If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private John C. Ewing (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

Principal Musician Pompey Factor (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 25, 1875, at Pecos River, Texas. His citation reads:

With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.

Coxswain Harry D. Fadden (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 30, 1903, on board the USS Adams. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Adams, for gallantry, rescuing O.C. Hawthorne, landsman for training, from drowning at sea, 30 June 1903.

We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish our good friend Minde a very happy birthday!

We would also like to wish my big brother Sonny a very happy 42nd birthday! I know this isn’t Picture Tuesday, but in honor of Sonny’s birthday I figured I’d post a pic from his past. Below you will see a picture of Sonny and his prom date (some poor girl who, I assume, lost a bet which resulted in her being Sonny’s prom date). 

Sonny: I'm holding a girl's hand!  Girl: This better be the good deed that gets me into Heaven

Now, a word about what we’re going to be doing starting tomorrow. As you know, tomorrow starts I’m just sayin…’s Movie May. During the whole month of May, we will be counting down the top 2,613 movies of all time. You might be asking yourself, why movies? Well, friends, it all started over Labor Day Weekend at the lake last year. I was sitting in the Game Room with Sonny watching a movie (Die Hard, I think, but it could have been something else) when Cougar (Sonny’s much older woman) asked me if I’d seen a movie… I can’t remember now the name of the movie, but I think it was Couples Retreat. At the time, I hadn’t seen it. She informed me that it was the funniest movie ever. Now, I know that many of you have not started watching Phineas and Ferb even though I recommended it to you… so I know this might be lost on you, but when she told me it was the funniest movie ever I looked at Sonny and said “Sonny, I know what we’re doing next May”. And thus the decision was made to do a movie countdown. The next thing I did was inform everyone in the room that I could name 5 movies off the top of my head that were funnier than this movie I hadn’t seen yet. I will admit now that Couples Retreat is a very funny movie… but it’s not the funniest ever. One thing I didn’t have time to do (because I do have a real job in addition to keeping our grass cut and our clothes clean) is rank the movies by category. I just did an overall ranking. I did email a small group of people to get their “Top 5 Favorite Movies”, so every couple of days or so I will post those. Some people didn’t respond, so I had to use my best guess… I’m pretty confident that the movies I picked for them match their tastes. The years that I pulled movies from are 1939 – 2011. I probably spent way more time on this than I should have… but I think it was worth it. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, make sure you tell The Wife… because she loves to hear good things about my blog.

If movies aren’t your thing, you need to make sure you at least check out my May 22 post. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just tell you a sibling of mine has a birthday that day. She doesn’t want me to point out right now how old she’ll be, but I don’t think Dad will mind me telling you how hard it was for him 40 years ago with a two year old son and a pregnant wife. I’m just sayin…

The I’m just sayin… Weekly Weigh-In

Greg 232 - Hmm… not a good week. I seem to be going in the wrong direction. Time to turn things around.  Though, to be fair, everyone on the list gained weight last week.

Mary Ruth 47

Susie 26

Daniel 24

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Verse of the Week

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Gunner’s Mate, Third Class John Everetts (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 11, 1898, on board the USS Cushing. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Cushing, 11 February 1898, Everetts displayed gallant conduct in attempting to save the life of the late Ens. Joseph C. Breckinridge, U.S. Navy, who fell overboard at sea from that vessel.

Technical Sergeant Forrest E. Everhart (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 12, 1944, near Kerling, France. His citation reads:

He commanded a platoon that bore the brunt of a desperate enemy counterattack near Korling, France, before dawn on 12 November 1944. When German tanks and self-propelled guns penetrated his left flank and overwhelming infantry forces threatened to overrun the 1 remaining machinegun in that section, he ran 400 yards through woods churned by artillery and mortar concentrations to strengthen the defense. With the 1 remaining gunner, he directed furious fire into the advancing hordes until they swarmed close to the position. He left the gun, boldly charged the attackers and, after a 15-minute exchange of hand grenades, forced them to withdraw leaving 30 dead behind. He re-crossed the fire-swept terrain to his then threatened right flank, exhorted his men and directed murderous fire from the single machinegun at that position. There, in the light of bursting mortar shells, he again closed with the enemy in a hand grenade duel and, after a fierce 30-minute battle, forced the Germans to withdraw leaving another 20 dead. The gallantry and intrepidity of T/Sgt. Everhart in rallying his men and refusing to fall back in the face of terrible odds were highly instrumental in repelling the fanatical enemy counterattack directed at the American bridgehead across the Moselle River.

