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The LAFD Asks “What Is A Vet”?

What is a Vet?

Every November 11th, the Los Angeles City  Fire Department posts the following tribute to veterans on its webpage. I share their thoughts and would like to share them with all of the Crusty Conservative’s readers.

“The Los Angeles Fire Department takes pride in its credo:

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“…at all times, service above self”.

There are times however, when our efforts – no matter how valiant – should be rightfully overshadowed. One such time on the 11th hour of  the 11th day of the 11th month. Please join us in taking time to ponder the following question…

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 WHAT IS A VET?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a    jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia       sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn’t come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade – riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.

Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.

 

One fine man probably summarized it best…

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

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Please Stay Safe, Be Well – and Never Forget!

Brian Humphrey Firefighter/Specialist Public Service Officer Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD website: http://www.lafd.org


Reposted by The Crusty Conservative 11/11/16

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

What more can be said?

 

Honor the U.S.Navy & those who sail the seven seas in our defense!

Tomorrow October 13th is the 240th birthday of the United States Navy.

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Please join the Crusty Conservative in flying the American Flag to commemorate this event and honor our great naval hero’s from the Revolution’s  John Paul Jones and Admiral Farragut through World War II’s famous naval leaders -Admirals Bull Halsey and Chester Nimitz.Today, our brave sailors are still currently protecting U.S. interests around the world including in the volatile Persian Gulf.

Navy“Anchors Away”and “Hail Navy Team”

The Crusty Conservative 

10/12/15

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Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation, I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passers-by do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

 

To Honor Christopher Columbus

According to legend, explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12th, 1492.

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The Crusty Conservative 

10/12/15

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Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation, I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passers-by do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

 

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

 

An Independence Day Prayer

July 3rd, 2015

Dear Readers,

A friend ours sent us the following post with a request that we keep this going throughout the Independence Day weekend.

Please read it and then forward it to as many of your friends as possible.

Thank You & Happy Independence Day

“The Crusty Conservative”

Keep this going through July 4th

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I HOPE THERE ISN’T ANYONE ON MY E-MAIL LIST THAT WON’T KEEP THIS GOING.            

Happy 4th of July!…. 

Let’ s get this started ,NOW!

So it will be out there on the fourth!

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC,

FOR WHICH IT STANDS,

ONE NATION UNDER  GOD ,  

INDIVISIBLE, WITH   LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!  

 

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For all of our other military personnel,

where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country. 

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And God Bless our Military

who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.

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We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,  of which we should be eternally grateful.

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I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.

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A young Marine saluted it, 

And then he stood at ease. 

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he’d stand out in any crowd.

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 I thought how many men like him

had fallen through the years.


How many died on foreign soil; 

how many mothers’ tears?

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How many pilots’ planes shot down?

How many died at sea?


How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?


NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!

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I heard the sound of Taps one night, when everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill. 

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

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I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

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At the bottom of the sea.

Of unmarked graves in   Arlington .
NO FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

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Enjoy Your Freedom   and 
God Bless Our Troops

When you receive this, please stop for a moment

and say a prayer for our servicemen

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier,

prayer is the very best one.

      God Bless all!

 

Memorial Day Refections

WHAT WASTED SACRIFICE!

Last night, I re-watched the 2014 presentation of the Memorial Concert and Tribute concertwhich is held annually on the Capitol steps and west lawn.

The 2014 program featured a salute to the “God Star Mother” whose son was the first America serviceman killed freeing Afghanistan. A very talented actress recounted the mother’s story in the mother’s own words. She spoke about the pride that she felt in her son’s enlistment and early service in the US Army. She spoke about reading a TV news ticker reporting that two US Rangers had be killed fighting the muslim Taliban in the hell hole they call Afghanistan. And how she trembled later that day when a uniformed Army Officer appeared at her door to inform her that her son was one of those Rangers killed in Afghanistan. She spoke of the comfort and support that she received from a group of “Gold Star Mothers” of who she was now one helped her deal with her grief and despair. And she spoke about how she thereafter dedicated her life to working with the “Gold Star Mother’s Association” to help and console other mothers who were losing sons and daughters on a daily basis fighting against international muslim terrorism.

In the second tribute, award winning actor Gary Sinise told in a young US Marine’s own semper fiwords the story of that young man’s loss of two legs and most of two arms fighting to free Fallujah and Iraq’s Anbar Province. He spoke of the pain, the anger and the deep depression that he experienced  struggling to cope with his pain, with his new disabilities and at the same time the loss of his first wife who could not deal with his fate as a quadruple amputee. But as the former Marine sat in the audience with his new wife and child, we heard of how he regained his will to live and build a new life despite his physical and mental scars.

These two heroes are but two examples of the bravery of and sacrifices made by the thousands of young Americans and their families defending America from mad, tyrannical religious fanatics.

viet nam memorial I salute and honor each and every one of them on this Memorial Day. But as I do, I cannot help but wonder how that “Gold Star Mother” and the thousands of other families of the brave Americans who have sacrificed their bodies, their minds and indeed gave their lives fighting to free Afghanistan from the muslim Taliban must feel now. How do they cope with the fact that the “Traitor in Chief” in the White House has pulled our troops out of Afghanistan only to now let the Taliban once again regain control of the country?

