Memorial Day – 2015: A Debt We Can Never Repay … Remembering, Thanking & Honoring Our Military Heroes For Their Service & Sacrifice

 

REMEMBERING AND HONORING OUR MILITARY HEROES WHO GAVE ALL … BECAUSE FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE.

On this Memorial Day 2015, Scared Monkeys sends a special thank you to all of the military men, woman and their families who have sacrificed their lives to that We, the United States of America, remain the home of the free because of the brave. We thank from the bottom of our hearts those who we can no longer thank in person for their sacrifice to this great Country. Thank you and God Bless you, we shall never forget you your service and sacrifice.

Please take time today to remember what this day is truly about and the men and women that we have lost.

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 – King James Version)

America has lost so many lives to protect the freedoms and liberties that we hold to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We have lost so many brave souls to not only protect our Freedoms, but the freedoms of others from tyranny.  On this day we remember that Freedom is never Free and all those that gave all in their service and sacrifice to us.

The words of President Ronald Reagan, Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982:

“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.” [...]

“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.”

Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremonies Honoring an Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Conflict – 5/28/84

I can remember like it was yesterday, but in fact it was more than 25 years ago, when I stood in Arlington National Cemetery for the funeral of my Uncle and namesake. I can remember the sound of Taps and the 21 gun salute as tears flowed down my face as I laid to rest my hero. A man that gave so much for his country and for me. A man who was the toughest and most honorable, proud and yet humble man I have ever known. By all accounts he should have died in the Ardennes forest during WWII, but God had other plans. However, in many respects he did lose all as he came home forever changed. My uncle volunteered for WWII at age 18, although, when I review the records he was actually 17. He, like 5 of his brothers, took part in WWII. However, my Uncle Red saw the most action in Patton’s 3rd Army. Much of what he witnessed, he took to his grave as he lost so many Brothers in Arms. When he came home some 4 years later after having defeated the Nazis, his own mom, my grandmother, did not recognize him.

As always and on a personal note I say thank you and you are missed to my uncle Red who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. My uncle served in Patton’s 3rd Army where he received the following medals. a silver star. bronze star and multiple purple hearts.  So often he did not want to talk of what went on during his military server and his heroic efforts during WWII; however, true heroes are also humble. It was not until much later when I was in college and became a history major with a specialty in US military warfare and tactics did my uncle open up and provide me with the truth of what he experienced during his military days, some of that time spent in the Ardennes , better know as the Battle of the Bulge.

Thank you from your nephew and namesake, Red

A thank you to all that made the greatest sacrifice for us. May we honor your sacrifices and make you proud.

Daily Commentary – Monday, May 25, 2015 – Cable TV Needs to Start Vetting Their Talent Better

 
  • TLC’s Josh Dugger, eldest child of the Dugger’s TV show “19 and Counting”, admits to molesting minors 12 years ago.

Daily Commentary – Monday, May 25, 2015 Download

71 Arrested in Cleveland Protests Following Not Guilty Verdict of Police Officer Michael Brelo in Shooting Deaths of Timothy Russell & Malissa Williams

 

IT WAS AS PREDICTABLE AS SUN THE RISING IN THE EAST …

71 people have been arrested in Cleveland, OH following the not guilty verdict of white police officer Michael Brelo. Yesterday, Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell declared that Brela, a white police officer, was “not guilty” of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of two unarmed, black passengers, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The fact that protests turned violent and individuals were arrested was as predictable as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West. Police Chief Calvin Williams said that most protests were peaceful, later in the day, some people “crossed the line,” assaulting bystanders in a downtown restaurant area, briefly blocking a major highway and disrupting business at a shopping center.

Brelo verdict protesters fight at East 4th Street

The police arrested 71 protesters overnight after demonstrations over the acquittal of an officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase and repeatedly shot at two unarmed black occupants, the Cleveland police chief said.

Chief Calvin D. Williams said at a news conference Sunday that the protesters were arrested mostly on charges of aggravated rioting and obstruction of justice. Those arrested include 39 males, 16 females and a number of juveniles, he said.

