Price Paid for ‘Last’ American Flag Used in Vietnam War Shows How Much That Sacrifice Was Worth

When Alexander Historical Auctions (AHA) went live for their latest sell-off, no one could have imagined that one item would not only match price, but quadruple its initial valuation.

Among the many items being sold by AHA during last week’s auction were Charlie Chaplin’s walking cane, the diaries of a civil war corporal, and a book with the signatures of twelve presidents (including Abraham Lincoln).

But one item took off running: “The Last American Combat Flag Used in the Vietnam War”:

Initially valued at $10,000 – $15,000, the flag ended up selling for $55,000. In second place? Chaplin’s cane, which sold for $18,000.

According to The Washington Times, the description for the flag read:

“The 52-inch by 34-inch two-sided flag was evacuated from DaNang on March 29, 1973 by U.S. Army Col. Chester Bailey McCoid. He had a life-long and very distinguished career with the 82nd and 101st Airborne.

Wounded before even leaving his aircraft on D-Day, he nevertheless parachuted with his men to fulfill his mission. He later served in Korea, as an exchange officer with the Navy, and on the General Staff at the Pentagon before being posted to Vietnam in 1966 where he would ultimately spend 51 months over three tours.”

Fox News quotes Bill Panagopulos, the president of Alexander Historical Auctions, who says the flag is a precious item due to its status as “a historic relic from a war which still stirs controversy at its very mention.”

However, the flag is highly valued not only because of it’s own history, but because the man who salvaged it was “the last American ground soldier to serve in the field in Vietnam.”

U.S. Army Col. Chester Bailey McCoid held on to the flag until his death in 2000, at which time it was turned over to his family.

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NBA Rookie Thought His Girlfriend Locked Him Out. That Simple Mistake Led to Complete Disaster…

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a shooting guard for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, was fatally shot early Saturday morning after breaking into a Dallas apartment.

ESPN reported that the rookie died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen before later dying in a local hospital. He was 23 years old.

The Pelicans confirmed Dejean-Jones’ death in a statement on Saturday:

According to local officials, Dejean-Jones kicked open the door of an apartment in the city’s Knox/Henderson neighborhood around 3:20 a.m. local time.

After he refused to identify himself to the resident of that apartment, the unidentified person reached for his handgun and shot Dejean-Jones.

An email from the apartment building’s management office later confirmed that Dejean-Jones was:

“…believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance [but] inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment.”

Dejean-Jones managed to make his way out of the building and into an outside passageway before collapsing, where he was found by police and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Pelicans’ rookie was reportedly in Dallas to celebrate his daughter’s birthday on Saturday, but ended up getting into an argument with his girlfriend sometime on Friday.

Can't wait to see tht smile again!

A video posted by Bryce Dejean-Jones (@b2nyce) on May 15, 2016 at 2:08pm PDT

It is believed that Dejean-Jones thought his girlfriend locked him out of the apartment, which is why he thought he needed to break in.

Scott Nichols, his agent, told the Associated Press that:

“He went to the wrong apartment unfortunately and I think he thought his girlfriend locked him out, so he was knocking on the door, banging on the door, it’s locked.”

That apartment, Nichols confirmed, happened to be exactly one floor above where the altercation took place.

ESPN has confirmed that no charges have been filed against the resident of the apartment, as Texas is one of 23 states nationwide to have a “Stand Your Ground” law on the books.

In addition, police have yet to finish their toxicology report on the slain NBA player and are unsure if any substances played a role in the incident.

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Toy Soldiers Have Begun Appearing at Chick-Fil-A Restaurants Across the Nation. Here’s Why…

In celebration of the Memorial Holiday, Chick-fil-A Restaurants all over the country are showing their patriotism in a unique way. Multiple locations have set aside a small table to be decorated in a specific manner.

The Chick-fil-A location in Carrollton, TX shared a photo of their table, called the “Missing Man Table,” along with a detailed explanation:

The sign on the table reads:

“This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.

The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.

A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.

The chair is empty — they are missing.”

Other participating locations include Whitman Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

But the Whitman Square location took things a step further, with a display encouraging patrons to pray for those who are still serving:

Their post reads:

“With summer weather rolling around, it’s easy to lose focus of the true meaning of the Memorial Day Holiday – to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. We invite you to take a soldier from our lobby as a reminder to take time to pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please take time also to pray for all of those who are actively serving and retired.”

