Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Military surplus to local police depts? Maybe not!

Here's a coincidence!

From Homeland Security News Wire:

Lawmakers reconsider transfer of military gear to local police

19 August 2014

Federal officials are considering placing restrictions on the 1990 Department of Defense Excess Property (1033) Program which authorized the Pentagon to give surplus military equipment to local law enforcement units to fight the war on drugs. The program was later explained as also helping in the fight against terrorism. Though violent crime nationwide is at its lowest levels in decades, the transfers of military equipment to police forces have surged...

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Though violent crime nationwide is at its lowest levels in decades, the transfers of military equipment to police forces have surged. A June 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that weapons transferred through the 1,033 program rose in value from $1 million in 1990 to nearly $450 million in 2013. “Every police force of any size in this country has access to those kinds of weapons now,” said David Harris, a police expert at the University of Pittsburgh law school. “It makes it more likely to be used (and) is an escalation all by itself.”...

 Much more here.

Video: Pete Hegseth on ISIS at Iraq/Syria

| ISIS Dissolves Borders, Threatens U.S.

 Published on Aug 14, 2014
 A recent video, released by ISIS, shows them in complete control of what used to be the Syrian/Iraqi border. With the border gone, they can now start to establish their pseudo-nation caliphate. Also featured in the video is ISIS verbally threatening the United States, as well as young children swearing their allegiance to the group. Pete Hegseth joins Fox & Friends to talk about their true intentions.

Pete Hegseth is the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, a Fox News Contributor and the former executive director of Vets for Freedom. Pete is an infantry officer in the Army National Guard, and has served tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay.

Stay connected with the Concerned Veterans for America Newsletter HERE: 

Pay attention!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

SGT Mike Stokely: Lest We Forget

Mike's father, Robert, writes this :




8/8/05: Yusufiyah Iraq Mike Stokely as he holds an IV bag for an injured soldier / non life threatening injuries on the ground being cared for by the unit medic. Mike's team and this soldier's team and another team were meeting on the roadway in the Triangle of Death when the insurgents tried to time it to get both trucks. Mike's team had just cleared the IED, barely, and were not injured. Mike's dear friend from high school, Georgia Military and fellow Guardsman, Alden Williams, may very well have taken what is believed to be the last known photo of Mike.

On August 15, 2005 at 6:20 p.m. I was visiting my friend Mike Kam and just sitting by his Koi pond and at ease for a few moments listening to the babbling water. Unknown to me Mike was killed by an IED at that very instant at 0220 hours August 16 local time Yusufiyah. No family can know but they wait, watch, hope and pray when someone they love is in a war zone. You flinch when the phone rings; you jump when a strange car pulls into the drive and you freeze when an unexpected knock comes to the door. It is hard to believe that eight years ago our family was about to be forever changed and our hearts broken. You don't get over it. You just live with it as best you can, some days better than others....

Mike Stokely is an American Soldier who was our son, brother, husband, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He was all in. He gave his best fight, literally being born premature and struggling for life the day he was born April 19, 1982 to the day he gave his life fighting for and serving America on August 16, 2005.


I have written about Mike and his family a few times.   If you have no idea who he is - and you really should - you can go to They Have Names, and Mike Stokely Foundation.


NEVER forget.

'Living Wall' Honors Post-9/11 Veterans and their Families

'Living Wall' will be composed of more than 1000 flowers

By Margaret Voelzke

GO read the whole article here.

Video: Falklands War

Thursday, August 14, 2014

911 Foundation 2014 Ride to Remember



Team 8001's Sponsorship Page August 14-18, 2014 - America's 9/11 Ride Remembering - Lt. Keith Fairben, NYP EMT-P! 



Mark your calendars!


Team 8001 – Remembering Keith
We are riding in this year’s 2014 America's 9/11 Ride to honor our brother Lt. Keith Fairben, NYP EMT-P! 

For each member of New York Chapter 43 of the Red Knights, participation in this memorial event has always been a moving experience and supporting the cause is our honor. Not only are we privileged to be saying “Thank You” to our First Responders, we are rising to honor our own hero Lt. Keith G. Fairben.

Keith was on duty as a paramedic for New York Presbyterian Hospital on the morning of 9/11/01 and was one of the very first units to arrive that morning at the scene.  He and his partner Mario Santoro were instrumental in assisting quite a few people escape from the towers that morning and they both lost their lives valiantly working to bring another person to safety.

The riders from New York Chapter 43 of the Red Knights are looking to honor Keith’s memory by raising $15,000 for this year’s event.  We trust and hope that you will consider being as generous as possible in helping our chapter achieve this goal.

All donations are tax deductible as the foundation is a 501(c)3 charity.

Please support us as we ride to remember and honor our fallen brother.

Many of our members have been participating on this event for many years without soliciting donations or asking for sponsorships. This year, we decided to band our resources and raise some funds to honor the Heroes and Victims from the terrible attacks on this great county on 9/11 and to help raise funds for a great organization.

I know you get asked to donate to many worthwhile causes but the America’s 911 Foundation is very special. Every dollar does make a difference, the foundation has no paid staff or board, it is entirely run by volunteers. The last audit shows that more than 90% of funds received are utilized supporting First Responders, their departments and families. Funds from this event go to our college scholarship program for graduating seniors of First Responders (Paid or Volunteer). It also provides equipment to First Responder Departments and funds National Volunteer Emergency Team (NVET) abilities. Please help me assist in this wonderful cause. Donating online is safe, secure and easy. The foundation will send you a receipt for your generosity.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Respectfully,
The Members of New York Chapter 43
Red Knights International MC



There are 2 locations you can go to for information:
A Facebook Page for this which is on our group page
Info at our website and the link to donate. 
Also you can go directly to the America's 911 Foundation website.

Thank YOU!!!