Wishing a Merry Christmas Eve and a special Merry Christmas to those who stand watch in the line of fire tonight far from home, without family and friends protecting us. Special wishes as well to those with a parent, a brother, a sister serving away from home this Christmas - too often we forget that those left at home sacrifice as much as those on the front lines. May all who serve remain safe this Christmas, and may they return home soon.
Wednesday 24th of December 2014 05:05:39 PM
#MPSTRONG Thanks to @nathanielgaswin for sending me this, a song prefomed for the benefit of MP students.
Alana Kailani- Singing "Dancing in the Sky" by Dani & Lizzy.
Spontaneous singing moment with Alana before bedtime! She didn't practice, so be kind ☺️lol We thought it'd be nice to sing it for all whom are mourning❤️ #M...
Wednesday 24th of December 2014 02:10:04 AM
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Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 08:47:11 PM
#MPStrong Just got done congratulating Marysville Pilchuck's Nick Alonso for receiving Congressman Rick Larsen's principal nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point. It's a tremendous honor which, in my opinion, couldn't be any more deserved - success as a military officer requires being able to lead in the face of adversity and when there is no playbook. Being able to lead a football team is great - but plenty can lead on the field - helping lead a school back into the light after its darkest day - that is leadership.
Nick, congratulations! Truth be told though, selfishly, I think Annapolis is calling your name! I can't have Navy's 13 year winning streak broken by you :)
Congressman Rick Larsen this retired O-4 thinks you picked well sir!
Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 02:55:13 PM
Dear Kim Jong Un - North Korea's Internet exists at the pleasure of the United States. That is all.
Monday 22nd of December 2014 09:53:58 PM
#NorthKorea Internet is down. Darn shame.
Monday 22nd of December 2014 07:54:26 PM
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Sunday 21st of December 2014 10:43:45 PM
Disappointed @60minutes gave @tomcoburn airtime to brag about screwing over vets Repost @paulrieckhoff
Think about this as Senator Tom Coburn appears on 60 Minutes tonight to brag about blocking bills like #ClayHunt SAV. #VetRising @IAVA
Sunday 21st of December 2014 05:57:40 PM
So, thought i’d do a quick FB Q/A - be respectful, listen to understand, not just to react, and remember that I’m going to focus on threads that actually seek solution, not those just spouting politcal soundbytes. Not about what I agree with, it’s about whether its substantive.
Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:08:13 AM
#NYPDLIVESMATTER I’m a NY’er. NYPD keeps me safe every day, and while I’m frustrated by the acts of a few officers in a few incidents, I’m a NY’er, NYPD is and will always be “NY’s Finest.” Consistent with my promise earlier, I am persuaded, having reviewed multiple sources and reports, that at least to some extent, the shooter in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn deliberately targetted police, and whether he just added on hashtags for #EricGarner and #MikeBrown, or whether he actually was motivated by revenge is irreleavent to me.
Whether one agrees injustice on the part of police exists in reality, all should agree that, in the abstract, injustice on the part of the police is not remedied in any way by assassinating police officers execution style. To think otherwise is lunacy. To think race doesn’t play a role in this conversation and to bury one’s head in the sand ans pretend a national conversation doesn’t need to be had is lunacy. To draw equivalence between lying in wait in cold blood and shooting innocent people with whom you have had no interaction and deaths resulting from excessive force is lunacy. Whatever you believe happened in the Garner and Brown cases not a shred of evidence exits either involved officer woke up that morning and decided to go hunt for black men to kill. In my view, the Garner officer should have been indicted, he wasn’t.
Let me say clearly, NY’ers havent faced an officer death from a firearm (according to reports) since 2011. If there is anyone on the planet who thinks NY’ers will stand idly by and support people blantatly assasinating our police officers, they haven’t met many NY’ers.
This isn’t about politics. This is about two officers who were denied the right to go home at end of shift for whose families we pray, and one young woman who did nothing wrong other than date the wrong man.
Let’s keep our eye on the ball.
Sunday 21st of December 2014 01:22:52 AM
#nypdlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #policelivesmatter --> #ALLLIVESMATTER - FOR ONE NIGHT CAN WE NOT STOP THE BACK AND FORTH POLITICAL BS TO MOURN THE LOSS OF 3 HUMAN BEINGS, ONLY TWO OF WHOM POLICE OFFICERS, ASSASSINATED EXECUTION STYLE?
