Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.
I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam . Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:
I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.
I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.
I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.
I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.
I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.
I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.
I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.
I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers A family who's loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.
I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.
I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.
I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.
Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.
Lieutenant Colonel , U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division
This needs to get all over the U S A.
I agree with him 100%
Monday, April 16, 2007
Campus remains closed; convocation Tuesday at Cassell
04/16/2007, Updated 4:45 p.m.
Two shootings on campus today have left 33 dead. Thirty-one, including the gunman, died at Norris Hall; two died at West Ambler Johnston Hall. Fifteen other victims from Norris are being treated at area hospitals.
Counseling assistance for students is available at West Ambler Johnston and McComas halls until 9 p.m. tonight. Students are encouraged to utilize these services.
Counseling for faculty and staff is available in the Bowman Room on the fourth floor of Jamerson Athletic Center, accessible from Jamerson or the Merryman Athletic Facility.
The university will remain closed Tuesday. Essential personnel are to report for work. Classes are canceled.
A public gathering will be held Tuesday at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m.
All students are urged to contact their parents as soon as possible to let them know individuals are safe.
Students, faculty, and staff who have any information related to the incidents are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411.
Here is coverage from our NBC affiliate in Richmond
Please pray for these students, faculty, friends and family.
here's what bloggers in the area have to say:
Hill Billy Savants
High Desert Wanerer
Sunday, April 15, 2007
OK maybe it isn't the worlds biggest chicken egg but it is a huge egg. See for yourself!
Its 3 1/2" long. When we cracked that hummer it had 3 yolks... yes I said 3 yolks! Honestly when we found that egg I imagined I'd find a dead hen somewhere close by. I mean poor hen!
In other chicken news we added 6 hens and an older rooster to our coop. He's a beauty! We now have 4 Araucana hens and a rooster, they lay the blue/green eggs. I'm now getting 10-12 eggs a day and taking orders from friends and family in Richmond for our fresh eggs from our free range hens. There really is nothing like a fresh egg.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I suppose though I wish I were more like Izzy. She's beautiful and has a huge heart, a perfect body and all the things I'm not. I'm not complaining, mind you, I have a great life with a wonderful man that loves me the way I am. We have great kids and a life that is a near perfect as possible. The only thing we lack is money and as the song says, "can't buy me looooooooooove".
Here is a picture of Jackie's new dog, Adel.
Here's my boy on his favorite rock.