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It’s roots have an Arabic theme and come from founders Billy Florence (an actor) and Walter Fleming (a physician).  This symbol is part of a fraternity and wearing the red with black tassel is one of the most distinctive.  It derives its name from first being manufactured in the city of Fez, Morocco.

I’m talking about the Shriners Fez!

The Shriners usually gather monthly with some type of activity, but more importantly, the various local clubs serve as an extension of the entire Shrine in their respective communities. They reach out to the civic groups, chamber of commerce, local schools and other services to share messages and their mission. The Shrine Clubs serve a vital role in community Child Care programs, whereby they raise monies for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, through many donation efforts and Hospital Fund Drives.

And now you can wear your “Robur et Furor” (Strength and Fury) emblem while riding on a Harley-Davidson limited-production 2010 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle – the Shrine Tri Glide.  The “Shrine Glide” is offered for members in Arctic White with Red & Gold pinstripes or for Jester members in Concord Purple with Violet & Burgundy pinstripes.  The ordering window is open now until Friday, March 5, 2010 through any H-D dealer.  Since this is a limited quantity, the order window could be closed sooner if the production is sold out.

Imagine the looks you’ll garner from children at the hospital riding in on that Concord Purple model!

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Frater_InfinitasThe Fort Hood, TX., shooting spree yesterday by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is disturbing.  He had duties as a psychiatrist to help treat soldiers returning from combat with P.T.S.D. and it’s being reported that he shouted “Allahu Akhbar” (phrase meaning “Allah is great” in Arabic) as he opened fire on returning soldiers assembled from combat duties in the middle east.

The commander-in-chief was being constantly briefed on the shooting situation and stated “Let’s not jump to any conclusions” during publicized remarks in the wake of the shooting.  This from the same person who said a couple months ago that police in MA., were “stupid” for arresting a Black college professor – who was a personal friend – and was thought to be breaking into a home?!  The contradiction is disturbing.

And instead of a somber commander-in-chief offering expressions of sympathy and compassion to the Veteran’s and their families, the President maintains his previously scheduled meeting and makes inappropriate and light-hearted remarks at the Tribal Nations Conference.  Backslapping and providing “shout-out’s” to attendees.  A full three minutes into the speech the President finally spoke of the shooting – one of the worst killing’s in military base history!  They should have cancelled the meeting realizing a disconnect between the horrific killing played out at home and the light hearted banter coming from President – the Frater Infinitas (“brothers forever”) disconnect is disturbing.

But I digress.

In a few short days another Veteran’s Day will be celebrated.  It’s about honoring military veterans.   There will be parades large and small celebrating those who stepped forward to serve our nation.  I can’t forgive Hasan for the betrayal and I’m not going to allow a psychologically disturbed individual cast a shadow on remembering them either.   I have a lot of respect for our soldiers and appreciate the service you do for this country.

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