Curtis M. Hendel

It is a lie that our military is talented

Just when you think the world has gone totally nuts, another story emerges from the mist of insanity to prove us wrong.  The above quote is from a rant by Greg Salcido, the former mayor and current city councilman in Pico Rivera, California.  Oh, did I mention that he refuses to salute the Flag or participate in prayer during the council meetings?

Vietnam Veterans facing another silent enemy...

Veterans of the war in Vietnam have faced many challenges that extended beyond their time in the combat zone.  Too many of these great Americans have died decades too early from issues that attacked them after they returned home.  As if the enemy they faced in battle and the societal enemies they faced back at home were not enough, their war would not end easily.

For those that love to use race, the mirror is thy enemy...

Ok, I think that the sign of character is when you speak up when it goes against what you have been defending.  The time for me to face up is here, and here goes...

The Definition of Covfefe...

The latest scandal from the Trump administration, inventing a word to cause a reaction of foolishness from a wide spectrum of Americans.  Covfefe.  On the night of May 30th, a short time after a trip to Europe, President Trump sent out a late night tweet; “bad press, blah blah, they are creating their own stories, blah blah, covfefe”.  Ok, so the quote was much shorter and more coherent than mine, but that last word, covfefe.

Military Working Dogs no Longer Military Surplus....

My obsession with the Military Working Dog Program comes directly from my service as a Military Working Dog Handler and Trainer from 1985 till 1991.  In a recent piece I told of the atrocious treatment of the thousands of dogs that served honorably in the Vietnam War and were credited with saving over ten thousand lives.

Remembering the Dogs of the Vietnam War

As K9 Veteran’s Day was on the 13th of March I would like to take the opportunity to mention one group of four legged veterans that served as heroes and were dismissed by the nation they served.

You Have GOT to be Kidding Me!

Just days ago, the last week of March, another crime took place in another state in our great nation.  Well, let’s say TWO crimes took place.  The first was a home invasion in Oklahoma.  Three young men (my words, my perception) broke into a small guest house and, later that day, returned to break in to the main house, looking for what the get away driver called a big score.

Fool me once; I did NOT see that coming...

Like most people, I have this surprise button deep in my mind that goes off when I am startled.  Like many people, those buttons can break after time.  Whether it is no longer jumping when I see spiders the size of cats or when someone tries to scare me by jumping out from a corner.

The Grand Hypocrisy

About a week ago I had been thinking of something that had been on my mind for some time, trying to find a way to put it to paper so that it made sense.  Then, just days ago the story broke that would open the door.

The Safety in the Safety Pin

We have become a nation of small symbols.  Years ago the Blue Star Banner was put up to show that a loved one from that household was serving overseas.  That became a Gold Star when their loved one was killed in his or her service.  Another similar one was the Yellow Ribbon, symbolizing that loved one overseas with the promise to wait for them to return.

Hot off the brain cells.....

It is like a scene from a movie; a beautiful Sunday morning in a city, a police officers makes a traffic stop very close to the Department of Public Safety.  He gets the license and insurance information from the driver, returns to his car and starts to write the citation.  The music becomes a bit dark as a black car pulls up behind the police cruiser and a sinister character exits, walks to the driver’s window where an unsuspecting officer is doing his duty.  The bad guy levels a handgun at the officer, shooting him in the head.  The officer slumps over violently and the man reaches inside and shoots him again.  He heads back to his car and tears off from the scene. 

Chicken Little Spotted on East and West Coast

On November 8th, 2016, the voters of America spoke, and they spoke loud.  It was a long shot that Donald Trump would survive the primaries, but it was a complete gamble that he could actually beat Hillary Clinton.  But he did.

On This Veteran's Day

On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month of 1918 the world marked the end of World War I.  The war had lasted four years, three months, and two weeks.  The world had never seen destruction on this scale, with individual battles costing over a million lives and the total casualties topping 38 million combatants.  Surely such a high price would lead to a great world peace.  Leaders at the time could never believe that a war could ever be any worse.  This was the War to End All Wars.

Frank Luntz Concerned with Election Year Mood

Frank Luntz is a pollster that is highly regarded in his profession.  He uses unique methods to read what the mood of potential voters is and why they feel the way they feel.  He has a very strong ability to get to the pulse of the American people.

To Protect And Serve, With Their Backs To The Wall

On the morning of November 2nd, 2016 I awoke to the news; two police officers in Des Moines Iowa were killed by gunfire while sitting in their police cars.  Two Peace Officers, civil servants, assassinated.  Check that, two more police officers had been assassinated.

An Enemy Within?

Election 2016.  What can be said for this year’s election cycle?  I guess there is not much that can be said to describe where this has taken our great country.  Out of over 300 million people, we put up Donald and Hillary.  Where this has gone was almost too easy to see.  Mr. Trump has some solid ideas and, I believe, he would put very good people around him and would have a gambling man’s shot at righting this ship.  But he comes with ego and baggage from a long and successful career.  Just not the prettiest baggage in the world.  Hillary, well, she is just a plain liar, bent on power, taking money for favors and covering her incompetency with the phrase, “This is all lies”.  What a mess.

Secretary of Defense Using Smoke and Mirrors for Election?

The headline read, “Defense Secretary orders Pentagon to stop seeking repayment of California National Guard bonuses”.  So everything is peachy, right?

California Guard Exhibits Bureaucracy at its Worst

After the War on Terror began in late 2001 there wasn’t much talk of manpower shortages until after the Invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Suddenly we were at war in two countries and neither was looking to be over with soon.  As the insurgency in Iraq ramped up it was obvious that the National Guard was going to play a large role in this operation.

Pennsylvania School shows the sad state of our educational system by attacking WWII Veterans

It all started not that long ago and my initial impression was that it would be short lived.  I would have never dreamt that it would grow legs and spread like some new virus, infecting all it touched with a disgusting ability to show one’s true ignorance.  But after the first few weeks this virus started to mutate, and instead of dying on the vine, it grew.  It garnered support from its hosts, pushing them deeper into this black hole of narcissism and false activism.

Terror Once Again Came to America

On September 17th terror once again came to America.  This time it was smaller in scale and only left one of the attackers dead.  There were injuries and property damage, but no innocents were killed.  The attack that occurred in St. Cloud, Minnesota was simple.  A Somali American attacked people in the mall there with a knife, asking some if they were Muslim and praising Allah.  He was killed; nine were injured, but was this still an important incident?