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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend – May 2012 – Jack Francis helping place flags at Ft Sam Houston Cemetery 

Every Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Here in Military City USA, Memorial Day holds a special significance.

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, please consider visiting cemetery or memorial this Memorial Day.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

First Memorial Day Proclamation: 

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

2. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

3. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

Parents need to know – SnapChat’s new feature “Cosmo After Dark” is porn

Parents need to know – SnapChat’s new feature “Cosmo After Dark” is porn

SnapChat’s new Cosmo After Dark feature unapologetically puts pornography at your child’s fingertips.

Cosmo After Dark is quite clearly and simply pornography that is up-front and easily accessible to anyone who uses SnapChat – i.e. YOUR CHILD.

Fair warning, the content here is RATED R, that’s as tame as I can keep it and still keep YOU properly informed.

To read more from For Every Mom, click here.

VIA Teases a Proposed Rapid Transit Corridor Network

VIA Teases a Proposed Rapid Transit Corridor Network

On Wednesday, VIA Metropolitan Transit outlined its working plans for a new rapid transit system.

The red lines show the proposed dedicated lanes for vehicles such as VIA’s Primo Buses or even trackless trains currently being developed in China.

ANY dedicated lanes whether they’re tolled, bus only, bike only, autonomous vehicles only, any restricted lane is anti-liberty, period. This is a slippery slope that allows the government to pick the winners and losers of who gets mobility and who doesn’t.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

Nirenberg reaches out to San Antonio conservatives, with a backhand

Nirenberg reaches out to San Antonio conservatives, with a backhand

By Kenric Ward

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg conducted a spin class at a gathering of tea party and conservative voters on the northwest side Saturday. It got him nowhere.

Cycling through several pointed questions, hizzoner repeatedly blamed “Facebook” for a supposed public misunderstanding of his administration. Invoking Facebook was a clever, albeit transparent, ploy to forge common cause with an audience that distrusts the liberally biased social media platform.

But Nirenberg’s programmed and kneejerk responses to critical concerns were alternately dismissive, disingenuous or downright dishonest. Some were just laughable.

A compendium of some of his more specious claims:

Nirenberg: “When making decisions, the first question I ask myself: Is it fiscally responsible?”

Reality: $18,000 curtains for your office? $38 million in new debt for a City Hall makeover that circumvents a public vote? An ever-growing list of “progressive” projects and staff additions that bloat the budget, extend far beyond essential municipal services and make a poor city even poorer.

Nirenberg: “I’m an independent.”

Reality: Show us your voting record, mayor.

Nirenberg: “No city money has been spent on the city’s challenge to Senate Bill 4.”

Reality: Legal staff work on city time is a public expenditure. Ditto for the city’s lobbying against property-tax reform and relief at the Texas Legislature. Both gambits work against the interest of taxpayers.

Nirenberg: “I want the [removed] Confederate Monument in a museum.”

Reality: There’s been no movement on that since the city hauled off the Travis Park statue without a public hearing.

Nirenberg: “I want the Cenotaph somewhere on the Alamo grounds.”

Reality: It’s there now, your honor.

Nirenberg: “The city did not say ‘no’ to Amazon.”     

Reality: Blaming Facebook (again) for an allegedly false narrative is the kind of nuanced misdirection game that politicians play. Fact is, the city preemptively withdrew from the competition for Amazon’s second headquarters. While vowing that San Antonio wouldn’t “drop its drawers” to bid, Nirenberg & Co. routinely bend over for corporate clients and politically connected local developers. Most recently, the city waived all municipal fees for HEB’s new eastside complex. (The mayor abstained on that giveaway because his wife is employed by HEB. Wink. Wink.)

Nirenberg saved his biggest whoppers for an unstinting defense of City Manager Sheryl Sculley.

Nirenberg: “Sculley does not make more than president.”

Reality: The city manager’s salary is $450,000. The president’s salary is $400,000. Look it up.

Nirenberg: “Our city manager is the best in the country.”

Reality: A partial list of problems festering on Sculley’s watch: Embezzlement at Centro, a Google Fiber fiasco, ruinous contract negotiations with the fire department, chronic SAPD manpower shortages, spiraling violent crime and a politicized police chief who sidetracks federal authorities to release illegal aliens (witnesses) in a human smuggling case.

While such performance may be acceptable in San Antonio’s corrupt political culture, it would be grounds for termination in the private sector. Sculley has received glowing evaluations and a succession of annual bonuses, yet Nirenberg is distraught – not for taxpayers, but for the woman who serves at the council’s pleasure. “It’s heartbreaking to see her denigrated,” he declares with a virtual sob.

Exposing the entitled/elitist attitude that infests City Hall, Nirenberg concluded Saturday’s meeting by attacking three ballot referenda designed to reign in the city manager’s compensation and restore accountability in local government.

The mayor’s risible claim that duly submitted public petitions, now subject to a citywide vote, are somehow anti-democratic would make George Orwell blush. Nirenberg may have pride in his “Big Ideas” for San Antonio. He clearly has no shame.

SA LGBT Artists to be Featured in Group Show at Culture Commons Gallery

SA LGBT Artists to be Featured in Group Show at Culture Commons Gallery

Mayor Nirenberg is using your tax dollars to promote the idea of homosexuality instead of infrastructure, public safety, and reducing taxes.

Homosexual “art” is actually being displayed in SA City government buildings next to the Spanish Governors Palace. And Mayor Nirenberg endorses it in a Press Release.

The Culture Commons Gallery is a publicly-owned building meaning it belongs to the taxpayers. Were the artists required to pay for the space to show their “artwork”? This show is intended to coincide with “Pride Month”.

To read more from Out In SA, click here.

Life of Service: This Man Saved 2.4 MILLION Babies In 60 Years

Life of Service: This Man Saved 2.4 MILLION Babies In 60 Years

Article contributed by San Antonio Family Association

A true ProLife worrier for the unborn!

An Australian man has saved the lives of some 2.4 million babies by donating his blood once a week for 60 years.

James Harrison has an extremely rare blood which contains antibodies that fight hemolytic disease for unborn and newborn children.

Imagine, once a week for some 60 years!

To read more from the Daily Wire, click here.

District 10 Surveys

District 10 Surveys

Please help us determine what your priorities are for the future 2022- 2027 Bond by completing this survey. It’s not too early for us to start this process at our level.

We’d like to gauge our neighbors on their desire for a homestead tax exemption, for them to assign a monetary value to what they consider relief, and what services they are OK with being reduced in the City Budget in order to receive a homestead exemption. If a resident is not willing to cut services in order to receive a tax break, that’s valuable information. If a resident considers an extra $100 in tax reduction a real relief, that’s also valuable information. The results of this survey will help guide our office as we push forward with tax relief options for our residents. Please participate in our survey, here.

City Council met during B-Session on April 11th to review the proposed short term rental ordinance for operators in San Antonio. The ordinance received a variety of feedback from City Council and will move back to Governance Committee for additional comments and review. This survey is to gauge District 10 residents’ thoughts on the proposed regulations for Short Term Rentals operating in San Antonio. Please participate in our survey, here.