Thursday, December 8, 2016
Navy recommends 2 for Medal of Honor;
Navy Cross review complete
By TARA COPP | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: December 6, 2016
Two Navy Cross recipients honored for acts of valor in Afghanistan or Iraq instead deserved the Medal of Honor for their actions and are being nominated for an upgrade, the Navy said Tuesday.
first reported by USA Today, is part of a review of all Silver Stars and service crosses awarded since Sept. 11, 2001.
As part of the review, the Navy has also determined that an unspecified number of Silver Stars will be upgraded to Navy Crosses.
The names of the two service members awarded the Navy Crosses, the service’s second-highest medal, have not been made public.
The department-wide medals review was directed by former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in 2014
after questions arose about how there appeared to be so few Medal of Honor recipients from more than a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Navy is the first to announce its findings. The service did not specify whether the Medal of Honor nominees were Marines or sailors.
Rosa Peralta accepts the Navy Cross from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on behalf of her son USMC Sgt. Rafael Peralta on Jun 8, 2015 at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Peralta was 25 when he was killed Nov. 15, 2004, in Fallouja, Iraq.
Marines who were there insist that,
as he lay dying, Peralta reached out and scooped up an enemy grenade, absorbing the blast and saving the lives of fellow Marines.
Many say he deserved the Medal of Honor.
Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/TNS
Slain Marine's family accepts Navy Cross after fight for Medal of Honor
Sgt. Rafael Peralta U.S. Marine Corps
Lawmakers say new evidence shows Marine deserves Medal of Honor
there have been four Medal of Honor recipients for actions in Iraq, all awarded posthumously.
There have been 14 Medal of Honor recipients for actions in Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, the services told Stars and Stripes that a total of 1,357 medals were being reviewed to determine whether they should be upgraded.
The Army is reviewing 785 Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross awards; the Navy, including the Marines, reviewed 425 Navy Cross and Silver Star medals, and the Air Force is reviewing 147 medals, including 135 Silver Stars and 12 Air Force Crosses. None of the medals under review would be downgraded,
Capt. Patrick McNally,
a spokesman for Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, said
the secretary had
“recommended that two Navy Cross recipients be considered for the Medal of Honor.”
Those recommendations would have to be approved by the president
the Pentagon might need to get a waiver from Congress
depending on when the act of valor took place, because law stipulates Medals of Honor must be awarded within five years of the action.
McNally also said the Navy has completed its review of potential Silver Stars that will be upgrades to Navy Crosses.
Upgrading an award from Silver Star to a service cross only needs approval from the service secretary.
“Those are complete and will be awarded in individual ceremonies,”
He could not say how many Navy Crosses would be awarded or when it will happen.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary:
World War II vets recall
"date which will live in infamy"
Pay close attention to what the experts have to say about having a "Complete Bully" running your county.
Ask a Vet!
Among those who served in the military, December 7, 1941,
is still remembered
as the "date which will live in infamy"
that President Franklin D. Roosevelt
described in addressing a stunned nation the day after the attack.
Few learned of the attack faster
than Adone "Cal" Calderone, 96, of Massillon,
who was enjoying a cup of coffee
when he felt the first of seven Japanese torpedoes slam into his battleship, the USS West Virginia, at Pearl Harbor.
Calderone would make a treacherous escape from the sinking ship by swimming up through a flooded ventilation shaft to emerge in a scene of fiery death and destruction. Only later that night would the impact of the attack hit, as Calderone thought to himself, "Holy cripe, what the hell happened here?"
Today, just remembering that narrow escape still bothers him. Even worse is the feeling that "I still can't get over the loss of life," he said. "It's a little emotional."
Remembering Germany, Japan, Italy, China, Russia, Iraqi, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Brazil, Rome, Babylon, Canaan, Amalek, and the Philistines.
Will the United States of America be next on this list?
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Point Pleasant Beach,
To two of our postings
on an encounter with Mathew.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Hurricane Matthew and East Lake County Florida!
Why was Central Florida (hurricane dollar damage so low)?
Friday, December 2, 2016
One might get the idea;
if it was not against the law to do so,
that a hurricane is an opening,
to make people
not voting correctly
Some areas of a direct hit from a hurricane
not getting any help from the government.
"Not enough dollar damage!"
Friday, December 2, 2016
Why was Central Florid
(hurricane dollar damage so low)?
A quick follow-up on a past post.
Matthew and East Lake County Florida!
In order to find the answer,
Because you will never believe the reason.
We must go back a number of years to a time of (Florida Style Powwows).
Spending some time with Floridians, one will see that most, at least the ones in and around the Ocala Forrest, moved there because they
'Hate laws, rules and regulations'.
If you do not believe this just ask them.
As for their cars and trucks, not only are there no Catelli Converter, many do not even have the correct muffler.
This type of person does not want "Big Brother" anywhere near their property.
Just what is it that they are trying to hide?
After Hurricane Matthew,
we watched about thirty, state, power company, phone company and contractor trucks traveling up and down our road.
Many, many, trucks, hulling leaves, branches, trees, pieces of building
no one called their insurance companies,
if they even have insurance.
Only a hand fill filed a claim to Lake county or FEMA!
Anyone wish to guess why?
Hurricane Matthew and East Lake County Florida!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
A new court ruling, citations from red lights cameras are illegal
Third-party red-light camera system is unlawful, judge rules
UPDATED 11:27 PM EST Feb 19, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. —A circuit court judge called Orlando's current red-light camera ticketing process "unlawful" in a ruling obtained by WESH 2 News.
A local attorney, Kelli Hastings, filed a lawsuit to appeal a red-light ticket she received in 2014.
"Like a lot people, citizens in Orlando, it just feels like there's something inherently wrong about these cameras and the more I look into it, the more I'm convinced that there is something wrong with it," Hastings told WESH.
In her lawsuit, Hastings argued that the current practice is not lawful, since a third party, American Traffic Solutions, reviews the red-light cameras' recordings of presumed infractions first, and then decides which recordings to send off to the City of Orlando's, traffic infraction enforcement office.
The circuit court agreed, calling the practice a misuse of power and an infraction of Florida law.
Orlando officials disagree with the ruling. In a statement, the city maintains the ruling only applies to this case, saying, "It just dismisses this individual's specific violation."
WESH 2 legal analyst Richard Hornsby says that interpretation stops short of the ruling's real effect.
"Going forward, any red-light tickets issued recently are subject to dismissal," Hornsby said.
"The city of Orlando is going to have to go back to the drawing board to determine how they issue these red-light camera tickets," he said. "Most importantly, they'll have to have someone employed by the city of Orlando police department reviewing these red-light infractions and issuing these infractions from the very beginning."
Hastings says she hopes this issue will soon be decided by Florida's highest court -- that way, a blanket decision can make the law clear for municipalities.
"I wanted it to have far-reaching consequences," Hastings said. "I've been telling people for a long time not to pay them and to try to argue this police power issue. "Now we have a lot of fuel for that argument now that we've got this precedent."
A city spokesperson said officials are reviewing legal options in regard to an appeal in this case.
“Hang on, That’s not legal.”
January 22nd 2016
“We need to keep the red-light cameras.”