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Most comments: 42

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2016-03-28 05:00:35 (42 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

#FeelTheBern  

Most reshares: 14

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2015-10-02 10:20:39 (4 comments; 14 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

This guy right here. Talk about him.

Most plusones: 28

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2015-05-29 05:02:19 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

I'm sure there are a few in my circles who've met this guy before.

Latest 50 posts

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2016-07-18 05:48:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This is really awesome, sign language CCW classes serving a community that had been neglected before.

Gun course offers new hope for Texas deaf community
This is great news.
A local gun club is working to allow a new group of Texans to enjoy a right that until recently was out of reach.

In July, members of the deaf community gathered for a license to carry class at Nardis Gun Club. The class, taught entirely in sign language, represented a first in San Antonio.

Houston Deaf Community - time for you to step up___This is really awesome, sign language CCW classes serving a community that had been neglected before.

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2016-06-23 01:59:45 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Thanks +Pam Adger​, because of your post I got off my butt and just made a donation of "power red", or a double donation of red blood cells.
Apparently it's in high demand especially for my blood type (O-) since it often goes to trauma victims.

Thanks +Pam Adger​, because of your post I got off my butt and just made a donation of "power red", or a double donation of red blood cells.
Apparently it's in high demand especially for my blood type (O-) since it often goes to trauma victims.___

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2016-05-28 03:24:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

You can have a free market or you can have a black market. No exceptions.

The market always wins.___You can have a free market or you can have a black market. No exceptions.

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2016-04-11 04:02:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Remember it's always OK against white people. ( no, seriously. Who gives a shit?)

___Remember it's always OK against white people. ( no, seriously. Who gives a shit?)

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2016-04-08 08:37:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This makes 10 States that recognize the Second Amendment as authorizing the bearing of arms without additional permitting.
That's huge!

Off the the governors desk. GREAT JOB, MISSISSIPPI! #ConstitutionalCarry  ___This makes 10 States that recognize the Second Amendment as authorizing the bearing of arms without additional permitting.
That's huge!

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2016-04-08 01:36:39 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Interesting. So the ATF is installing secret surveillance boxes around the city. I'll be keeping an eye out for these.

Interesting. So the ATF is installing secret surveillance boxes around the city. I'll be keeping an eye out for these.___

2016-03-28 20:00:55 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Google Cardboard. What is it good for? Is there any point to shelling out the $15 for a headset? It sort of seems like a gimmick, and one that will be relatively short lived at that.

Does anyone have any uses for Cardboard that are actually worthwhile? Share them here.

Google Cardboard. What is it good for? Is there any point to shelling out the $15 for a headset? It sort of seems like a gimmick, and one that will be relatively short lived at that.

Does anyone have any uses for Cardboard that are actually worthwhile? Share them here.___

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2016-03-28 05:00:35 (42 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

#FeelTheBern  

#FeelTheBern  ___

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2016-03-23 03:11:18 (27 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Uh, I think I know why.

___Uh, I think I know why.

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2016-03-22 13:40:36 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Great explanation.

...___Great explanation.

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2016-03-20 15:38:48 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

If the video shows what it appears to, it's further proof of intelligence. The ability to predetermine cause and effect and make predictions about what should have happened with the card is a mark of intelligence. Showing astonishment at an unexpected result is another, as well as a sign of emotion.
Very cool video for more than just the obvious reasons.

Via +George Kozi​

He's amazed ___If the video shows what it appears to, it's further proof of intelligence. The ability to predetermine cause and effect and make predictions about what should have happened with the card is a mark of intelligence. Showing astonishment at an unexpected result is another, as well as a sign of emotion.
Very cool video for more than just the obvious reasons.

Via +George Kozi​

2016-03-14 07:04:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Hey +Alien Gear Holsters​, I can't find the info on your site. Do you offer a shell for a Walther PPQ with an Inforce APL?

Hey +Alien Gear Holsters​, I can't find the info on your site. Do you offer a shell for a Walther PPQ with an Inforce APL?___

2015-10-27 04:55:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I finally got to see last night's #TWD. He's not dead. That was a very deliberately set and filmed scene.

I finally got to see last night's #TWD. He's not dead. That was a very deliberately set and filmed scene.___

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2015-10-25 15:16:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I actually am "big boned" so I'll probably kick ass.

___I actually am "big boned" so I'll probably kick ass.

2015-10-18 16:23:52 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Working a job job site today and I still have my range bag in my car. I just realized with my electronic hearing protection and binoculars I have superhuman hearing and vision.

Yeah, I'm basically a superhero.

Working a job job site today and I still have my range bag in my car. I just realized with my electronic hearing protection and binoculars I have superhuman hearing and vision.

