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Re: Rolling Thunder
« Reply #175: December 31, 2015, 06:30:52 PM »
Anybody going on a "polar bear" run tomorrow?     May not be real cold but it's a New Year's Day tradition.

No, but thanks for reminding me...I need to crank it up and let it run a while to charge the battery...the tender only does so much...

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« Reply #176: December 31, 2015, 06:32:13 PM »
No, but thanks for reminding me...I need to crank it up and let it run a while to charge the battery...the tender only does so much...

I checked the tires today.   Keep it on a tender and start it regularly.    I'm thinking about riding with a group I run with (on occasion).    Problem is all they wanna do is ride to eat.     I can eat anytime.   Oh, what to wear?     :)

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« Reply #177: December 31, 2015, 06:51:19 PM »
Anybody going on a "polar bear" run tomorrow?     May not be real cold but it's a New Year's Day tradition.

I'll probably get my Moto Guzzi  out for a little ride at some point!

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« Reply #178: December 31, 2015, 07:03:52 PM »
I'll probably get my Moto Guzzi  out for a little ride at some point!

What sort of Goose do you own?

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« Reply #179: December 31, 2015, 09:16:50 PM »
What sort of Goose do you own?

'97 California, it's the anniversary edition and just an amazing bike. I've also got a 2012 Bonneville. But the gootz is my true love.

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« Reply #180: January 01, 2016, 06:21:11 AM »
Time to "saddle up"    !!!!


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Re: Rolling Thunder
« Reply #182: January 22, 2016, 07:23:48 PM »
The Old Guard maintains watch of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during blizzard

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/80036966-story

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« Reply #183: January 22, 2016, 07:24:41 PM »
The Old Guard maintains watch of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during blizzard

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/80036966-story

There was a short shot on NBC4 a few minutes ago.    Those cats are always there.

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« Reply #184: January 23, 2016, 04:27:17 PM »
There was a short shot on NBC4 a few minutes ago.    Those cats are always there.

Why is this a surprise?? Guard duty is guard duty, you don't get the day off because the weather is bad.....

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« Reply #185: January 23, 2016, 04:40:40 PM »
Why is this a surprise?? Guard duty is guard duty, you don't get the day off because the weather is bad.....


Ask us how we know that.    :)    I think what makes this a big deal to some folks (not VaRK) is it's seeable.     Hard to see the guy walking the wire in Afghanistan  ...  or the guy on the DMZ in Korea, etc.

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« Reply #186: January 23, 2016, 05:11:53 PM »
Ask us how we know that.    :)    I think what makes this a big deal to some folks (not VaRK) is it's seeable.     Hard to see the guy walking the wire in Afghanistan  ...  or the guy on the DMZ in Korea, etc.

Yes...this is simply emblematic of the dedication of our service men and women everywhere...

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« Reply #187: January 23, 2016, 05:13:29 PM »
Yes...this is simply emblematic of the dedication of our service men and women everywhere...

All the way  !!!

Plus, these are the Unknowns.    They represent the selfless sacrifice of some of our service men and women.    As an aside, these folks are Sentinels.    They watch over the Unknowns.     They don't "guard" them.     That is all.   I'll be in the area all day.

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« Reply #188: January 27, 2016, 10:49:15 AM »
As previously discussed here.  Maybe this will get the attention of the big corporations that have adopted WWF:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wounded-warrior-project-accused-of-wasting-donation-money/

What caught their attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.  For example, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust spends 96 percent of its budget on vets.  Fisher House devotes 91 percent.  But according to public records reported by "Charity Navigator," the Wounded Warrior Project spends 60 percent on vets.

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Re: Rolling Thunder
« Reply #189: January 27, 2016, 10:57:23 AM »
Makes me wonder about the CFC.  They are supposed to flag for donors organizations that take more than 20% of the funds for admin expenses, or maybe even kick them out.  Wounded Warrior must have been in don't ask, don't tell territory because of all the grief CFC would have gotten had they not had them as a charity.  No flag or nothing.  OTOH, very good to hear about Fisher House.  Nice to know they are run that well.

