Southeast Florida Honor Flights WWII Mission needs help

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

If you live in So. Florida, it is next to impossible that you haven’t heard of “Southeast Florida Honor Flights” whose sole mission has been to reach out to every WWII Veteran possible and get them involved with an Honor Flight.  

The Honor Flights have had a single purpose; to set aside a day several times a year and fly these heroes round trip to DC to visit the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and a few other selected sites in DC.  The next such flight is planned for September 19, 2015.  However, there is an urgent need to raise funds for future flights so SEFHF has partnered with Roger Dean Stadium and they are having a movie night on Wednesday, August 26 to show a documentary about the organization and past flights.  To follow that up, Roger Dean Stadium is hosting a “Military Appreciation Night” that same week on Saturday the 29th.  

I won’t mince words; these are both fund-raising events and every donation, small or large, will go a long way to make upcoming trips possible and successful.

Tickets to both events may be purchased at the Southeast Florida Honor Flights site, the Roger Dean Ticket Office, or   Even if you cannot attend these events, purchasing a ticket for posterity and maybe making an extra donation is a great way to say thank to these members of the Greatest Generation.      

The long day starts at 04:30 hours when they all meet at Palm Beach International Airport; some drive, some are bussed under escort by Patriot Guard Riders and Sheriff Deputies.  Once at PBI, they are escorted onto a chartered jet for the ride up.  

They are fed, and escorted the entire day by an assigned guardian.  Along the way they are often greeted by people from Congress and other dignitaries, as well as many passersby during the day.

Once the sites and sights have been seen and the mission is complete, they are flown back on the same jet to PBI.  At that point, unless they’ve somehow been part of one of these events before, they have no idea what awaits them at PBI.

The plane is met on the tarmac and greeted by two Fire Trucks which salute them with a water arch to pass under.  Then, as many as 3000 plus people; from a Scottish Bag-Pipe Ensemble, to Palm Beach County Fire/Rescue, contingents from ROTC groups, Boy Scouts, active Military, and just hundreds of Veterans, civilians and children await them inside the terminal to greet them, cheer them, thank them, offer them flowers, hugs, handshakes, and welcome them home.  I’ve never been to such an event where I didn’t find myself choking back tears.

My friends, for many of these men and women, this is the last great experience of their lives.  

Won’t you please honor them and consider a gift of any amount to help with this mission for our WWII Veterans, and also as SEFHF prepares to begin the next phase of missions to bring our Korean War Veterans up to visit their memorial.

No single group of individuals deserves our respect more than our Military Veterans of all wars.  We at The Patriots Press thank you in advance for your consideration and support. 

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They gave a badge and a gun to "CAIR"….?!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

Did the employment ad read, “Deputy Sheriffs wanted in Broward County, preferential consideration given to candidates known to be connected to and associated with terrorist organizations?”  How many qualified people that can’t say yes to those questions were passed over in favor of Nezar Hamze…?!  

Are we officially living in “Bizarro Land?”  Is Broward County set to become another Dearborn, MI?

When I heard about this the other day, I sort of brushed it off as maybe a rumor, since I have to believe “CAIR” takes good care of its staff given all the money from the terror networks that support them; even the UAE has them listed as “as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations.”

By the way, before I go on, if you live in a cave and have never heard of “CAIR,” stop right here and google them before continuing.  You’ll find along with lots of other stuff that they were founded by the Muslim Brotherhood as a front group for Hamas and other terror groups.  

I’m left to wonder if maybe “CAIR” is feeling the pinch of the lower oil prices and has had to cut back on employee pay and perks, because as far as I know Mr. Hamze is still running the show at “CAIR” in So. Florida when he isn’t donning the uniform of a deputy.

Under the best of conditions, which are hard to imagine, I will state that I am dead against muslims being put in any position of authority, be it police or military, because while I totally understand that not all of them are murderous jihadis hell bent on our death and destruction, it is impossible to tell the friend from the foe in most cases.  

Not to mention that the “good guy” of today too often becomes the “radicalized” nut job in the news tomorrow.

I suppose I’ll once again be called "islamophobic," accused of "hate speech" and all the rest because of this article, but I don’t care.  This is about plain old common sense and Nezar Hamze is clearly not the kind of man that should be allowed to be a LEO or member of the military anywhere in the US.  

Given just the surface history I personally know of him, Mr. Hamze should certainly have come under extensive scrutiny when he applied, and been denied.    

As the face and voice for “CAIR” in So. Florida for a long time, he could be found everywhere and anywhere that some rat was being brought to task for malevolent behavior against America.

Whenever a group like Act for America or Pamela Geller was in town, or anyone speaking the truth about islam, Nezar and his group were on hand and tried to shut them down as this example clearly shows.  

