Dragon Laffs #1355


Veterans DayGood Morning Campers!
Pull up your benches, or logs, or camping chairs or whatever.  Everyone has a fresh cup of java, right?
Good.
We’ve got some important stuff to talk about this morning.
Monday we celebrate Veterans Day.
In 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the cease fire took effect which signified the end of the war to end all wars.  (How many times have we heard THAT term used?)  That wasn’t the “official” end of the war, which was the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June of the following year…but you can read all the history of Veterans Day below.
What I want to talk about is that there has been a never-ending line of young men and women who have been willing to write out a check for “up to and including my life” .  They did it in the beginning and they are still doing it now, and that, to me is the true nature and meaning of this day.
Throughout this issue, there are 4 pictures, submitted to me by Lethal Leprechaun, that are perfect for computer wallpapers.  I used one of them as the header to today’s issue.  Please feel free to right click and save them and use them, at least over the weekend and Monday, to remind you of the sacrifice, and willingness of these people to protect our families, our country, our freedoms and our American way of life.
I offer the prayer that these men and women who are currently serving, are  not chosen to divide our country in a second Civil War.  I see the thunder clouds gathering on the horizon and beg God to let cooler, more honorable and integrity filled voices prevail.
But I, Impish Dragon, sees this as a real possibility in our future.  Our children’s future.  Things must change.
Now, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, …

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
The Last Two Minutes of Fighting
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Eisenhower signs Vets Day resolutionPresident Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts 

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Let’s get on with the rest of the issue…with some Veterans Day stuff sprinkled throughout.

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Too much?  Not enough?  What’s your opinion of this Saturday Night Live skit?

Let’s start off with some really rare celebrity photos.  Celebrities you wouldn’t think even knew each other…

7Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney take time out to get a little housework done

7aMichael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas show their patriotism…except George Lucus.

7bI know…all you younger people are wondering who those strange people are sitting with Eddie Murphy, but in reality it’s the Beatles with Little Richard…why everyone is holding hands, I have no idea, but that is indeed, who it is.

7cDean Martin, Shirley MacLaine and Elvis Presley celebrating the 875th birthday of golf.

7dElizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana discuss the benefits of a more whitening toothpaste.

7eNancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barrack Obama rush to the camera for a photo-op at the annual democratic strategy session and bar-b-que. 

An Israeli doctor says: “in Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s testicles, put them on another man and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work.
“The German doctor says: “that’s nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work.
“The Russian doctor says: “gentlemen, we take half a heart from a man, put it in another’s chest and in 2 weeks he is looking for work.
“The United States doctor laughs: “You all are behind us. five years ago, we took a man with no brains, no heart and no balls and made him President. Now, the whole country is looking for work!”

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7fObviously written by someone who’s never wondered how he was going to pay the rent due tomorrow, or put food on the table or had to decide between buying food or medicine.  Obviously not one who was ever furloughed by the government.  Bitter?  Me?  Yeah, maybe a little.
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Let’s do another photo-montage, shall we?
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Remember when Nancy Pelosi said
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           “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.”
 
A physician called into a radio show and said:
               “That’s the definition of a stool sample”!
 
                 That pretty well sums it up…

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And another video from youtube that you have to ask….is it too much?  Nah!

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Morris Schwartz is on his deathbed, knows the end is near
He is with his nurse, wife and daughter and two sons. 

  He says to them:
  “Bernie, I want you to take the Beverly Hills houses.”
  “Sybil, take the apartments over in Los Angeles Plaza.”
  “Hymie, I want you to take the offices over in City Center.”
  “Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings downtown.”
 
  The nurse is just blown away by all this, and as Morris slips away,
  She says,”Mrs. Schwartz, your husband must have been such a hard
  working man to have accumulated all this property”.
  
  Sarah replies, “Property? … The schmuck has a paper route!”
 

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Websites to visitOne of my favorite websites of all time is makeuseof and is available here: www.makeuseof.com
You can subscribe to their website, just like you can ours, and get an email showing you a preview of their issue, just like you can ours, and read some pretty good stuff by a great team.  Not sure if this is from their latest issue or  not, but it is funny.
What if super heroes had part-time jobs?
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Did you catch this on the CMA Awards the other night?

