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gdh66 said...

Lr103, seriously? Any student of warfare throughout the ages will tell you that atrocities are committed by both parties. There are no "good" wars. I can recite atrocious acts for every war, on every continent, for the past 200 years. With every population you are going to get abhorrent behavior but it is a question if it is accepted as normal and punished accordingly. I can assure you that the U.S. military does investigate allocations of illegal acts according to the Geneva and Hague conventions and take the steps necessary to punish the offenders. Please don't be one of the "hate America" crowd. We're not perfect but we have done some of the most good in the world (military, USAID, U.S. non-governmental organizations). If you don't think so, then please, step out into the world and volunteer and go to some of these backward, filthy, murderous places on this planet and try to make them better.

January 24, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
gdh66 said...

To EaTn, I am a recently retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and I can tell you that Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) do not discriminate between male and female or race. What was left of female service members came home from the very beginning in remains containers. There were and are armless and legless female casualties and there were well in the thousands of them. We will have the"absurdity" to the end of time. This should also open up the opportunity that women should be eligible for the Selective Service. Equal Opportunity means you are eligible for all the privileges and consequences of a "right," eh? You're going to see a lot more women come home in remains containers because al Qaeda will make it a point to snatch female solders and video tape what they typically do to women and put it on the internet. They are truly a brutal and barbaric people.

January 24, 2013 at 7:39 a.m.
gdh66 said...

Military leadership in the United States does not set establish national policy. They help implement and enforce it. Sherman overstepped his authority as he did several times.

On August 16th, President Johnson ordered the land turned over to all pardoned Confederates but this order was largely ignored. Secretary of War Stanton and General Howard encouraged assistant commissioner General Rufus Saxton not to turn over the property. As a result, President Johnson relieved General Saxton. By 1866, ex-Confederates had their property returned from the Freedmen’s Bureau, however, freedmen were allowed to purchase government land on the islands. The Homestead Act also had provisions to allow freedmen to purchase or homestead land in the east but this land was poor and the opportunity was taken little advantage of.

 Labor shortages were immediately felt after the close of the war.  Large migrations of blacks throughout the countryside and into the cities took the labor forces away from the agricultural areas.  The Freedmen’s Bureau worked with the laborers and the contractor in contract disputes in the type of work, duration, benefits, and wages.  They acted as labor mediators, court advocates, and sometimes as judge and jury.  Their influence in labor helped ensure a somewhat reliable labor force was available to rebuild.

 The conflict of the powers and influence in state affairs had President Johnson questioning its legitimacy.  Congress and the President struggled over the extension of the life of the Bureau.  In February 1866, Congress agreed to extend its life but Johnson vetoed the bill, which was overridden in July 1866.  This revised bill allowed the bureau to act as a military tribunal until 1868.  It helped overrule discriminating laws passed by local governments against the freedmen.

 Clearly the Republican Party used the Freedmen’s Bureau as a partisan tool.  It was used to recruit members into the Republican Party via the Union League.  John M. Langston and W.J. Armstrong were two employees of the Freedmen’s Bureau that promoted the Union League.  They also worked to educate the freedmen in the political process.

 Probably the most successful and positive influence the Freedmen’s Bureau has was its benevolent endeavors.  It coordinated and worked with aid societies, volunteers, and church affiliated groups to educate, clothe, and provide medical care for both freedmen, and whites.  A full one-third of the Bureau’s budget was directed to education.  By 1870, 9,000 teachers were working with 200,000 pupils in 4,000 schools throughout the South.  The Bureau also helped establish several church affiliated colleges and universities, and forty hospitals.  The Bureau also issued 21 million rations during its lifetime to help prevent starvation of both freedmen, and whites.
March 5, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
gdh66 said...

It is not the job of the government at any level to subsidize a grocery store. It is a service just like a gas station is.