Yeah, I'm basically a superhero.___

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2015-10-07 01:04:26 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Sadly this is only an Onion article and not real advice.

___Sadly this is only an Onion article and not real advice.

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2015-10-06 03:30:20 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I don't think anyone in my circles ever really thought of the Celts as barbarians, other than in the strict Roman sense.
Still this was a degree of metallurgy I wasn't aware they had.
Also, I really want a torc.

___I don't think anyone in my circles ever really thought of the Celts as barbarians, other than in the strict Roman sense.
Still this was a degree of metallurgy I wasn't aware they had.
Also, I really want a torc.

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2015-10-04 19:25:55 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

According to this Americans and Europeans couldn't get married either.

Is this right right?___According to this Americans and Europeans couldn't get married either.

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2015-10-04 17:51:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

+steve cooksey​ +jenella herring​ +rasha kamel​

+steve cooksey​ +jenella herring​ +rasha kamel​___

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2015-10-04 17:50:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

+steve cooksey​ +jenella herring​ +rasha kamel​ will all probably find this, and the next article I post interesting.
These sites are also relatively close to where extent populations of wild dogs still roam.

+steve cooksey​ +jenella herring​ +rasha kamel​ will all probably find this, and the next article I post interesting.
These sites are also relatively close to where extent populations of wild dogs still roam.___

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2015-10-03 09:13:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Doing something, when it's the wrong something only makes the situation worse.

Doing something, when it's the wrong something only makes the situation worse.___

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2015-10-02 10:20:39 (4 comments; 14 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

This guy right here. Talk about him.

This guy right here. Talk about him.___

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2015-10-01 18:04:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Imagine that.

#FeelTheBern  ___Imagine that.

2015-10-01 14:56:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

One of the odder things I've seen. This morning my kids were watching the Arthur cartoon and there was a cat eared +Neil Gaiman​ teaching kids about graphic novels.

One of the odder things I've seen. This morning my kids were watching the Arthur cartoon and there was a cat eared +Neil Gaiman​ teaching kids about graphic novels.___

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2015-09-27 17:49:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Lots of great speakers taking about using media effectively to get the pro rights message out at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. #GRPC 

Lots of great speakers taking about using media effectively to get the pro rights message out at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. #GRPC ___

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2015-09-24 14:21:22 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Inexpensive sours and lambics? I'm all for it.
What do you think +Patrick Ryan​?

___Inexpensive sours and lambics? I'm all for it.
What do you think +Patrick Ryan​?

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2015-09-07 18:24:40 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

There are two times when it's critical to question what you see or hear.

The first is when you see something that you instantly disagree with, or that immediately makes you want to dismiss it. Why? Is it factually wrong? Does it goes against your moral or ethical code? If someone else said the same thing would you have the same reaction? Do you perhaps just want it to be wrong because otherwise you may have to challenge other deeply held notions you have an emotional attachment to, or your motives for those beliefs? Are you willing to admit you might be wrong?

The second time is perhaps even more important to evaluate and that is when you find something that instantly supports one of your own beliefs, or justifies the way you feel.
Is it correct? Is it accurate? Do you just want it to be true, despite any countervailing evidence? If someone you disagreed with did or said the... more »

There are two times when it's critical to question what you see or hear.

The first is when you see something that you instantly disagree with, or that immediately makes you want to dismiss it. Why? Is it factually wrong? Does it goes against your moral or ethical code? If someone else said the same thing would you have the same reaction? Do you perhaps just want it to be wrong because otherwise you may have to challenge other deeply held notions you have an emotional attachment to, or your motives for those beliefs? Are you willing to admit you might be wrong?

The second time is perhaps even more important to evaluate and that is when you find something that instantly supports one of your own beliefs, or justifies the way you feel.
Is it correct? Is it accurate? Do you just want it to be true, despite any countervailing evidence? If someone you disagreed with did or said the same thing would you still support it? Does your agreement have just an emotional component or actual evidence? Have you honestly examined the evidence or just accepted it because you want it to be true? Are you willing to admit you might be wrong?

If you're not doing these things you're doing yourself a disservice, and any cause you support as well.

" What are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history"--what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future, facts are your single clue.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long"___

2015-08-28 18:40:01 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Let me explain the type of mentality you are up against when it comes to criminals.

I had someone steal my blender bottle today, a young black man took it from the table where it is staged as I patrol the parking lot. (No racist comments please, any race has dirt bags, and he even happened to be with a white guy at the time)

I caught up with him before he was able to leave the property and recovered the bottle. His excuse was that he "didn't take it, it was just sitting there."

