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Monday, July 31, 2017

25th Anniversary

“We were just kids when we fell in love...” - Ed Sheeran

Other than the days of my birth and future death, August 1, 1992 is the most consequential day of my life.  It is the day I married Melissa.  It is the day I devoted myself entirely to another person...A person who has proven worthy of my devotion.  A person I can not imagine living a single day without.


She came into my life out of nowhere; both of us visiting Phoenix while on Christmas vacation - A true chance meeting...She was a young lady with no desire to be in a relationship.  I was a maniac boy, who a year after heartbreak never thought he'd find love again.
I know my friends and family thought I was out of my mind when I gave up everything I had and knew to be with her.  I have no doubt Melissa's friends and family thought likewise of her...They may have been right.  We were so young.  But we knew what we wanted - each other.  We weren't afraid.
Like all relationships, ours has had ups and downs.  Unlike many relationships, we have made it one of our life goals to fight just as hard to make it though the downs as much as we have enjoyed the ups...We were both lucky to have found a partner who made marriage a highest priority.  One worth fighting for and never giving up on.
Very proud of the Middle Class life we have created - especially considering what we started with...We both work hard and push ourselves to succeed, but we're aware of how lucky we have been.  This last decade has been brutal on many Americans and we are very thankful to have escaped much of the pain.
Evolving with each passing year, our family has grown from us two to us four - with our amazing girls.  And we look forward to the days when we become five, six, seven, etc. (with grandchildren)...Just not too soon ;)
Ready and faithful = "Promptus et Fidelis"


Like everyone else, Melissa isn't perfect...But, she is perfect for me!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Korean War Armistice Day - July 27

The Korean War Veterans Memorial - My personal favorite war memorial in Washington D.C. (excluding Arlington, just outside D.C.)...A truly powerful memorial.  The statues are mesmerizing and the Reflecting Wall is amazing, but one simple floor stone caught my attention more than anything else.  It says it all about the war - it says it all about what our men and women gave:


- Dedicated: July 27, 1995.
- Sculptor of Statue(s): Frank Gaylord.
- Walls: 164 feet long, 8 inches thick; more than 100 tons of highly polished granite; more than 2500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops that supported those who fought in the war sandblasted onto wall; "Academy Black" granite from California.
- Statues: 19 stainless steel statues; 7'3"-7'6" tall; each one nearly 1000 pounds; 15 Army, 2 Marines, 1 Navy Medic, 1 Air Force Observer; fiber optic lighting.
- Pool of Remembrance: 30 feet in diameter; black granite from Canada.
- 223 piles driven into bedrock, 30-60 feet deep, supporting the statues and the wall.
- United Nations Wall: raised granite curb lists the 22 nations that contributed to this first U.N. effort.
- Land area: 2.2 acres.

2006 Armistice Ceremony - By Dick Cheney

"Americans already familiar with the heroism of World War II and Vietnam are now learning the story of Korea, of what was gained, and what was lost, and of the decisions made so long ago that have a continuing significance to this day.

"When the war began in the summer of 1950, our military had been through years of demobilization and was scarcely prepared for what lay ahead. The South Korean units were even worse off. The first units on our side in the battle area went in without tanks and were severely outgunned. General Ridgway said it was as if a few troops of Boy Scouts with hand weapons had tried to stop a German Panzer column. Another soldier remembers Korea as 'a war of fists and rifle butts.' Yet our troops fought valiantly. In early battles, American and South Korean combat forces were often outnumbered, sometimes by as much as 20 to one. It was, said President Truman, one of the most heroic rearguard actions on record.

"Throughout the conflict, American and South Korean forces found themselves in some of the most difficult conditions any army could face. Their weapons rusted in the monsoons of summer, and froze solid during the coldest Korean winter in a hundred years. Many of our men who fell into enemy hands were treated with cold-blooded cruelty. By the time the fighting ceased and the armistice was signed, 131 Americans had earned the Medal of Honor, and of those, 94 died while earning it.

"In the space of just 37 months, the United States of America lost a total of more than 36,000 of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. More than 90,000 others returned home wounded. And even today, 53 years after the guns went silent, some 8,000 of our men remain unaccounted for. These brave Americans were last seen doing their duty. We know their names. We honor their service. And this nation will persist in the effort to gain a full accounting for every last one of them.

"The cause America stood for in Korea, joined by forces from many countries, was noble and just. It was the cause of human freedom. It was a battle to determine, as General Ridgway put it, 'Whether the rule of men who shoot their prisoners, enslave their citizens, and deride the dignity of man shall displace the rule of those to whom the individual and his individual rights are sacred.'

