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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Wednesday's Hero

Every once and awhile I'll do a Wednesday Hero that doesn't profile a single soldier. Sometimes it's been two or three from the same unit, sometimes it's been an entire group of soldiers like the Navajo Code Talkers. I even did an organization once, Operation Iraqi Children. This weeks Wednesday Hero is one of those sometimes. This weeks Wednesday Heroes are the parents of soldiers.

These people sacrifice just as much, if not more, than the soldiers themselves. They, in many cases, are having their babies leave home for the first time in their lives. While most parents only have to adjust to them moving a few miles away or going off to college, these Blue Star Parents have to watch their children go off to a very dangerous situation and can only hope and pray that everything will turn out okay. I don't have children of my own, so I can't even imagine what that is like. We have a few Blue Star Parents in the blogroll, so to them, and every parent of a Hero, I tell you we all stand with and support you and your family.
There's a site that everyone should check out if they haven't already. Blue Star Mothers Of America.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by clicking here.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:1-20)

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The Arrival of The General

I'm not sure where I saw this first (but I can take a guess). This is awesome!
General Claus' Visit

To: All Personnel

_1._ An official visit by MG Santa (NMI) Claus is expected at this headquarters 25 December 2006. The following instructions will be in effect and govern the activities of all personnel during the visit:

_a._ Not a creature will stir without official permission. This will include indigenous mice. Special stirring permits for necessary administrative actions will be obtained through normal command channels. Mice stirring permits will be obtained through the office of OSURG, Veterinary Services.

_b._ Personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap prior to 2200 hours, 24 December 2006. Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, cotton, light, drowsing, with kerchief, general purpose, camouflage; and Cap, camouflage w/ear flaps. Equipment will be drawn from CIF prior to 1900 hours, 24 December 2006.

_c._ Personnel will utilize standard ration sugar plums for visions to dance through their heads. This item will be drawn from the servicing dining facility.

_d._ Stockings, wool, cushion sole, will be hung by the chimney with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fire hazards caused by carelessly hung stockings. Unit Safety Officers will submit stocking hanging plans to this headquarters prior to 0800 hours, 24 December 2006, ATTN: AEAGA-S, for approval.

_e._ At the first sign of clatter from the lawn, all troops will spring from their beds to evaluate noise and cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw open the window sashes. ODCSOPS Plan (Saint Nick), Reference LO No. 3, paragraph 6c, this headquarters, 2 February 1995, will be in effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash throwing. Division chiefs will familiarize all personnel with procedures and are responsible for ensuring that no shutters are torn open nor window sashes thrown prior to start of official clatter.

_f._ Prior to 2400, 24 December 2006, all personnel will be assigned "Wondering Eye" stations. After shutters are thrown and sashes are torn, these stations will be manned.

_g. _ODCSLOG will assign one each Sleigh, miniature, M-66, and eight (8) deer, rein, tiny, for use of MG Claus' driver who, in accordance with current directives and other applicable regulations, must have a valid SF 56 properly annotated by Driver Testing; be authorized rooftop parking and be able to shout "On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, up Comet, up Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen."

_2._ MG Claus will enter quarters through standard chimneys. All units without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M-6, for use during ceremonies. Chimney simulator units will be requested on Engineer Job Order Request Form submitted to the Furniture Warehouse prior to 19 December 2006, and issued on DA Form 3161, Request for Issue or Turn-In.

_3._ Personnel will be rehearsed on shouting "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." This shout will be given on termination of General Claus' visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of division chiefs.


Colonel, US

OIC, Special Services

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sgt. Roy A. Wood
Sgt. Roy A. Wood
47 years old from Alva, Florida
ODA 2092, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
January 26, 2005

Sgt. Roy A. Wood, a Special Forces medical sergeant, was fatally injured when the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a traffic accident near Kabul, Afghanistan, during a return convoy from Qalat to Bagram Air Base.