I rebutted with "you didn't bring it though, so you knew it was not yours."
He continued with "but it was just there, no one was near it."

That's the mentality folks, it's one of juvenile entitlement and a self centered world view. If you don't stop them from taking something it is OK for them to take it. Anything not claimed by... more »

Let me explain the type of mentality you are up against when it comes to criminals.

I had someone steal my blender bottle today, a young black man took it from the table where it is staged as I patrol the parking lot. (No racist comments please, any race has dirt bags, and he even happened to be with a white guy at the time)

I caught up with him before he was able to leave the property and recovered the bottle. His excuse was that he "didn't take it, it was just sitting there."

I rebutted with "you didn't bring it though, so you knew it was not yours."
He continued with "but it was just there, no one was near it."

That's the mentality folks, it's one of juvenile entitlement and a self centered world view. If you don't stop them from taking something it is OK for them to take it. Anything not claimed by someone else (and who has the strength to hold it) is fair game for them because they want it.
They don't consider your needs or wants, your rightful claim or the work you put in to earn something. It's all about them, their instant gratification and you are less than nothing to them.
#thief___

2015-08-05 20:38:42 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

If you want to understand where you the citizen ranks with regards to government organizations, consider this.
At the DMV if you want to register your car it's cash up front, don't come back until you have it. However if you want to turn your plates in for a refund please allow up to six weeks for processing.

If you want to understand where you the citizen ranks with regards to government organizations, consider this.
At the DMV if you want to register your car it's cash up front, don't come back until you have it. However if you want to turn your plates in for a refund please allow up to six weeks for processing.___

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2015-07-16 16:46:24 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

This is spot on. I can't stand the new take on Superman.

Superman isn't good or special because he's an alien who crashes on Earth and ends up being incredibly powerful. He's special because after all that he becomes someone who always does the right thing because he was raised by a couple of decent people from Kansas. That's it.

He is someone with the power to be the most selfish being in all of existence, and he decides to be selfless because he was raised by a couple of kindly farmers. And the beautiful idea behind him is that we don't need to be bulletproof to be that way — we just have to be decent people.

via +Curt Thompson ___This is spot on. I can't stand the new take on Superman.

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2015-07-16 16:42:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I'd love to see a remake of Jurassic Park where they update everything with feathers.

"Scientists have discovered a winged dinosaur - an ancestor of the velociraptor - that they say was on the cusp of becoming a bird.
The 6ft 6in (2m) creature was almost perfectly preserved in limestone, thanks to a volcanic eruption that had buried it in north-east China.
And the 125-million year-old fossil suggests many other dinosaurs, including velociraptors, would have looked like "big, fluffy killer birds".
But it is unlikely that it could fly".___I'd love to see a remake of Jurassic Park where they update everything with feathers.

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2015-07-16 16:32:24 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I do this all the time.

___I do this all the time.

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2015-07-14 21:51:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Though this is about medical internship this type of schedule applies to many managers who are on call, and have to deal with site visits, client emergencies, etc...

So much this:___Though this is about medical internship this type of schedule applies to many managers who are on call, and have to deal with site visits, client emergencies, etc...

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2015-07-14 04:16:49 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

OK, so in episode 3 of this season of Defiance Linda Hamilton's character just told someone "Come with me if you want to live".

OK, so in episode 3 of this season of Defiance Linda Hamilton's character just told someone "Come with me if you want to live".___

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2015-07-14 03:36:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I'll be going to this in September. Anyone in Phoenix interested in going? It's free, you just need to register.
https://www.saf.org/?espresso_events=gun-rights-policy-conference-2015

I'll be going to this in September. Anyone in Phoenix interested in going? It's free, you just need to register.
https://www.saf.org/?espresso_events=gun-rights-policy-conference-2015___

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2015-07-10 23:25:18 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

These are so good they make me wish Google plus allowed photo comments.

FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but to whomever it is...you have my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  ___These are so good they make me wish Google plus allowed photo comments.

2015-07-10 18:39:16 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Thank you +OtterBox​. Because of you I can drop my phone facedown on the pavement and NOT get that "Oh crap..." feeling.
#otterbox #motox

Thank you +OtterBox​. Because of you I can drop my phone facedown on the pavement and NOT get that "Oh crap..." feeling.
#otterbox #motox___

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2015-06-30 23:50:35 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

I shared this on FB earlier, but it deserves another.

LMAO -- really though.. FREDDIE is like #WTF   #Kanye   #queen  ___I shared this on FB earlier, but it deserves another.

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2015-06-28 18:54:41 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I'm just happy when I can catch the fork I drop before it hits the floor.

That was incredibly close...

