influence to misguide his decision making process.  His partiality in this case warranted him to recuse himself.  He should have weighed the penalties of the crime without being influenced by other’s comments. 
Judge Nance should have recused himself prior to sentencing due to his open hostility toward President Trump.  During the Obama administration a judge was vacated from the court due to being partial to the defendant, Major Hassan (the Fort Hood terrorist). 

See: Hasan v. Gross, 71 M.J. 416 (in the military context, the appearance of bias principle with respect to the recusal of a military judge is derived from RCM 902(a): “A military judge shall disqualify himself . . . in any proceeding in which that military judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”; the standard for identifying the appearance of bias is objective: any conduct that would lead a reasonable man knowing all the circumstances to the conclusion that the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned).  ~ Norman E. Hooben
 
The following Canons (a body of binding rules, and standards) were excerpted from the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.  (There was no need to publish all the verbiage associated with each Canon…just the ones applicable to this trial.)

Canon 1: A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe those standards, so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further that objective.
Canon 2: A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in all Activities (A) Respect for Law. A judge should respect and comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

(B) Outside Influence. A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment. A judge should neither lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others nor convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge should not testify voluntarily as a character witness.
(C) Nondiscriminatory Membership. A judge should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin.
COMMENTARY
Canon 2A. An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by a reasonable inquiry, would conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge is impaired. Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny and accept freely and willingly restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen. Because it is not practicable to list all prohibited acts, the prohibition is necessarily cast in general terms that extend to conduct by judges that is harmful although not specifically mentioned in the Code. Actual improprieties under this standard include violations of law, court rules, or other specific provisions of this Code.
Canon 2B.
Canon 2C.
Canon 3: A Judge Should Perform the Duties of the Office Fairly, Impartially and Diligently
The duties of judicial office take precedence over all other activities. In performing the duties prescribed by law, the judge should adhere to the following standards:
(A) Adjudicative Responsibilities.
(1) A judge should be faithful to, and maintain professional competence in, the law and should not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor, or fear of criticism.
(2) A judge should hear and decide matters assigned, unless disqualified, and should maintain order and decorum in all judicial proceedings.
(3) A judge should be patient, dignified, respectful, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity. A judge should require similar conduct of those subject to the judge’s control, including lawyers to the extent consistent with their role in the adversary process.
(4) A judge should accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, and that person’s lawyer, the full right to be heard according to law. Except as set out below, a judge should not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications or consider other communications concerning a pending or impending matter that are made outside the presence of the parties or their lawyers. If a judge receives an unauthorized ex parte communication bearing on the substance of a matter, the judge should promptly notify the parties of the subject matter of the communication and allow the parties an opportunity to respond, if requested. A judge may:
(a) initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications as authorized by law;
(b) when circumstances require it, permit ex parte communication for scheduling, administrative, or emergency purposes, but only if the ex parte communication does not address substantive matters and the judge reasonably believes that no party will gain a procedural, substantive, or tactical advantage as a result of the ex parte communication;
(c) obtain the written advice of a disinterested expert on the law, but only after giving advance notice to the parties of the person to be consulted and the subject matter of the advice and affording the parties reasonable opportunity to object and respond to the notice and to the advice received; or
(d) with the consent of the parties, confer separately with the parties and their counsel in an effort to mediate or settle pending matters.
(5) A judge should dispose promptly of the business of the court.
(6) A judge should not make public comment on the merits of a matter pending or impending in any court. A judge should require similar restraint by court personnel subject to the judge’s direction and control. The prohibition on public comment on the merits does not extend to public statements made in the course of the judge’s official duties, to explanations of court procedures, or to scholarly presentations made for purposes of legal education.
(B) Administrative Responsibilities.
(1) A judge should diligently discharge administrative responsibilities, maintain professional competence in judicial administration, and facilitate the performance of the administrative responsibilities of other judges and court personnel.
(2) A judge should not direct court personnel to engage in conduct on the judge’s behalf or as the judge’s representative when that conduct would contravene the Code if undertaken by the judge.
(3) A judge should exercise the power of appointment fairly and only on the basis of merit, avoiding unnecessary appointments, nepotism, and favoritism. A judge should not approve compensation of appointees beyond the fair value of services rendered.
(4) A judge with supervisory authority over other judges should take reasonable measures to ensure that they perform their duties timely and effectively.
(5) A judge should take appropriate action upon learning of reliable evidence indicating the likelihood that a judge’s conduct contravened this Code or a lawyer violated applicable rules of professional conduct.
(C) Disqualification.
(1) A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned
Canon 3A (3).
Canon 3A (4).
Canon 3A (5).
Canon 3A (6).
Canon 3B (3).
Canon 3B (5).
Canon 3C.
Canon 3C (1) (c).
Canon 3C (1) (d) (ii).
Canon 4:   
Canon 4A
Canon 4A (4)
Canon 4A (5)
Canon 4B
Canon 4C.
Canon 4D (1), (2), and (3)
Canon 4D (5)
Canon 4E
Canon 4F
Canon 4H
Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity
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Mitigation

Noun
1. The act of mitigating, or lessening the force or intensity of something unpleasant, as wrath, pain, grief, or extreme circumstances:
2. The act of making a condition or consequence less severe:
The mitigation of a punishment.
3. The process of becoming milder, gentler, or less severe.
4. A mitigating circumstance, event, or consequence.

