Archive for May 2007
I’m leaving for Florida in the morning for a few days R&R. I have never been a big fan of the Gulf side, but my wife and daughter are enamored of it so… what are you gonna do?
My brother posed an interesting question on his blog the other day. He asked that you consider the “What If’s” in your life. What major decisions have you made that, if reversed, could have meant a different path, or different life, for you? I’ve given that question a good deal of thought, and this is what I think:
What if I had dropped out of high school on my 18th birthday and joined the Marines? In 1981 they still took drop-outs. Would I be living in California, instead of Michigan?
What if, nine months later, my Army recruiter had’nt mis-read my test scores and sent me to Ft. McClellan for MP school instead of Ft. Leonard Wood for Transportation school? Would I be in New York solving homicides, instead of Michigan driving fire engines?
What if, while in Germany, I had’nt stepped in for a friend when the Division Lt. Heavyweight champ caught him with his girlfriend? Would my bite not be as crooked? (Yeah, I got my jaw jacked in that one!)
When you live the eclectic life that I have, “What if’s” abound. What I’ve realized is, God has a “Plan A” for everyone, but because He’s omniscient, and because of free will, He knows that some of the more thick headed among us will need a “Plan B,” or C, or D. I think I must be on “Plan F” by now. Thankfully, for me, there are 20 more letters in the alphabet, and even if I were to run through those, He would start again at “AA” He loves us all the same and wants the very best for us. Some people heed that still small voice, to their credit. Others ignore it, to their detriment.
When asked to describe my life, I don’t bother with “What If’s.” Instead, I invariably fall back on two quotes. The first is from an Aaron Tippin song:
“If you read between the lines, of this well weathered face of mine, every wrinkle, every scar, is a priceless work of art…”
The second is a direct quote from Joe Walsh when he was asked to describe his life:
“I’ve been rich a few times, I’ve been poor a few times, and I’ve been high a few times.”
Now, it just doesn’t get any more succinct than that!
So, have a great weekend and remember, if you serve the Risen Saviour, Christ Jesus, you are exactly where you are supposed to be, even though it may not be God’s “Plan A,” at the very least it’s His “Plan Now.”
I got home from work yesterday morning primed to catch part of The Sopranos or all of Entourage before the Memorial Day Parade. To my great disappointment, both shows had been pre-empted by the HBOmovie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” I should qualify that statement. As I said yesterday I am a student of history, so I guess there could be worse programs with which to pre-empt my normal Sunday night viewing (a Clinton years retrospective immediately comes to mind).
The movie started out well with an accurate portrayal of the Northern Plains Tribes encampment on the Little Big Horn river on June 25th, 1876. The battle that took place that day is now immortalized as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Sonny Barger, former President of the Oakland California Hells Angels put it best when he said “Custer was not only a fool, he was a fool who f**ked up.”
The next scene left me smashing the power button on my remote.
Cut to an office in The White House. In the office are President Grant (played by Fred Thompson), General Sherman, and a Liberal Senator (played by Aidan Quinn). The dialogue went something like this:
Liberal Senator: We had no right to be there. They didn’t attack us.
General Sherman: What do want us to do, cut and run?
How wonderfully PC of the producers to tie “Custer’s Last Stand” to the war in Iraq. It’s another example of the contempt in which they hold those of us in “fly over country.” Did these morons actually think that that reference would be missed? Or were they hoping it would get us mid-western troglodytes to see the war in a different light?
Either way, I won’t be watching the rest of what could have been an educational and informative movie. When the political bias is so evident in the first five minutes, I know it’s time to change the channel.
As a veteran and a student of history, Memorial Day has a special meaning for me. For the past eight years I have participated in our community’s Memorial Day parade as a member of the fire department Honor Guard. It saddens me to see how few people realize that this is a ceremony that should be solemnly observed. While standing at attention I have literally had women run up to me and yell:”You smile at my kids!!”
I never forget the sacrifice of those servicemen and women who have gone on before me, and I always do my best to honor them on this day. It’s too bad that every year fewer and fewer people have a sense of what this day is all about.