His 24-year military career with the Army Reserve and Army National Guard was distinguished and unique. After receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in 1979, he was first assigned to the Army Reserve’s 421st Quartermaster Company (Light Airdrop Supply).

While assigned to the 421st, he received training as a quartermaster officer, a parachute rigger, and participated in both basic airborne and jumpmaster courses.

In January 1982, he left the 421st to begin an association with U.S. Army Special Forces that would last until, and beyond, his death.

His first SF assignment was to the Army Reserve's 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Meade, Md., where he served in the 3rd Battalion’s Company A as the detachment executive officer for Operational Detachment-A 1175.

In May 1983, he became Detachment Commander for ODA 1175 after returning from the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course.

In October 1984, he left ODA 1175 to become the Company Logistics Officer.

He served in a variety of positions at the 11th SFG over the next 11 years, including operations officer and support company commander.

After four years at USSOCOM, he served a year with the Army Reserve’s 73rd Field Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., before switching from the Reserve to the Army National Guard and renewing his association with Special Forces.

He was assigned to 3rd Bn., 20th SFG in December 2001, where he served for a year as the Battalion Surgeon, supervising medical coverage of three Special Forces companies and one support company.

In December 2002, he resigned his commission to become a Special Forces medical sergeant on Operational Detachment-A 2092, Co. C, 3rd Bn., 20th SFG.

He, with ODA 2092, was mobilized in July 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

At the time of his death, he was pending appointment as a Special Forces warrant officer, a position in which he would have served his team as an assistant detachment commander.

During his service, he received the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal with Silver Hourglass device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Basic Parachutist badge, the Parachute Rigger badge, the Ranger tab and the Special Forces tab.

Sgt. Roy Wood leaves behind a wife and two children.

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by clicking here.

Blogs Partcipating In Wednesday Hero

Right-Wing & Right Minded
Hooah Wife & Friends
Yankee Mom
Bear Creek Ledger
Mail Call! Supporting The Troops
Yeah, Right, Whatever
Gazing At The Flag
Ohio Military Reserve
DeMediacratic Nation
My Point
A Day In The Life Of.....
Blue Star Chronicles
Pet's Garden Blog
Pictures From My World
Freedom, GUNZ, Glory and EBYJO
Gunz Up
Say No To Politically Correct B.S.
Did You Ever Get The Feeling
A Rose By Any Other Name
My Weekly Thoughts
Rightwing Guy
Trying My Best To Support The Troops
American And Proud
Not Ready For My Burqua
Perry Nelson's Website
A Fresh Start
Right On!
Conservative Cowboy
Tanker Brothers
Soldiers' Angels New York
My Republican Blog

Saturday, December 16, 2006

And the Winner Is...


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Wow! I'm honored to be among such... company. Well, for the most part, anyway.

Light a Candle

Please go here and light a Hanukkah candle for the three IDF soldiers who are being held captive by Palestinians (Hezbollah, Hammas, Syria, somebody). From the web site:
Since the abduction of IDF soldiers Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev more than five months ago, the citizens of Israel and pro-Israel communities around the world have been praying for their wellbeing. This Hanukkah - the holiday of lights – Ynetnews, in coordination with the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, invite you to light a Hanukkah candle in their honor.
As individuals our light is weak, but together we will shine brightly and light a huge flame to express our common concern and hope that Gilad, Ehud and Eldad return safely home.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Homeward Bound

Mom sent me a link to a wonderful flash tribute to our military. Go watch it. Might want to grab a kleenex first.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

What More In The Name of Love

The Ranting Raven points us to a story of what one's man resolve changed people's lives.
Even before the thick dust had settled, the Marines, and Walsh, were out of the vehicle, looking for the insurgents who had planted the remote-control device. The triggerman, as several who joined the pursuit vividly recall, was spotted first on a rooftop, then on the ground making his escape through the maze of ramshackle houses that line the road.