Another Pennsylvania location, in Lansdale, also offered toy soldiers to patrons with a similar suggestion:

Some locations offered additional tributes, like this comment board at Chick-fil-A in Ankeny, IA:

Missing Man” tables routinely appear at most military Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and celebrations, and Chick-fil-A locations have displayed them in the past.

But the toy soldiers are a new initiative. If public response is any indication—the Whitman Square location’s photo has been shared over 40,000 times—it’s a tradition that fans would like to see continued.

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Teen Girl Was Killed When Bullets Careened into Car—What’s Really Devastating Is Who Was Driving…

Teenager Veronica Lopez was taking a drive on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive when the unthinkable happened.

Bullets careened into the car. It was a drive-by shooting.

Lopez, just 15 years old, was killed after being hit several times.

Who was driving her?

Police have indicated that the car was being driven by a 28-year-old gang member—the intended target, obviously, of the shooting.

We don’t yet know the nature of their relationship or why they were together, but Veronica was clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The unnamed man was also shot, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The same cannot be said for Veronica Lopez.

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Image Credit: Screenshot/ABC

She had a huge future to look forward to, with her freshman year of high school finally behind her.

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Image Credit: Screenshot/ABC

Lopez’s mother, Diana Mercado, spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the devastating incident:

“Now they took my baby,” she said.

“I just loved my daughter, and I miss everything about her.”

Memorial Day weekend is typically filled with violent episodes in Chicago.

Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 were wounded during the 3-day weekend.

No suspects have been apprehended for the murder of Veronica Lopez.

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She Might Just Be ‘Teacher of the Year’ After What She Did for Her Critically Ill Student

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Eight-year-old Natasha “Tasha” Fuller was born with prune belly syndrome, also known as Eagle-Barrett syndrome. In the past several years the condition has required her to be on dialysis.

In order for her to be close to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where she undergoes treatment, the Oklahoma girl has been living with her grandmother in Oakfield.

A teacher at her school, Jodi Schmidt, decided to get tested to see if she was a match for a kidney transplant for Tasha. She told ABC7 about the little girl:

“She’s pretty sociable, so she catches everyone she can. It takes a long time for her to get from Point A to Point B,” Schmidt said. “Many people after this started didn’t know she was sick at all. She’s happy and looks healthy.”

Schmid made the big announcement of the test results coming back as a match to Tasha’s grandmother, then to Tasha. It was captured on film. The video shows the heart-melting moments and reactions:

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Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

It’s now been two months since that announcement, and the transplant was finally performed. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin shared an update on Facebook by way of a statement from Tasha’s family:

The family wrote:

“Thanks to Jodi’s amazing gift and support of her family, we are with Tasha as she recovers and gets stronger after the transplant. Her doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin say that everything went well and that we could not have asked for a better organ.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support our family has received, particularly from Oakfield Elementary staff and students, along with her friends and family in Grandfield, Oklahoma.

Tasha looks forward to seeing you all as soon as she can. For all the other children waiting for organs, please consider adding your name to the Wisconsin Donor Registry at donatelifewisconsin.org.” – Tasha Fuller’s family

A witness in the waiting room shared the account of the moment the doctor came in from surgery to update the family:

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Image Credit: Facebook

According to the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMED), in-hospital recovery time following a kidney transplant, with no complications, can take 5 to 10 days.

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Hillary and Trump Leave Americans with Angst, Malaise and Little Confidence

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A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that the choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president leave Americans feeling frustrated, angry, helpless — suffering from angst and malaise, with little confidence with our political system.

Key findings include:

