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We should all aspire to live with the Honor he died with.
The Marine is credited with smothering a grenade to save his buddies -- but was denied the Medal of Honor.
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It was just a matter of time before she jumped in line with the Administration.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday expressed “grave concerns” about how encryption is hampering law enforcement, joining the ranks of Obama administration officials who are trying to make a crucial feature of the Internet seem like something nefarious. “We are seeing many more people involved in terrorism investigations using peer to peer communications, specifically encrypted>>
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Remember those that stood in harm's way. Below is a story from the #BusinessInsider  

Six years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

Minutes later, they were staring down a large blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.

Heck, they even leaned in.

I had heard the story many times, personally — but until recently, I hadn't heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly's telling of it to a packed house in 2010. Just four days after the death of his own son in combat, Kelly unforgettably eulogized two other sons who had been killed in the service of their country. 

From Kelly's speech:

Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.

Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines.

The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island.

They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple Americas exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70 yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped.

Our experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different.

The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion.

All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”

What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.”

“No sane man.”

“They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ … let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”

The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber.

The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. 

Six seconds.

Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty … into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight — for you.
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And he who so falls among the champions and
 loses his sweet life,
so blessing with honor his city, his father, and
 all his people,
with wounds in his chest, where the spear that
 he was facing has transfixed
that massive guard of his shield, and gone
 through his breastplate as well,
why, such a man is lamented alike by the young
 and the elders,
and all his city goes into mourning and grieves
 for his loss.
His tomb is pointed to with pride, and so are
 his children,
and his children’s children, and afterward all
 the race that is his.
His shining glory is never forgotten, his name
 is remembered,
and he becomes an immortal, though he lies under
 the ground,
when one who was a brave man has been killed by
 the furious War God
standing his ground and fighting hard for his
 children and land.1
 (Tyrtaeus, 12.23-34) 
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Margaret Bourke-White’s black-and-white photography captures enduring moments of the 20th century, including the liberation of Germany’s concentration camps, the Dust Bowl, the civil rights movement, and Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement in India.
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The woman at the center of the scandal over Hillary Clinton’s defense of an alleged child rapist speaks out in depth for the first time.
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Watergate a president was disgraced and forced to resign.  Several individuals were sentenced to prison.  The Mainstream Media was relentless.  Yet we have this administration and secretary Clinton's State Dept selling weapons to the highest bidder to her foundation!  Wheres the Media outcry? Oh that's right the Media is owned by the Socialist Democrats!!  it's a friggin disgrace to call ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC news outlets.  Nothing more than Propaganda ministry for the administration.
Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States' oil-rich ally in the Middle East.
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I see Hope, you can taste its bittersweet essence, The smell of Hope is pungent and thick in the air, and it’s there having been brought into a world in turmoil. There has been war in our world since I was a child, and even on a cloudy day I wake and the brilliance is a warm feeling.

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I was in Cleopatra's on Feb 7th @ 7:44 pm, according to 4Square. I am a creature of habit I love a good Gyro sandwich and the same goes for a good falafel. The sandwich I got was great, the service was mediocre. Usually when I go in and place an order to go they used to have someone that would offer me at least water while I wait. That's gone. Anyways my issue was with the falafels, did you know if you fry them long enough the burn? Also they harden to the same consistency as a hockey puck. I want to go back but if the same kitchen personnel are there I might get the same charcoal briquette falafel.
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So I have tried Jalapeno's a multitude of times, I'm not one to review on a whim. The Food quality stands on it's own, I am here to address the service or Lack of. The variety of inadequacies varies from different things. I frequented every day for a week to see if the staff would get to know a regular. One Star. I ordered various things from the menu, which like I stated the Food is great it stands on it's own. Make sure you repeat your order multiple times to get what you want. Even when the order is wrong and you get something different no problem. The Food is great. With the period of a month I was charged 4 different prices for the same product. And last but not least , don't count on them being open during regular business hours. Even their hours vary between what is here on google , what is in their window, and what is on their phone message. Really a bad idea to assume that if the dancing Jalapeno is blowing his horn on the corner of St Francis and Zia rd they might not actually be open.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
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Every time I order something from this particular pizza hut they always get it wrong they never tell you when is a problem and they always lie about it after.
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Terrible, I ordered and as usual my order was not successfully delivered. My money is just as good as anyone else's. I will try again in another month from now.
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So I am pretty new to donations at this site, there are a lot of GREAT people that work there; it seems that they may be over worked. As a direct result, I was the recipient of a hematoma: a collection of blood, a bruise an infiltration: when blood enters the subcutaneous tissue instead of the vein. I guess the needle that extracts was not in place firmly with tape. In the past 7 weeks I have been donating I have seen what they call double sticks every time I have been there. I think it is due to the fact New Mexico does not require any of the people extracting blood to be licensed. And the Plasma that is being harvested from the clients here is going mostly overseas as it seems, I don't think many people consider the benefits of donating plasma and some may use it to supplement or even as a primary income. Like I said that the people I interact with are great, aside from one girl that told me they were going to steal my soul, I would say that service could be taught and better employees could be screened, but for Santa Fe lack of quality service stems for employee that feel they are entitled to a higher living wage and they don't earn it. Three stars would be 4 if there were no attitudes and five if I didn't have this big bruise on my arm.
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