AMERICA

AMERICA
ONE NATION UNDER GOD!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY...











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These beautiful images of waves were taken by  Clark  Little whom many consider the premier photographer of surf.  He has dedicated his life to photographing waves and has published a selection of the best images of his career.  Below he captures magical moments "inside the tube", as surfers say.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

The BEST AND NOT SO BEST

Disclaimer: The statement in this blog post are mine alone. And the people listed as "Followers" are neither agreeing with or condoning any statements, herein...
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After spending over 17 years of Sea Duty, aboard 5 ships of the line, I have been everywhere. Literally Everywhere. It would be easier and shorter for me to give you a list of the places I haven't seen. So to save us all a bit o time and I'll just give you some of the Highlights and a few superlatives.

When I joined the Navy in 1973, the Recruiting Motto was 

"JOIN The Navy! SEE The WORLD!"


And they weren't kidding:

THE WORLD'S

Most Friendly People: Esquimalt, British Columbia.
Visited here after joint ASW Training exercises. Hosted by The Crew of The HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283), these people welcomed us with open arms. The weather was a bit cool for my blood. But the warmth of those people made up for it!!!

Most Beautiful City: San Remo, Italy.
A tiny town on the Italian Riviera. Quaint, Clean, with red brick streets and the hills above the town are covered with Green Houses, filled with Carnations. In fact San Remo is the Carnation Capitol of the world. The streets are lined with Tangerine trees. Avoid eating the tangerines. They are so sour they will pucker your ears.

Most Interesting: Athens & Rhodes, Greece.
Stand atop The Acropolis, and watch the turquoise sea wash up on the pearl white sands of Athens. And The World History lessons you ignored in school, will haunt you. The invasion forces of The Peloponnesian Wars (there were 2). The Tales of Brave Ulysses. The 1000 ships sent against Troy. The Colossus (which isn't there anymore,but it is easy to imagine where it stood) The Parthenon and other ancient  historical sites.


The Cleanest: Tie -- Between Singapore, & Muscat, Oman.
These two places have absolutely nothing in common, besides being extremely Inspection Ready. The first is in the midst of a jungle forest. The latter is in a desert landscape, reminiscent of pictures from the Lunar Surface.


The Best Shopping: Hong Kong.
This is my all time favorite place to visit. I have been there more than 2 dozen times. If you can't find it in Hong Kong, it doesn't exist.


The Most Beautiful People: Taiwan
Maybe it's the water. Or maybe they had a contest to decide who was allowed to move there. But whatever it is. There aren't any ugly people in the entire country. Ugly was so conspicuous by its absence, that I actually looked for an ugly person. Couldn't find 1.


The Worst Drivers: Naples, Italy
It appears as if the rules are: As long as the horn works, the brakes don't have to. And if you don't like my driving, stay off the sidewalks. No joke. A red light is only a recommendation. There is nothing at SIX FLAGS that comes close to the thrills of a taxi ride in Napoli.


The Spookiest Place: The Catacombs under Paris, France
I posted a story and pictures from my visit to this little known place, last year.


The Nasty Dirtiest: Karachi, Pakistan
This place is so wrong, on so many levels. The sea water a mile away from port is Brown... The air stinks. Everywhere. Despite being punishable by life in prison, You can get Hashish, for cheap, in any taxi cab.


The Best Party: Brisbane, Australia
Once they hear your strange Yank Accent, or if you go ashore in uniform, it's "Party-On Dudes."


The Least Friendly People: Noumea, New Caledonia
Pouvez-vous parler français?


The Most Island Paradise: Bali, Indonesia & Suva Fiji & Apia, Western Samoa
These places are right out of a 60s Musical. A great get away, without all the hustle and tourist traps of Hawaii.



Most Secluded: Diego Garcia, BIOT
If you are looking to get away from it all. This tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is your destination. You will need a passport. It belongs to England. And to get there you must be on Active duty, under orders. The original residents are currently involved in European Court proceeding to reclaim the island from the US and UK military. Until then, join up. Or go to Maui.


The Least Party Town: Bandar Abbas, Iran
This place freaked me out. It was just creepy. There wasn't a single can of beer, or glass of alcohol in the whole city. There was a death penalty for possession of booze. But there were camel races!


Safari Land: Mombasa, Kenya
A real trip to Africa. Go hunting The Big 5 (on film). Walk the beach looking for shark teeth, by day. Hit the Casino by night. The steak dinners are obviously not beef. But they are delicious.


The biggest mix of European Culture: San Tropez, France
This is THE JET SET spot. With an old world charm. Dine and Supp in small, friendly, family owned Restaurants (We taught one how to make French Fries). Or visit the beaches (many are topless & at least one was clothing optional). San Tropez was the only place in France, I visited, where the people were not completely arrogant. The other cities I visited in France include; Paris, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

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If you would like to add to this list in some fashion. Or if you have a question about some place. Leave it in a comment. Or click the E-MAIL Helo in the side bar.

