I have been absent from this blog for some time now due to personal issues. I lost a brother, a sister, and my mom. Needless to say blogging was not at the top of my list of things to do. I appreciate those diehard supporters who have continued to visit my site. Thank You all very much. There are many issues that I would like to write about and exchange ideas; but, I am not yet able to do so. Mom just died June 2, 2015. My brother and sister lived with mom and they both died in the last five years. I am a person who grieves for quite a while. So, please bear with me.
A year ago this past December I had a stroke. While in the hospital I found out that I had already had two others without my realizing so? To all you people out there who don’t know about “mini-strokes,” please be aware these strokes are a warning to get yourself on the road to better health. Lose weight, change your diet to one that is healthy. Keep your sugar under control. Above all get plenty rest and exercise after you check with your doctor about all of these things.! My cholesterol was sky high as was my blood sugar. Fortunately, my blood pressure was good.
I was very fortunate that my strokes did not leave me with any obvious indications of a stroke. I didn’t need physical therapy and such. I did need attitude readjustment! (lol) I was told that failure to follow instructions about my situation would most likely result in a major stroke or heart attack within the next five years. Now that was a wake up call. I quit smoking 1.5 to 2 packs a day on the spot. Haven’t smoked since. I do have some very graphic smoking dreams. I swear I can actually taste the smoke when I wake up after one of those dreams!
I have noticed some mental symptoms. I have some limited short term memory problems. Does “out of sight, out of mind ring a bell?” When I finally get access to a computer, I have some trouble blogging. Now that makes me angry and frustrated. Especially now with so much going on. I can’t believe the administration isn’t sending a delegation to Maggie’s funeral. NO excuse for such poor manners. Somebody mentioned Biden ought to be sent. God, no, please no, not Joe!!!! He will screw it all up before he even he even makes it to London. Of course Maggie’s stand on Socialism will put Obama off. Consider you selves lucky all you Brits and accept our heart felt condolences. You won’t miss Obama. We won’t miss him if he goes. No such luck.!
Have your marathon. Don’t let a bunch of hooligans stop you. Brits are tougher than that!
The History of Israel is being replayed again today. Netanyahu spoke at the UN about the forces of evil spreading worldwide today and a nuclear Iran!•September 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment
I waited all moning for the Iranian leader to address the U.N. Also, waiting for the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, my hero, to speak. This man is remarkable to me. His presence enlists trust and strength of character and willpower. I can’t find anything reassuring about the leader of Iran except to say he is nothing if not predictable. I expected his speech today would be scathing. I expected the Israeli Prime Minster would respond appropriately! I hoped he would give a truthful History lesson for Iran about the existence of Israel, the Jews, and Jerusalem.
He is speaking now and the first thing he did was describe the true History of “the Jewish state since David!
“The Jewish people have come home and we will never be uprooted again!” We Americans might listen more closely to this man’s words as we allow the Muslim activists in America to spread their “Sharia Law” throughout out nation! He spoke of radical Islam preventing the peaceful co-existence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He was right on target when he discussed the radicals Muslim refusal to leave the darkness of past or dark ages. His speech was extremely hopeful and well versed and factual! He compared events today to the rise and fall of Hitler and the effects on the world. He wisely said a nuclear Iran would bring on another such time again! I agree with him completely! All the revolutionaries in America and throughout the world might learn something if they listen to his words. Maybe Netanyahu is the modern-day world Churchill saving the world from a down fall to evil! His speech was amazing and moving!
I have been trying hard to decide how to best pay tribute to all our troops, past and present who have served one nation. I joined the USMC a week after graduating from High School. It was my life long dream. I can’t really say when that dream began to grow inside me . It was just there one day and I worked hard to achieve it. You hear a lot all the time about the “boomers” and the “greatest generation!” I remember as a child “the War” was always talked about in this respectful and fearful voice. Sometimes I felt like “the war” was still going on somewhere and I suppose it was in many people’s minds either as PTSD, remembering the bread and food lines or working in the factories to build the planes and everything else needed for our “boys!” To this day my mother has to go to the store if the front row in her cabinet is empty or not full all the way across. I heard her tell her cousin recently, “she was the same way, whatever that meant, she remembered the rationing and all and she felt compelled top keep her cabinets completely full.”