  • Nine in 10 Americans lack confidence in the country’s political system, and among a normally polarized electorate, there are few partisan differences in the public’s lack of faith in the political parties, the nominating process, and the branches of government.
  •  Seventy percent of Americans say they feel frustrated about this year’s presidential election, including roughly equal proportions of Democrats and Republicans.
  • More than half feel helpless and angry.
  • Americans do not see either the Republicans or the Democrats as receptive to new ideas or the views of the rank-and-file membership. Fourteen percent say the Democratic Party is responsive to the views of the rank-and-file; Eight percent report that about the Republican Party.
  • Only 17 percent of the public say the Democratic Party is open to new ideas about dealing with the country’s problems; Ten percent say that about the Republican Party.
  • Only 13 percent say the two-party system for presidential elections works, while 38 percent consider it seriously broken.
  • About half (49 percent) say that although the two-party system has real problems, it could still work well with some improvements.
  • More than half (56 percent) of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the military.
  • Only 24 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court.
  • Only 15 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence the executive branch.
  • Merely 4 percent of Americans have much faith in Congress.  However, more than half (56 percent) of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the military.
  • Only 29 percent of Democrats and just 16 percent of Republicans have a great deal of confidence in their party.
  • Only 31 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Republicans have a lot of faith in the fairness of their party’s nominating process.
  • The views of ordinary voters are not considered by either party, according to most Americans. Fourteen percent say the Democratic Party is responsive to the views of the rank-and-file; Eight percent report that about the Republican Party.
  • Most Republicans (57 percent) say Trump’s candidacy has been good for the Republican Party, although only 15 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of independents agree.

Despite all the angst and malaise Americans are nevertheless interested in the campaign:

Two-thirds (65 percent) of the public say they are interested in the election for president this year; only 31 percent say they are bored. However, only 37 percent are feeling hopeful about the campaign, 23 percent are excited, and just 13 percent say the presidential election make them feel proud.

The AP-NORC poll was conducted May 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percent.

The AP’s article about the poll, notes that Election experts say the gap between Americans’ high interest and low excitement makes the 2016 presidential election highly unpredictable:

“We’re in uncharted territory here with these two candidates,” said Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida who studies voter turnout. He said that while Americans may not be excited about their options, “the negativity gives people something to talk about.”

“If people perceive the election is interesting, they may still show up to vote even if it’s against a candidate,” McDonald added.

Voters  are resigned to another election in which they’ll be voting against a candidate instead of for one. They don’t like their choices but they feel not voting may help the candidate they want less.

The poll’s findings are frightening. If the election between Hillary and the Donald causes the electorate so much angst one must wonder about whether the winner survivor will actually have the consent of the governed, let any mandate with which to govern. I blame the Establishment for this turn of events. Especially the Republican elites who have consistently failed to deliver on what the promised during elections.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary . . .

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Women Confronting Girl After Date Slips ‘Drug’ Into Her Drink Are Horrified by How She Knows Him

Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer and Monica Kenyon were just a couple of friends out to happy hour at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica, California, when they quickly became heroes.

Kenyon happened to noticed a man sitting next to them “fumbling” with a woman’s glass while she went to the restroom.

“I just stared at him and watched something fall from his hand into the glass below,” she tells ABC 7 news.

The women realized something was seriously wrong and they had to do something, explaining the aftermath of what transpired on Facebook:

The post reads, in part:

GUESS WHO STOPPED A RAPE LAST NIGHT?! THESE GALS!

Monica, Marla, and I were at Fig at the Fairmont for their delicious happy hour (“Fig at 5.” Treat yourself). I was going on about something and saw Monica staring behind and making a funny face. I stopped. “What’s going on?” After a few second she said “That guy just put something in her drink.”

The women deliberated about what to do, finally deciding to have Ulrich follow the girl into the bathroom and approach her about what they saw.

So, after feeling awkward hanging out by the sinks in the bathroom ’til she was done, I approached. “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.”

Unsurprisingly, the woman was shocked.

“Oh My God.” She said. Shocked, kind of numb, so I babbled “Yeah, my girlfriend said she saw him put something in your drink and we had to say something. Woman to woman…you know. We had to say something.”

However, expecting to hear that the woman was on a date with a man she had just met, Ulrich was horrified to learn they actually knew each other—well.

“How well do you know that guy?” I was expecting to hear “We just met,” but I got:

“He’s one of my best friends.”

Shit. Yeah. One of her best friends. They had known each other for a year and a half. They worked together.

While Ulrich was talking to the woman in the bathroom, Saltzer informed the server about what happened, and asked the manager to get involved.

Immediately, the manager walked to the table to see if everything was ok, and asked the woman if she’d like a sparkling water.

The manager told the three friends he couldn’t do much more because he didn’t see the incident, but he had let security know.

The poor woman had to sit through 40 more minutes, sitting across from “one of her best friends” knowing that he was trying to drug her, the post continues.

Marla noticed him several times chinking his glass to hers to get her to drink. She played it cool.

After the man and woman finished their dinner, there was a delay getting the bill. The waiter kept telling them the computer was down. But really, the women’s quick thinking allowed security a chance to review security footage and call the authorities.