The police said on Twitter that three people were arrested after a demonstrator threw a sign through a restaurant window, injuring a patron. Two of them were detained for trying to interfere with the arrest of the person who threw the sign, Chief Williams said.

“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” he said. “We want people to understand, we’re going to help you in this process, but if things turn violent in this situation we will take action.”

Police block protesters from entering the Justice Center in Cleveland after Brelo verdict

 VIDEO – CNN: Police blocked a group of protesters from entering the Justice Center
in Cleveland where Michael Brelo was found not guilty of all charges for the shooting deaths of two suspects.

Protesters react to Michael Brelo verdict at Justice Center

Sorry folks, you don’t win any one over when you start chanting the made up lie of “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”. It was a fabricated lie made up by cop haters and the trouble making media that never happened. If you are going to protest, at least do it based on something that is not a lie.

14 Year Old Christopher Duran Shot and Killed In The Bronx, NY … Police Say Gang Related

 

The NY Daily News is reporting that a 14 year old boy, Christopher Duran, was shot dead while walking to school in the Bronx, NY on Friday. According to reports, the 14 year old was peppered with 16 bullets by a gunman wearing a red bandana who shot him multiple times at point-blank range. 14 year old Christopher Duran cried out “Mommy! Mommy!” as he was laying dying outside a Laundromat. Duran was shot once in the head and three times in the torso at Sheridan Avenue near East 167th Street at around 8:30 a.m. in Concourse Village. The authorities believe the shooting was gang related. Duran was no stranger to police, he had already racked-up five previous arrests, including possession of a knife, assault and battery, and robbery.

A baby-faced Bronx teenager was executed on the street Friday by a gunman wearing a red bandana who blasted him multiple times at point-blank range — and without any warning.

Fourteen-year-old Christopher Duran cried out “Mommy! Mommy!” as he was laying dying outside a laundermat, sources said.

“We have video of the shooting,” a police source said. “It’s bad, real bad. The guy runs up to him and just shoots him, bang, bang, bang. It doesn’t look like he says anything to him.”

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce confirmed the existence of the surveillance video and agreed “it’s pretty gruesome.”

The hoodie-clad gunman may have been trying to “disguise what he looks like” with the bandana, he added.

Where is Rev. Al Sharpton an the rest of the clan protesting this murder?

UPDATE I: A surveillance image of the second suspect was released by police on Friday afternoon.

Police are looking for two suspects who fled southbound on Sheridan Avenue. They are described as a black or dark-skinned Hispanic male wearing all black, and a Hispanic male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with dark sleeves, blue jeans and a red bandana covering his face, police said.

A surveillance image of the second suspect was released by police on Friday afternoon. Investigators believe the shooting is gang related, but were not immediately sure if Duran was the intended target, or if the gunmen mistook him for someone else.

“(He’s) trying to disguise what he looks like. It is a red bandana, don’t know what that means just yet. But it’s a very distinctive piece of clothing. I would hope that we put that out and somebody calls,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

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Suspect in Bronx, NY shooting – NYPD

If anyone has any information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

14 Year Old Frances Monclova Missing Since 5/20/15 in Chandler, AZ

 

14 year old Frances Monclova has been missing since Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. Authorities are considering her a runaway.

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Frances Monclova has been missing since Wednesday, according to Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler.

Frances is 5 feet 4 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at Folley Memorial Park in Chandler.

If anyone has any information regarding missing Frances Monclova, please contact the Chandler Police Missing Person Unit at 480-782-4000.

IDIOTS #THE DEMOCRATS: Democrat Party Think Spirit of Memorial Day is About King Barack Obama Eating Ice Cream

 

REALLY, THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THINKS THAT MEMORIAL DAY IS ABOUT BARACK OBAMA EASTING ICE CREAM?

