employer’s American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, he says he did not think to ask permission or consider the possibility that he had done anything wrong.
Charlotte Observer Instead, the 29-year-old former Marine, who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he was thinking about his country, the meaning of the holiday and his best friend, Geoff, another Marine who killed himself two years ago after returning stateside.
On Tuesday, Thornwell was fired. A manager at the placement service that arranged the vet’s job at Time Warner Cable in Charlotte, North Carolina told him that the company was disturbed by Thornwell’s “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”
Thornwell also took his outrage to Facebook, naming Time Warner and posting a video. Contacted this week, Thornwell said he remains in shock over what happened. “I’m not even mad right now,” he says. “I don’t know what kind of moral compass you need to fire a veteran on Memorial Day for lowering the flag.”
A Time Warner Cable spokesman confirmed Friday that the former Marine “was no longer under contract” with the company but declined further comment.
Charlotte attorney Murph Archibald, whom Thornwell called after the incident, says his client should have never lost his job. “It’s disgraceful,” says Archibald, a Vietnam vet. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He’s a veteran working on Memorial Day who corrected what he thought was a disrespectful flying of the American flag … I would have taken it down myself.”
Today, fewer than 1 percent of Americans wear a uniform. “Not only do the vast majority not serve, but they don’t really know anybody who does,” says Woodbridge, editor of the monthly Marine Corps Gazette.
Thornwell attributes his behavior to deeper emotions he felt throughout the day about his country, his dead friend and his own service. For the first time in his life, he says, he understood the true meaning of Memorial Day, and he felt it, too. Now he needs a job.
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Jun 7 2016
On Sept. 11, 2001, amidst the darkness, emerged many human heroes. But there were also non-human heroes who stepped up that day and in the days and weeks to come. Bretagne was one of them.
FOX News (h/t Larry A) The last known living search dog who helped recover victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks died in a Houston suburb at age 16. A statement from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service says Bretagne (pronounced like Brittany), a Golden Retriever, was euthanized at a veterinary clinic in Cypress, due to health complications from her advanced age.
The Houston Chronicle reported that around two dozen firefighters lined the sidewalk as Bretagne was brought into the veterinarian’s office Monday. An American flag was draped over the dog’s body as it was carried out.
Bretagne was 2 years old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after two hijacked airlines brought down the Twin Towers. They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.
Bretagne had lived with Corliss, a volunteer Cy-Fair firefighter, for her entire life. Bretagne retired from active duty at age 9. After her retirement age 10, Bretagne aided other search dogs in training.
To celebrate the dog’s 16th birthday this past September, Corliss took her to New York, where the pair visited the 9/11 memorial.
KLFY Bretagne was then taken to see a personalized billboard in Times Square displaying a happy birthday message. She even received the doggie “Key to the City” presented by Hudson River Parks. And it didn’t stop there.
At the end of the adventure, her former teammates on search and rescue organization Texas Task Force 1 greeted Bretagne with a surprise party. Her happiness was evident by her big smile and when she went over to her pile of gifts and grabbed the bag of treats that were presumably for her.
Bretagne not only served at Ground Zero, but she also helped with search and rescue in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. At 16 years old, she is now retired. Bretagne spends her days volunteering at school programs that help children learn to read.
Jun 6 2016
Designated Terrorist Group CAIR demands beating of a Muslim outside a Queens, NY mosque be investigated as a “hate crime”
Police were not looking at it as an anti-Muslim hate crime because the three men who dragged him off his bicycle and beat him up didn’t rob him or shout anti-Muslim slurs. More likely, they were Muslims and the attack related to sectarian violence. Of course, we’ll never hear that if CAIR has anything to do with it.
One of the relatives says she can’t understand why anyone would do that because “Islam is all about love.” HAH!
NY Post Police released surveillance video Monday of two guys suspected of beating a Muslim man as he left a Queens mosque last week. Mohamed Rasheed Khan, 59, was attacked by three men as he rode his bicycle away from the Center for Islamic Studies in Jamaica at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after his nightly prayers. Khan was wearing religious garb at the time. The men punched him in his face and head, causing him to fall off his bicycle.
Two of the men were caught on surveillance video in front of 105-13 Jamaica Ave. fleeing east on Jamaica Avenue in the direction of Francis Lewis Boulevard, police
Jun 6 2016
Jun 6 2016
Have French officials started to realize that their lucrative foreign tourist trade is going to take a dive this year?
Disgusting and squalid conditions at Paris’s latest makeshift Muslim invader camp are revealed as police smash shanty town that had become an ‘open-air toilets’ for 1,850 Muslim illegal aliens.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) The squalid conditions of a Paris shanty town housing 1,850 UK-bound migrants was revealed after it was smashed by police this morning following complaints it had been turned into an ‘open-air toilet’. Riot police moved in to the Eole gardens, close to the Eurostar hub, soon after 6am to the ‘shock and surprise’ of those living there.
Here’s the kind of violence that breaks out at these Muslim invader camps, this one from two weeks ago at a migrant camp underneath the Stalingrad station in Paris’s 19th arrondissement:
And after the migrants were moved on, pictures revealed the dirty conditions of the camp, as people left their tents and some of their possessions behind.
The raid on the camp this morning by riot police came out of the blue for many of the people living there. ‘We were not expecting this,’ said Tegani Ugomai, a 26-year-old from Darfur, in the western Sudan, who was travelling with five other young men.
‘Tents and food were being handed out over the weekend, but now we are all being split up. The French do not want us here,’ Mr Ugomai added.
More than 1,850 migrants were ordered on to a fleet of hired coaches, and then ‘dispersed to 60 temporary accommodation centres, including gyms, in other parts of France,’ according to a local official.
Here’s the original Calais ‘Jungle’ where the remaining Muslim invaders are still setting fires, this one on May 26th.
It follows the city’s Socialist Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, announcing that the city’s first-ever international refugee camp will be built in the French capital later this summer. (Oh, that’s smart, build a really nice facility to attract millions more of the illegal alien Muslim invaders)
She told Europe 1 radio there had been 1,300 people counted at the camp on Sunday – mostly Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans – but that numbers had surged as word spread they would be rehoused. The camp had already been evacuated a month ago.
In the meantime, migrants from all over Europe, including many who were previously camped out in Calais, had made a bee-line for the Eole park. It had already turned into a lawless, rubbish-strewn mess following heavy-rain in Paris over recent weeks.
Charity groups including the Salvation Army had provided tents and food for residents of the unofficial camp, in the northern 19th arrondissement, a short stroll from Gare du Nord, from where high speed trains travel backwards and forwards from London.