Archive | June 2013

Navy SEALs’ Parents Sue Biden, Panetta Over Sons’ Deaths

 

Vice President Joe Biden and ex-U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were sued by the parents of Navy SEALs, who accused the officials of exposing their sons to retaliation by publicizing their unit’s role in the raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

The men were killed in an Aug. 6, 2011, attack on their helicopter, three months after the bin Laden raid, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Washington. The parents, seeking more than $200 million in damages, accused Biden and Panetta of revealing the team’s involvement for political purposes before the 2012 presidential election.

Navy SEALs enter a simulated home while practicing close-quarters combat at U.S. Training Center Moyock, North Carolina. Photographer: Eddie Harrison/US Navy via Getty Images

Billy Vaughn, the father of Navy SEAL Team 6 member Aaron Vaughn, speaks at the National Press Club about the Aug. 6, 2011 attack on the Navy SEALs’ helicopter in Afghanistan. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

“The hard reality is that Biden and Panetta are alive ‘feasting’ on their ‘political notoriety,” power and wealth, while the brave heroes who gave their lives for our nation’s security are dead, thanks to them!” Larry Klayman, an attorney for the family, said in a statement on the filing.

Thirty U.S. special forces, seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were among those killed when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in the eastern province of Afghanistan. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said at the time that none of those killed were from the SEAL team involved in the bin Laden raid.

The suit also names Iran, Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who allegedly tipped the Taliban off about the helicopter coordinates on the day of the attack.

SEALs’ Parents

The plaintiffs are Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of Aaron Vaughn; Charles and Mary Ann Strange, the parents of Michael Strange; Doug and Shaune Hamburger, the parents of Patrick Hamburger; and Sidh Douangdara, the father of John Douangdara.

A call to Biden’s press office seeking comment on the complaint wasn’t immediately returned. Panetta couldn’t immediately be reached for comment through his Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

The case is Vaughn v. Biden, 1:13-cv-00974, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington)

How are you doing?

There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large,
trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and
gulps it down in one swig.
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“Well, whatcha’ gonna do about it?” he says, menacingly, as I burst into tears.
“Come on, man,”I said.“I’m a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don’t have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife with another man…and then my dog bit me. So…I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all. I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve…then you show up and drink the whole damn thing!…
But hell, enough about me, how are you doing?”

A Cool Cowboy

 

Now here is true American cowboy logic.  Can’t be beat.  Could even possibly be a long lost relative of mine. 

 

 A COWBOY TOMBSTONE

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Here are the Five Rules for Men to Follow for a Happy Life that Russell J. Larsen had inscribed on his headstone in Logan , Utah . He died not knowing that he would win the “Coolest Headstone” contest.

 

 

FIVE RULES FOR MEN TO FOLLOW FOR A HAPPY LIFE

 

1. It’s important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job.

2. It’s important to have a woman who can make you laugh.

3. It’s important to have a woman who you can trust, and doesn’t lie to you.

4. It’s important to have a woman who is good in bed, and likes to be with you.

5. It’s very, very important that these four women do not know each other or you could end up dead like me.