When Walsh and the Marines came to one doorway, M-4 rifles up and ready, a woman emerged from a room, holding an infant and saying, over and over again, “Baby. Baby sick.”

Walsh put his gun down and the woman put the baby down.
The baby, Miriam, was born with bladder exstrophy, where the bladder develops outside the body. She didn't stand a chance without surgery. And Navy medic Chris Walsh wanted to make sure she got that surgery.
But Walsh meant it. Saving Baby Mariam became his mission. At chow one night, he stood up and explained to the Marines in his platoon what he wanted to do. He said he'd need help. And one by one, the Marines put up their hands.
And when Walsh and two others from his platoon were killed by an IED, the battalion decided to honor him by saving Miriam. They pulled strings, made phone calls, sent e-mails, and finally, it happened. The red tape fell away, and Miriam was allowed to come to the US for surgery.

Mariam's grandfather took Maureen Walsh's hand in his and, speaking in Arabic, said, “Thank you for your son.”

Mariam's family does not believe it was coincidence that Chris Walsh was the one who came into their house in hot pursuit of someone who had tried to kill him and instead put down his gun and picked up Mariam.

“This,” her grandfather said, nodding solemnly, “was an act of God. God sent Chris. To Mariam. So she will live.”

Maureen Walsh shares that assessment.

“There were too many coincidences for it to be coincidence,” she said. “Chris was waiting his whole life for something like this.”

People like Chris Walsh are the reason that we will, in the end, win this war on terror. One person at a time, hearts will turn to embrace true humanity.

Well, That's Interesting...

So, y'all have heard about the Duke University Lacrosse team rape case, right? And you heard that the DNA found in the case (and no, I'm not going to tell you where got it) does not match the 3 players accused of raping the woman in question, right? And that the DNA doesn't match any Duke player or the accuser's boyfriend.

Well... it gets even more... awkward. Fox News just reported that the accuser just gave birth to a baby. If y'all are paying attention, the attack supposedly took place... guesses anyone? You got it! Nine months ago.

Could this get any weirder? Wait... don't answer that.

Update: She hasn't given birth yet. My bad. According to the DA, she got pregnant two weeks after the alleged attack.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Angel Diaz died yesterday. Don't shed a tear. Really. He got a double dose of the killer cocktail care of the state of Florida, and the world is a better place for it. (dang... not sounding all that charitable and Christ-like, am I? I'll work on that...)

There was just one problem with his execution- it took 34 minutes instead of the normal 15, and it appeared as if he was in pain during the process. Like I said, they ended up giving him a double dose of the drugs before he finally died. And, evidently, that's cruel and unusual punishment.
"I am definitely appalled at what happened. I have no doubt he suffered unduly," Angel Nieves Diaz's attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffer, said after Diaz died by injection.
This is from the same group of people who had Old Sparky retired.
Foes of capital punishment seized on the execution to argue that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, just as they did after two inmates' heads caught fire in Florida's electric chair in 1990 and 1997 and a condemned man suffered a severe nosebleed in 2000 during his electrocution.

Those cases led Florida to get rid of the electric chair and switch to lethal injection, which was portrayed as more humane and more reliable.
uh... yeah... more humane. Just how humanely did Diaz kill Joseph Nagy? Was there any mercy? Did he try to make sure it wasn't cruel and unusual? I didn't think so.

But the anti-death penalty crowd is right on one thing. He did take too long to die. Almost 27 years is far too long.

As for the 34 minutes and the grimace? Yeah... that was too long, too. I mean, seriously... how long does it take a sharp shooter to pull the trigger, anyway?

They're at it again

I'm still not real happy with Target because of the whole Salvation Army thing a couple of years ago, and now there's this:
Target, the retailer that distinguished itself last year by banning Salvation Army bell-ringers, has topped itself this yuletide by selling Che Guevara CD cases for a little tyrant-chic right under your tree.