WHAT WASTED SACRIFICE!

I also wonder how that young Marine amputee and the thousands of other young Americans who sacrificed life and limbs fighting and dying to free Falluja, Ramadi and entire Anwar Provence feel today as they watch the US government stand idly by while  Islamic Jihadists retake control over the areas that they and their comrades  fought and died freeing.  

WHAT WASTED SACRIFICE!

On this Memorial Day, I sincerely thank every man and woman who ever served in the US Military and their families, but I also despise those few politicians who in many cases have made the sacrifices of our military meaningless.

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GOD BLESS THE US MILITARY & OUR MILITARY VETERANS!

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GOD DAMN

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Barack Hussein Obama

and his political cronies who have made the recent sacrifices of or military irrelevant.

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

We (will always) Remember…

…The US Navy Blue Angels

Several weeks ago, my wife and I published a post on our “We Remember Blog” about our then recent visit to the US Navy’s Blue Angels training site. Unfortunately that post was not also made available to the readers of the “Crusty Conservative’s” website.

In response to many requests from “Crusty Conservative” readers, that entire post including pix and video is posted below. 


 

159025_090106184040_Blue_angels_logo (2)Although the “We Remember Blog’s” primary purpose is to share our memories of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, there are occasionally memorable current occurences that are “we will never forget” events that we want to record and share with our readers. One of those events occurred last week when, with our grandson Ryan Campopiano, we made an annual 250 mile, 3 day trip to the Mexican border and the small city of El Centro, Ca.

Each January, the US Navy’s Blue Angels precision flying team comes to the El Centro Naval Air Facility for 10 weeks of intense practice and training. Twice each day from January through  mid March, the Blue Angels team flies over El Centro, transitioning new pilots into the team, as well as learning and perfecting the maneuvers that will make up the upcoming season’s air show routine. Each week during this training additional, new maneuvers are learned, practiced and incorporated into the Blue Angels’ Demonstration (show) Program. By mid March, when we usually visit them, their program is well perfected and the team is ready for their 50 + show season. The first of these demonstrations is traditionally at the El Centro Air Show in March – This  year, last Saturday.

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The El Centro hay bales & some of the “Hay Balers”

The three of us are extremely fortunate to be part of a small informal group, known to the Blue Angels team as the “Hay Balers”, who have access to a semi-private viewing area less than 50 yards from the end of the El Centro Naval Air Facility’s main runway. The name “Hay Balers” derives from the high stacks of hay bales that the farmer who owns the property leaves each year at this vantage point and serves as a place from which we “Hay Balers” can watch the practices very close up. The hay bales also serve as a marker for the pilots as they perform their intricate maneuvers. On most days 20 or 30 spectators at most attend the daily practices. Some days the group includes a small contingent of the Blue Angels pilots’ spouses. As shown in the picture, many of the spectators (including the pilots’ wives) climb to the top of the 20 to 25 foot high hay stack for prime viewing. At our age however, we are content to sit in lawn chairs at ground level right in front of the stacks and watch from there.

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           Lead Soloist # 5 Lt. Mark Tedrow

From our vantage point at practice time, we can look across the airfield at the distinctive Blue Angels’ planes, watch the pilots climb in, lower their canopies and start their engines. When the practice is about to begin, the four pilots whose F-18s comprise the main formation called the diamond taxi their planes in precise formation to the opposite end of the runway from the hay bales. At the same time the two solo pilots Ryan Chamberlain #6 and Mark Tedrow #5  taxi their planes to our end of the runway and hold. As they pass the hay stacks, each soloist gives us a big wave and extends us greetings over his radio.

 

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   The Blue Angels’ Diamond Formation takes off                          & passes directly over our heads

At the appropriate time and at the opposite end of the runway, the Commanding Officer #1 or “Boss” – Captain Tom Frosch gives the order for the pilots in the “Diamond” to start their afterburners and then gives the command “Diamonds Roll”. From our end of the run we first see a cloud of grey, brown smoke from behind the four blue jets and hear a distant roar. Suddenly, four F-18 jets with full afterburners blazing are rushing down the runway directly at us at 400+ mph. About 25 yards from the end of the runway and at the most 50 yards directly in front of us, the four jets in unison become airborne and pass perhaps 50 to 100 feet directly over our heads. What an adrenaline rush!  Despite ear plugs, the noise is deafening. Our entire bodies feel the vibrations, our cars shake and car alarms go off as the four massive planes at full throttle pass directly overhead.

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          A Solo Pass

The two solo pilots then taxi to the end of the runway and wait as the four planes in the diamond perform their first three or four maneuvers. Then suddenly you are looking directly into the engines and afterburners of the two solo planes as they begin their side by side roll. Number 5, the lead soloist, hits his afterburner as soon as he begins his roll and before the mid-point of the runway is airborne and traveling straight up at 30,000 feet per minute. After the lead soloist quickly performs a number of loops and rolls, the opposing soloist (#6) hits his afterburner and joins # 5 in a number of looping and passing maneuvers. Thus the Blue Angels 40 minute demonstration begins directly over our heads. At times the planes appear to be at ground level and aiming directly for the hat bales and the “hay balers” only to pull up into a steep climb, a roll or a loop at the last second. What a show especially from such a close vantage point.