As for speaking foreign languages, I am literate in a few. But I can find my way around town, order a beer, find a phone, get a date or start a fight in 23 different ones. From Japanese to Swahili.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Every now and then...

I KNOW IT'S KINDA HARD TO TELL...
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I'M STILL ALIVE AND WELL.

The latest round of Doctor visits, have been done to remove the last plastic tube from my body...

For all you newbies. First let me say "Welcome!" And here's a quick update:
The Chemotherapy used to reset the balance of my cancerous leukocytes, had the unfortunate side effect (Among many others) of crushing my immune system. And until my system recovered, I need to take massive amounts of Anti-biotic medications. In the last 2 years, I have been getting enough Anti-biotics to cure a small third world nation. To dispense those chemicals, I had a catheter inserted into the large vein under my right collar bone. It led down into the low pressure side of my heart...

And now it is gone. The last of the, what at one point had been 6 at once. So in answer to you questions:

EVERY NOW AND THEN, I KNOW IT'S KINDA HARD TO TELL...
BUT, I'M STILL ALIVE AND WELL...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My mother sang:

Jesus loves the little children...

All the children of the world.

Red and Yellow...

Black and White...


They are precious in his sight.


Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY


Medal of Honor citation


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sergeant First Class Monti distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a team leader with the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on 21 June 2006. On that day, Sergeant First Class Monti was leading a mission to gather intelligence and to direct fires against the enemy in support of a squadron-size interdiction mission. While at an observation position on top of a mountain ridge, Sergeant First Class Monti’s sixteen-man patrol came under attack by a superior force consisting of as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Sergeant First Class Monti directed his patrol to set up a hasty defensive position behind a collection of rocks. He then began to call for indirect fire from a nearby support base; accurately bringing the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his position. 

While still calling for fire, Sergeant First Class Monti personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank the patrol. Sergeant First Class Monti then realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded and exposed in the open ground between the advancing enemy and the patrol’s position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant First Class Monti moved from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of withering enemy fire. After closing within meters of his wounded Soldier, the heavy volume of fire forced Sergeant First Class Monti to seek cover. Sergeant First Class Monti then gathered himself and rose again to maneuver through a barrage of enemy fire to save his wounded Soldier. 

Again, Sergeant First Class Monti was driven back by relentless enemy fire. Unwilling to leave his Soldier wounded and exposed, Sergeant First Class Monti made another attempt to move across open terrain and through the enemy fire to the aide of his wounded Soldier. On his third attempt, Sergeant First Class Monti was mortally wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his Soldier. Sergeant First Class Monti’s acts of heroism inspired the patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. 

Sergeant First Class Monti’s immeasurable courage and uncommon valor were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, 3d Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment, the 3d Brigade Combat Team, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), and the United States Army.

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Additional Military Awards

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Monti's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korean Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2), Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MAIL CALL

It's been a busy week for my In-box.
A brief summary;

I won 5 European Lotteries for a grand total of 11,000,000 Euros (whatever a Euro is).

I have 1 relative and 3 old friends who need money wired to them in South Africa because they got stranded at The FIFA World Cup (whatever the FIFA is).

Then there must be something bad happening in Nigeria! Because I got mail from 3 people there who need me to assist them in moving vast amounts of US Dollars into an American Bank (I know what US Dollars is, are...).

Then there's the usual amount of non-sense about Male Enhancement, and weight loss miracles and tooth whiteners.

And the "STUPID With A Capital 'F'" award goes out to the Dood who keeps asking for Ophilia's Email Address. The first time I told him to ask her for it in a comment on her blog.
Then Mr Dill, complained to me, that she deleted his comments. And asked me again for assistance.
Mr Dill. That's just plain creepy. One more such request will result in me posting your email address for the world to use at will. Get it? Got it? Good!!!
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Now all of this brings me to the topic of WHY?
Why am I, a supposed Security Expert, getting these kinds of emails?

The answer is easy. I'm asking for it. I do it on purpose, to keep tabs on the latest and greatest being offered by the bad guys. I'm your wing man. But I'm a trained professional. And I don't recommend you try this at home.

Don't put your email address out in public. And your blog is public. Hackers and spammers have tools they call "HARVESTERS" that parse web pages and entire sites looking for things that look like an E-Mail Address. Things like:
aname@acompany.com

Will get found and harvested. Then some Russian will pay a "Script-kiddy" a few cents per name, for a list of thousands, and then the real fun begins. So if you must leave your email address and you don't want an automated process (A BOT) to find and use it. Put it in a format that only a human can use. One that resembles:

aname[at]acompany(.)com

So that:
krippledwarrior@gmail.com

Becomes:
krippledwarrior[at]gmail(.)com

Score: Good Guys 1
           Bad Guys   0

And A Get well soon Shout out to My ADHD me!
Catch y'all later,
Kurt

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Some music & a winner!

TWO OF OLD MUSIC ENTRIES I LOVE TO PONDER THE THINGS IN LIFE...