Private Adelbert Everson (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 1, 1865, at Five Forks, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

The I’m just sayin… Bible Verse of the Week
ROMANS 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Murder, She Wrote

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Rodney J. Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 18, 1969, at Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Evans distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while serving as a squad leader in a reconnaissance sweep through heavy vegetation to reconnoiter a strong enemy position. As the force approached a well-defined trail, the platoon scout warned that the trail was booby-trapped. Sgt. Evans led his squad on a route parallel to the trail. The force had started to move forward when a nearby squad was hit by the blast of a concealed mine. Looking to his right Sgt. Evans saw a second enemy device. With complete disregard for his safety he shouted a warning to his men, dived to the ground and crawled toward the mine. Just as he reached it an enemy soldier detonated the explosive and Sgt. Evans absorbed the full impact with his body. His gallant and selfless action saved his comrades from probable death or injury and served as an inspiration to his entire unit. Sgt. Evans' gallantry in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Private Thomas Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 5, 1864, at Piedmont, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag of 45th Virginia (C.S.A.).

Private William Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 9, 1876, at Big Horn, Montana. His citation reads:

Carried dispatches to Brig. Gen. Crook through a country occupied by Sioux.

The I’m just sayin… Kid Show of the Week

Thanks Wikipedia
The Kid Show of the Week this week is a special one for me. Murder, She Wrote is a mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network, with 264 episodes. It was followed by four TV films and a spin-off series, The Law & Harry McGraw (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen). It is one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime, and was a staple of its Sunday night lineup for a decade. I remember watching this show with MaMa and Da (my grandparents) over at their house. Lansbury was nominated for a total of ten Golden Globes and 12 Emmy Awards for her work on Murder, She Wrote. She holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Murder, She Wrote, with those nominations netting her four Golden Globe awards. The series received three nominations but no wins in the Outstanding Drama Series category at the Emmys. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category six times and won twice.

An interesting fact I learned during my research is that Murder, She Wrote might never have come about had producers Richard Levinson and William Link succeeded with their TV series Ellery Queen. That series folded after a single season, but Levinson and Link were still committed to the concept of a bestselling murder-mystery novelist who solved real murders when not at the typewriter. In collaboration with writer-producer Peter S. Fischer, with whom they had previously worked on Columbo, Link and Levinson changed the gender of their protagonist from male to female and transformed the character from a good-looking, absent-minded young pedant to a middle-aged, down-to-earth widow.

Contrary to rumors… Murder, She Wrote was never pitched as an American version of the Agatha Christie character Miss Marple, contrary to rumors. The show was initially offered to actress Jean Stapleton, who turned it down stating that, after nine years of playing the ditsy but well-meaning Edith Bunker on All In The Family and Archie Bunker's Place, respectively, she did not want to be tied down to another television series. Doris Day was offered the part afterwards, and also declined. Fischer, Levinson and Link thought Lansbury would be perfect in the part but had not dreamed that she would be interested in a television series. When she made it known she would be available if the right project came along, the trio of creators sent her the script and almost immediately, Lansbury felt she could do something with the role of Jessica Fletcher. The series made Angela Lansbury, known previously for her motion picture and Broadway stage work, a household name for millions of television viewers. The title comes from Murder, She Said, which was the title of a 1961 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel 4:50 from Paddington. The character of Jessica Fletcher could be thought to be based on a combination of Miss Marple, and Agatha Christie herself.