Absolutely Unbelievable!

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Each year on the Friday night before the El Centro Show, the base opens its gates and throwsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa big party for the Blue Angels team complete with sky divers, motorcycle dare devils and fireworks. During the course of the evening, we have the opportunity and privilege to mix, meet and socialize with the entire Blue Angels team. When we tell the various teamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmembers that we are “Hay Balers”, each and everyone lights up with a big smile, gives us a very warm hand shake and believe it or not sincerely thanks us for our interest in and loyalty to the Blue Angels.

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Sometimes Pat even gets a tight hug from one of the team.

What a fine group of young American Servicemen and Servicewomen! It makes you proud to be an American and be able to say that you saw and met some of America’s finest –

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“Up Close & Personal”.

“The Good Lord and Our Banker Be Willing”, we will go back next year, but if we cannot our previous trips to El Centro will be adventures that –

“We (Will Always) Remember”.

Pat & Frank Fleming

March 2015

Note – Our friends and fellow “Hay Balers” Mike & Kathy Witman from Milliken, CO spend every winter in El Centro and attend each and every Blue Angels practice from January to March. Mike is an accomplished video photographer and video tapes every practice which he then posts on You Tube daily

The video below was recorded by Mike from the top of the hay stacks last Thursday (3/12/15) – the same day that we attended a practice at that location. Mike’s video gives you a view of a Blue Angels demonstration from the “Hay Balers” perspective that we have come to enjoy and appreciate.

A couple of viewing notes if you watch the video:

  1. The young ladies shown on top of the Hay Stack at the beginning of the video are all wives of Blue Angel pilots
  2. Notice that when the soloists in planes # 5 & # 6 pass us and taxi into their holding positions, each of them give us a big wave and extend greeting to us via their radios.
  3. The guttural voice that you hear in the background during the demonstration is that of the Blue Angels Commanding Officer – Captain Tom Frosch calling cadence for the team (a liiiiiiiitle   moooooore   powerrrrrrrrrr) or giving commands (…..Brrrrrreak!) to the team
  4. When the Blue Angels at the end of the video the pilots turn on their landing lights and line up to land (about 18  minutes into the video) watch closely as each pilot gives the “Hay Balers” a big wave as they pass over the hay stacks.

 Thank You Kathy & Mike!


The Crusty Conservative

4/23/15

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

“The Crusty Conservative” Honors…

…George Washington On His Birthday For What He Did Not Do!

 

Today on “The Father of Our Country” George Washington’s Birthday, Americans will bewashington thanksgiving remembering (hopefully) all of the many and great things that Washington did for this country and his numerous contributions to our freedom. The “Crusty Conservative” however chooses to honor him for something that he did not do which probably had a greater, more lasting and more profound effect on the United States than anything that he did do.

After the American Revolution and while the U.S. Constitution was being written and debated, great pressure was exerted on the drafters to establish the office of King of North America and to appoint George Washington to the throne. Fortunately, the effort failed primarily due to Washington’s outright opposition to establishing a monarchy and his outright, almost obstinate refusal to even consider becoming the first King of North America.

Of all of his numerous contributions to our country, his refusal to accept a monarchical form of government and his personal refusal to accept the Crown was undoubtedly one of, if not, his greatest acts. Without his courage in standing up and opposing those who wanted to establish a monarchy and refusing to accept their proffered appointment to become king, the United States would to this day be ruled by royalty –

God Forbid and

Thank God for George Washington!

An interesting foot note is that had Washington accepted the Crown and become king, it would have set up the greatest of ironies. In that, the Colonists would have fought a bloody and costly war to oust the tyrant King George III of England only to replace him with another King George (Washington) I.

    What was!                                                       What Might Have Been!

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King George III of England

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       King George I of North America

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


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Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow in Memory of George Washington

Please join the Crusty Conservative

by flying your American Flag tomorrow

(2/22/15)…

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President George Washington

on the occasion of 

                                    His Birthday

 Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation,I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his American Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

 

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


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To Honor President Ronald Reagan…

Please join the Crusty Conservative

and fly your American Flag tomorrow

(Friday 2/6/15)…

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to celebrate the 114th birthday of Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

GOD BLESS YOU

A Great Man, A Great Patriot, A Great Conservative

&

One Of Our Greatest !

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Mr. President, you are sorely missed by your country!

The Crusty Conservative

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Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation, I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passers-by do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

 

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

 

Happy Birthday Mickey

11/19/2014

The Crusty Conservative joins 

Pat & Frank Fleming – the publishers of the

We Remember Blog & Website

werembember,com

 in wishing

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MICKEY MOUSE

A Happy 86th* Birthday Today

 *Mickey Mouse first came on the scene on November 19th, 1928 in Walt Disney’s cartoon

“Steamboat Willie”