When the imam in Margate, FL came under fire for aiding the Pakistani Taliban back in 2011, Mr. Hamze was right there at the mosque fending off reporters and making sure that none of the members of the mosque spoke with any of us.  When challenged to come on no less than two radio shows to plead his case, he ignored those challenges and turned his back on us.  When former Congressman Allen West hosted Town Hall meetings, he would show up to disrupt things and attempt to discredit Mr. West, who always listened patiently before schooling him on reality as this video shows

Let’s not forget that shortly after the Margate mosque debacle, Mr. Hamze did an episode on the very liberal “The Daily Show” where Jon Stewart painted him to look like the guy next door, while attempting to make a good guy running for Congress out to look foolish.  Sadly, in the eyes of many, Mr. Stewart was successful.

How did Hamze pass the background check, oral board inquiry, etc.?  Were those basic due diligence items even performed, or is it that somehow in the land of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, where insane liberalism reigns supreme, that miscreants are given a pass in the name of tolerance?  Perhaps, just as with POTUS, no one bothered to check for fear of being labelled some sort of “phobic” or “hater.”  

Writing for Front Page Mag, Joe Kaufman was correct when he stated; “As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies.”

Hiring Hamze clearly flies in the face of what is best for the citizens of Broward County and Florida.  While I would love to see the next sheriff undo the appointment of Hamze, I understand that it doesn’t work like that.  The good news is that the people of Broward County are only stuck with this Sheriff if and until they get some common sense come Election Day; the bad news is they are stuck with Hamze indefinitely because while he should never have been hired, he can’t just be fired because a liberal goon decided to ignore his past.

The bottom line with Deputy Hamze is that a very bad seed with dubious loyalties and history managed to get himself appointed as a LEO, and it is essential that he be monitored by citizens groups and the Law Enforcement Community as a whole.  

You may read Joe Kaufman's complete story about this insanity by clicking here…




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Birds of a Feather....abandon together

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

Almost as if they somehow know or sense something we cannot, thousands of birds of many different species suddenly abandoned their nests and eggs, and evacuated their habitat on Seahorse Key back in May.

For right now, this massive and unexpected migration of untold thousands of birds is a mystery.

“SEAHORSE KEY, Fla. (AP) — The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast.

But in May, the key fell eerily quiet all at once.

Thousands of little blue herons, roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, pelicans and other chattering birds were gone. Nests sat empty in trees; eggs broken and scattered on the muddy ground.”

Click here for complete story…


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Operation 300 annual dinner huge success

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

On Friday, 6/26/2015, Operation 300 held its now annual fund raising dinner/auction in Jensen Beach which kicked off the Frogman Swim early the next morning.

In case you’re not familiar with them, Operation 300 was founded by Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of SOC Aaron Vaughn after his sad and untimely death during the Extortion 17 tragedy.  

The mission of Operation 300 is simple; they do the very best they can to support and bring the families of other fallen heroes together in solidarity and provide some of the moments that have otherwise been lost to them.  People helping people offering such things as trips for widows, family members and children, counseling, creating a tightly knit extended family, and so much more that I simply can’t do justice to in this space.  Suffice it for me to say that if there is a stronger, more effective group working to help the families of our fallen heroes, I’m not aware of it.

The evening started off with a few very brief introductions and touching tributes, and a wonderful video featuring Aaron’s Sister Tara, who explained the purpose of the organization.  From there an amazing buffet was served by The Food Shack of Jupiter,  and then began one of the most fun auctions I’ve ever seen.  Simply put, it was different but leveled the playing field so that everyone had an equal chance.  

While I won’t try to explain it, it worked sort of like the online penny auction “Quibids.” The difference was the way the winners were randomly chosen.  For those that like to bid with cash, there were several items, including the “annual knife,” a very special rifle; made, coded and numbered especially for the event that required deeper pockets than the items in the regular bidding.  The donated prizes included everything from a huge basket of adult beverages to 1000 rounds of ammo, grills, and lots of fun stuff in between.  

One gentleman did something extraordinary and awesome…he successfully bid on the knife and then donated it back for a second auction.  There were other separate donations and a lot of much needed funds were raised over the weekend long events.

It is next to impossible to adequately thank all of the people who lent a hand to make this dinner event such a phenomenal success; however I will take a moment to acknowledge some of those that I observed; Ashley Le Grange of Women Making Waves and her group of young lady volunteers, Jade Smith of Island Party Rentals who did a lot more than simply providing amenities, the Palm Beach and Martin County Sheriffs and First Responders, the families of those lost, and the many who reached deep into their pockets to make sure that Operation 300 is able to continue its mission.

The really cool thing is that while the auction is over for this year, you can still participate.  For those of you that couldn’t be there, don’t live in the area, or haven’t heard about this amazing organization, please keep in mind that while the prizes are nice and well thought out, the real goal is to help these warrior families.  You can still make a much needed and appreciated “bid” anytime by simply visiting their website.   

What Billy and Karen Vaughn and their family started in the wake of immense personal loss and heartbreak is amazing.  At least in public, they never complain, never waiver in their resolve, and always remain upbeat, prayerful, and faithful.  I am certain that in private they collapse into grief consolable only in the Loving Arms of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. 

Very often tragedy brings out the best in people, and the Vaughn Family is the best example of that I have ever witnessed.  

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