When usually had a garden when I was a preteen. We grew almost all our vegetables and some fruit. Mom canned many things, made jams, jellies, preserves, etc. It was all delicious. IT also cut back the grocery bill for a family of eight considerably.It seemed to me everyone we knew had a garden. We also had Bantam chickens for eggs and for food. You haven’t seen anything until you see a Bantam hen defending her baby chicks or have been chases by a Banty rooster. They can be quite ferocious.
At our house we all knew not to ask Dad too many personal questions about the war. When John Wayne, Henry Fonda , or any one of those other great stars came on TV in a war movie, my dad always watched them almost reverently! We all knew we better be quiet and watch the movie too. He also loved that show, “Combat” that came on every week until the star got killed by a chopper because he forgot to duck during taping of an episode. Vic Marrow was a good actor. Dad always said real heros never talked about their medals and the war. So when I came home from school one day and told him about this kid at school talking about his dad’s medals, dad just said, that famous line, “heroes don’t talk about their medals. After my Dad died mom found Dad’s medals. She didn’t even know he had them. He never told her about them.
When I joined the USMC all my dad said was it was no game. The military owned me for the duration of my enlistment. No talking back or discussion, just do as you’re told. He was right! I wasn’t an outstanding Marine. I did my job. I tried to do it well. I had a great deal of pride in the Corps. My three brothers were in the Army at Ft. Bragg. One of my sister also joined the Corps and served at Quantico with me. When we all came home at the same time, it was a constant loud discussion over which was best, the Corps or the Army. We drove my Mom nuts. Naturally, my Dad got into the fray at times. I think all these boisterous encounters had a lot to do with my nephew Mike going into the Navy after the Twin Towers were bombed. One brother was an MP and later a local Deputy Sheriff. This started a law enforcement trend in the family. First with Mike and later, my own daughter.
We are not a rich family. I’d have to say we are middle class. We have some very bright people and some not so bright. I’ll leave this at that. We’re not special. I think the service side of us all comes from my mom and dad teaching us values, ethics, morals. We were taught, you work for everything. If you don’t earn it you don’t usually respect something. We were taught to respect adults and our elders, manners were insisted upon. Don’t lie, steal, oe cheat. No one can take away one’s dignity or self-respect; but, one could give them away by one’s misdeeds. We were taught about God. To respect those teachings in the Bible. We were taught about the freedoms we have here in America and to be grateful for them and protect them. If I hadn’t been taught these values as a child, I might not have taught them to my own kids. Any more it seems that the way I was brought up is gone for good. Many parents don’t tech kids anything but about alcohol, drugs, & what is “owed to one” from the guvment!!
Flying the Flag, parades and speeches are nice tributes to our troops now and the memories of the sacrifices of the fallen. But a greater tribute would be not to fail to protect what our troops defend with their lives every day or else the boomer generation will be remembered as the generation that allowed what the greatest generation died defending slip away. What a tragedy? What a sad tribute to our deceased veterans and those serving now. I don’t want to serve or do anything else for the USSA but I will defend with my life the USA until my dying breath.
So you want to honor our troops and our past Veterans; then, vote in November in a way to help restore the USA and let’s get rid of everything that symbolizes the USSA! Don’t try to pretend it never was, ,et history record its coming and passing so we can learn from our mistakes!! This is my Memorial day tribute to the troops and the memory of those gone. That I salute them every day and love and support the USA in every way I can. God Bless our troops. God Bless America!