The big box retailer has jumped onto the Guevara bandwagon, selling the murderous revolutionary's image as if it had just turned its stores into Marxist rally stalls.
Lovely, eh? What's worse is that a quick search of Target's website shows 134 matches for "Che Guevara" products, including 2 dvds, calendars and every book he wrote.

So... I found this at Val's site:

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When are they officially changing their name to Tar Che?

Dangit... I used to like that store...

We Learned a New Term Today

Can you say "vasovagal syncope reaction"? Well, now I can.

T1, T2, and I went to a research facility to have skin tests to see if we could participate in a clinical trial of Epinastine for cedar allergy. So... we go in, and the nurse swabs down our arms, and starts doing the test. First T1, then T2, then me. We're sitting there a minute or two and T2 says, " I'm kind of dizzy." Less than a minute later, "I'm really dizzy."

Then he slumps over onto me. I try to sit him up, and he gets stiff as a board, and then went limp. The nurse was with us the whole time, and she was a HUGE help. About the time we check T2's breathing and he starts coming around, T1 announces, "I'm getting dizzy now." Then he goes rigid and passes out, too.

Once they came around, they had headaches, but showed no signs of severe allergic reaction to the test. They suggested that we go to our regular doctor and have them checked out, just in case.

One quick call gets them in right away. Dr. O. checked both of them over, and announced that it was just a vasomotor (or vasovagal) reaction.
A vasovagal attack happens because blood pressure drops, reducing circulation to the brain and causing loss of consciousness. Typically an attack occurs while standing and is frequently preceded by a sensation of warmth, nausea, lightheadedness and visual "grayout." If the syncope is prolonged, it can trigger a seizure. You may suffer from a vasovagal attack due to anxiety, fear, pain, intense emotional stress, hunger or use of alcohol or drugs. Most people who suffer from simple fainting have no underlying heart or neurological (nerve or brain) problem.
It's the same thing that happens when people pass out when having blood drawn or what happens when you stand too long with your knees locked. Embarrassing, potentially painful if no one catches you, but not dangerous.

Needless to say, T1 and T2 didn't qualify for the study. I did.

I think I'm going to take a nap now.

Where Would Jesus Shop?

Don't laugh. There's a new ad out asking that question.
Pastor Joe Phelps (no relation to the evil Fred, as far as I can tell- B) of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., asks in the ad, “Can we continue to shop at Wal-Mart without insulting God?” He lists allegations that Wal-Mart has violated child labor laws and engaged in gender-based discrimination, and says half the company's 1.3 million U.S. employees aren't covered under the company health plan.

Wal-Mart spokesman Dave Tovar said the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is backing negative attacks while Wal-Mart is creating jobs.

The stores that employ the union's members in California are getting their clocks cleaned by Wal-Mart's super stores. Gotta love a free market economy.

Where should people shop instead? The grocery stores get their products, for the most part, from the same suppliers as WallyWorld. K-Mart, Target, etc. get the products that sit on their shelves from the same overseas companies (that may or may not violate child labor laws). Company health plans aren't offered to part-time employees at other retailers.

Wal-Mart's not perfect. Don't get me wrong. But the unions (and the media, and the Left in general) don't like Wal-Mart because they've proven that you don't need the unions to succeed in this country.

Days like this I wish Sam Walton was still with us. I would have loved to have heard his reaction to this.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

La Maunia Le Kilisimasi

Here is an interesting take on how to "save Christmas" from the goofy Left who are trying to take everything Christlike out of Christmas. In a nutshell, Tomas Rome contends that the Left attacks Christmas because, to them, it represents the evil Anglo Saxon. Rome's answer to this? Show how NOT Anglo Saxon Christmas really is.
The secret to saving Christmas is to understand that in the mind of a Leftist, other religions, particularly Islam, are "multicultural" religions practiced by "people of color." Hence, they get a pass from Constitutional oversight, while Christmas, the predominate religion of whites, doesn't. Of course, such color-coding of religion makes egregious history. But Leftists are only interested in the feelings of the historically illiterate 60's folk singer. The historical reality of Ethiopian Abyssinians celebrating Christmas while most Europeans were worshipping Odin or Zeus is not a mental reality for Leftists.