The show revolved around the day-to-day life of a retired English teacher who, after being widowed in her early fifties, becomes a very successful mystery writer. Despite fame and fortune, Jessica remains a resident of Cabot Cove, a cozy coastal town in Maine, and maintains her links with all of her old friends, never letting her success go to her head. Jessica invariably proves more perceptive than the official investigators, who are almost always willing to arrest the most likely suspect. By carefully piecing the clues together and asking astute questions, she always manages to trap the real murderer, who, given the series' "special guest star" policy, was often played by a famous film or TV personality.

Jessica's relationship with law enforcement officials varies from place to place. Both sheriffs of Cabot Cove resign themselves to having her meddle in their cases. However, most detectives and police officers do not want her anywhere near their crime scenes, until her accurate deductions convince them to listen to her. Some are happy to have her assistance from the start, often because they are fans of her books. With time, she makes friends in many police departments across the U.S., as well as with a British police officer attached to Scotland Yard.

The regular cast included:

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher (1984–1996), a retired English teacher who, after being widowed in her early fifties, becomes a very successful mystery writer.

William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt (1985–1996), the local doctor of Cabot Cove and one of Jessica's best friends. In one episode before he played Dr. Hazlitt, Windom played a killer.

Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper (1984–1988), Cabot Cove's sheriff at the start of the series. Tupper later retires and goes to live with his sister.

Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger (1988–1996), a former NYPD officer who takes Tupper's place as sheriff in the mistaken belief that he would be living in a more peaceful place. In one earlier season episode, the actor played a cheap store owner in New York City who was in trouble with the law and was trying to get out of trouble by selling his business.

He also played a police officer in an earlier season investigating a murder. The show also had a good many famous guest starts. All in all this is a great show because you can watch it with your kids (girls or boys) and not worry about what they’ll see. And really, Angela Lansbury… if she ain’t the best, she’s up high on the list. I think re-runs are being shown on TV Land and I’m sure DVDs of the show are available at Best Buy and places like that.

Friday, April 27, 2012

SC Athlete You Should Know is…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Commander Ernest Edwin Evans (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 25, 1944, on board the USS Johnston. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Johnston in action against major units of the enemy Japanese fleet during the battle off Samar on 25 October 1944. The first to lay a smokescreen and to open fire as an enemy task force, vastly superior in number, firepower and armor, rapidly approached. Comdr. Evans gallantly diverted the powerful blasts of hostile guns from the lightly armed and armored carriers under his protection, launching the first torpedo attack when the Johnston came under straddling Japanese shellfire. Undaunted by damage sustained under the terrific volume of fire, he unhesitatingly joined others of his group to provide fire support during subsequent torpedo attacks against the Japanese and, outshooting and outmaneuvering the enemy as he consistently interposed his vessel between the hostile fleet units and our carriers despite the crippling loss of engine power and communications with steering aft, shifted command to the fantail, shouted steering orders through an open hatch to men turning the rudder by hand and battled furiously until the Johnston, burning and shuddering from a mortal blow, lay dead in the water after 3 hours of fierce combat. Seriously wounded early in the engagement, Comdr. Evans, by his indomitable courage and brilliant professional skill, aided materially in turning back the enemy during a critical phase of the action. His valiant fighting spirit throughout this historic battle will venture as an inspiration to all who served with him.

Captain Ira H. Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Hatchers Run, Virginia. His citation reads:

Voluntarily passed between the lines, under a heavy fire from the enemy, and obtained important information.

Private James R. Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 5, 1864, at Wilderness, Virginia. His citation reads:

Went out in front of the line under a fierce fire and, in the face of the rapidly advancing enemy, rescued the regimental flag with which the color bearer had fallen.