 

 

Friday, October 27, 2017

COMMUNIST INFLUENCE IN AMERICA

Suggestion: Please read at the bottom of this page:
Communist Goals from the Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
In the wake of the monstrous Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal blowing up Hollywood, happy-go-lucky daytime host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted an image and a caption only she could get away with.
This is what you might call "lesbian privilege."
 
 
 

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Communist Goals (1963)
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963
 
Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.
At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:
CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS
 
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. (On going)
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. (On going)
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. (Done!)
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind (Promoted by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and Senators Hillary Clinton, John Kerry among others too numerous to mention.) . If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton)
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions. (On going)
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures. (Approximately 80 to 85 percent completed)
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press. (Promoted by Hillary Clinton.  In a speech at the World's Women Forum she suggested that Christian religious leaders change their codes; aka do away with sins)
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. (On going encouraged by the communist controlled media and the leaders of the motion picture industry)
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama, the Democratic U. S. Senate and House of Representatives, and Hillary Rodham Clinton)
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."(On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton )
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." (100% completed by Anti-Catholic Chief Justice Hugo Black)
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.  (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man." (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. (On going)
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI. (On going)
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. (On going)
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. (On going)
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems. (On going)
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Colin Kaepernick, The NFL, and Apple Pie Logic

Colin Kaepernick, The NFL, and Apple Pie Logic

It was around the time I was in my late teens and entered that variety store down near the Oak Street fire station.  Probably in her early sixties, an eccentric lady owned and operated the small neighborhood store and, as the title suggests, she sold a variety of items such as cigarettes, candy, soda, some household items and of course several personal care products.  Upon entering the store the lady was sitting behind the counter and as if she didn’t want to get up from her comfortable position asked, “What can I get for you today young man?”  I replied, “Do you happen to have any shoe polish?”  Without getting up from her chair she said, “No, but we have some apple pie.”  Now that stunned my logical way of thinking and I turned around and walked out without saying anything further.
Logical…natural or sensible given the circumstance, as one definition goes and I could see nothing sensible in the lady’s response.  What on earth does apple pie have to do with shoe polish?  I could see asking for something like toothpaste and if it were not in stock to suggest a mouth wash which seems more of a natural alternative recommendation.
Now here comes Colin Kaepernick a professional football player who decides to take a knee to the national anthem instead of standing at attention with his helmet under his left arm and right hand over his heart; a long standing tradition also an NFL (National Football League) rule clearly stated in the rulebook and required of all NFL teams…part of a contract players agree to when signing up to play (as opposed to work, for most of us have to work for our livelihood).
Kaepernick’s explanation for his protest centers around his belief that blacks are mistreated by the police (certainly we could add more to this but suffice it to say it could be summed up as such).  So now I ask, “What does the police treatment of blacks have to do with our national anthem?”  Is this not the same illogical response to the shoe polish story?  The anthem (as well as the flag) is in honor of our country’s victories over those who would want to destroy us and the men and women of the military who fought and died for our independence and freedom.
Most NFL players and certainly the coaches and upper management of the league have been to college or have some higher education other than the elementary school level.  Have any of them ever taken a course in logic or at least learned from life’s experiences the differences between shoe polish and apple pie?  How about respect for our country over scarce incidents of mistreatment by the police?  Kaepernick should take his protests to the police station…not just any police station but one where he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he or other blacks have been mistreated.  Maybe they’ll serve him some apple pie when he gets down on his knee.  ~  
Norman E. Hooben, MSgt, USAF, retired
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Comment from social media:
Foster Fox Just read an article this morning that puts this in perspective. NFL players who kneel in protest are simply uneducated, uninformed sheep. Here are the numbers.... "According to The Washington Post, 737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States. Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown." So while the few NFL players who actually claim to have some idea why they are kneeling are stating it is to "protest" police brutality against blacks, the numbers show that TWICE as many whites are killed by police officers than the number of blacks killed by police officers. These NFL players are simply clueless morons.
 
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Each year I am hired to go to (not me)Washington , DC ,
with the eighth grade class from Clinton ,
WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I
greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some
special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially
memorable.
 
On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and
depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II
 

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?'
 
I told him that we were from Wisconsin . 'Hey,
I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.'
 
(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to speak at
the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington , DC , but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night
.)
When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)
'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers'. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.


'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in
the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team.. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that
because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in
Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

 
(He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New
Hampshire If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and
looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection
because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.
 
'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.
Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'


'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House
with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the
island with me and only 27 of us walked off
alive?'


 
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain
home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).
 
'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop,
Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His
best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts.
Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to
the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews.
When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is
no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada . Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his
Campbell 's soup. But we had to tell the
press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press.
 
'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a
monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And
when boys died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.
 

'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima
are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.'


'So that's the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history
of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.'
 
Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero
for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
 
One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the
man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.



Editor's note: And that, Mr. Kaepernick, is just one of the many reasons we don't take a knee to the flag.