- What is the meaning of Memorial Day? (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Obama Honors Troops On Memorial Day (myfoxdetroit.com)
- Obama honors fallen troops at Arlington Cemetery (newsobserver.com)
- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts honor veterans at Los Angeles cemetery (stripes.com)
- Memorial Day 2012 ‘Honor, Reflection & Remembrance’ Tribute at VetFriends.com – Honoring Fallen U.S. Troops, Veterans & Active Military Heroes (prweb.com)
- Memorial Day: A Salute to Troops (goodgamingblog.blogspot.com)
- Obama to pay tribute to fallen troops (worldviewtonight.com)
- For Memorial Day: War is madness no new statues and monuments should be our goal (sacbee.com)
- Obama to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day (newsok.com)
- Obama to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day (sacbee.com)
- A tribute to my fathers & what they taught me (asopa.typepad.com)
- Gratitude for the Last Full Measure of service… (thinklikeablackbelt.org)
- Bob Dylan To Receive Medal Of Freedom Tuesday (noise11.com)
- Daddy’s Poem (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Prestigious Schuman medal awarded to Eddie Fenech Adami (timesofmalta.com)
- Black WWII Vets Relegated To ‘Supporting Roles’ To Receive Congressional Gold Medals [VIDEO] (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Honor, Angels, and Memorials (bangordailynews.com)
- An American Hero – An American Name (gadabout-blogalot.com)
- A Thank You Letter to Mom and Dad (leajurock.wordpress.com)
- Watched StepMom Last Night (leiwrites.wordpress.com)
- Judge me by the footprints I leave behind (abbuni.wordpress.com)
- Moms rule, dads drool (mom-101.com)
- Stuck together (staciapriscilla.com)
- Meet Ryan Lochte, The Olympic Swimming Sensation Who’s Going To Make Everyone Forget About Michael Phelps (businessinsider.com)
- I Believe…That Not Everyone Should Get a Trophy (ncmport59.wordpress.com)
- My Mom, My Coach (thehealthcaremarketer.wordpress.com)
- Daddy’s Little Girl (azmihanifah.wordpress.com)
- The Mommy Hook from Mom, Dad and Baby (texaskitchen.wordpress.com)
- Al Hofacker’s Letters Home (06880danwoog.com)
- If Parenting was a Sport in the Olympics… (momuverse.com)
- Graduation 2012 (itsgravybaby.com)
- A Surprise for Mom! (isthisloadbearing.com)
- Senator Mobina Jaffer pays tribute to her father Sherali Bandali Jaffer, recipient of Uganda’s National Independence Medal (ismailimail.wordpress.com)
- Israeli athletes are on a hot streak and aiming for Olympic medals (timesofisrael.com)
- US war veterans tossing medals back at Nato was a heroic act | Veterans Today (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Memorial Day Special: U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit (democracynow.org)
- Medals System (icewarriorsarmy.com)
- Memorial Day: Remembering Those Lost Serving Our Country (bossip.com)
- Greek medal tally climbs to six at Debrecen (ekathimerini.com)
- Hungary top medals table at Euro swimming (indiavision.com)
- The MEDAL of LOVE (palmystry.wordpress.com)
- Tiptoeing Through a Minefield of Pansy Asses (takimag.com)
- Road Worker, Taxi Driver Hurt In I-94 Crash (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Chris Kelly: War Movie Marathon (huffingtonpost.com)
- Chris Kelly: War Movie Marathon (huffingtonpost.com)
- Remembering Memorial Day in Pictures (bigthink.com)
- Bosnian Ballocks (pknatz.wordpress.com)
- Shall we gather at the river? (blogs.suntimes.com)
- I remember (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- The Fighting Seabees – America’s DIY Soldiers (wired.com)
- Free Birthday Stuff, John Wayne! (thebirthdayregister.wordpress.com)
- Have You Ever Been In a Firefight? (part I) (onlyspartanwomen.com)
- For Memorial Day (barbaraehardy.wordpress.com)
- Dr. Jerry Boriskin Conducted PTSD Workshop at The Meadows Wickenburg (prweb.com)
- This Memorial Day, Some Sobering Statistics (themoderatevoice.com)
- Cleveland Veterans’ Disability Benefits Lawyer Says Veterans Should Seek Help for PTSD (prweb.com)