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How about this strange one?
A car rear-ended a taxi in Chicago. It was just a very minor fender-bender, but instead of doing the decent thing and swapping insurance info, the driver tried to flee. But what happens next will utterly shock you! Warning: this video contains language not suitable for everyone.

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Researchers say that the end of Daylight Saving Time can cause
headaches for eight weeks in some people. Mostly from waiting
around while being an hour early for everything until you finally
remember to turn your clock back.

We know very little about the LAX shooting. But a few things we
know for sure. Many will call for more stringent gun laws. And
the NRA will say that whatever the gun laws were, they would
not have made a difference in this case. (And someone will no
doubt claim this is a reason why air travelers should be armed…)
 Allegedly the LAX suspect was carrying a note saying he wanted
to “kill TSA and pigs.” So what will one likely result of his shooting
be? More TSA and security hired at LAX.

A British Labour politician, unhappy with bipartisan good wishes
from his colleagues on the occasion of Prince William’s christening,
complained that “valuable Parliamentary time” had been taken up
to “congratulate two very wealthy aristocrats for procreating”. The
English were shocked – Parliament HAS valuable time?

A study says that left handed people are more likely to suffer schizophrenia.
Which means if you are holding that mirror in your left hand, are you really looking at yourself?

Washington,D.C. is thinking of decriminalizing marijuana. Sounds good
but there’s the danger of members of Congress smoking. Which might
at least make them mellower but also lethargic and unable to accomplish
anything… Oops, never mind. 

President Obama is using an executive order to get government agencies to prepare for global warming. The temperature has already gone up several degrees in HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius’ office after the Obamacare website launch. 

President Obama is shifting his focus from the Obamacare website to the budget. I  other words he is trying to take everyone’s mind off “bad” and move it over to “worse.” 

 An audit says that Medicare paid $23 Million to dead people in 2011. Mostly because it was cheaper to pay them when they were dead than the amount it would have cost to keep them alive on Medicare.

Paramedics report they are receiving a lack of critical care training. Mostly because paramedics are now being hired mostly for their strength to be able to life 400 pound patients into the back of the ambulance.

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According to Impish Dragon, you need to pay close attention!

America WAKE UP!
That’s what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 and maybe it was, but I think it should have been “Get Out of Bed!” In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.
It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world’s most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign US embassy set the stage for the events to follow for the next 23 years.
America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Viet Nam experience and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter, had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America’s inability to deal with terrorism. America’s military had been decimated and downsized / right sized since the end of the Viet Nam war. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.
Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued.
In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more. Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut. 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more. Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.
Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the Snooze Alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US soil is continually attacked. Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259. America wants to treat these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war … the Wake Up alarm is louder and louder.
The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war? The Snooze alarm is depressed again.
Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women. A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.
The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively. They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision, they kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.
The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.
And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.
In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn’t know. But if you’ve read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don’t have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since 1979. The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war. I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.
America has to “Get out of Bed” and act decisively now. America has changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to hit the Snooze Button again and roll over and go back to sleep. We have to make the terrorists know that in the words of Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor “that all they have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.”
Thank you very much.
Dan Ouimette

So….is it time to wake up, yet?  As for Lethal and I, we say, HELL YES!!
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One Response to Dragon Laffs #1355

  1. William Greene says:

    Thank you President John Kennedy or how not to forget your wedding anniversary. (My Story)

    I met my bride to be, back in August of 1963. After our first date we were on cloud nine. (After 50 years, we still live there.) We set our wedding date for November 27. Yes almost 4 months of dating. (Since she had no vacation this gave us Thanksgiving weekend for a Honeymoon.)
    In August of ’65 she gave birth to our Daughter and followed up with our Son in December of ’66. This completed our family.

    On November 22, 1963, President John Kennedy was riding around in Dallas, Texas, and placed himself in front of a loaded rifle. To save the idiots that had come out to see the Presidential Lincoln auto, He almost stopped the bullet with his head, proving that not all politicians heads are completely empty. Unfortunately the bullet also wounded the Texas Governor.
    This set the remembrance of my wedding date.

    I owe, “John Kennedy and “the fairy tale TV Networks and Press,” THANKS , for helping me to remember our wedding date and keeping me married.

    PS: Thanks, “BabyLove” for putting up with me.

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