More Gun Control Will Prevent Terrorism?

More gun control would have prevented this latest mass shooting, according to President Obama. At least that was the inference from his first statements on national TV in the immediate wake of the latest terrorist attack. Of course, it wasn’t a terrorist attack, it was perhaps another instance of work-place violence. It can be argued... Read more »

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier
This past weekend  something horrible happened and I couldn’t be more grateful. The PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park that was recently dedicated to my son was vandalized. Specifically, the park sign and the plaque explaining who he was and why the park was dedicated to him were tagged with spray paint. My family and I... Read more »

I Dream of Afghanistan

I dream of going to Afghanistan. I’m fascinated with history and in particular with places that have seen much of it. But I’m not interested in the history of that ancient and storied land. Or, not all of the history. There is just one moment in the long ribbon of time that calls to me... Read more »
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PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means

PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means
PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park has been officially dedicated. The sign is not yet permanently installed because the sign manufacturer made a small error and are working on a fix. It’s not yet searchable on Google Maps or Mapquest either, but it is a reality, a real place with real meaning. Regular readers will recognize... Read more »

How to tell the difference between a Jihadi and a Muslim

Jihadi is a colloquial term for Muslims in general, but by definition is someone who participates in Jihad, or Holy War. The most pressing question facing the Nation today is how to tell the difference between someone who is a follower of the religion of Islam and someone who believes it is good, right and... Read more »

Four Marines Killed in Tennessee

Four Marines Killed in Tennessee
Four Marines were shot and killed at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee today. The suspected gunman also died and a police officer and at least one other individual was injured. The initial report was of a “White Male” suspect. The shooter has now been identified as Mohammed Yousef Abdulazeez. This is a developing situation,... Read more »
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Endless War by Robie Odonnell

Every now and then, something happens that just can’t be explained by anything other than fate. For the past few months I’ve been working in the real world on several different military and veteran initiatives, many of which center on getting the message of our veterans out to the civilian world. A lot of those... Read more »

Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten

Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten
Margaret Gasperich will be waked June 16th at 10:00am at St. Joseph Church, 416 N. Chicago St in Joliet, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Marge was 93 years old. She was also a Gold Star mother who buried her only child forty-four years ago. She grieved for her only child almost... Read more »

Open Letter to Vice President Biden

Open Letter to Vice President Biden
Dear Mr. Vice President, I offer my most sincere condolences on the loss of your son. There are no words to express the depth of the grief that only a parent can know. Please accept my most humble thanks for his service to our nation in our time of need and for the life of... Read more »
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Was Beau Biden’s Brain Cancer Caused by Burn Pit Exposure?

Was Beau Biden’s Brain Cancer Caused by Burn Pit Exposure?
The exact type of brain cancer that took Beau Biden’s life has not been publicly named. But from the reported timeline of his illness and other known factors, some claim it was most likely Glioblastoma Mutliforme, an incredibly aggressive cancer believed to be on the rise, particularly among those with exposure to burn pits like... Read more »
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    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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