Congrats to Stephon Gilmore (Bills) and Melvin Ingram (Chargers) on being selected in the first round of the NFL draft last night. I’m sure all of the schools on the Revolutionary War Heroes’ football schedule are happy those two aren’t going to be playing in college anymore. Congrats also to former Stanford offensive lineman David DeCastro on his first round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The I’m just sayin… Know Your South Carolina Athlete

The Athlete of the week this week is former Winthrop basketball great James Shuler. Shuler, a 6’6” 220 pound native of Florida, was part of the first class to enter Winthrop after my graduation. He played at Winthrop from 2002 – 2006 and was a huge part of the 2nd Era of Championship basketball for the Eagles. My memory might be a little fuzzy here, but I believe he was one of those guys that played guard/small forward… kind of a wing type player, if you will. I do know he played some point guard his sophomore season (the worst in the Marshall Era), so I’m pretty comfortable in telling you he wasn’t a true PG. He did, however, play with not one, but two of the greatest point guards to ever play at Winthrop (perhaps THE two greatest). As a freshman he played with Pierre Wooten while as a junior and senior he played with Chris Gaynor. I don’t know James Shuler… he might be the nicest guy in the world… but when he played he looked like one scary-bad SOB. Just based off of looks, if I got to pick two Winthrop players that I would want on my side in a fight, I’d pick Greg Lewis and James Shuler. For his career, Shuler played in 116 games shooting an average of 41% from the field for 10 points per game (making him a member of the 1,000 point club with 1,160 total points). In his senior season, James averaged 13.3 points per game, shot 84.4% from the line, averaged 3.5 assists per game with 4.4 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals per game. Shuler is the All-Time Winthrop leader with 420 free throws made. If you look at his stats, you’ll see James shot an average of 30.4% from behind the arc. What that stat doesn’t tell you is that if the game was close and the shot clock (and/or game clock) was about to run out, Shuler was like money in the bank from way behind the three point line. Perhaps the best example of this came his senior season in the ESPN BracketBuster game against Northern Illinois.  Shuler hit a 3 pointer with 1:45 left in the first overtime to tie the game at 85 and then hit another 3 pointer with 3.1 seconds left in the second over time to give Winthrop a 98-97 win.  Later in that same season during the Big South Championship Game, James hit a long distance 3 with about 2 minutes left (and, I believe, the shot clock running down) to tie Winthrop at 47-47 with Coastal Carolina. The Eagles would go on to win the game by 1 point.  Shuler was named to the All-Big South First Team his junior and senior seasons and was also named to the All-Tournament team his junior season. Congrats to James Shuler for being named a SC Athlete You Should Know.

*Thanks to Jeremy for pointing out an error which I've since corrected.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thankful for…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 23, 1944, at Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, 23 July 1944. While moving to the relief of a platoon isolated by the enemy, his company encountered a strong enemy position supported by machinegun, rifle, and mortar fire. Sgt. Eubanks was ordered to make an attack with 1 squad to neutralize the enemy by fire in order to assist the advance of his company. He maneuvered his squad to within 30 yards of the enemy where heavy fire checked his advance. Directing his men to maintain their fire, he and 2 scouts worked their way forward up a shallow depression to within 25 yards of the enemy. Directing the scouts to remain in place, Sgt. Eubanks armed himself with an automatic rifle and worked himself forward over terrain swept by intense fire to within 15 yards of the enemy position when he opened fire with telling effect. The enemy, having located his position, concentrated their fire with the result that he was wounded and a bullet rendered his rifle useless. In spite of his painful wounds he immediately charged the enemy and using his weapon as a club killed 4 of the enemy before he was himself again hit and killed. Sgt. Eubanks' heroic action, courage, and example in leadership so inspired his men that their advance was successful. They killed 45 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the position, thus effecting the relief of our beleaguered troops.

Private Coron D. Evans (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 6, 1865, at Sailors Creek, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag of 26th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).