So, if Christians want to save Christmas, they need to play the game. Ask yourself-What's more important, reviving the Christmas of Bethlehem or preserving today's degenerated version? Let's face it, even without the Christophobes, Christmas has strayed from its roots.

Now is a good time to call Leftists' bluff. Give them one hell of an international Christmas. Nigerian Christmas meals. Chinese Nativity scenes. American Indian Christmas dances. After all, Jesus was from Nazareth, not Newcastle. I'm betting most Leftists will be much less inclined to attack authentic displays of non-"Eurocentric" Christmases once confronted with them.
Works for me. I'm all for trying new (to me) traditions. And Christianity is anything but a purely white religion. Unfortunately, the greatest mission fields in the world today are those where mainstream Christianity (and Roman Catholicism) have taken hold (read Europe and the US). Asia and Africa are exploding with converts- true, passionate believers. Perhaps Christians in the pampered parts of the world can learn something from those who are persecuted for their belief in the Baby born in Bethlehem all those years ago.

Yeah, I know. I've had the Christmas counter in the side bar for over a month now. I'm all about many of the Eurocentric Christmas traditions (the Christmas tree, stockings, St. Nick, carols). But it's not just the traditions that draw me in- it's the feeling of family and the wonderful memories those traditions bring. Up until the 24th, I'm all about the planning, the shopping, and the glitz that goes with the commercialized Christmas. But, on the 24th and 25th, amidst the wrapping paper and sugar cookie crumbs, my heart goes back the Baby in the manger.

I think I'm going to research some early Christmas traditions. Very early. I know Followers of The Way (what early Christians called themselves) didn't celebrate Christmas (the earliest reference to Christians celebrating Christmas was in 354 A.D.) Let's see how the pagan rituals got mixed in it all.

So... La Maunia Le Kilisimasi, everyone!

Bah! Humbug!

So... how bad does a soldier have to be to get this in his Christmas stocking?
Sen. John Kerry, whose botched joke about U.S. troops in Iraq dealt a blow to his presidential ambitions, will travel to Iraq this weekend to meet with Soldiers, political leaders and military officials.
Geez- I'd take coal, thankyouverymuch.

Wednesday's Hero

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood
26 years old from Surrency, Georgia
Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
July 21, 2005

Elmer "Mo" Youngblood wasn't sure why his sailor son wanted to leave relatively safe duty aboard a ship to be a combat medic in Iraq.

"For some reason or another, he wanted to be a corpsman," Youngblood said of his son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Levy Youngblood.

He was a medic with a Marine unit in the Iraqi town of Hit when he was hit by an IED.

"I was tickled to death with him being in the Navy," Elmer Youngblood, a former Navy man, said from his home in Surrency, in southeast Georgia. "I wasn’t too happy when he basically volunteered to go over there, but it was his choice."

Travis Youngblood grew up mostly in Virginia. He attended Appling County High School after his father moved there in the 1990s. Surrency is listed as his hometown on his Navy enlistment papers and he and his father enjoyed fishing and hunting together there.

His wife, Laura, also served in the Navy. She left the service and lives in Long Beach, N.Y.

The couple has a four-year-old, now five, son, Hunter Youngblood, and Laura Youngblood was pregnant with the couple's second child at the time of his death.

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by clicking here.