I would suggest some of these folks strike up some of the entrepreneurial spirit and form a company and make their own grocery store. They have identified a problem, the first step in a decision making process, now they need to identify the steps to solve it. Government is not the answer. It just perpetuates dependency.

Don't be a slave! The master provided food, shelter, and medicine when he wanted to. Make your own opportunities!

December 18, 2010 at 9 a.m.
gdh66 said...

The days of the conservative Democrat in the South is history. The process that began with the Carter Administration is complete and the Democrat Party will forever be labeled the party of liberalism, progressivism, and socialism. In the coming two elections you will see the number of Democrats holding office decrease going the way of the dodo bird in all levels of government except in areas where the government is buying votes with entitlement programs. Sad, sad, sad for people to compromise their values over a few pieces of silver.

August 8, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
gdh66 said...

Teacher's Unions have for years failed in holding fellow teachers accountable for the quality and excellence of the education they provide. Now it continues to erode our children's and grandchildren's education, future, and the hope of our nation. When a local governing body finally steps in to hold them accountable, and a Democrat governor none the less, they balk. So, so, sad.

January 11, 2010 at 6:39 a.m.
gdh66 said...

hmurra1,

I believe my statement was very specific. You need to research the statements and the policies that Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) has supported over the years. Do not look at this one incident. He has been very, very direct in his opinion of the military and the institution. I will then leave it to your judgement.

January 3, 2010 at 8:43 a.m.
gdh66 said...

One of the privileges we have as veterans for our service to our country is to be buried in a National Cemetery. This is particularly true for those of us that have spent our careers in the all volunteer force. We made the selfless voluntary step forward to serve our nation.

I love my parents and they taught me my core value system but neither of them spent a day in the military so why should they be buried among the warriors and our spouses who have made their own sacrifices? It is a natural occurance for a young man or woman to leave their parents and start their own life. It is not a natural occurance for a young man or woman to risk his or her life and the future of themselves and thier families and leave their spouse and children to be deployed to some God forsaken country in an attempt to win our nation's battles.

The National Cemetery system, which is overseen by the Veteran's Administration, has a problem right now with burial spaces and projected burial spaces. Assuming that only half of spouses are buried with the veterans and then you add parents too, you will fill the cemeteries up even more quickly. Elderly parents and the veteran's siblings who are looking for a way to save on funeral expenses are not going to pass up a free burial plot.

Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) is a liberal Democrat and has for years been in pursuit of dismantling, eroding, and picking apart the institution of the U.S. military in a way which fits it with his socialist agenda. He has proven over time that he will stop at no effort to compromise the military mission, focus and what are in the best interests of protecting our country. It is my fervent that our own representative, Zach Wamp, will not succumb to the Honorable Mr. Frank's self-serving and destructive liberal agenda.

January 2, 2010 at 9 a.m.
gdh66 said...

jdolls43, you obviously have had a problem in your family due to alcohol during your life and that is unfortunate. I believe you need to read a little American History (oh, sorry they really don't teach history in our schools now) and see what it has to say about the Temperance Movement and Prohibition. Why is it easy for kids to get alcohol? Enabling adults. If the police and courts did their jobs then it would put some of these folks in jail. Yes, yes Jesus gave his life for all of us but that in and of itself will not save people from themselves. He gave us free will (remember that whole Adam and Eve thing) and we and our precious snowflakes get to make decisions and we get to live with the decisions, right, wrong, or indifferent! I don't want the government on any level telling me what to do. And I certainly DO NOT want someone that may think they know what is better for me to try and tell me what to do.

December 9, 2009 at 8:07 p.m.
gdh66 said...

What the good mayor of Chattanooga is being truthful on is that county residents pay a huge amount of county property taxes that go toward education in the consolidated school system. This money goes disproportionately to Chattanooga schools that have a huge dropout rate and as a result graduation rate and generally speaking a drag on society. Tell the truth Mr. Mayor. You'll sleep better at night.

October 7, 2009 at 8:10 p.m.
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