If we can't do that, come together for one night and not engage in this relentless, asinine tit for tat, YES BOTH SIDES DO IT NO ONE IS BLAMELESS, we're lost as a Country, and we ought to just split in two based on whether we watch Fox or MSNBC.
Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:10:33 PM
With the 2nd NYC officer murdered in an execution style ambush in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen officers and the men and women of the #nypd tonight.
I have read conflicting reports on motive, and thus until #nypd states a motive, I do not intend to speculate on one and nor should the media. Motive is irrelevant to my point tonight - employing violence towards police officers (or anyone) with the unmistakable intent of causing bodily injury is inexcusable.
Unrelated to this incident since motive is not formally known, we need to have a national conversation about the disconnect between some communities, especially those of color and law enforcement there are surely some structural issues that are obvious to those not willfully blind and yes, there are some bad officers. THAT SAID THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF OFFICERS PROTECT AND SERVE WITH DISTINCTION and the murder of a police officer in cold blood must not go without severe punishment, including when appropriate, the death penalty.
This New Yorker has serious questions about the conduct of a very small number of officers in a limited number of instances. This New Yorker will NEVER forget the service of the men and women of the NYPD who keep me safe every day and whose service on 9/11 proved they got it right when they named NYPD "NY's Finest."
Saturday 20th of December 2014 07:15:28 PM
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Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:42:12 AM
#freeamir #marineiniran Amir has sent a message via his family...
Free Amir Hekmati
Amir has released the following statement via phone to his family:
Today my mother told me that men and women - some my brothers and sister from the Marines and others total strangers - are participating in a hunger strike with me as a sign of solidarity and support. I worry about you suffering, while I'm forced to suffer. She tells me others are showing their support on social media by standing beside me, not forgetting me, and even tweeting personal messages to me. Thank you. Thank you for not forgetting about me. Thank you for taking a stand against the injustice I have faced. Thank you for giving me and my family strength when we need it most. Please continue your efforts. Please continue to be my voice. Please do not let me be silenced or forgotten. I remain strong and faithful, knowing I can endure this personal hardship. That's not my challenge. My real challenge comes from being away from my family, not being able to care for my terminally ill father and not being able to support my mother as she takes on the role of caretaker.
Friday 19th of December 2014 11:14:37 AM
To all those asking me to share a documentary alleging #SandyHook #Newtown was a hoax, I will not do so. It is a false premise, massively misguided and one I find offensive and inexcusably disrespectful to a point that approaches being evil - disrespectful not only to those who died that day, but also to those who died and those whose lives have been forever changed by school violence at places like #MPStrong #FRStrong #ChardonStrong
Thursday 18th of December 2014 04:09:24 PM
#TheInterviewMovie we don't back down to North Korea - we don't take unnecessary risk but we also don't let a movie get completely shelved and the President was right "go to the movies." Tonight we are thankful that we live in a free country where we are free to lampoon our leaders some aren't so lucky.
Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:08:31 PM
#TheInterviewMovie The #SonyHack and the controversy surrounding North Korea 's reaction to the movie in many ways have shown us the worst of Hollywood. Many things bother me - first, to me this was predictable and there's an element of what were they thinking depicting the assassination of a current world leader for the sole purpose of comedy. Second, and MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY Sony may have sent a DANGEROUS signal to one of the world's least predictable and most dangerous regimes that this kind of behavior - which is very much terrorism - is rewarded with the desired result. If Hollywood chooses to make a movie like this, it cannot stop halfway.
First, you'll find no bigger fan of Seth and James' work - they are great talents and acquaintances of mine whom I respect. When it comes to issues of international relations, those of us in the spotlight have an obligation to make sure our creative work product doesn't directly put anyone at risk. This film has had wide ranging consequences for low level and mid level employees at Sony and those of us at the top absolutely have to think about the people making minimum wage who may not be as able to defend themselves from things like identity theft.
Second, I strongly suspect the decision to pull the movie was made in no small part to preempt the release of what may well be even more embarrassing emails being released. Sparing Sony execs having to further read about inappropriate emails they never should have written is not worth the disastrous consequence of teaching North Korea it can out shout our 1st Amendment via terrorism. I understand not wanting it in theaters - they need to release it somehow - we cannot allow terrorism to chill the 1st Amendment - the risk of violence at theaters was unacceptable - no risk to human physical safety exists with a VOD release. Sony made this movie, it's executives embarrassed themselves in their own emails, and if it and they weren't fully committed, given that a reaction was foreseeable
What we ought to all remember is how lucky we are to live in a country where we encourage creative work product that is edgy, that may offend some, and that our leaders are not off limits. Not all are so lucky.