#likeaboss   #baseball   #gif   #longoria   #evanlongoria  ___I'm just happy when I can catch the fork I drop before it hits the floor.

2015-06-27 03:09:15 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

OK meathead friends, I have joined a gym again. Sure, it's Planet Fatness but they're cheap and they have free weights so I'm good.
The question is, who can recommend a good strength training program to get started again? Something 3-4 days per week for under an hour a day is necessary.
+Brandon Buhler​, +M Neidlinger​ any input?

OK meathead friends, I have joined a gym again. Sure, it's Planet Fatness but they're cheap and they have free weights so I'm good.
The question is, who can recommend a good strength training program to get started again? Something 3-4 days per week for under an hour a day is necessary.
+Brandon Buhler​, +M Neidlinger​ any input?___

2015-06-23 23:14:59 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Why do people say "hot as balls" when by their very design the testes are several degrees cooler than the rest of the body?

Why do people say "hot as balls" when by their very design the testes are several degrees cooler than the rest of the body?___

2015-06-21 16:52:03 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

What would you say is the most memorable or iconic Firefly quote?
Poll was limited to five choices which is a shame because there are at least four more I'd have liked to include.
If your favorite wasn't included put it in the comments.

What would you say is the most memorable or iconic Firefly quote?
Poll was limited to five choices which is a shame because there are at least four more I'd have liked to include.
If your favorite wasn't included put it in the comments.___

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2015-06-21 00:15:26 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Everyone posting about how the culture of the Confederate flag, etc is to blame for the shooting is Charleston is missing a HUGE fucking point.

It's this - racism was his excuse, but it isn't what caused him to be a killer. Sadly, there are still plenty of racists out there out all colors, millions even. They don't become murderers though.
Blaming the shooting on racism absolves him off the blame. It makes it the fault of an external sources that he couldn't have controlled. The fact is he chose his acts, he planned his attack, and he carried out a heinous crime. That's on HIM, no one else.

That whole "heritage, pride and states rights" thing is pure dog-whistle. It's not fooling anyone. ___Everyone posting about how the culture of the Confederate flag, etc is to blame for the shooting is Charleston is missing a HUGE fucking point.

It's this - racism was his excuse, but it isn't what caused him to be a killer. Sadly, there are still plenty of racists out there out all colors, millions even. They don't become murderers though.
Blaming the shooting on racism absolves him off the blame. It makes it the fault of an external sources that he couldn't have controlled. The fact is he chose his acts, he planned his attack, and he carried out a heinous crime. That's on HIM, no one else.

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2015-06-19 05:03:33 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

This seems relevant today.

a little reminder that when the 2nd amendment isn't infringed things turn out much better___This seems relevant today.

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2015-05-29 05:02:19 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

I'm sure there are a few in my circles who've met this guy before.

I'm sure there are a few in my circles who've met this guy before.___

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2015-05-27 23:04:42 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

+jenella herring​ your hangout made a Google post.

Floods of historic proportions swept through Texas and Oklahoma on Memorial Day weekend and have continued into this week. Lives have been lost, a number of people are still missing, and property damage is extensive and widespread. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, and cleanup has begun—but rains are still in the forecast.

In response, +Google is committing $300,000 in Google.org and employee support to flood recovery efforts in the hardest-hit counties of Texas and Oklahoma. We’ll continue to work with the many nonprofits and responders who are providing lifesaving resources on the ground and we’re searching for additional opportunities for Googlers from the Austin office and our Mayes County Data Center to lend their hands.

In both Texas and Oklahoma we’re devastated by the destruction but are inspired--and proud of--the courage of the first-responders and neighbors who have been braving the weather to support our communities. We hope these funds will help to ease the suffering of so many and to accelerate the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the floods.___+jenella herring​ your hangout made a Google post.

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2015-05-25 17:14:26 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

I am sharing the full text here for those that can't follow the link. THIS is Memorial Day.
" If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber."




Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.

Heck, they even leaned in.

I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly's telling of it to a packed house in 2010. Just four days following the death of his own son in combat, Kelly eulogized two other sons in anu... more »

Real American Hero's ___I am sharing the full text here for those that can't follow the link. THIS is Memorial Day.
" If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber."




Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.

Heck, they even leaned in.

I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly's telling of it to a packed house in 2010. Just four days following the death of his own son in combat, Kelly eulogized two other sons in an unforgettable manner.

From Kelly's speech:

Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.

Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines.

The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island.

They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70 yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped.

Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different.

The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion.

All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”

What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.”

“No sane man.”

“They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ … let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”

The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber.

The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God.

Six seconds.

Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty … into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.

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