A note to the Democrat Party, it isn’t always about Barack Obama, especially when it comes to the spirit and what Memorial Day is all about. For some reason the clowns at the Democrat Party posted in honor of Memorial Day a picture of Barack Obama easting ice cream. As reported at The Blaze, the photo of President Barack Obama downing an ice cream cone in St. Paul, Minnesota, last June was accompanied by the message, “Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!” But for Liberals and Progressives eating ice cream best represents Memorial Day and is what the blood of so many fallen heroes who have sacrificed so much means.

Wow, America’s finest men and women have sacrificed their lives for this great nation so that the United States of America can be free and we have a political party that makes the memory of our brave soldiers about one man and eating a frigging ice cream cone. I can’t wait for the 4th of July of Obama eating hotdogs and Veterans Day with a pic of Obama throwing down a Slushie. What the hell is the matter with you people?

IDIOTS #THE DEMOCRATS!!!

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Twitter – The Democrats @TheDemocrats

Others appear to be a miffed too like Jake Tapper of CNN, who stated on Twitter, “This is not what Memorial Day Weekend is About”. However, Jake Tapper on Twitter is properly honoring the Day by remembering America’s heroes. Many others on Twitter were not to happy.

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Maybe the morons at the Democrat Party might want to take a field trip to Arlington National Cemetery and walk down every row and take a good look at the endless number of headstones of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Because Freedom is not free.

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‘A Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician John Nash & His Wife Alicia Killed in Taxi Crash on the NJ Turnpike

 

A Beautiful Mind has died …

86 year old John Forbes Nash Jr. and his wife, 82 year old Alicia Nash, were killed in a car crash Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams, the two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail. The Nashes were both ejected from the vehicle, sadly, neither were wearing their seat-belts. The crash was reported at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Tragically, the couple were pronounced dead at the scene at 5:18 PM.  John Forbes Nash Jr. was the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the the fantastic 2001 movie, “A Beautiful Mind.”  Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and worked as a senior research mathematician at Princeton University.

VIDEO – New York Daily News

John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife of nearly 60 years were killed in a car crash Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.

The two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.

The Nashes were both ejected from the car, Williams said.

“It doesn’t appear that they were wearing seatbelts,” he said.

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John Forbes Nash Jr.

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement:

“We are stunned and saddened by news of the untimely passing of John Nash and his wife and great champion, Alicia. Both of them were very special members of the Princeton University community. John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges.”

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Non-Profit Homes for Our Troops Gave Home to “Permanently Paralyzed” Vet Army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda … Now Must Weigh Options as it Appears to Have been a Fraud

 

STOLEN VALOR HOME Was this a con from the outset by this couple to get a new home bought and paid for?

Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization, provided military veteran Army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda a home free of charge to account for his handicap and paralysis; however, something fishy appears to be going on … within weeks after Justin Perez-Gorda and his wife moved into the home, he was walking. Miracle or fraud? I will opt for the latter. When confronted by the media of his miraculous recovery, Justin Perez-Gorda told the reporter to get off his property.  The non-profit, Homes for Our Troops said the organization is thinking about its next steps and has to weigh their options. One of them might be trying to take back the home.

The man suffered a brain injury in Afghanistan in 2011, but for years he and his wife claimed that he was paralyzed form the waist down.

“He has permanent loss of use of both lower extremities. He’s paralyzed from the belly button down,” Josephine Perez-Gorda said in a Homes for Our Troops promotional video.

But, soon after the couple moved into the house specially designed for a handicapped individual, neighbors noticed something odd: Perez-Gorda could walk. Those who spoke to WTSP said the couple became angry when asked about his condition.

‘Paralyzed’ veteran given free home caught walking.

Army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan in January 2011.

For years, he and his wife claimed publicly he was paralyzed from the belly button down.

“He has permanent loss of use of both lower extremities. He’s paralyzed from the belly button down,” Josephine Perez-Gorda said during a taped video segment later used by Homes for Our Troops for fundraising efforts.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

If this is a fraud, which it really appears to be, it is disgusting. With so many soldiers returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan that are truly needing of such homes, for one of their own to perpetrate such a con is just unconscionable. There is no doubt that Army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda suffered some type of injury, but it was nothing like what was embellished. Watch the promotional VIDEO below from Homes for Our Troops and you can plainly hear Justin’s wife, Josephine Perez-Gorda, say at the 1:35 minute mark that he has permanent loss of the use of both lower extremities and that he was paralyzed from the belly-button down. Hmm, that is a far cry from the VIDEO above where Justin can be seen walking and carrying wood.