"All of us look to the day when the light of freedom and progress covers all of Korea, and stability on the peninsula rests on a foundation of peaceful reconciliation. Until then, stability and peace will be maintained by our great military alliance. Tens of thousands of American troops proudly serve in Korea today. We will maintain our presence there. America's commitment to peace in the region, and to the security of our friends, is unbreakable. The United States and South Korea will continue to stand together in defending civilization against global terror, and building the peace that freedom brings.

"Our people stationed in South Korea today follow in the finest of traditions, going back to the 1.8 million Americans who fought there during the war, and the millions of others who have honored this country by their military service. In these early years of the 21st century, the American people have been inspired once again by the bravery and the selflessness of our armed forces. Freedom is not free, and all of us are deep in the debt of the men and women who go out and pay the price for our liberty.

"As President Eisenhower said 53 years ago, Americans who fought in Korea 'proved once again that only courage and sacrifice can keep freedom alive upon this Earth.' By that courage and sacrifice, the United States and our allies held off the aggressive expansion of communism, and helped make possible the freedom and the great prosperity today enjoyed by some 48 million South Koreans. Decades after he left the military, one of our veterans said this: 'I was glad to have served my country, and I've never heard Korean veterans complain. In fact, if we had to do it all over again, we would.'

"Ladies and gentlemen, there could be no more eloquent testimony to the character of our country than those words from an American who served in that war. And it is fitting that every year, on the 27th of July, we honor them all and offer the respect of a grateful nation."

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

DUNKIRK

Let's sit back and imagine Pero magically received the power to take over every loudspeaker at every high school and university in America.

And let's imagine Pero simply said one word over this loudspeaker - a loudspeaker every high school and university student in America would hear...Let's imagine that one word Pero said over that loudspeaker was DUNKIRK!!

Incredibly, pathetically, I'm betting less than 5% of the students at these schools - even at our finest high schools and universities - would have any idea about the importance of this single word:  Dunkirk!

Yes, I saw the movie Dunkirk this weekend.  And yes, I recommend it for everyone - especially for those who understand the event's significance...Its direction is a little quirky, but it is an amazing story - a story EVERYONE LIVING IN FREEDOM SHOULD KNOW!!!


It is easy in our time, 70-years after WWII, to say:  'There is no way the Germans (and Japanese) could have conquered the world.  There is no way they could defeat all of Europe and Asia, the Soviet Union and the United States.'

It's important to know, at the time of Operation Dynamo (the British evacuation of Dunkirk), that Europe was all but subdued by the Germans.  The French were almost done, and the rest of Europe had either been overrun, was a German ally - including the Soviets - or was pretending to be 'neutral.'  The German monster had crushed everything in it's path, and most thought there was nothing which could stop them.

There was one small island nation that continued to fight:  The United Kingdom - ALONE!

It's also important to remember what the Germans had in mind for all of the Eurasian landmass:  An erasing of historical defects...They weren't going to just eliminate the Jews, Slavs, Roma, etc.  In the process of creating the 1000 Year Reich, they were going to eliminate all of the non-Germans; through a policy of simple extermination and by working them to death for the production of German food and materiel.

The Japanese had similar plans in the East.

The Brits didn't defeat the Germans; surely not at Dunkirk.  What happened at Dunkirk was the Brits were able to save over 300,000 Allied troops (primarily Brit and French), ferrying them from sure destruction on the beaches of France back to the British Islands...Oh, and in large part this evacuation was performed by civilian and merchant marine vessels.

Yes, small little luxury liners and commercial boats, with no protection from German air and submarine attacks.

These 300,000 troops were put back into action in short time, during the battle of Britain and throughout the various African and Middle Eastern campaigns, but this wasn't the most important thing about the Dunkirk evacuation.  The most important thing about Dunkirk was it gave the British people HOPE!

This is why every person in the world who lives in freedom should know about Dunkirk...Because the hope generated from the evacuation kept the Brits in the fight.

The Brits staying in the fight forced the Germans into many mistakes, including in North Africa, the Balkans, and its biggest mistake:  invading Russia before it had finished everyone else off...And most important, the Brits stayed in the fight long enough for Germany's ally, Japan, to draw the Americans into the war.

This was the genius of the British continuing to fight Germany:  They fought just long enough for the U.S. and USSR to enter the war against Germany...A game-changer.  A reality the Germans had almost no chance of overcoming.

So, please go watch the movie.  And if nothing else, I hope from this point forward, when you hear the word DUNKIRK you understand the importance of that word.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: American Indians Are Still Getting a Raw Deal

"We teach what isn’t taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Naomi Schaefer Riley

"Did you know Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group in America?  Did you know that alcoholism is more common among Indian youths than among youths in any other ethnic group?  Did you know that the rate of child abuse among Indians is twice as high as the national average?...[I]nadequate funding isn't the problem.  The billions of dollars that the federal government spends on Indians every year hasn't made their lives better...[O]ther than Indians, the only people who have things held in trust for them are children and the mentally incompetent.  Can anything better illustrate the low regard the government has for American Indians?" – N.S.R.


