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   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Vet is Threatened with Losing His Home After He Humbly Puts a Symbol of Patriotism in a Flower Pot
June 27 at 09:40 EST .

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   Gerty  Please excuse me as I give this matter another look, Allsogreat.
1. We should be very careful to read every word of a contract we sign---especially if it has to do with our day to day living situation. This courageous Vet is living under a set of rules to which he agreed. We cannot just pass over this aspect.
2. It seems to me that the situation could be resolved by simply taking the flag out of the flower pot and re-positioning it elsewhere. (I'm not so sure that a flower pot gives the flag the honor it deserves. )
3. Disagreements of this kind are usually more an indication of other, perhaps more serious differences between individuals and homeowner's associations. (Like people getting divorced because one of the marriage can't stand the way the other squeezes the toothpaste tube from the center! )
June 27 at 10:00 EST .

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   Allsogreat  Shoulda, woulda, coulda, I'm sure you know best.....he's obviously wrong to display the flag.....the left handed approach in this day and time is always right!!
June 27 at 10:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  I once lived in a community with covenants. It was the builder who had the sole voice of these covenants not a Home Owners Association. The builder was distant, impartial & without personal associations within the community. A HO's assoc. can exceed it's bounds based on petty differences & perceived power; see what happened to Ann Barnhardt. I think this gentlemen should be able to fly his flag, but planting one should be reserved to cemetary plots, not flower pots. It may be time to review the restrictions, have a clause regarding proper display of flags according to tradition and having a vote on it.
June 27 at 11:40 EST .

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   Allsogreat posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
~Author Unknown~
June 14 at 11:46 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Precisely correct.....
   June 13 at 07:31 EST .

   5 people like this.

   WAN2  Those in charge of the language are in charge of the country.
June 13 at 09:34 EST .

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   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Kind of tired of hearing about Bergdahl. He’s back, and he’s safe, so drop it. Go on to something important. Something like how our Veterans risk there lives daily by simply going to a Veterans Hospital.

The first story I remember reading about the VA’s criminal negligence and mistreatment of our Veterans was about an old Vet that was put in a wheelchair and left setting in the hallway of a VA hospital until he died three days later. That happened back in the 70’s. NOT much has changed since then.

This kind of criminal mistreatment of our Vet’s has been going on for 40 years, OR MORE, through several Administrations, and certainly Congress has always known about it. If you want to really become outraged, go over to one of the local DAV chapters and talk to some of the Service Officers that volunteer thousands of hours helping veterans apply for disability compensation. Some of the excuses the VA comes up with to deny benefits will astound you. And some stories will bring tears to you eyes. And hopefully make you mad enough to write your Congressman.

The current VA criminal activity will be investigated, O’Bama and our Congressmen will say a lot of meaningless word, make a lot of promises….THEN DO PRECISELY NOTHING. No one in our Government cares, unless they can find a way to enrich themselves…
June 6 at 09:15 EST .

   6 people like this.

   Gram77  AMEN!
June 6 at 16:43 EST .

  5 people like this.

   Ole buzzard  I'm tired of having to put up with this lawless administration. Bergdahl is just another spoke in the wheel.
June 9 at 09:23 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I'm tired of having to put up with this lawless administration. Bergdahl is just another spoke in the wheel.
June 9 at 09:23 EST .

  5 people like this.

   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Here's another
   May 4 at 16:49 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  For Carterzest:
   May 4 at 16:47 EST .

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   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Thought I'd share my letter to my Congressmen;

Dear Senator Inhofe / Senator Coburn / Rep. Mark Wayne Mullins

The war in Afghanistan which started 7 October 2001, a mere 12 years ago is still going on.
This is a war that has enriched the lives of so many stockholders and War Profiteers.. This war has become the greatest, richest, Profit Center since we sent our soldiers to die in Vietnam. And only at a cost of $1.5 Trillion. You folks in Congress have done a praise worthy job funding this war.

I won’t dwell on the 2000 dead young men and women, our soldiers, that faithfully served our country to protect the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Nor will I dwell on the 18,000 maimed and mutilated young soldiers returning home. We know the VA will take care of them. They are so very good at their job.

As a reward for your Congressional efforts in this regard, I think each of you should receive a paid Christmas vacation [30 days] in Afghanistan clearing the roads of mines, IED’s and dead bodies, so that you’ll have a better grasp of how important this war is, and a better understanding of the terror, death and destruction that our young soldiers face every day.

My hope for all of you moral men and women in Congress is that all the taxpayers and voters will get out on election day and express their thanks. You deserve it.
   November 29 at 18:24 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Wow! This is so well written. I love the way you expressed your disgust for them in such a positive way. The last time I sent a letter to my Senator Patty Murray she thanked me and subcribed me to her doofus email list.
November 29 at 20:21 EST .

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   Gram77  Excellent. I wonder if you will get a response?
November 29 at 21:40 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Ynaught  Boom!
November 29 at 22:50 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Surfhut  We're neighbors! My congressman is James Lankford (2nd District ). He ran as an outsider against business as usual. Immediately was appointed to some powerful positions and got very comfortable with business as usual.

He made a trip to Afghanistan. The report he wrote about his findings made me ill.
November 30 at 07:55 EST .

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   Allsogreat  Some of our Soldiers have made as many as 5 tours in the middle east. That's unconscionable since there's no benefit for them, or our country. Although it does enrich a lot of corporations. I want them home. My plan is to send a differing versions of my letter every week to my three congressmen for the next twelve months. Sometimes our elected criminals do listen. I wish everyone would do the same....we've gotta stop this crap....H
November 30 at 07:56 EST .

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   Guard SGT (ret)  I understand your feelings. But we must remember this was a war that was declared on all of us. The enemy has declared every American here or there, a lawful combatant. That means they can kill any of us when ever they can.
Remember the British fought a very long war with the IRA in Northern Ireland. There were a great many that said the British couldn't win that war. The British didn't quit and in the end the IRA came to terms.
The enemy has declared and 9-11 shows it, they are willing when possible to fight here. They believe we are weak and unwilling to fight the long fight to defeat them.
One of my "Rules of War" is that it is always better to be the visiting team in war.
If we are to be free, this is a war we must win.
December 1 at 23:17 EST .

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   Carmen  I can see getting into a war to win it but that isn't what we do any more. Fighting a war for 10+ years isn't fighting to win --- it is playing with people's lives.

Very good letter - I just hope those it goes to actually read it.
December 2 at 10:01 EST .

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   Allsogreat posted on Main Page The Lobby  Photo taken by Jerri Nugent Earl in the last day or two:
   September 10 at 15:53 EST .

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   Allsogreat posted on Photography  This one I chased around the yard for several days before I got him to set still long enough to get a shot.
   March 26 at 19:05 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Allsogreat posted on Photography  Another BF I got a shot of last summer...
   March 25 at 15:15 EST .

   13 people like this.

   Ole buzzard  Goodness, you get some pretty ones!
March 26 at 10:29 EST .

  12 people like this.

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