I came across this article some time ago and reprint it here as a reminder of why we should hold Veterans in the highest esteem and give them their due respect, not just today, but everyday:
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, NOT THE POLITICIAN, who has given us the right to vote (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, Madame Clinton, John “Francois”Kerry et. al, would do well to remember that).
It is the VETERAN, who salutes the flag.
It is the VETERAN, who serves under the flag.
This country has had to fight for everything it has ever received, may God bless all those who serve her and protect our freedoms.
It’s no secret that I love Celtic Punk. The Hooligan may disagree, but, in a case of the teacher gettin’ schooled, I think I even brought The Go Set to his attention. Few people bother to check out musical influences today. I mean, how many of you can name a Rolling Stones song, but don’t know who “Howlin’ Wolf” is? In the interest of bringing something of educational value to you folks, here is a great video of the Clancy Brothers performing “Finnegan’s Wake”.
Anyone who listens to Dropkick Murphys has heard their great version, but how many have heard this one?
I’m craving a six pack of stout.
After today, I don’t plan to comment on this subject for quite a while; it raises my blood pressure way too much. I read a report on the recovery of the remains of Pfc. Joseph Anzack. Contained in this report were descriptions of wounds that could have only come from his being tortured before being shot to death, and dumped in the Euphrates river by his captors. Tortured in the real sense, not the Rory Kennedy, Abu Ghraib, sense.
While I feel for the family of Pfc. Anzack–who by all accounts was an exemplary young man–I hope that people like Ms. Kennedy and Michael Moore realize the damage they are doing to our troops by marginalizing actual torture with their accounts of a weak, pseudo torture, that supposedly is practiced on terrorists in U.S. custody.
Michael Moore decries prisoner abuses, yet in his latest “documentary” SICKO, he attempts to storm the beach at Guantanamo Bay with survivors of the 9-11 attacks, in hopes that they may receive the same world class health care enjoyed by the terrorists held there. Terrorists, I might add, who are fed 5 times a day and given the right to pray 5 times a day. I wonder if Pfc. Anzack was given the opportunity to pray while he was being tortured for real. I wonder if he was given the opportunity to pray before being shot to death.
Rory Kennedy, in typical child of privilege fashion, see what amounts to fraternity pranks, as torture. I wonder if she is requesting autopsy photos of Pfc. Anzack. Does she really want to know what torture is? Does she realize that torture is not Joe Kennedy giving Bobby Kennedy indian burns in Hyannis Port? Or is she just hoping to push her pro-terror, anti-American agenda a little further.
I realize the following will sound harsh, but let me explain my position on torture and the war on terror. We are fighting a civilized war against an uncivilized enemy. As such, this war must be prosecuted at its most base level. None of this “Moral Authority” crap. None of this “We are better than they are, we care, we want to encourage dialog with the murderous bastards who mean to kill us.” It’s time to require life for life, or in this case a 1000 lives for a life. The terrorists have shown time and again that the only thing they respect is raw power, it’s time for the U.S. military to be allowed to use the hand that has been, thus far, kept tied behind it’s back, to conduct the most ruthless extermination of an enemy ever seen in the annals of history.
Should this mean that we use real torture to extract information necessary to protect our troops and see this war to a victorious conclusion, such is life; war is hell, and those who started it should have that fact driven home to them. Preferably with a stake through their still beating hearts, a stake pounded through by friends of the tortured (for real), murdered, Pfc. Anzack and other U.S. soldiers who have met the same fate at the hands of these Islamic animals.
I gaurantee the terrorists WILL respect that.
A while back, I wrote a piece that attempted to explain torture to Rory Kennedy. Young Ms. Kennedy had recently released her “documentary” Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, and from what I could see, her view of what constitutes torture is a lot like her politics; extremely liberal.
On Monday Reuters reported that the U.S. military had liberated 5 Iraqi nationals, including one boy, who had been kidnapped and tortured by men they described as “foreign fighters” (read terrorists).
In an attempt to further educate Ms. Kennedy and others holding her viewpoint, allow me to contrast the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib–which Ms. Kennedy presented as torture–with that of the 4 men and 1 boy discovered in a padlocked room during during a raid against an al Qaeda network west of Baghdad.