Specialist Fourth Class Donald W. Evans, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 27, 1967, at Tri Tam, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He left his position of relative safety with his platoon which had not yet been committed to the battle to answer the calls for medical aid from the wounded men of another platoon which was heavily engaged with the enemy force. Dashing across 100 meters of open area through a withering hail of enemy fire and exploding grenades, he administered lifesaving treatment to 1 individual and continued to expose himself to the deadly enemy fire as he moved to treat each of the other wounded men and to offer them encouragement. Realizing that the wounds of 1 man required immediate attention, Sp4c. Evans dragged the injured soldier back across the dangerous fire-swept area, to a secure position from which he could be further evacuated Miraculously escaping the enemy fusillade, Sp4c. Evans returned to the forward location. As he continued the treatment of the wounded, he was struck by fragments from an enemy grenade. Despite his serious and painful injury he succeeded in evacuating another wounded comrade, rejoined his platoon as it was committed to battle and was soon treating other wounded soldiers. As he evacuated another wounded man across the fire covered field, he was severely wounded. Continuing to refuse medical attention and ignoring advice to remain behind, he managed with his waning strength to move yet another wounded comrade across the dangerous open area to safety. Disregarding his painful wounds and seriously weakened from profuse bleeding, he continued his lifesaving medical aid and was killed while treating another wounded comrade. Sp4c. Evan's extraordinary valor, dedication and indomitable spirit saved the lives of several of his fellow soldiers, served as an inspiration to the men of his company, were instrumental in the success of their mission, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Thankful Thursday

With his 42nd birthday right around the corner (remember 42, KC?), I wanted to take a minute to say how thankful I am for Sonny. As you know, Sonny has been my big brother for the last 33 years. While it’s true that I have known him my whole life, he had to live almost 9 years before I entered his. I’m sure if you were to ask him about his life before I was born, he would tell you he felt a lot like how Obi-Wan felt on Tatooine before Luke showed up. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m pretty sure I brought hope and joy into his life. But this isn’t about me, it’s about Sonny… and how thankful I am for him. Without Sonny, I wouldn’t have had the chance to play the greatest baseball video game ever (I don’t remember the name, but it was on the Commodore 64). I also wouldn’t have been the baseball player I was without Sonny. I remember Dad used to hit ground balls to Sonny in our backyard. One of my strengths playing baseball in high school was backing up the first baseman… I was only able to do this because of all of the time I spent backing up Sonny during those practice sessions with Dad in the backyard. I’m thankful for the role Sonny played in being a guide for my life. He played baseball at JI; I played championship baseball at JI… He graduated from college; I graduated from a better college… He got married and had two children; I got married and had three children… He got his Masters; I got a better Masters… He went to work at a middle school; I went to work at a university. Bottom line is Sonny blazed the path and I just followed in his footsteps (until I passed him, but that’s not the point). Because of Sonny, I got to go to Braves games while spending a couple of weeks with him back in the day when he lived in the Atlanta area. We saw some great baseball during that time that we’ll probably never get to see again. For the record, we booed Barry Bonds back then before anyone else was booing him. I don’t think the people around us really understood why we were doing it (because he was the best player on the other team… and it was fun), but the fact is we were doing it before everyone else. I became a Cubs fan in large part because he was a Cardinals fan. He became an Army fan in large part because I’m a Navy fan. Some big brothers would be jealous of their little brother’s success… but not Sonny. He saw my star on the rise and decided to grab on and ride my popularity as far as it’ll take him. And I’m thankful for that. While others complained about the names I gave them on here, he embraced his. Fact is, I didn’t really plan on his name sticking… but it did because I called him one night and he answered the phone saying, “This is Sonny”. How great is that?! Unlike some of you, he reads the “Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients” section of the blog because he knows it’s probably the most important thing I post each day. In all honesty, Sonny is a great big brother and a great friend… and for that, I am very thankful.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quote of the Week

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain/Ass. Adjutant General Lewellyn G. Estes (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 30, 1864, at Flint River, Georgia. His citation reads:

Voluntarily led troops in a charge over a burning bridge.