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 Congratulations to OPHILIA! THE WINNER of Yesterday's. Of the 32 visits to the quiz, 3 left comments and only Ophilia left answers. So I'm left to assume this was a tough test! Maybe a little too tough. I apologize. It was not my intention to brow-beat you, in any manner. And in all fairness, Ophilia is a PhD. Imagine being that pretty and a brain-trust member also!!!
The DVD is in the mail, Ophilia. Let me know when you get it.

BRAVO--YANKEE--ECHO

Saturday, June 19, 2010

HISTORY QUIZ


Win This DVD!.
Correctly answer all 20 test questions below.
Submit your answers in a comment to this post (Anonymous comments will be discarded).

Test answers will NOT Be ACCEPTED AFTER 6:01 pm Pacific, 19 June 2010 (TODAY).





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1. DURING WHICH WAR WAS THE WHITEHOUSE SACKED AND BURNED IN RETALIATION FOR AMERICAN MILITIA BURNING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN MONTREAL?



2. PASSED IN 1865, WHAT DID THE 13TH AMENDMENT DO?




3. WHICH AMERICAN COLONY WAS FOUNDED AS A REFUGE FOR CATHOLICS?




4. Who wrote the Monroe Doctrine?





5. What American engineering effort was called "Clinton's Big Ditch?"





6. What was the name of the inspirational pamphlet that Thomas Paine wrote in favor of the American Revolution?




7. WHAT PRUSSIAN GENERAL IS CREDITED WITH TRAINING AND TEACHING DISCIPLINE TO THE CONTINENTAL ARMY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION?






8. Who is this Man?























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9. What are the first five words of the United States Constitution?





10. What State, was the first state to enter the Union, that had already given women the right to vote?





11. What are the first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution called?





12. In Which state was Abraham Lincoln born?





13. In which state was George Washington born?





14. Who shot Alexander Hamilton? (first "Got Milk?" commercial).






15. Who planned the route of the Trans-Continental Rail Road Through The Sierra Nevada Mountains?






16. What person served as President of The United States, but was never elected as either President or Vice President?






17. WHO WAS THE FIST HUMAN TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON?





18. Founded in 1565 What is the oldest permanently occupied city in the USA?






19. What French invention, COMBINED WITH OUTDATED  BATTLEFIELD TACTICS, was the cause of the high level of carnage during the US Civil War?






20. What was the name of the first English Decendant born in America?


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Things to do

Well let me see!
The LA LAKERS are the NBA Champions! And I'm ecstatic....

Last night I played a blank CD at full volume, And the mimes, who lives next-door, went nuts.

Do you know how you can tell that the TOOTHBRUSH was invented in South Carolina?
If it had been invented anywhere else,it would have been called a teethbrush!

Have you ever dropped your cell phone into a container of water?
As long as it wasn't salt-water:
remove the battery.
shake out the excess water.
Place the cell phone into a plastic sandwich bag.
Fill the bag 3/4 full of uncooked rice.
Let it sit a day or two and try the phone.
(I learned this from my daughter).

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the HISTORY QUIZ.
Winner gets a DVD copy of the premier episode of
AMERICA
THE STORY OF US...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

La deuxième partie...

The First, Last and Only...

True warrior culture this world has ever known, was THE SPARTANS. Their story has been documented in print and cinema and have become so legendary, we are barely able to separate truth from myth. Right here on this channel I reviewed the facts which showed that we owe our freedom and democratic republic to the efforts of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae.

The historic record of mankind is filled to overfull, with our endeavors on the battlefields of Earth. The reasons given for taking up arms against each other are manifold. But there are two things about warfare that are pertinent to this discussion.

First is that at no time in the history of the Earth has there ever been a war between two countries that both had Capitalism as there economic system, and Democracy as their form of government. Ponder the depth and truth of that fact for a moment! And then consider the fact that no such aforementioned nation has ever suffered a famine either.

Secondly, ever since the Spartans gave way to the Athenian ideals of Greek Democracy, no civilization on Earth has truly been prepared for war. War IS hell! We try to keep it less hell-like by writing "Rules Of Engagement." And holding the leaders responsible for the atrocities that take place outside of those rules. 

In Homer's ILIAD, Odysseus, King of Ithaca states that "War is old men talking. And young men dying." William T. Sherman said "War is hell." At the battle of Fredericksburg, Robert E. Lee said "It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it."

I submit for your concern and comment: How can you place rules on hell? 
No war has ever been won completely by the results on the battlefields. To defeat a Nation you must defeat the will of the Entire population of the nation with which you are at odds. As long as the non-combatants are belligerent, the war will continue. Even if The DRAGON is beheaded, it will grow another and resume hostilities. And in all cases in the historical records, if the one side can resist the encroachment of the enemy long enough, the will of the one side will loose support from the non-combatants. And victory will be lost. This strategy has been used throughout history by the Brittons against the Romans. By the Turks against the Crusaders. By the Americans against the English. By the Viet Namese against the Americans.

