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9/11/09 – A Day of Remembering

by on Sep.11, 2009, under Uncategorized

Friday, September 11, 2009

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the horrors of the attacks on America. I cannot help but be sad for all of the survivors, the relatives of those who lost their lives on that day, and for America as a whole.

I want to pay tribute every day of my life to the brave men and women who are making sacrifices to protect me and you and our freedom.

Let no man take away what they have paid for dearly.

Today I pray for the survivors, the families of the victims, our brave military and veterans, and my family and friends.

Today I remember. Tomorrow I will not forget.

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A Gentle Reminder of the Sacrifices

by on Jul.10, 2009, under Patriot

I just received an email that contained a message that I feel is important to hear. I don’t know who the original author is so I can’t give them credit for their work. But I can share it with you.

Lest we forget.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in
the early 60′s when DeGaule decided to pull out of
NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of
France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded “does that include those who are
buried here?

DeGuale did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop
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When in England , at a fairly large conference,
Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of
Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example
of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United
States has sent many of its fine young men and women
into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our
borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked
for in return is enough to bury those that did not
return.’

You could have heard a pin drop.

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There was a conference in France where a number of
international engineers were taking part, including
French and American. During a break, one of the
French engineers came back into the room saying ‘Have
you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has
sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the
tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb
them?’

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our
carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat
several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and
can supply emergency electrical power to shore
facilities; they have three cafeterias with the
capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they
can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water
from sea water each day,
and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in
transporting victims and injured to and from their
flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many
does France have?’

You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference
that included Admirals from the U.S. , English,
Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail
reception, he found himself
standing with a large group of Officers that
included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped
their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained
that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,
Americans learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is
it that we always have to speak English in these
conferences rather than speaking French?’

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied,
‘Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s
and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to
speak German.’

You could have heard a pin drop.

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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived
in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few
minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the
customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France
previously.

“Then you should know enough to have your passport
ready.”

The American said, ‘The last time I was here, I
didn’t have to show it.”

“Impossible. Americans always have to show your
passports on arrival in
France !”

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard
look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came
ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help
liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single
Frenchman to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

Now, I don’t know if any of the above incidents really happened. But I like to think they did. Seems like there are a lot of people in the United States and the rest of the world need to be reminded of the sacrifices our brave men and women in our country have made in order to make this a safer, better world for everyone.

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Windows 7 Preorder at Half Price

by on Jun.26, 2009, under Deals

Microsoft will officially release Windows 7 today for preorder from Amazon.com. They are offering 50% off of the price of two editions, Home Premium and Professional until July 11, or while supplies last.

If you want to be one of the first to get the new Windows 7, check out Amazon.com today.

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Am I Heading to Prison?

by on Jun.03, 2009, under Politics

I know I am a little behind the times in bringing you this news, but I couldn’t help but write about this. I read a great article by David Kravets on Wired.com which explains new proposed legislation. Under a new bill proposed by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Los Angeles, hostile bloggers could face up to two years in prison. The bill, H.R. 1966, is labeled the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act.

This bill would amend Title 18 of the United States Code by defining cyberbullying as

Sec. 881. Cyberbullying

`(a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
`(b) As used in this section–
`(1) the term `communication’ means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received; and
`(2) the term `electronic means’ means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.’.

At first glance, this appears to be a great protection for all of our children who are so internet (and text messaging savvy) these days from people who will bully and stalk them online.

But, take a closer look at this bill. Will it be expanded to be a form on censorship for the internet? Will those of us who like to use our blogs to express our own opinions, be threatened with prison for exercising our First Amendment rights to free speech.

I’ll let you be the judge.

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Memorial Day is Not Just for Great Sales!

by on May.23, 2009, under Patriot

In today’s world, it is sometimes easy to forget that Memorial Day is more than just the start of summer and a great time to get some good buys on fun things! We all get so involved with our own little world that we forget what price was paid for us to have the freedom to be so self-engrossed.

We could wander, perhaps whistling, past graveyards all over the globe this Memorial Day—in Europe: France, Italy, England, Belgium; in the Pacific: Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines; in the Middle East: Iraq, Afghanistan; and in the U.S.: Concord, Valley Forge, Arlington, and so many more. We might pause to ponder the enormity of the sacrifice attached to each one of those ever-so-neatly arranged little white crosses. Row upon row ––– an endless stream of very still, very young Americans.

This is the beginning of a post entitled “The Harlot of the Harbor” on Liberty’s Army . Simple, eloquent, and sure to make you feel. What a fantastic reminder of what Memorial Day is all about, and also a reminder of what our responsibilities are as custodians of the freedom given us. As it is said, freedom is never free.

To me it is encouraging that there appears to be a resurgence of patriotism in the United States. The “common” person is taking an active interest in the affairs of our country. And, they are definitely paying homage to those who have fought, molded and preserved our liberties for us. Anywhere on the internet and television you find a grassroots movement to go back to the basic principals of our founding fathers.

Perhaps one of the reasons that patriotism is rebounding has to do with the Baby Boomer generation coming into power. With the shear numbers we possess, it is only natural that we have become the leaders. If it is important for us to honor all those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, we do it. In a small way, it might heal some wounds left in the hearts of those members of our generation who returned from fighting an unpopular war with hardly a hero’s welcome.

There’s a video on You Tube where Steve is singing the song “Because of the Brave” which hit the nail on the head about honoring those who have paid the price for our freedom.

Take the time to check out both of these posts and remember and pay tribute to those individuals so worthy of our appreciation and honor.

Then, you can go get some of those great buys out there!

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