Army SPC Justin Perez-Gorda was on his first deployment when he became a paraplegic and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as the result of an IED explosion in Memlah, Afghanistan on January 5, 2011.

SPC Justin Perez-Gorda – Homes For our Troops, Published on Oct 24, 2012

City of New York Orders Al Sharpton’s Daughter (Dominique Sharpton) to Save Incriminating Hiking Pics & Not to Delete Instagram Bali Hiking Photos

 

RUT-ROH, Some one is in trouble …

As reported at the NY Post, NYC attorney have warned Dominique Sharpton, the daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton, not to destroy or delete any pics on her Instagram account, like the ones that show her hiking in Bali. The 28 year old Sharpton is suing NYC for $5 million claiming she fell in the street and sprained her ankle that supposedly left her “severely injured, bruised and wounded”. Dominique’s lawsuit states she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries;” however, she stupidly posted hiking pics on her Instagram account showing her hiking in atop an Indonesian mountain and making comments regarding how tough the hikes were. CAN YOU SAY BUSTED!!!

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BUSTED!!!

City lawyers warned Dominique Sharpton not to delete Instagram photos like this one atop an Indonesian mountain — where she trekked while claiming in a lawsuit that she has “permanent” ­injuries.

The city Law Department sent Rev. Al’s daughter a letter telling her to preserve all of the damning evidence that she posted on her ­social-media accounts.

The warning comes after The Post revealed that Dominique Sharpton has been globe-trotting despite her May 7 suit that says she will never fully recover from a sprained ankle she suffered on an uneven Soho street.

CAN YOU SAY FRAUD!!!

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo Found Not Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Shooting Deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams (VIDEO)

 

NOT GUILTY …

Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell has reached the following verdict … 31 year old police officer Michael Brelo has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of two unarmed passengers, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The shooting took place following the November 29, 2012 police chase.  The not guilty verdict may have ramifications as one again we are presented with a volatile situation as a white police officer killed two black individuals. Hopefully calm will be kept following the verdict.

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VIDEO – CNN

A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of two unarmed passengers whose car hood he mounted, firing multiple shots into their windshield.

Michael Brelo, 31, who is white, was charged with killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — both of whom were black — after a car chase in November 2012. He rubbed his face and nodded his head as the judge read the verdict.

“Brelo reasonably perceived a threat,” Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell said while he found beyond a reasonable doubt that Brelo caused at least one fatal wound to Williams’ chest, he couldn’t determine that the other fatal shots came from his gun.

“One or two other officers inflicted” the others, O’Donnell said, and therefore, he couldn’t find Brelo guilty of Williams’ death.

UPDATE I: Not Guilty on all charges

The trial was also notable in that it was a bench trial in which the Judge John. P. O’Connell acted as the finder of fact.

Even more unusually, at the close of the trial the judge spent over an hour, prior to announcing the verdict, stepping through his rationale for coming to his conclusion.

The result is Judge O’Connell ruled that:

  • The two counts of voluntary manslaughter had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt;
  • The two counts of felonious assault had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt; but
  • Brelo escapes legal liability for those assault charges because he proved justification by a preponderance of the evidence.

UPDATE II: Budish says sheriff’s deputies will keep streets safe in wake of Brelo verdict.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced sheriff’s deputies will join police to keep streets safe following the verdict in Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo’s trial.

At the end of the trial, O’Donnell said he was aware of unrest related to police use of force in other cities, including Baltimore. Mayor Frank Jackson said during a community meeting that the city is tapping residents, activists and even protesters to help make sure demonstrations don’t become violent.

“I firmly believe that the First Amendment gives every citizen a rightful path to speak out and protest against that which they do not like. However, the path to free speech ends at the door to violence.

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