To win a war, you must make your enemy's civilian population taste the HELL of WAR!  Sherman called it "TOTAL WAR."
The Romans used it to conquer the Carthaginians. The Macedonians used it to subdue the Medo-Persians. The Spanish used it to enslave the New World. The Mongols used it to defeat China. The Allies used it to dispose of the Nazis. The Japanese used it to control the Western Pacific Rim. And when they tried to use it on 7 December 1941, their failure to follow through proved to be their undoing. The Egyptians and Syrians tried it against Israel in 1973. Al Qaeda tried it in New York on 11 September 2001. And we are still awaiting to see which strategy will prevail.

The DRAGON is still at work. And our CHARMING PRINCES are returning to PRINCESS BRIDES with the same things every nation at war has ever tried to recover from. 

The war wounded has always far exceeded the war dead. But we should be more aware of the TRUE COLLATERAL DAMAGE! The families that are left without a parent. The spouse who is now a widow. And The Family Member who are now CARE-GIVERS. 

They are my HEROES!!!

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But I have been in my own little TWILIGHT ZONE! Although my faith has never been shaken. And I still have never asked my GOD "Why?" I must tell the whole truth. I have felt at times like this is a worst case scenario. To have complete mental faculties, with full memory and perceptions, trapped in a body that can't  walk to the kitchen, or out the door. I have even tried to imagine if the opposite condition would have been easier to handle, for myself or my family.

But I now consider myself fortunate! You see! I have found out right here in the BLOG-O-SPHERE there are families and wounded warriors who are in the other position. Some with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Where they have no visible evidence of wounds. Yet prolonged exposure to the explosions of warfare have caused impairment. Compared to this, the NFL's concern over concussion this makes a box of Lillies look like a booger.

And then there are the PTSD survivors and their care givers. In the past it was called "Battle Fatigue" or "Shell Shock." But that was back in the days when medical science told us "We only use 10% of our brain." But we know better than that now.

The truth of the matter lays in the words of General Sherman "War Is HELL." And since there are no true SPARTANS in the world, there must be a normal reaction in those of us who go to that HELL and come home again. It is normal for decent people who have seen HELL to be affected by it. There is no television show, Silver Sceen Production or Computer Game that comes close to the feelings you get, when you have a shipmate's blood on your clothes. 

SOME THINGS, ONCE SEEN! CAN NEVER BE UNSEEN!

There are people who never drive a car after killing a rodent under their wheels. How much more so for the man covered in the misty spray that was once his friend. I have to stop this line of thought for the sake of those who might be in this condition.

But I still want you to be aware that there are those amongst us who might be walking wounded or their care-giving family members. They have been to HELL! And they are still trying to come back home. Giving them grief for parking in the HANDICAPPED ONLY spaces and you can't see what's so handicapped about him? Or Staring at them in the grocery store. Or trying to pet their work dog, will only delay their arrival home.

Remember this when you ponder deep thought this week. And please include them in your prayers. I'll be with you tomorrow after the Doc.

Love you big bunches,
Kurt

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Submitted for you approval...

It was the Idyllic relationship!

He: 
PRINCE CHARMING
Shinning armor! White Horse! Strong! Brave! Adventurous! Handsome! Chivalrous! 
A romantic dream come true.

SHE:
PRINCESS BRIDE
Beautiful! Loving! Soft-spoken! Tender Hearted! Devoted! Resilient! Intelligent!
A vision of loveliness.

These are the ingredients of a Fairy-tail Romance. But it really happened! Right here in This world. They were deeply and truly in love. Totally devoted to each other. Bright outlook for the future. Blessed beyond all expectation! They enjoyed each others company. And felt empty whenever they were apart. There were the usual distractions and problems. But they faced each one Together. Their heart strings were so tightly bound together, that nothing could resist their determination to over come it. Together they would take the world in a strangle hold, and force it to submit to their needs and desires.

Then one day the PRINCE CHARMING went to work. And he didn't come home for a very long time...

PRINCESS BRIDE was left at home. She had been given a prior notice of the prince's departure. But no matter the length, it would not have been enough to prepare for the hollow feeling in her heart. But this was no ordinary princess. PRINCESS BRIDE was an extraordinary person. She took complete control over all of the affairs of the castle. 

Finances. Food. Clothing. School for Prince Junior. Maintenance of the carriages. Utilities. Caring for the gardens and grounds of the castle. And also taking care of HOME DEFENCE!

ALONE!