Then, in walks Santa Monica PD. They say “Come with us” and he doesn’t protest. Doesn’t ask why. Doesn’t seem surprised.

Upon offering the girl a ride home, a disturbing detail of the man’s plan came to light.

We asked the girl if she had a ride home. ‘My car is at his place. In his building. We came together.’ Part of a plan. We were blown away. She was still in shock.

The women were greeted with appreciation from patrons throughout the restaurant—praised for their heroism in thwarting what could have been an unspeakable end to one girl’s evening, potentially at the hands of the person she claimed was, “one of her best friends.”

The post concludes with the all-too-real reminder that even if a situation is awkward, speak up when something is wrong: “Know that YOU did something. And that it helped.”

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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Partner Has Come to His Defense and Paints a Very Different Picture of Their Relationship

Shortly after the news broke that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were divorcing, the high-profile split took a shocking turn when Heard filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp. She claimed the actor threw items at her and hit her. TMZ obtained a photo of the actress heading to court with a bruise around her eye.

TMZ is now reporting they have obtained a letter from Johnny Depp’s ex-partner, Vanessa Paradis, in which she calls the latest allegations Depp was physically abusive towards his estranged wife, “outrageous.”

The letter from Paradis reads:

“To Whom It May Concern:

Johnny Depp is the father of my two children, he is a sensitive, loving, and loved person, and I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous, in all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years—

Sincerely,

Vanessa Paradis

May 27th, 2016

Los Angeles”

Depp and Paradis were married from 1998 to 2012, and have two children together. Paradis’s letter describes Depp as a loving, and sensitive partner—a stark contrast to the man Heard claims in a signed affidavit physically abused her “during the entirety’ of their relationship.

Depp has denied the allegations against him, while a lawyer for the actor claims the allegations are part of Heard’s strategy to give her the “upper hand” in divorce proceedings as she stands to make a large financial gain.

TMZ also reports that Lori Anne Allison, Depp’s first wife from 1983-1985, claims the actor was never physically abusive towards her and does not believe Heard’s allegations.

There has been no further word from Depp’s camp on the matter.

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Today is a BIG DAY at the Libertarian Party National Convention, WATCH LIVE Here

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The Libertarian Party convention is this weekend and they’ll choose their nominee for President, among other things.

Today has a great list of speakers (including cryptocurrency expert Jeffrey Tucker at 8:30) who will be covering topics near and dear to the hearts of many current or soon-to-be refugees from the party of that jerk with the stupid hair.

Below, find the Live Stream, and click here to view today’s schedule of events.

We’ll have more coverage tonight, including the big moment. This year matters a great deal for the Libertarian Party, America’s only truly consequential third party. Don’t miss out on the news.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Trump Name Game: Add Your Own

It will soon be a year since the worst thing ever to befall the Republican party was forced on us.

From the moment Donald Trump recreated a scene from a 15-year old episode of “The Simpsons,” nothing about him should have suggested he was offering an adult, reality-based solution to the nation’s myriad problems.

Possibly the most disgusting display of his illegitimacy as a candidate (maybe even more so than his vague-to-nonexistent policy stances) was his constant and unending insults of his opponents.

His loyal, unthinking Branch Trumpidian cultists loved it and deemed it sound policy (further proving our nation is barreling towards an “Idiocracy” for certain). Meanwhile, good men, sound conservatives, and true servants of the people were smeared, attacked, and marginalized by he and a complicit media, which felt the ends (ratings) justified the means (turning something as important as choosing who would lead our nation into a reality TV show).

There have been some who have pointed out my own name calling of Trump and his base.

“The gilded toad” is my favored moniker, with “Branch Trumpidians” being one that evolved to describe the cult vibe around his followers (and now seems to be everywhere).

I don’t feel the need to take the high road. Time and again, there have been those who have extended an olive branch to the Manhattan bully, only to find themselves being whipped with it.

With that in mind, and because it’s a slow Saturday night, I want to start a running list of names for Trump, beginning with those I use most often. I invite folks to chime in with their own.

After all, if we’re barreling towards the end of the world, anyway, we may as well have a little fun with it.

  • The gilded toad
  • Hay haired mountebank
  • Don the Con
  • Herr Drumpf
  • The Manhattan bully

I know there are others, and the ridiculousness of his candidacy deserves no less than our most ardent efforts at mockery.

Fire away.

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