Archive | May 4, 2019

This should be required reading for all Americans, after reading this story, the song at the end gives me chills…God Bless America

Six Boys And Thirteen Hands…

Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’

I told him that we were from Wisconsin. ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.’

(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)

‘My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.

‘Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called ‘War.’ But it didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old – and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue) ‘You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph…a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men.

‘The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the ‘old man’ because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country.’ He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home to your mothers.’

‘The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona .. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero’ He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?’

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).

‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite’s producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell’s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.

‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’

‘So that’s the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.’

Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.

Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom.

REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it’s going to be a great day.

Great story – worth your time – worth every American’s time. Please pass it on.





From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel


“It has been a long , tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet. When I said change we can believe in, I didn’t say change we can believe in tomorrow. Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy.”

Barack Obama


It has been a long, tough journey as Obama was quoted as saying above. It has taken a 100 years for the statist – the Progressives – to arrive at the threshold of their greatest victory – the destruction of the Republic they despise. The statist who call themselves liberals have taken over the Democratic Party. There is nothing liberal about them. They want to control everyone and everything. They are not progressive unless one believes that living in tyranny is progress. We are seeing the unfolding of a tyrannical State but we cannot stop it unless we are honest in defining it.

Tyranny is defined as cruel and oppressive rule by an elite few. It never begins that way, however, people would never accept it if it did. It starts out as merely illegitimate and it appears benign. This is why our forefathers gave us a constitution which can prevent or overthrow a tyrannical, totalitarian government. Elizabeth Warren, Corry Booker, and Chuck Schumer all have stated that the Constitution is all that is standing in their way of them obtaining their progressive, socialist agenda. This is why the Constitution is always under assault by the Progressives.

The United States is fundamentally transforming as Obama promised. The United States is beginning to reflect the Marxist ideals of a re-distributive welfare state. The far left is attacking our Constitution because it stands between people and tyranny. We will one day be a one-party State  and a dictatorship if the far left continues unchecked.

The Deplorable Infidel (source: S. Noble, INDEPENDENT SENTINEL)


“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln


Here we go again. The Democratic candidates for president are calling for reparations to be paid to the descendants of slaves and funded by the taxpayers. This is just another way for them to buy votes. If you ask ordinary people in this country if they believe in slavery or if the United States should have ever allowed slavery upon its shores, you would get a resounding NO. The American people have had absolutely nothing to do with slavery in this country! Therefore, the taxpayers should not be forced to buy votes for the Democrats. The government already pays $1 trillion in reparations each year, it’s called “The Great Society”.

The Deplorable Infidel


“I wish from my soul that the legislature of this State could see a policy of a gradual abolition of slavery.”

George Washington




Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s is the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.





The Editor:  Do you know about irony, LL ?

Language Cat:  I sure do.  The funniest is Richard Blumenthal, the Demosatan Senator from Connecticut, accusing everyone of lying and having no morals.  He lied about being in Vietnam and was found out.  He finally admitted his lies, but the joke was that Jane Fonda ( Hanoi Jane ) spent more time in Vietnam than him.

Here is the TRUTH about the Demoroaches wanting to read more of the Mueller Report.

This is a loser politician, who can’t pay her own bills.  As the Clintons showed us, nonprofits are very profitable for the administrators.

CNN is still losing viewers.  They need some help.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturn and the Da Vinci Glow
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunc Tezel (TWAN)

Explanation: On February 2nd early morning risers saw Saturn near an old Moon low on the eastern horizon. On that date bright planet, sunlit crescent, and faint lunar night side were captured in this predawn skyscape from Bursa, Turkey. Of course the Moon’s ashen glow is earthshine, earthlight reflected from the Moon’s night side. A description of earthshine, in terms of sunlight reflected by Earth’s oceans illuminating the Moon’s dark surface, was written over 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci. On May 2nd an old Moon also rose in the predawn twilight. On that date its ashen glow shared the sky with Venus, the brilliant morning star. May 2nd also marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death in 1519.

Tomorrow’s picture: rings and haze