Hoping against hope for the prince to return home and resume the role of Partner in this love story. She never really knew where he was. There were letters from him. But he was not at liberty to tell her his location. Not because he didn't want to tell her. But because he was not allowed to tell. All she knew for sure was, He was in a land FAR, FAR, away! A land where dragons live. 
Large, lethal, nasty dragons. Dragons, hell bent on devouring the prince, and every good thing for which he stands. And the Dragon has friends who are trying to help destroy the Prince and his Homeland. So he can't tell the princess anything about his current situation. On top of shouldering all the burden at the castle, she also deals with the very real possibility that the prince might not come home. That the dragon will be vanquished is never in doubt. But will the Dragon slay the prince in the process. 
The evening News is a time of great apprehension for the princess. "Will I see him on TV?" She asks herself. "Please let him be OK! God, Please don't let them flash his name on the screen." Then the little voice reminds her of the common statement...
"NAMES ARE BEING WITHHELD, PENDING NOTIFICATION OF NEXT OF KIN."

No NEWS is NOT ALWAYS good news.

Then there is the late evening or early morning phone call. It startles her at first. And as she reaches for the phone, the question crosses her mind. "Who could that be, at this hour?" And panic starts to grip the princess. "Hello" she stammers.
An unfamiliar voice asks "Is this PRINCESS BRIDE?"
Ice is forming on the wings of her heart. MAYDAY! MAYDAY! we're loosing altitude.
"Yes, this is she."

"I am calling to tell you that we are counting on your vote today! Are you registered to vote?"

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This is the routine for almost 2 years. And then one day, the PRINCE comes home. He looks great. All his limbs are still in place His armor glistens in the sun. But the eyes are different somehow. They don't sparkle anymore. An when the princess tries to hug him, he flinches. And that is just the beginning of the differences in PRINCE CHARMING. not only is he averse to physical contact. He is emotionally distant as well. Actually it's more like emotionally absent. He seems on the verge of tears. perpetually. He can't. or won't, sleep, eat, laugh, talk, make decisions, pay attention or any of the things she expected him to do when he came home. He is in a funk,that won't go away. He's moody and angry at everything. This isn't the same PRINCE CHARMING We sent to slay the Dragon. 
This is the STEPFORD PRINCE.

    "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone."
    —Rod Serling

Join me SOON for
La deuxième partie.

Friday, June 11, 2010

AWARDS DAY

I recently was given an award.
It came to me from:
A very interesting blog, written by a very  knowledgable person named
Marnie!
One of my goals is to learn something new every day. And a quick trip to
WHAT RED SAID
gets it done for me. Recently I learned how to open a coconut without using a
hammer or a screw-driver. And she taught me how to make "Almond Milk." And when it comes to
health and nutrition, she is a veritable Fount of Knowledge. Check her out. Tell Her KW sent you.

The rules for me to accept this award state that "I must list 7 things you don't know about me.

1} I haven't always been the nice guy I am now. There was a time when I was exactly the persona my  picture represents. You wouldn't believe what a total jerkm I used to be. But the Navy and God changed all of that.

2} That picture of myself in my "ACME ROCKET SLED" which I posted last week, didn't show the whole truth. The blanket on my lap is hiding the fact that I only have one leg.

3} In the mid 1960s my father packed his bags and dumped my mom and 3 kids. He never paid a single cent in child support. Quite frankly I was glad to see him go. Yet in my later life I felt the urge to contact him. In 1986 I had a phone conversation with him. He had been remarried 3 times and was still drunk. The last words I heard him speak that day were "Your family and my family are not the same family, boy. And the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be!"

 At father's day in 1999, the preacher told the congregation that the Lord commands us to honor our fathers. Whether he was honorable or not! "Call your father today!" Easier said than done. I had no idea where he was. But I have considerable training in the JEDI ARTS! And the force is with me. So I started looking for him. It was not an all out search, mostly around Father's Days. But recently I found a document that says someone claimed the Social Security Death Gratuity for him, in Lumberton, N.C. My father was dead. And strangely I felt nothing.

4} I have been a motorcycle enthusiast all my life, seriously. I still have a plan to ride a motorcycle again.

5} I am a man of simple pleasures. My favorite snack is Kippered Herring and Ritz Crackers. My second favorite Snack is Kippered Herring and Saltine Crackers. What I call "Surf-n-Turf" you call "Sliders and fish sticks."

6} I'm an excellent cook.

7} I am truly THANKFUL for all of you here. You make my days easier and brighter. You teach me things I never thought possible.


Now that this is my award. Here are the new rules for accepting this award. 
You must keep doing what you do best. Keep on Blogging, and pass it on!

My nominations are:

She is my fashionista mentor. From beautiful clothes to home decor.
She has an eye for it all.

This little Texas sweetie brings a new charm to the world
with duct tape and style from the single-wide.


A fellow SoCal blogger, she helps me stay the
course. And has been so tolerant of my sweet disposition.
Plus, she gives away books. And I have had the good fortune to have won a couple.

This woman took it upon herself to get the schooling she needed
to make her way in the legal profession. Her take on people looking for love
always makes me laugh.


This little lady has the knowing of a great many things about
GRUNGE METAL MUSIC
ALICE IN CHAINS
is her specialty. And she's a big player in my my 
Support Team.

This lady is my biggest
CHEERLEADER
Her name is Ophilia and she promises to scare you.