Blogs Partcipating In Wednesday Hero

Yankee Mom
Bear Creek Ledger
Mail Call! Supporting The Troops
Yeah, Right, Whatever
Gazing At The Flag
Ohio Military Reserve
DeMediacratic Nation
My Point
A Day In The Life Of.....
Blue Star Chronicles
Pet's Garden Blog
Pictures From My World
Freedom, GUNZ, Glory and EBYJO
Gunz Up
Screw Liberals
Did You Ever Get The Feeling
A Rose By Any Other Name
My Weekly Thoughts
Rightwing Guy
Trying My Best To Support The Troops
American And Proud
Not Ready For My Burqua
Perry Nelson's Website
A Fresh Start
Right On!
Conservative Cowboy
Hooah Wife & Friends
Right-Wing & Right Minded

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

News From Those Making It

Misha has long had the CentCom web site linked on his site, and he has just added the MNF- Iraq site to the sidebar, as well. Good call, Emperor.

Go there if you want the real news on what's going on in Iraq. (I'll put the links on my side bar when I clean it up and maybe even change the template... you never know).

Monday, December 11, 2006

I Think I've Just Been Offended

Democratic rock star Barack Obama answered a question about whether or not the nation is ready for a black president.
He acknowledges that there are people who will not vote for him because of the colour of his skin, but as he points out, the same people would probably not vote for him because of his politics.
I find that incredibly offensive as one of those people who would not vote for him because of his politics. I couldn't care less about the color of his skin.

The Republican party isn't the party of the racial divide. The Republican party isn't the one who thinks that certain groups can't compete in society (school, business, life) without help. The Republican party isn't the party that has held certain groups hostage by claiming that they're going to help, but, in the end, only maintain the victim status of those groups. The Republican party isn't the one who has perpetuated the aura of racism for their own political gain.

Senator Obama, you're wrong. Most Republicans won't vote for you, but it will only be because of your politics. It has nothing to do with the color of your skin.

Where's J.C. Watts when we need him???

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Partisan Season Greetings

a la Strange Cosmos:
For My Democrat Friends:

"Please accept, with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country, nor the only America in theWestern Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

For My Republican Friends:

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

Friday, December 08, 2006

Well, That's One Way To Get a Workout

This looks like fun. As long as they turn down the speed and don't incline it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

This Gives Party Animal a Whole New Meaning

Camel gatecrashes Xmas party

A Christmas party in Ireland was ruined after a camel ate all the food and drank the beer.

Gus sneaked out of his stable while staff at his equestrian centre were getting changed for the big night, reports Metro.

Gus scoffed 200 mince pies and 150 sandwiches before downing seven cans of Guinness, which he reportedly cracked open with his teeth.

Staff at Mullinger Equestrian Centre in County Westmeath, Ireland, came back to find the place looking like a 'chimpanzee's tea party'.

Centre owner Robert Fagan said: "We're going to reschedule the Christmas party for next Tuesday but next time Gus is going to be properly locked up."
A "chimpanzee's tea party"??? What does that look like? Go, Gus!!!

A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Today is the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa.

The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets. At 0753 hours, the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor. Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.

When it was over, the U.S.losses were:

Casualties USA: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.

USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.

USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.

Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.

TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.


USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.

USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.

USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.

USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.

USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.

USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.


USS New Orleans(CA-32) - Light Damage..

USS San Francisco(CA38) - Light Damage.

USS Detroit(CL-8) - Light Damage.

USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.

USS Helena(CL-50) - Light Damage.

USS Honolulu(CL-48) - Light Damage..


USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.

USS Cassin - (DD-372) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.

USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.

USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.


USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.

Seaplane Tender

USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.

Repair Ship

USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.

Harbor Tug

USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.


188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Holiday Eating Advice

Around this time of year, magazines and television news shows try to be helpful, offering up little tidbits of advice on how not to have to buy larger clothes after the holidays are over. Some of their advice looks like this:
* Make time for regular, healthy meals so that you and the kids don't get too hungry and snack on sweet treats.

* Big holiday party? Have a healthy snack before hand to take the edge off your hunger to stop overeating. Talk with your children ahead of time about what foods to choose, taking small portions, skipping seconds, and sharing desserts.