Hollywood does not have the chops to play in the arena of national security in dealing with rogue states - making a movie like this halfway is very dangerous and sends an ominous message.
This was an act of terrorism, although admittedly, there are few realistic options to respond to it. The best response at this point is releasing the movie, but not in theaters and using any profit to make sure the low level employees who have been exposed to financial risk by this are taken care of.
Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:43:03 PM
@TomCoburn legacy - the guy who stopped #ClayHuntSAVAct - A vet suicide prevention bill authored by R's and supported NEARLY UNANIMOUSLY by BOTH SIDES. The guy who put hubris and his own self professed brand of Dr. No above doing what's right - and we call those who do that cowards.
Coburn's schtick is simple - he wants conservatives to believe he's the only guy that you can trust with money in Washington - everyone else lies. Jeff Miller, one of the House's most conservative members helped write the Clay Hunt SAV Act - are we to believe now that the conservatives in the House were suddenly struck liberal!
Unfortunately, Senator Coburn is about Senator Coburn. Look for the memoir and a high dollar speaking tour next on his agenda.
I will follow through on my promise - if Senator Coburn thinks his leaving the Congress will stop me from my telling the truth about what he did, he's never met a pissed off Marine and Naval officer before. He needs to be haunted by this decision and it needs to follow him always.
As angry as I am, I want to commend the bipartisan group of Senators who cosponsored the bill and especially thank Senators McCain, Blumenthal, Manchin, Reid, McConnell all who in. rare moment of true bipartisanship realized some things are more important than politics - right and wrong has no party when it comes to the care of Veterans, and I'm please with what I believe are sincere promises FROM BOTH SIDES to bring re-introduce and quickly pass the bill in the 114th. I stand ready to assist in any way asked.
There is some good, something to draw faith from - veterans united and every member of the House and what I believe to be 90+ members of the Senate answered the call and the President promised to sign the bill immediately once passed. This paragraph describes how washington should work - we disagree on some things and that's okay. We must come together when such a clear issue of right and wrong emerges and work together.
Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:28:03 AM
Andrew Hawkins @hawk is right that simply calling for justice (read his shirt) is not something for which an apology is remotely warranted and I commend the Chief of the Cleveland PD for his remarks saying the same.
I do not believe calling for Justice for #TamirRice is inappropriate. A young man is dead and justice has many forms not all of which involve charges against an officer. In my view justice in this case includes looking to work with manufacturers of airsoft and other "toy" guns to find ways to make them easier for officers to ID - what if they had to be neon in their entirety?
Justice in this case also involves looking at procedure and tactics - officers were not told the caller told dispatch that he SUSPECTED the gun was fake, and the manner in which the officer driving pulled up on the scene made it more dangerous for officers and the subject. Had the officers known the caller's suspicion we have no idea if the outcome changes, but at least officers would have been operating on the full set of facts provided by the caller. Had the officers stopped at a safer distance and ordered the weapon dropped, who knows! This isn't about Monday morning QB police officers it's about an after action evaluation to see if lessons can be learned! Every cop in the country knows that after use of force, command reviews to see if lessons can be learned.
Justice may well bring criminal charges. I have no idea, and it's not my place to speculate.
I commend Andrew because he took a stand in a peaceful manner, and one which I wish all who feel called to protest will follow. I don't have to opine on the underlying issue to get there! I actually have no opinion on the underlying issue of whether charges should be filed because I'm not a lawyer and I'm not a grand juror.
One thing I know for certain, the reaction made more noise than the action itself, and the Police union head did his officers no favors in the boisterous way he handled this. I do however proudly stand with the Chief who got this right, and I stand with Andrew's right to have done this.
How about we stop going back and forth about the clothing NFL players wear to warm up! It only obscures the bigger issue and delays a national conversation that is badly needed!
NFL Player Defends Decision to Wear Controversial T-Shirt
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins defended his decision to wear a shirt protesting recent Ohio police shootings, despite calls for him to apologize.
Wednesday 17th of December 2014 12:17:52 AM