This person's courage in the face of  the trials
and tribulations of today, inspire me to carry on smartly.



This person and I have never met. Yet  the tales from
her youth, of how she responded to things so closely echos my own
that it is like looking into a mirror when I read it.



Alice is The Poet Laureate of The Blogosphere.
She is one of my favorite reads. She is a consummate 
WORDSMITH.



This blogger gave up her career and devoted herself to
caring for her wounded warrior. As I have said many times here "I am no hero."
But this person is. She and her husband tell a story that needs to be heard.
Go there, and learn what it means to be a hero!

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When you go visit these people, be mindful that even if they are not "YOUR CUP OF TEA" They are mine. So be respectful.
BE WELL. BE BLESSED. AND BE A BLESSING!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY



 Michael P Murphy LT. USN


Citation:

"The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

LIEUTENANT MICHAEL P. MURPHY
UNITED STATES NAVY

For service as set forth in the following CITATION:

    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare task unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy's team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." 

Other honors

In addition to the Medal of Honor, his military awards and his inscription on the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon, Lt. Murphy has received at least 3 other honors between May 7, 2006 and June 2009.

Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park

On May 7, 2006, on what would have been his 30th birthday, Murphy’s hometown dedicated the Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park; formerly Lake Ronkonkoma Park. The park contains a black granite wall dedicated to the men lost in Operation Red Wing, with each member’s name inscribed. A black granite stone embedded in the plaza bears the picture of Murphy and his Medal of Honor

 Michael P. Murphy United States Post Office
A color picture of Daniel and Maureen Murphy standing next to a monument in front of the Michael P. Murphy Post Office in Patchogue, New York. The monument has a purple heart and some wording inscribed on it and there are 2 men in the background.
Daniel and Maureen Murphy stand next to a monument in front of the Michael P. Murphy Post Office in Patchogue, New York.

On May 7, 2007 the Michael P. Murphy United States Post Office was dedicated in Patchogue, New York. The request to rename the United States Postal Office located at 170 East Main Street in Patchogue, New York was submitted as bill H.R. 4101 to the 109th Congress. On January 3, 2006 the 109th congress approved the request and on August 1, 2006 it was signed by President George W. Bush and became Public Law No: 109-256.

    "The facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 East Main Street in Patchogue, New York, shall be known and designated as the `Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Post Office Building."
 

 U.S.S. Michael Murphy DDG-112

On May 7, 2008 the United States Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced that DDG-112, the last planned US Arleigh Burke class destroyer at the time, would be named USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) in honor of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.[

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

USA LAND OF THE FREE

NOT LAND OF THE FREE-RIDE!


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I whole kindheartedly apologize for going all political on you today.

I found this video on another blog today and I stole it. Not because I wanted to take credit. But because it has a message that pisses all over the American People.

It was at JOHN'S PLACE

There are brave men and women, right here in the blogosphere that can't find work, or have a disability they need assistance with. And those back-stabbing liberal bastards in Washington, D.C. are trying to give away the American dream to the NEW WORLD ORDER.


I am listing words and names below this line in hopes of drawing in more search-engine hits on this post. So if you are a regular visitor, you need not continue further than this;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
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PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA NANCY PELOSI BARBARA BOXER MEXICO INVASION FREE PORN RAPE MURDER HACKER TOOL PORNO VIDEO SKYNET JOHNNY DEPP
PIRATED BOOKS NUDE GIRLS GLOBAL WARMING 2012 END TIMES ARMAGEDDON
END OF THE WORLD LOST FRINGE SUICIDE BOMBER MAYAN CALENDAR
YOUR MOMMA BIKER CHICKS WAREZ EYE CANDY JESSICA BIEL NUDE
JESSICA SIMPSON NUDE MADONNA SUX KURT COBAIN MURDER SOLVED
GOVERNMENT CHEESE WELFARE NATION ARIZONA 1070 ILLEGALS ROUNDED UP
MOON LANDING HOAX bible code POPE MOLESTER MARS ATTACKS

MSNBC NBCNEWS CNBC CNN FOXNEWS NANCY GRACE JOY BEHAR ANN COULTER

NOW I'M JUST GETTING SILLY

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER A LAZY DOG !!! ????

QWERTY ASDFJKL;

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ALL of My Favorites

In one place, at the same time...
Roger McQuinn, Tom Petty, Niel Young, George Harrison
and the Poet Laureate of the 60s, Mr. BOB DYLAN

Singing that song, you know you've heard before. But never knew the name of:
MY BACK PAGES...
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My Back Pages

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
“Rip down all hate,” I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull. I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

A self-ordained professor’s tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
“Equality,” I spoke the word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My pathway led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Americans are not Stupid...

Well not all of us!
Could you answer these questions!
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Monday, June 7, 2010

A GIVEAWAY

We are Pioneers. And trailblazers. We fight... for freedom.
We transform our dreams... into the truth.
Our struggles will become a nation.


AMERICA The Story of US!