- Half of veterans are seeking disability compensation (wjla.com)
- Almost Half of New Vets Seek Disability (kstp.com)
- Almost half of new vets seek disability (onlineathens.com)
- Fighting PTSD? (fightingptsd.wordpress.com)
- Breaking the Taboo of PTSD (mormonsoldier.com)
- African-Americans and PTSD (candidobservation.wordpress.com)
- In Sweat Lodge, Vets Find Healing ‘Down To The Core’ (wnyc.org)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disability (socialsecurityhome.com)
- Support for the Veterans – PTSD (childrensbooksheal.com)
- Some Rules for Teaching Yoga to Students with PTSD. ~ Mark-Francis Mullen (elephantjournal.com)
- Veteran fights VA to keep PTSD diagnosis (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- High School (ireport.cnn.com)
- West Bank’s top high school graduates spell out their recipe for success (nola.com)
- 30 Day Challenge – Still Here – Charge Up Your Life (purewellnessliving.com)
- Malaysian Scholars Visit Aga Khan University – Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) (ismailimail.wordpress.com)
- scared (seabiscuits.wordpress.com)
- CFT: War vet aims to walk on at Clemson (collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Me (classicretro1.wordpress.com)
- Bexar County events to honor troops (mysanantonio.com)
- My Childhood Dream: Away from home~~ (lovemotilala.wordpress.com)
- Thing you might not know about me: I have horrific nightmares every night. (averyedison.com)
With all the events taking place here at home, I haven’t had time to post here as often I would like. As our troops fight to preserve our freedom, and the peace and freedom in Afghanistan, I have tried to help make a difference here at home in our ongoing battle against socialism/communism.
I did some checking on the current news about our military. I found some good links on various stories at Stars and Stripes:
- Panetta: Iraq has agreed to negotiate extended U.S. presence 17:14 August 19, 2011
- Are all military funerals created equal? Patriot Guard says no 21:43 August 19, 2011
- Army vet with PTSD sought the treatment he needed by taking hostages – but got jail instead 14:51 August 18, 2011
- Air conditioning on Japan bases could be nixed if power usage doesn’t decline 09:18 August 19, 2011
- House-sitter steals deployed soldier’s identity, belongings 02:20 August 19, 2011
- DOD identifies five U.S. troops killed in IED blast in Afghanistan 04:24 August 17, 2011
- Okinawan mayor urges probe into Agent Orange allegations 04:46 August 19, 2011
- USAFE: Airman’s ‘birther’ comments not reason for discharge 11:56 August 18, 2011
- DOD identifies two Germany-based soldiers killed in Afghanistan 04:59 August 19, 2011
- U.S. Navy given jurisdiction in deadly crash in Australia 18:21 August 18, 2011
Here are a few more from Military.com:
- Al-Qaida in Iraq: 100 Attacks to Avenge bin Laden
- Westboro to Protest SEAL Crash Victim’s Funeral
- Cop Gets 15 Years in Marine Vet’s Shooting Death
- Air Force Discharging ‘Birther’ Staff Sgt.
- War Hero Turned Mobster Sentenced to 35 Years
- Are Military Pensions Too ‘Generous’?
- Could 20-Year Retirement Be Casualty of Budget Fight?
- ‘My Whole Squad Is Gone’ – IED Victims ID’D
- In Death, Young Marine Gives Life to Comrade
- Navy: Sub Crew Was Encouraged to Cheat
- Jihadist Calls for Muslims to Kill David Letterman
- DoD Buzz: The Army’s GCV Fait Accompli
- Kit Up!: Desert Dune Pattern Hits Iraq
- DT: Boeing Testing Drone Swarming Tech
- UTR: More Details on Gears of War 3
- Wingie D: Husband’s Been Committing Adultery
- Rieckhoff: Face of the Next Greatest Generation
- Pet Corner: A Veteran Dog Gets Help
- Philpott: Don’t Fear Retirement Headlines
Both of the sites are excellent sources for news and information for about and for our Military personnel. Please consider visiting these sites. Often you will find information that will tell you how you can help a military family in need. You can also find some links to excellent sites that provide services for our military veterans in need, those deployed, and military families!
