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Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Marine Corporal Donley, who sings a verse of America in the video, had been a guitar player until February 2012, when he lost both legs, his lap and damaged is right arm due to a bomb in Afganistan. In interviews he explained that the Marines' training helps you to be strong but doesn't train you to have hope. Musicorps, a group of volunteer professional musicians, reached out to him, and after many pleas, Donley began singing with the famed cellist Yo Yo Ma last year as he was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and finally his despair began to lift.

Thank you Corporal Donley and all men who gave their all for this great country.

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Yes, this is a great country. It is great when we pull together.

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: Happy 4th of July. Remember our heros.

Look, this is gonna be assumed to be political, but this speech that Rush's dad made is fantastic discussing those who signed the Declaration and gave up soooooo much for us to be free. If you hate Rush, that's fine, but read the speech or don't, just don't make this political.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/pages/st...ather_s_speech
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Thank you to all of our troops.

Without you, we'd never be able to come on a message board and complain and have an obsession with college athletics.

BTW, tweet of the day: @GamecockRadio: Independence Day: America's original conference realignment.
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Default Re: Happy 4th of July. Remember our heros.

Perhaps we are confusing Independance day with Memorial day or Veterans day. The Founders feared and hated military forces. Our war against Britain's redcoats was as much about defeating a military force because of their very existence as it was about taxation or representation. We did not defeat their military with our military either. We were civilian terrorists. We were hit and run militias. Tories were lynched in the night. One man's terrorist is another man's patriot. The winner gets to write the history books. SC was home to one of the most successful, Francis Marion. SC was also one of the worse in the post war treatment of the loyalists. Thousands were driven away to Canada and the Bahamas.

The Constitution itself builds in protections against the military. We can have a standing navy but armies are limited to a period of two years. That is why we have biannual military appropriation bills. Essentially the old bill expires and for one second we have no army. Then the new bill kicks in and we are good to go for another two years. Instead citizen militias were envisioned to "execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions." The Founders wanted to make certain that we would never again be subjected to military rule and they included many protections against that and affirmations of a totally CIVILIAN control of government. Amendment three of the Bill of Rights specifically prohibits soldiers from quartering in your home, a widespread abuse of power by the Brits at the time. Of course Article II, section 2 states "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States."

There are many reasons to honor those who have served us. They have done so on land, sea, and in the air. We have special holidays set aside to honor their service, and rightly so. Today, however, we do not celebrate a military force. We celebrate a victory over one. It was a war waged and won more by farmers and shopkeepers than by soldiers. John Adams gives us some direction as to how we should celebrate today, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shouts, games, sports guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the country to the other, from this time forever more."
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If the story of Lexington and Concord were written today.

72 KILLED RESISTING GUN CONFISCATION IN BOSTON!!!

National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.

Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.

. . . And this, people, is how the American Revolution began... April 20, 1775

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I'd like to thank both of my son-in-laws that are serving in the Army - one has been in for 10 years and one has been in almost 8. I love my SILs!
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