Captain Michael J. Estocin (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 20 and 26, 1967, at Haiphong, North Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 20 and 26 April 1967 as a pilot in Attack Squadron 192, embarked in USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). Leading a 3-plane group of aircraft in support of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in Haiphong, North Vietnam, on 20 April 1967, Capt. Estocin provided continuous warnings to the strike group leaders of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and personally neutralized 3 SAM sites. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he reentered the target area and relentlessly prosecuted a SHRIKE attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire. With less than 5 minutes of fuel remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of Ticonderoga, and without enough fuel for a second approach, he disengaged from the tanker and executed a precise approach to a fiery arrested landing. On 26 April 1967, in support of a coordinated strike against the vital fuel facilities in Haiphong, he led an attack on a threatening SAM site, during which his aircraft was seriously damaged by an exploding SAM; nevertheless, he regained control of his burning aircraft and courageously launched his SHRIKE missiles before departing the area. By his inspiring courage and unswerving devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Captain Estocin upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger (US Air Force) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 11, 1968, at Phou Pha Thi, Laos. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Chief Etchberger and his team of technicians were manning a top secret defensive position at Lima Site 85 when the base was overrun by an enemy ground force. Receiving sustained and withering heavy artillery attacks directly upon his unit's position, Chief Etchberger's entire crew lay dead or severely wounded. Despite having received little or no combat training, Chief Etchberger single-handedly held off the enemy with an M-16, while simultaneously directing air strikes into the area and calling for air rescue. Because of his fierce defense and heroic and selfless actions, he was able to deny the enemy access to his position and save the lives of his remaining crew. With the arrival of the rescue aircraft, Chief Etchberger, without hesitation, repeatedly and deliberately risked his own life, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire in order to place three surviving wounded comrades into rescue slings hanging from the hovering helicopter waiting to airlift them to safety. With his remaining crew safely aboard, Chief Etchberger finally climbed into an evacuation sling himself, only to be fatally wounded by enemy ground fire as he was being raised into the aircraft. Chief Etchberger's bravery and determination in the face of persistent enemy fire and overwhelming odds are in keeping with the highest standards of performance and traditions of military service. Chief Etchberger's gallantry, self-sacrifice, and profound concern for his fellow men at risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Think you’re having a bad day? Check out this link my friend from outbehindthewoodshed sent to me and stop your whining.

The I’m just sayin… Quote of the Week

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time. - Bill Cosby

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Congrats Our Life!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Coxswain Nick Erickson (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board USS Marblehead. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Erickson set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Staff Sergeant Henry E. Erwin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 12, 1945, at Koriyama, Japan. His citation reads:

He was the radio operator of a B-29 airplane leading a group formation to attack Koriyama, Japan. He was charged with the additional duty of dropping phosphoresce smoke bombs to aid in assembling the group when the launching point was reached. Upon entering the assembly area, aircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition was encountered. Among the phosphoresce bombs launched by S/Sgt. Erwin, 1 proved faulty, exploding in the launching chute, and shot back into the interior of the aircraft, striking him in the face. The burning phosphoresce obliterated his nose and completely blinded him. Smoke filled the plane, obscuring the vision of the pilot. S/Sgt. Erwin realized that the aircraft and crew would be lost if the burning bomb remained in the plane. Without regard for his own safety, he picked it up and feeling his way, instinctively, crawled around the gun turret and headed for the copilot's window. He found the navigator's table obstructing his passage. Grasping the burning bomb between his forearm and body, he unleashed the spring lock and raised the table. Struggling through the narrow passage he stumbled forward into the smoke-filled pilot's compartment. Groping with his burning hands, he located the window and threw the bomb out. Completely aflame, he fell back upon the floor. The smoke cleared, the pilot, at 300 feet, pulled the plane out of its dive. S/Sgt. Erwin's gallantry and heroism above and beyond the call of duty saved the lives of his comrades.

