WHAT THE LIVING CAN DO FOR THE DEAD, THIS MEMORIAL DAY

WHAT THE LIVING CAN DO FOR THE DEAD, THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day is a time of great emotion for some of us. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying your day off with hot dogs and beer, some of us would ask a few moments for a group of men, and some women, who will not be enjoying those things ever again. For me, it is a day of remembering a few such men in particular. They can join in neither somberness nor revelry, but it is my earnest hope and desire that they are received by God with the same acclaim and respect that we, who are left behind, remember them with. Some, in particular, left this earth with special distinction and heroism. Some, I had the honor of knowing first hand. Men whose voices I could recognize, whose faces I will never forget. I knew what sort of laugh they had and whether they were inclined to smile broadly or smirk. I am not their blood family, and I will never know them as intimately as their true families did. I do, however, consider them my brothers, nonetheless. One such man is 1st LT David R. Bernstein. He died on a night that I will never forget– 18 October 2003. On that night, his patrol came under fire with small arms and RPGs. Lieutenant Bernstein was shot in the leg, yet staggered under fire to the other side his Humvee, which had flipped and thrown the driver out. There, he freed the pinned driver and even managed to get the vehicle up off the berm. He later succumbed to his wounds, as he had been shot in the...
ICE Arrests 188 Illegal Immigrants in California, Nearly 90% Have Prior Criminal Convictions

ICE Arrests 188 Illegal Immigrants in California, Nearly 90% Have Prior Criminal Convictions

Federal immigration authorities in California detained 188 illegal immigrants during a five-day operation. Among the 188 arrested, 169 of those people had prior convictions. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported the most common prior offenses were drug violations, DUI, domestic violence, and sex crimes, comprising 115 of those arrested, followed by other various crimes such as Battery, Assault, and Burglary. Among the arrestees, 177 men and 11 women, included nationals from 11 countries, according to ICE. Illegal immigrants from Mexico made up most of those arrested in the raid, a total of 146 from Mexico were detained, followed by 13 from El Salvador and 12 from Guatemala. As for the 19 people who had no prior convictions, they will still be “processed for removal from the country.” Any individual who returns “to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country.”   The arrests of illegal immigrants have increased since President Trump signed Executive Orders on immigration policies, resulting in arrests of “more than 41,000 individuals nationwide who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally, a nearly 40 percent increase over the same period in 2016.” Nearly “75 percent of those arrested” have criminal convictions, ranging from drug violations and homicide to sexual abuse. In the Los Angeles area, ICE authorities made “2,273 administrative arrests during that timeframe, including 2,049 criminal aliens.” David Marin, the director of enforcement and removal operations for the ICE Los Angeles field office, said “operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day...
Lessons From the Movies: How Much Freedom is Too Much?

Lessons From the Movies: How Much Freedom is Too Much?

It was recently announced that actress, Diane Keaton, will receive this year’s American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Just as an aside, I submit that Keaton, as much as Meryl Streep, could hold the title of America’s premiere film actress. Keaton has worked nonstop since her debut in 1970, proving herself adept at both comedy and drama, with her films which include ‘The Godfather’ trilogy raked in over $1 billion. She’s never been tabloid fodder or preachy, always known for her work (OK, and her quirky demeanor and baggy clothes). Reviewing her career, however, an odd, depressing film from 1977 haunts viewers even today and raises important questions that still demand answers. 1977, of course, was her banner year, bringing an Oscar for Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall.’ This is a comic masterpiece, with jabs at Hollywood, pompous intellectuals, and observations on life and love. The talented Keaton could just as easily have won for ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ (the title taken from a nightspot, not a candy bar), a dusty, dated, R-rated drama set in the dark underworld of the sexually liberated 70s.  Keaton played a dedicated teacher of deaf students by day and a bar-hopping sexual adventuress (and serious drug user) by night. [*Spoilers and adult themes follow*] Taken from a novel and based on a real-life case, ‘Goodbar’ vividly recreated the sexually promiscuous cesspool of urban America, with only the soundtrack, a collection of mid-70s dance hits, offering any sense of pleasure or release. By film’s end, Keaton’s character, having already slept with a string of lowlifes, is brutally murdered in her final encounter. Forty years later, pop...
Crash in Indianapolis 500 rips rear of Scott Dixon’s car off

Crash in Indianapolis 500 rips rear of Scott Dixon’s car off

by Fox News By Samuel Reiman The car driven by Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, goes over the top of Jay Howard, of England, in the first turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Indianapolis. (  (AP Photo/Marty Seppala) The rear end of Scott Dixon’s car ripped off in a crash with Jay Howard just over 50 laps into Sunday’s 200-lap Indianapolis 500. After being passed on the inside by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Howard hit the outside wall in Turn 1 then slid down the track into Scott Dixon.  REPLAY: @scottdixon9 checked, cleared, and released after this turn 1 incident during the #Indy500 at @IMS. #INDYCAR pic.twitter.com/gaD950M27F — IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 28, 2017 Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing Honda went airborne, flying over the top of Helio Castroneves before landing on the inside SAFER barrier, ripping the rear end of his machine off. Fortunately, both drivers were able to walk away. The red flag was flown due to a hole made in the infield safety fencing from the crash. A photographer in the infield narrowly avoided the wreck and was taken to the infield medical center for further observation. REPLAY: @scottdixon9 incident in turn 1 at @IMS #Indy500 #INDYCAR pic.twitter.com/JaK8lfx4nt — IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 28, 2017 Scott Dixon and Jay Howard have both been checked, cleared and released from the infield care center. The red flag period lasted for 19 minutes before the cars got back rolling again....
Trump Told NATO Members to Pay Up, And He’s Right

Trump Told NATO Members to Pay Up, And He’s Right

On May 25th in Brussels, President Donald Trump addressed his fellow heads of state leading the now Sixty-Eight year old North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance forged in the wake of World War II to counter the common threat presented by the Soviet Union’s expansion into Eastern Europe following the devastating conflict which launched the Cold War. During his remarks, President Trump created international headlines and many very uncomfortable world leaders by stating: “The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO Members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and tax payers of the United States.” Allow me to be as blunt as humanly possible: He is absolutely right. For the Sixty-Eight years of its existence, NATO has relied almost completely on the military might and economic brute force of the United States to act as a shield against the aggressions and predations of not only Russia, but also Iran after 1979, Iraq in 1991 & 2001, as well as global Islamic-Terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State up to today. A brief history lesson: For over half of a century the taxpayers of the United...