"History has been cruel to the American Indians (as it has been with almost all ancient cultures - Hittites, Scythians, Phrygians, Celts, etc., etc., etc.), but there's no returning to the 'old ways.'  The sooner they ditch the 'rez' and join the modern-world the better off they will be.  I have no doubt they can compete with everyone else.  They just need to give it a go." – Poison Pero

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trump's Been Prez For About Half-a-Year...How You Hanging in There?

I know a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump - or against Hillary Clinton - are suffering from serious fatigue.  I have to admit, there are times when I do, too.

The constant scandal-scare-mongering about Trump from the media is overwhelming...But don't you think if they 'had him,' they'd already have gotten rid of him?

The constant linking of Team Trump to the Russians freaks everyone out, especially someone like myself who grew up in the heat of the Cold War...But don't you think if there was some 'there there' he'd already be gone?  Truth is, I have no doubt Trump and his team got info from everyone everywhere - just like everyone always does.  The difference is his team wasn't a professional political organization, and wasn't a master at the game - definitely nowhere near the pros Obama or the Clintons are.

Some of you probably wonder how Trump can survive when even many of his fellow Republicans don't like him...Uh, if you were paying attention you had to know they hated him before he was even nominated, let alone after he won the election.  The best part is he hates them as well.  Don't forget, from the time he came down the elevator and put the world on notice that he was running, he ran first against the shitheads with (R) behind their names.

I know many of you don't think he's 'professional' or he's not 'presidential.'  Get over it.  We are in a period of cultural and political warfare - a nonviolent civil war (more or less nonviolent, but getting worse), and more than anything I want a fighter.  I'd take General Grant over General McClellan any day!

If you don't get the reference:  Grant was a drunk ruffian, but he won the U.S. Civil War.  McClellan was a perfect gentleman who was afraid to put his troops in battle, and we might still be fighting the Civil War had Lincoln not canned him.

Trump is not perfect, but he is a fighter.  He doesn't start the fights, but he is the perfect counter-puncher...And he doesn't mind hitting below the belt if the situation calls for it.  Which unfortunately is all the time.

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." - President Barack Obama

In the past, Republicans haven't even brought a knife...They preferred to stand on 'principles' and 'standards - And seemed to enjoy LOSING!!!

Trump doesn't like losing, and the most  important thing is to keep an eye on his policy wins - wins which would be impossible if Hillary was Prez.  And please don't kid yourself that any of the other Republicans could have beaten her, because they wouldn't.

Illegal immigration is down and most important we haven't been hit by a terror attack at home on Trump's watch.  He may be pissing off the Euros, but they are starting to realize they have to carry their own weight in NATO.  ISIS isn't dead (and may never be), but it is no longer a functional state.  The NorK's continue to play games, but they are very aware they aren't dealing with Obama any more.  Economy crushing regulations are being tossed in the trash every day.  America's energy producing potential is being tapped with Trump's blessing.  Hundreds of federal court positions are in the process of being filled by Conservatives - including Gorsuch at the SCOTUS, and hopefully some more in that top court in the near future, etc, etc, etc.

That said, I hope you will take 5-minutes and read Schlichter's article...It's an easy read, and puts a lot of things in perspective.

It’s all about liberals retaking power and trying to make sure we normals never get a say in our own governance again. Make no mistake, there are plenty of nominal Republicans who would be happy for that to happen...None of this is about right and wrong. It's about power - their power, and ensuring we have none.

By:  Kurt Schlichter

Nobody's getting arrested, nobody’s getting impeached. You liberals suck and you're going to lose. Again.

Oh, and Trump also isn't Hitler!  For heaven's sake, the Left has been beating this stupid drum since November 8, 2016...Not because he's so horrible, but because he had the gall to beat their Queen.

Never forget these same Liberal maggots also said Bush was Hitler.  So was McCain.  So was Romney.  And so would have been any Republican who became President...KEEP THIS IN MIND EVERY TIME YOU HEAR HOW BAD TRUMP IS.

President Trump is a different bird, but he is much closer to a normal guy than any other politico or media mouthpiece.  They hate him for this.  They hate him because he's not them - HE IS CLOSER TO US!!!...They will do anything they can to tarnish him, because THEY HATE US!!

Just keep your eye on the scoreboard, and count WINS - big or small...Don't watch the MSM, and don't fixate on Trump's Tweets.  Just do a simple +/- ledger and watch all the good that comes about under Trump and remember NONE of it would have happened if he wasn't there...If nothing else, that makes this last six months a success!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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