- More than 1,000 attend funeral for Iowa-Born Navy SEAL (thegazette.com)
- Selling Our Vets Short… Again. (doesitallmatter2.wordpress.com)
- Iraq erupts: Bombings in a dozen cities kill at least 60 on Monday (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Barack Obama’s wars without end | Mehdi Hasan (guardian.co.uk)
- Louisianans remember Navy SEAL killed in Afghan helicopter attack (cnn.com)
- Gathering to mourn the loss of an Army Ranger beloved in Pitman (philly.com)
- Navy to Cut Jobs Amid Recession-Driven Sailor Surplus (foxnews.com)
- Funeral set for Iowa Navy SEAL (thegazette.com)
- ‘Huge Afghan blast kills 27 US soldiers’ (destructionist.wordpress.com)
- Young, decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan (thegrio.com)
- Air Force Discharges Birther Sergeant (newser.com)
- Harnessing the military power of animal intelligence (cnn.com)
- Air Force discharging sergeant who doubts Obama (bubbabutt.wordpress.com)
- Louis A. Savino, age 86 of Philadelphia; U.S. Navy Veteran (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Mourning the loss of an Army Ranger beloved in Pitman (philly.com)
- Afghanistan, August 2011 (boston.com)
- It’s Official: Iraq Wants The U.S. To Stay (businessinsider.com)
- US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024 (futuredispatch.com)
- Reporter’s notebook: Covering Afghanistan (cbsnews.com)
- CBS News: Reporter’s Notebook: Seth Doane in Afghanistan (ukforcesafghanistan.wordpress.com)
- Cpl (Ret) Kenneth H. Young CD in Vietnam, Agent Orange, Aug 8th Report (homecomingvets.wordpress.com)
- What rhymes with (Agent) Orange? (howgoesthebattle.com)
- Vietnam Veterans, Survivors May be Eligible for Retroactive Agent Orange Awards, Florida Veterans’ Claims Representative Says (prweb.com)
- The 50 Years after Agent Orange was first used… (greenflbroker.com)
- Meanwhile, In Afghanistan (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- 13 August 2011. A Russian POV… The Face of Somali Hunger… (02varvara.wordpress.com)
Former President George Bush will be 65 on July 6, 2011. As a birthday tribute to George, I wrote a poem. I am not great at this; but, I am sure the thoughts will come through!
He came to town and spoke with a Texas drawl,
Spoke to us all with a big, “Hi, y’all!”
He had a good sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye,
Something about his manner said I’m a nice guy.
George was often the target of the liberal left,
yet he went about his business pretending to be deaf.
No one knew what was about to come,
Terrorists in planes would block out our sun!
But, on that day of tragedy and sorrow,
George stood in the rubble and promised a better tomorrow!
He went after bin Laden and Saddam Hussein,
He made sire neither hurt us again!
Many of our soldiers fought and died,
For each one, George bush cried!
He left office with his head hung in shame,
The left at his heels shouting blame!
Hold your head high George, you loved our nation,
A leftist secret agenda was our real damnation!
Everyday as we slip closer to the left’s abyss,
I’ve harbored a wish to tell you this!
You see, you aren’t to blame for all that was done,
We, the nation, are for abdicating our duty solely to fun!
When I think of your service for eight trying years,
I feel gratitude though my eyes are full of tears!
As the left tore our nation apart,
you continued to lead straight from the heart!
Thank you George, for leading the U.S. of A.,
through one of its greatest tragedies to this very day!
- “You are not going to see a great philosophical difference between Rick Perry and George Bush.” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- A birthday tribute to Bush 41 (cbsnews.com)
- Republicans Trying To Forget George W. Bush (alan.com)
- Obama’s Signature: Is It Real or is It Autopenned? (socyberty.com)
I am concerned about the problems now facing our Military Families as a result of the frequent deployments in the Wars we are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now the Middle East. I have made a poll based on those issues I have encountered here on various posts. I also have set up the poll to allow responders to input a choice I may have missed.
Please take the poll and help me and others understand what Military Families must cope with during deployments. If enough people respond, the information can let the country know how we might best help our Military Families. Continue reading ‘What is the most difficult problem faced by Military Families during a Deployment?’