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« Reply #190: January 27, 2016, 11:00:47 AM »
As previously discussed here.  Maybe this will get the attention of the big corporations that have adopted WWF:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wounded-warrior-project-accused-of-wasting-donation-money/

What caught their attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.  For example, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust spends 96 percent of its budget on vets.  Fisher House devotes 91 percent.  But according to public records reported by "Charity Navigator," the Wounded Warrior Project spends 60 percent on vets.
It's sad that there are so many who will abuse those in need.  OT, but I have heard about groups and lawyers who are descending upon Flint MI and selling snake oil to the locals in the water crisis. 

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« Reply #191: January 27, 2016, 11:47:55 AM »
As previously discussed here.  Maybe this will get the attention of the big corporations that have adopted WWF:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wounded-warrior-project-accused-of-wasting-donation-money/

What caught their attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.  For example, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust spends 96 percent of its budget on vets.  Fisher House devotes 91 percent.  But according to public records reported by "Charity Navigator," the Wounded Warrior Project spends 60 percent on vets.

I may have said/written this.   If I have, I'm claimin' elderly privilege (CRS).    Maybe a year ago, I thought about donating to the Wounded Warrior Project.   I went online and looked at a charitable spending site and found WWP lacking in the % that they actually use to help the troops.    I decided not to give to them.    They had submitted all kinds of reasons why the % used for the troops was lower than other organizations.    Last night's piece on CBS sealed the deal for me.    Quit freakin' partying and take care of your charges.    "Team building" is one of the biggest bullcrap activities I ever attended when I was workin' in mid-management (private industry).     Use the charitable giving sites available that breakdown numbers for ya from tax info.      Caveat emptor.

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« Reply #192: January 28, 2016, 07:55:00 AM »
You didn't say it in these words, but you've surfaced this concern before.

I may have said/written this.   If I have, I'm claimin' elderly privilege (CRS).    Maybe a year ago, I thought about donating to the Wounded Warrior Project.   I went online and looked at a charitable spending site and found WWP lacking in the % that they actually use to help the troops.    I decided not to give to them.    They had submitted all kinds of reasons why the % used for the troops was lower than other organizations.    Last night's piece on CBS sealed the deal for me.    Quit freakin' partying and take care of your charges.    "Team building" is one of the biggest bullcrap activities I ever attended when I was workin' in mid-management (private industry).     Use the charitable giving sites available that breakdown numbers for ya from tax info.      Caveat emptor.

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Re: Rolling Thunder
« Reply #193: January 29, 2016, 04:44:07 PM »
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran’s conviction for wearing military medals he didn’t earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.

http://americanmilitarynews.com/2016/01/outrage-federal-court-rules-stolen-valor-is-protected-by-first-amendment/

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« Reply #194: January 29, 2016, 04:47:08 PM »
Seems reasonable to me. I mean, anyone that would do it is an jerk, but I don't know why it should be illegal.



SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran’s conviction for wearing military medals he didn’t earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.

http://americanmilitarynews.com/2016/01/outrage-federal-court-rules-stolen-valor-is-protected-by-first-amendment/

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« Reply #195: January 29, 2016, 05:02:00 PM »
Seems reasonable to me. I mean, anyone that would do it is an jerk, but I don't know why it should be illegal.

Because he didn't flippin' EARN them.  We don't all just get to tell potential employers we graduated from Yale, we'd have to EARN that diploma.  They don't give those medals for nothing and wearing them without going through what you have to in order to earn that right is disgraceful and absolutely should be illegal.  It's fraud, plain and simple.

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« Reply #196: January 29, 2016, 05:02:12 PM »
Seems reasonable to me. I mean, anyone that would do it is an jerk, but I don't know why it should be illegal.

Seems odd for fraud to be protected by the First Amendment...

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« Reply #197: January 29, 2016, 05:03:00 PM »
Seems odd for fraud to be protected by the First Amendment...


Odd and disgraceful.

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« Reply #198: January 29, 2016, 05:03:47 PM »
Odd and disgraceful.

No argument from me, Skippy...should be illegal too in my book...

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« Reply #199: January 29, 2016, 05:12:16 PM »
Wearing the uniform and medals.    That's a bit much.