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A Tale Of Two 'Diverse' American Flag Incidents: “IDGAF,” v. “The Least I Could Do Was Pick It Up”
ClashDaily.com ^ | 2/28/14 | Donald Joy

Posted on 03/02/2014 4:35:30 AM PST by IChing

During my time on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, I was all too familiar with the occasional sight of certain less than honorable personnel hustling to get to their cars at 1700 hours, just as The Star Spangled Banner started playing over the base public address system, and the flag-lowering ceremony of “Retreat” got underway.

You see, during Retreat, all activity is supposed to stop. All personnel who are outdoors are supposed to halt in their tracks, stand at attention, and turn and face the flag (or simply face the direction of the source of music if they cannot see the flag), rendering a proper salute and holding it as long as the music plays.

Retreat, along with its early morning counterpart, Reveille (when the flag is raised for the day), comprise one of the most time-honored and solemn rituals marking the focus and meaning of regular military life, the beginning and end of the duty day in service to our country, and most service members take great pleasure and significance out of observing and participating in it. Well, speaking for myself at least, I sure did.

Some slackers, however, just see it as a big pain in the ass, and an inconvenience to be avoided. Those are the people who rush to hurl themselves inside their cars when the music starts, so they can evade standing and saluting. If one is actually driving, it is required that the vehicle be stopped as soon as the driver is aware that Retreat is underway, in the middle of the roadway if necessary.

Unfortunately, there are some obnoxiously unpatriotic lowlife within the ranks, like Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, who inadvertently created quite a sweeping outrage on the internet by posting, on Instagram, a picture she took of herself “hiding” (her word, not mine) inside her car during Retreat at Fort Carson, Colorado. She captioned her “selfie” with smack-talk about dodging Retreat because she just didn’t feel like saluting our flag and how she didn’t want to hear people’s criticism of her for it, because she “doesn’t give a f***”:

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.”

Oh yes, I’m all too familiar with the likes of her. There are more and more like her in all areas of American society, especially since we began putting “diversity” before everything else, including before the Department of Defense’s traditional mission of protecting our nation; ahead of protecting Americans’ lives.

Think I’m exaggerating? Remember, now, that in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood massacre by Army psychiatrist/Islamic jihadist Maj. Nidal Hasan, how Army Chief of Staff General Casey actually said that it would be a “bigger tragedy” if the much-cherished and exalted diversity of Army culture, of our society overall, were to suffer as the result of measures which might be taken to prevent another attack like it!

“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said.

Got it? Casey and those like him have their priorities all figured out: Diversity takes precedence over stopping terrorist massacres of Americans! There’s no other way to interpret what he said. And his attitude is echoed throughout the echelons of power at all levels of our nation’s governance and military leadership. Economist Walter Williams reports that while serving as Chief of Naval Operations from 2007-2011, Admiral Gary Roughead said that “diversity is the No. 1 priority” at the U.S. Naval Academy. Barf.

Nowadays, showcasing diversity of allegiances among the armed forces rank and file (new regulations allowing Muslim beards, scarfs, and various non-uniform headwear, for example) is just so much cooler and more hopey-changey than saluting that stodgy old racist honky flag, you know. Demonstrating loyalty to America, and to one’s military duty, takes a backseat to expressing one’s belligerent indifference, & individuality.

Are you needing a job and you’re anti-American? Dig it! You’ll be embraced and valued among the new, fundamentally transformed armed forces of the post-American, multicultural, gay communist Obama nation! Who needs a melting pot when instead we can have a chaotic, crazy mess of warring, un-assimilated alien LGBT interests (as long as they all mainly vote democrat, it’s all good, yo)!?

On the other hand, we also saw a very different American flag story coming out of Sherwood, Oregon this week. A garbageman named Jeremy Fischer saw an American flag on top of one of the trash cans on his route. A camera mounted on the garbage truck recorded him on video as he took the flag from the trash, then very solemnly, slowly, and reverently folded the flag according to the triangular military folding protocol he learned in his younger days as a boy scout. Then, he can be seen carefully carrying the flag over to the homeowner’s porch and placing it there, respectfully. A neighbor who saw what Fischer did brought it to the attention of his employer, and then the media got a hold of the story.

Interviewed afterward, the plain-spoken Fischer said: “There’s a lot of sacrifice…and there’s a lot of hope and other stuff that is the American flag…and, I figured that since so many people have died for that, the least I could do is pick it up.”

Maybe there’s still real hope after all. I just teared up a little replaying the video of Fischer saying what he said.

As my friend John Kirkwood so aptly posted concerning the two individuals, Tariqka Sheffey and Jeremy Fischer, “Tell me, which one would you prefer in uniform and which one belongs with the trash?”

Your call, America. ”I don’t give a f***,” or “The least I could do is pick it up.”

To all the Tariqkas in the ranks: Face the music or GTFO!