 I have a copy of  The 2 hour Premiere Episode of:
The History Channel's 
AMERICA THE STORY OF US

But I can't just give it to you. That wouldn't be American. So there's gonna be a test! A 20 question test. And the first person to answer all 20 questions correctly; wins the DVD
(It is still unopened, in the original shrink wrap).

This will Be A THUNDERDOME EVENT!
I know you won't break the rules. Because there aren't any. Use whatever tools you desire.
GOOGLE & YAHOO to your hearts content. Just remember that the first person with all the correct answers wins. In the event that nobody gets them all correct, the first person with the highest number of correct answers will be declared the winner, and will get the DVD.

The questions will be from my memory. And I reserve the right to determine what constitutes "A correct Answer." However, I will provide reference notes if someone complains loudly enough.
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The test will look something like this:

1. Who was the primary writer of The US Declaration of Independence?

2. Who is this man?


3. Which city was The US capital, during the first Continental Congress?

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Your answers must be in this format;

1. Thomas Jefferson
2. George Washington
3. Philadelphia, Pa.

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 The quiz will be posted on this blog at Noon Pacific time.Saturday June 19, 2010.
 (Provided the Good Lord has seen fit to leave me here).
 IN CASE OF RAPTURE, THIS CONTEST IS VOID!

Comments will be set to moderated, to prevent you from viewing each others work.
No answers will be accepted after 6:01 PM pacific time June 19, 2010.
Results and the correct answers will be posted ASAP on Sunday June 20, 2010.

Be sure to keep this to yourselves. The fewer the participants.The better your chances are to win!

No, seriously tell whom ever you wish. This quiz and give away is open to all sentient creatures in this particular Universe.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June 6, 1944
















66 years ago today, the combined forces of Canada, England and the United States invaded the Northern coast of France, in an effort to drive the occupying German Army out of western Europe. It was long time in planning. Difficult and expensive in terms of lives lost, but necessary.

The Naval portion was known as Operation Neptune. It had three main objectives.

1. Deliver the men and equipment to the French beaches of Normandy.
2. Blockade and defend the Northern Flank against the German Naval presence in Scandinavian waters.
3. defend the water borne forces from the possibility of attack by Germany's submarine forces.

It's secondary mission was to provide Naval gunfire support for the invasion forces.

The land attack was known to the military planners as Operation Overlord.

You know it as:

D-DAY

this is the words spoken by radio transmission to the men of the invasion force:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on
other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war
machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of
Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions
of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to
Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.


                                            Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on D-Day itself came from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Free French forces and Poland also participated in the battle after the assault phase, and there were also minor contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway.[14]  Other Allied nations participated in the naval and air forces. Once the beachheads were secured, a three-week military buildup occurred on the beaches before Operation Cobra, the operation to break out from the Normandy beachhead, began. The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to expand the foothold on France, and concluded with the closing of the Falaise pocket on 24 August, the liberation of Paris on 25 August, and the German retreat across the Seine which was completed on 30 August 1944.
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Normandy presented serious logistical problems, not the least of which was that the only viable port in the area, Cherbourg, was heavily defended. Many among the higher echelons of command argued that the Pas de Calais would make a more suitable landing area on these grounds alone. Although the Pas de Calais was the shortest distance to the European mainland from the UK, it was the most heavily fortified and defended landing site. It was also considered that it offered few opportunities for expansion as the area was bounded by numerous rivers and canals, whereas landings on a broad front in Normandy would permit simultaneous threats against the port of Cherbourg, coastal ports further west in Brittany, and an overland attack towards Paris and towards the border with Germany. Normandy was a less-defended coast and an unexpected but strategic jumping-off point, with the potential to confuse and scatter the German defending forces. Normandy was hence chosen as the landing site
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British "Pathfinders" Synchronize their watches.

Senior Officers aboard the USS AUGUSTA.
second from left, General Omar Bradley.

US troops aboard a landing craft.
Approaching Omaha Beach.

Canadian Troopers
Display a captured German Flag
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The cost of the Normandy campaign had been high for both sides. From D-Day to 21 August the Allies had landed 2,052,299 men in northern France. The Allies lost around 209,672 casualties from June 6 to the end of August, around 10 % of the forces landed in France. The casualties breaks down to 36,976 killed, 153,475 wounded and 19,221 missing. Split between the Army-Groups; the Anglo-Canadian Army-Group suffered 16,138 killed, 58,594 wounded and 9,093 missing for a total of 83,825 casualties. The American Army-Group suffered 20,838 killed, 94,881 wounded and 10,128 missing for a total of 125,847 casualties. To these casualties it should be added that 4,101 aircraft were lost and 16,714 airmen were killed in direct connection to Operation Overlord. Thus total Allied casualties rises to 226,386 men, of whom 53,150 were killed.

