CDC is Lying About Ebola

At least, I hope they are. The alternative is they are clueless, and that is a much scarier proposition. Perhaps lying is too strong a word. Perhaps ‘hedging their bets’ is more appropriate. However you term it, What is known about the facts and dangers is still evolving. Listen carefully to even the most reassuring... Read more »

The Stolen Valor Epidemic and Why Civilians Should Care

The Stolen Valor Law of 2013 makes it a Federal offense punishable by fines and imprisonment to falsely claim military honors or awards to affect personal, tangible gain. Additional charges, local, state and Federal may also apply. For the full text of the law, go here. This issue is not about Freedom of Speech and... Read more »

PTSD, Suicide and Other Myths About Veterans

Myths exist, historically, to instruct and explain. Back when most people were illiterate, and even before the written word, myths were a society’s way of understanding things that were scary, things we in the enlightened age know to be natural phenomenon. The most important myths were those that comforted the masses, helping them to feel... Read more »
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No More Killed In Action explained

I’ve taken a lot of flak for my post, No More Killed In Action #NoMoreKIAs, from August. Several of those for whom I have the deepest respect for their service to our country told me they feel almost betrayed. They remind me that risking their lives is part of the package, a risk they willingly... Read more »

Where Did I Go?

It has been six weeks exactly since my last post. I’ve gotten some really nice notes checking to see if I’m okay, and a few asking where my commitment went. Some of the later aren’t referring to my silence, but I’ll get back to that. Others have attempted to commiserate along the lines of, ‘It... Read more »

22 Veteran Suicides A Day

22 veterans and active duty service members die by suicide a day, a statistic with which we’ve become familiar. But, it is a lie. That appalling and horrifying number represents only those officially counted by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. The truth is, no one knows how many of our service men... Read more »
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No More Killed In Action, #NoMoreKIAs

No More KIAs means no boots on the ground in Iraq in response to the beheading of James Foley. For that matter, in response to anything that is not a direct attack on us. By on us, I mean on US soil. I am a member of a very exclusive club and it is our... Read more »

James Foley Is All Of Us

James Foley, a US journalist was murdered by the cowards of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, alternatively known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What these savages did to James Foley is what they want to do to every man, woman and child in this country. This is... Read more »

Ebola is on the loose

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is the scariest thing to threaten the human species in a long time, and that is not hysterical fear mongering. Those who know about these things are scared. Really scared. Worst of all, they are quietly scared, and that should tell us all something. It’s not just that it’s a relentless killer... Read more »
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I Miss Me

I Miss Me
This post is part of a group assignment from our community managers. We were given a topic and one hour to write, edit and post. Though this is the 11th installment of what is known as “Blogapalooz-Hour” it is the first time I’ve participated. The directions were simple – “Write about a person, place or... Read more »
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    Denise Williams

    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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