The prisoners at Abu Ghraib were made to wear a leash, had underwear placed on their heads, and made to play naked Twister. Not exactly a shining moment for the U.S. military, but FAR from torture.
The five Iraqi’s were held in a padlocked room and beaten with chains, cables and hoses. The boy also reported the terrorists attaching wires to his tongue and shocking him.
I know any right thinking people reading this will recognize which actions constitute torture, but for those of you who support Move ON.org, Greenpeace, PETA and other groups from the lunatic left wing fringe, here’s a hint: The 5 Iraqi’s were tortured.
Funny how things come along isn’t it? After finishing my overview of the Carter years, I received this great recap of the Clinton years. As Madame Clinton pushes toward her goal of the White House and ultimate power, let’s not forget her complicity in, and feigned ignorance of, her husbands disgraceful actions.
Dear Mr. Ex President Clinton:
I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, “Thank me, I voted for Clinton-Gore.” So, I sat down and reflected on that, and I am sending my “Thank you” for what you have done, specifically:
1. Thank you for introducing us to Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Dolly Kyle Browning, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broderick. Did I leave anyone out?
2. Thank you for teaching my 8 year old about oral sex and safe sex. I had really planned to wait until he was a little older to discuss it with him, but now he knows more about it than I did as a senior in college.
3. Thank you for showing us that sexual harassment in the work place (especially the White House) and on the job is OK, and all you have to know is what the meaning of “it” is. It really is great to know that certain sexual acts are not sex, and one person may have sex while the other one does NOT have sex.
4. Thank you for reintroducing the concept of impeachment to a new generation and demonstrating that the ridiculous plot of the movie “Wag the Dog” could be plausible after all.
5. Thanks for making Jimmy Carter look competent, Gerald Ford look graceful, Richard Nixon look honest, Lyndon Johnson look truthful, and John Kennedy look moral.
6. Thank you for the 73 House and Senate witnesses who have pled the 5th Amendment and 17 witnesses who have fled the country to avoid testifying about Democratic campaign fund raising.
7. Thank you, for the 19 charges, 8 convictions, and 4 imprisonment’s from the Whitewater “mess” and the 55 criminal charges and 32 criminal convictions (so far) in the other ”
Clinton” scan dals.
8. Thanks also for reducing our military by half, “gutting” much of our foreign policy, and flying all over the world on “vacations” carefully disguised as necessary trips.
9 Thank you, also, for “finding” millions of dollars (I really didn’t need it in the first place, and I can’t think of a more deserving group of recipients for my hard-earned tax dollars) for all of your globe-trotting.. I understand you, the family and your cronies have logged in more time aboard Air Force One than any other administration.
10.. Now that you’ve left the White House, thanks for the 140 pardons of convicted felons and indicted felons-in-exile. We will love to have them rejoin society. (Not to mention the scores you pardoned while Governor of Arkansas)
11. Thanks also for removing the White House silverware. I’m sure that Laura Bush didn’t like the pattern anyway. Also, enjoy the housewarming gifts you’ve received from your “friends.”
12. Thanks to you and your staff in the West Wing of the White House for vandalizing and destroying government property on the way out. I also appreciate removing all of that excess weight (China , silverware, linen, towels, ash trays, soap, pens, magnetic compass, flight manuals, etc.) out of Air Force 1. The weight savings means burning less fuel, thus less tax dollars spent on jet fuel. Thank you!
13. And finally, please ensure that Hillary enjoys the $8 million dollar advance for her “tell-all” book and you, Bill, the $10 million advance for your memoirs. Who says crime doesn’t pay, Slick!
14. The last and most important point – thank you for forcing Israel to let Mohammed Atta go free. Terrorist pilot Mohammed Atta blew up a bus in Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993,
Israel had to agree to release so-called “political prisoners”. However, the Israelis would not release any with blood on their hands. The American President at the time, Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, “insisted” that all prisoners be released. Thus Mohammed Atta was freed and eventually thanked the US by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. This was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time that the terrorists were first identified. It was censored in the US from all later reports. Why shouldn’t Americans know the real truth? What a guy!! If you agree that the American public must be made aware of these facts, pass this on. God bless America and THANK YOU (once again) for spending my taxes so wisely and frugally.
A US Citizen