81 Free French SAS (Special Air Service) were killed and another 195 wounded from 6 June to the beginning of August in Brittany. For Allied tank losses there are no direct number. Estimations are that around 4,000 tanks were destroyed.
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BENY SUR MER CEMETARY

The beaches of Normandy are still known by their invasion codenames today. Streets near the beaches are still named after the units that fought there, and occasional markers commemorate notable incidents. At significant points, such as Pointe du Hoc and Pegasus Bridge, there are plaques, memorials or small museums. The Mulberry harbour still sits in the sea at Arromanches. In Sainte-Mère-Église, a dummy paratrooper hangs from the church spire.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

ANOTHER KIND OF ANGEL

FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.
THE BLUE ANGELS


WITH THE WTC IN BACKGROUND.
9/11/2001.
NEVER FORGET


NIAGARA FALLS


SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF NAVAL SEA POWER


USS CONSTITUTION


ANGELS FLY OVER SAN FRANCISCO


CLOSE FORMATION OVER
THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE


ALCATRAZ, SAN FRANCISCO BAY


BIG BIRD
ALCATRAZ IN BACKGROUND

BIG BIRD
(JATO) TAKE OFF

THIS IS CALLED
"A SHORT ROLL TAKE OFF"

FULLY INVERTED CLOSE ORDER FORMATION

FULL THROTTLE CLIMB
ANAHEIM, CA.

SMILE FOR THE CLOSE UP!

I'M SPEECHLESS

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I'm an angel

Always up in the air. And HARPing about something.

I hate to be a nag about this. NOT Really. But innocent people are dying on the streets and hi-ways of America. And in The UK it has been a problem there as well. So many non-motorcyclists are of the opinion that "Bikers willingly assume and accept the extra risk of death and dismemberment, just by riding a motorcycle." Medical and Law Enforcement people and EMTs call them "DONOR-CYCLES."

Well, I'm not amused. And I'm pretty well sick and tired of burying my friends and visiting their children to console them. So knock it off! Watch these short vids and let someone get home alive today.
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OR I'M SENDING ONE OF THESE TO EVERY BIKER I KNOW...

BE SAFE OUT THERE.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A musical Interlude

Yesterday, I found this song on a blog I follow___-heart2heart-___
and despite the fact I had never heard it before. I found this song to be uplifting. I hope you like it:
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

AMERICANS LOVE TO VOTE

We vote for:
American Idols.
Next Top Models.
Dancing With Stars.
Our Favorite M&M Color.
America's Funniest Home Video.
Even as children we vote "For" or "Against" the TRIX RABBIT.

We'll vote for just about anything! Except who should be our government REPRESENTATIVE! There are people right here in BLOG WORLD who openly spout pseudo-intellectual drivel about the "FUTILITY OF VOTING."  And how they believe our vote has no power and you (WE) are living under the illusion of freedom, rather than actually being free.

The Motto of my home state is:
Esse quam videri  It's Latin for "BEING, RATHER THAN SEEMING." I leaned that in 3rd grade History. And it has been something that I have adopted as a personal philosophy. And I have lived my life to Be, not just appear to Be.

And I could sit here and type until my fingers bleed, trying to convince you to see it differently than those Harbingers of doom and destruction. But all that would accomplish is to bore you to tears and make my fingers bleed.

Or perhaps a short history reminder. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s wasn't about seating on the public buses, or who could use what water-fountain or public toilet. Those were tertiary to the main point. The key issue,the one that people died or went to jail for was the RIGHT TO VOTE.

On 5 July 1971, the constitution was amended to allow 18 year olds to vote. Almost overnight things began to change in America. The Viet Nam War ended in 1975. We lost that war, and swallowed our pride and openly admitted that we had overstepped our responsibility and authority by getting involved there to begin with. And do any of you recall how draconian the drug laws used to be? Simple possession of Marijuana could get you "LIFE IN PRISON" in TEXAS. I don't care what your personal view on drug use is. You have to admit Life in Prison is a pretty steep price to pay for Pot use. But now in most states it has a similar consequence to driving over the speed limit (If you have never exceeded the posted speed limit, you can scorn me now).

Prior to the summer of 1920,women in the USA were not allowed to vote. The all male congress to a vote on the matter, well they took three votes on it and somehow women got the vote (I still can't figure how men lost that vote).
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Perhaps I could use reverse psychology on you and forbid that you vote. Anyone who does not agree with me on each and every issue and candidate, or looks like someone I hate, or is shorter that 6'2" tall, is here-by forbidden to vote in any election in the USA.

But your to smart for that! But admit it. I started to get your goat.
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So here's my proposal:
Everyone who wants to run for Government Office, will be put on a REALITY TV show,with their entire family, for a minimum of 6 episodes, each. We'll call it:

"WHO WANTS TO RUN THE SHOW?"

And at the end of each episode the viewers will vote for their favorite family, until there are two families left. Then the last two families will appear in another four episodes and the viewers will decide the winner. There will be no recounts. And each phone-in vote will cost $1.00, which will be used to reduce the deficit of the state or federal budget,depending upon the race being decided.

Or you could just get involved in America, and
VOTE!