Yesterday was Veterans Day and we all focused on the service and sacrifice of those men and women who answered the call to stand guard on freedom’s rampart. I had the distinct pleasure of being a part of the Dallas Daughters of World War II luncheon on Veterans Day, moderating a conversation with Susan Eisenhower. As a former U.S. Army Paratrooper, I have to say one of the great feats of World War II was Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in military history. The mission was for airborne forces to jump ahead and secure a series of bridges along the singular road necessary for British armored formations to attack. The operation had great success save one thing — it went “a bridge too far.”
And so as I look at the situation at the University of Missouri I am reminded of that maxim, “never go a bridge too far.”
As reported yesterday at Twitchy.com, there was “More awful news out of Missouri. KRCG 13 reporter Ashley Zavala reports that ROTC students have been told not to wear their uniforms to class today because of unspecified threats made to “Veterans and Soldiers” in the Columbia, Mo. area.”
Now, I taught ROTC at Kansas State University. It was at the time of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” debate and we had students “protesting” in front of our ROTC building and writing messages in chalk on the sidewalk. The last thing we were going to do is tell our Cadets to stop wearing their uniforms. We in the cadre made it clear in no uncertain terms that our program and cadets were not to be intimidated or threatened. And that is my problem about the whole University of Missouri episode.
Who’s in charge?
It now appears the student body president is embroiled in a bit of controversy, as the Blaze reports, “University of Missouri Student Body President Payton Head issued a chilling warning of a “confirmed” Ku Klux Klan presence on campus Tuesday — only to admit it was not true hours later.
He quickly sparked panic with a Facebook post claiming he was actively working with “the MUPD, the state trooper and the National Guard” on the so-called threat.”
And it also appears the poop swastika may have been a hoax – a complete load of crap — as reported by The Federalist: “Something stinks at the University of Missouri. A reported incident of vandalism at Mizzou sparked university-wide protests, a boycott by the school’s 4-5 football team, and eventually the resignation of the university president and chancellor. There’s only one problem: no evidence of the alleged incident, in which a poop swastika on the wall of a dormitory room was reported, has ever been made publicly available.
Did this incident occur as reported, or was it an immaculate defecation that formed the foundation of an unimaginable deception? According to Billy Donley the president of Mizzou’s Residence Halls Association (RHA), the poop swastika was reported at approximately 2:00 a.m. on October 24, 2015. Later in his letter, Donley noted that he only found out about the alleged vandalism incident “via a flyer posted on the walls” of the dorm. Calls to the University of Missouri Police Department, which responded to and investigated the alleged poop swastika incident, also failed to yield any evidence of the poopstika.
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