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: diversity; patriotism; tariqkasheffey; ucmj
I forgot to include the recent Usain Bolt incident where he blew off the reporter in order to render respect for our flag/national anthem.
1 posted on 03/02/2014 4:35:30 AM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

Didn’t even have to click on the picture to determine she is Amish, the name was enough. article 15 and send her to Leavenworth for 15-20.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 4:42:00 AM PST by verga
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To: IChing

I just tried to find the Usian Bolt video and it has been scrubbed


3 posted on 03/02/2014 4:42:14 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

wtf?


4 posted on 03/02/2014 4:44:15 AM PST by IChing
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To: yldstrk

No it hasn’t, there are multiple YouTube videos of it still posted.


5 posted on 03/02/2014 4:50:17 AM PST by IChing
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To: yldstrk

FR search is our friend;

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3123815/posts


6 posted on 03/02/2014 4:51:25 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: yldstrk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36icPZhAbZg


7 posted on 03/02/2014 4:51:48 AM PST by IChing
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To: IChing
Here it is.

Usain Bolt Shocked the World with an Act of Reverence for America... And It's Still Incredible

8 posted on 03/02/2014 4:53:23 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: yldstrk; IChing

Here it is:

http://youtu.be/u8uiYELBajc

That’s wonderful, huge respect for Usian Bolt. Glad you guys mentioned that event.


9 posted on 03/02/2014 4:53:56 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: IChing

Oh thank God, I couldn’t find it, thanks, glad I’m wrong. I found an article with a video formerly attached and it said the video had been removed, so I concluded wrong.


10 posted on 03/02/2014 4:57:42 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Focault's Pendulum; FreedomPoster; Hillarys Gate Cult

Thank you


11 posted on 03/02/2014 4:59:14 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IChing
“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said.

I very clearly remember him saying that nonsense. It was the first time it really hit home to me that the military brass truly doesn't give a sh*t about me or my family.

12 posted on 03/02/2014 4:59:26 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

It’s absolutely sickening!


13 posted on 03/02/2014 5:04:43 AM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

I recall that some days I would intentionally go out and wait for retreat just so I could salute the flag.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 5:07:50 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: IChing
This bear repeating: The state of our military and country in 2014.

Oh yes, I’m all too familiar with the likes of her. There are more and more like her in all areas of American society, especially since we began putting “diversity” before everything else, including before the Department of Defense’s traditional mission of protecting our nation; ahead of protecting Americans’ lives.

Think I’m exaggerating? Remember, now, that in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood massacre by Army psychiatrist/Islamic jihadist Maj. Nidal Hasan, how Army Chief of Staff General Casey actually said that it would be a “bigger tragedy” if the much-cherished and exalted diversity of Army culture, of our society overall, were to suffer as the result of measures which might be taken to prevent another attack like it!

“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said.

Got it? Casey and those like him have their priorities all figured out: Diversity takes precedence over stopping terrorist massacres of Americans! There’s no other way to interpret what he said. And his attitude is echoed throughout the echelons of power at all levels of our nation’s governance and military leadership. Economist Walter Williams reports that while serving as Chief of Naval Operations from 2007-2011, Admiral Gary Roughead said that “diversity is the No. 1 priority” at the U.S. Naval Academy. Barf.

15 posted on 03/02/2014 5:08:49 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: IChing

It’s been a while, but I seem to remember the requirement even to exit your car and stand and salute.

Larry


16 posted on 03/02/2014 5:14:37 AM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: rfreedom4u

I like driving over to Headquarters, so I can watch the flag being lowered. Haven’t had the chance to do that lately.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 5:22:06 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I think there’s something in my eye.


18 posted on 03/02/2014 5:32:47 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: FreedomPoster
I love this one too. The troops turn their back on Robin Williams during the middle of his performance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QD9QAAEfQEA

He doesn't quite know what to do...hehe..

19 posted on 03/02/2014 5:43:13 AM PST by Mopp4
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To: larryjohnson

Thats right, I remember doing that too. It didn’t matter
if you were in a car and could not hear the music, you knew
what time morning and evening colors were.

Mike


20 posted on 03/02/2014 5:48:31 AM PST by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: Altura Ct.

A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life - liberal scholar finds out truth?

A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?

IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.

But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam — famous for “Bowling Alone,” his 2000 book on declining civic engagement — has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.

“The extent of the effect is shocking,” says Scott Page, a University of Michigan political scientist.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120518114551AADFScp


21 posted on 03/02/2014 5:50:45 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mopp4

Good stuff, I hadn’t seen that before as well. I’m an Army brat, so I well knew stopping and getting out of your car for retreat.


22 posted on 03/02/2014 5:54:11 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: IChing

I’m retired and still salute and pay respect to the flag - going up or coming down. Have seen a disturbing trend where many NCOs do what they can to avoid the “inconvenience” and a lot of young Marines on the base just amble along as if nothing is going on. I have torn a few new a$$hole$ recently and even passed it up-chain but with no visible results. The socialization/corruption of the military is having disturbing effects.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:02 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Mopp4

Omg thank you for posting that!!


24 posted on 03/02/2014 6:38:25 AM PST by IChing
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To: IChing

Kids raised right:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhkMwAhIOcU


25 posted on 03/02/2014 7:00:05 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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