* Focus on friends at holiday gatherings, rather than food.

* Planning on sugar filled pies such as chess or pecan? Switch to pumpkin or sweet potato—that way you'll get less fat, less sugar, and more vitamins, minerals and flavor.

* Keep healthy snacks—like fresh fruit—handy. Try a snack mix of low-sugar cereals like Cheerios, Total, and Chex. For older children add raisins, pretzels, and sunflower seeds.

* Make healthy snacks fun! Serve them in muffin liners, wrap in plastic wrap and tie with red and green ribbon.

* Making holiday cookies? Cut fat by one-third and sugar by one-third. Use applesauce in place of most of the oil.

* Try oatmeal cookies with cranberries instead of chocolate chip bars, fudge, or other sugar-based treats. The extra fiber fills you up so you're less likely to overdo it on sweets. Make fewer kinds of cookies or candy. People usually want to try each type of sweet on a tray, so just bake one or two favorites.

* Instead of making sugar cookies with your kids, roll out bread dough very thin (you can even use the frozen kind to save time), cut with cookie cutters, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar, let rise, then bake for a taste treat that's low in fat and sugar.
Uh-huh... sure... I think I like this advice instead.
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rumballs.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch.You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat.Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out ofyour mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

This About Sums It Up

Found this on the Glenn Beck website.

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Flying Things

This is a very cool video. No, Mugga, the boys aren't asking for one for Christmas. Their mom has this thing about gifts requiring a helmet and the warning "never fly higher than you're willing to fall." Good advice, bad idea for a Christmas present.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Today is St. Nicholas' feast day. He's one of the few Christmas season traditions that haven't been adapted from pagan rituals, so he's got a special place in my heart. I wrote about him last year, so I won't wax poetic again.

Just thought I'd let you know.

100 Years Ago

I found this on Strange Cosmos. I haven't verified all of the items, but they sound right.
Here are some statistics for the Year 1906:

The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 per cent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at least
one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !

Wednesday's Hero

SFC. Paul Ray Smith
SFC. Paul Ray Smith
33 years old from Tampa, Florida
Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

April 4, 2003

When you think of the word Hero, SFC. Paul Smith is the person you think about.

On April 4, 2003, Smith was setting up a temporary enemy prisoner of war holding area during the seizure of Saddam International Airport when his unit came under attack.

Smith kept his soldiers focused during the fight while engaging the Iraqi force of around 100 men with his M16, a hand grenade and an AT4 anti-armor weapon.

Smith tossed a grenade over a wall then he climbed atop the armored vehicle. Disregarding personal danger, he sprayed the attacking troops with .50-caliber machine gun fire. According to the Army, he told a soldier who accompanied him to "feed me ammunition whenever you hear the gun get quiet." He fired more than 300 rounds at the enemy before being mortally wounded himself.

For his action on that day, SFC. Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor by President Bush,

becoming only the 3,459 serviceman to be awarded the honor since the Civil War.

His "conspicuous gallantry, above and beyond the call of duty," according to his citation, protected the soldiers in his platoon as well as other troops at an aid station nearby.

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Monday, December 04, 2006

A Christmas Meme

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? egg nog

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? wraps presents unless they're just too big

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? white

4. Do you hang mistletoe? nope

5. When do you put your decorations up? Thanksgiving weekend

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? candied pecans

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child: hearing reindeer on the roof

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?I don't remember.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? I have in the past. Probably not this year.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? glass ball ornaments and glass "icicles"

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

12. Can you ice skate? Yes.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? only one favorite? nope...

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Family

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? butter cookies with homemade icing

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? too many to pick one

17. What tops your tree? a star

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? giving.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?anything by Mannheim Steamroller

20. Candy canes: only the peppermint ones

21. Favorite Christmas movie? The Muppet Christmas Carol

22. What do you leave for Santa? either cookies and milk or cheese and sausage and crackers.

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