Corporal John Essebagger, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 25, 1951, near Popsudong, Korea. His citation reads:

Cpl. Essebagger, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Committed to effect a delaying action to cover the 3d Battalion's withdrawal through Company A, Cpl. Essebagger, a member of 1 of 2 squads maintaining defensive positions in key terrain and defending the company's right flank, had participated in repulsing numerous attacks. In a frenzied banzai charge the numerically superior enemy seriously threatened the security of the planned route of withdrawal and isolation of the small force. Badly shaken, the grossly outnumbered detachment started to fall back and Cpl. Essebagger, realizing the impending danger, voluntarily remained to provide security for the withdrawal. Gallantly maintaining a l-man stand, Cpl. Essebagger raked the menacing hordes with crippling fire and, with the foe closing on the position, left the comparative safety of his shelter and advanced in the face of overwhelming odds, firing his weapon and hurling grenades to disconcert the enemy and afford time for displacement of friendly elements to more tenable positions. Scorning the withering fire and bursting shells, Cpl. Essebagger continued to move forward, inflicting destruction upon the fanatical foe until he was mortally wounded. Cpl. Essebagger's intrepid action and supreme sacrifice exacted a heavy toll in enemy dead and wounded, stemmed the onslaught, and enabled the retiring squads to reach safety. His valorous conduct and devotion to duty reflected lasting glory upon himself and was in keeping with the noblest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.

We would like to take a minute to say CONGRATS to our good friends KC and LA over at Our Life. LA gave birth yesterday morning to a sweet little (at least, little if she isn’t coming out of you) girl, Ansleigh Grace Carter. She entered this world weighing in at 8lbs, 4oz and 20”. I will post a picture of her on here as soon as we get a deal worked out. Until then, you can go to KC’s Facebook page to see her.

Congrats, also, to Clemson and NFL Great Brian Dawkins. He was one of the hardest hitting, baddest looking SOBs to ever play the game. I once saw Dawkins hit a guy so hard I almost got knocked out. He was one of my favorite players and while I am sad to see him hang it up, I am happy I got to watch him play for so long. So here’s to you #20… Thanks for the memories.

I have a video of Daniel taking a couple of steps, but I'm not going to post it yet.  I haven't decided if these were real steps or just him falling down.  Either way, it looks like it might not be long before I post a video on here of Daniel walking.

Picture Tuesday

The view from the hall outside of my office.  If you look between the buildings, you can see James Island.

Daniel (with help from Susie) talked the Nanny into giving him a sucker.

It was fun to watch Brian Dawkins play the game.

Monday, April 23, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Harold Glenn Epperson (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25, 1944 on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 25 June 1944. With his machinegun emplacement bearing the full brunt of a fanatic assault initiated by the Japanese under cover of predawn darkness, Pfc. Epperson manned his weapon with determined aggressiveness, fighting furiously in the defense of his battalion's position and maintaining a steady stream of devastating fire against rapidly infiltrating hostile troops to aid materially in annihilating several of the enemy and in breaking the abortive attack. Suddenly a Japanese soldier, assumed to be dead, sprang up and hurled a powerful hand grenade into the emplacement. Determined to save his comrades, Pfc. Epperson unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, diving upon the deadly missile, absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body. Stouthearted and indomitable in the face of certain death, Pfc. Epperson fearlessly yielded his own life that his able comrades might carry on the relentless battle against a ruthless enemy. His superb valor and unfaltering devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Private Joseph L. Epps (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 4, 1899 at Vigan Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

Discovered a party of insurgents inside a wall, climbed to the top of the wall, covered them with his gun, and forced them to stack arms and surrender.

Captain of the Forecastle John P. Erickson (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from December 24, 1864 – February 22, 1865 on board the USS Pontoosuc. His citation reads:

Served on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864, to 22 February 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, Erickson was so severely wounded in the assault upon Fort Fisher that he was sent to the hospital at Portsmouth, Va. Erickson was recommended for his gallantry, skill, and coolness in action while under the fire of the enemy.

Don’t look now, but someone I follow in the blogging world has posted twice in one month. Maybe this is the start of something…

The I’m just sayin… Weekly Weigh-In

Greg 228

Mary Ruth 46

Susie 26

Daniel 23

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Signal Quartermaster Thomas English (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 24-25, 1864 and January 13-15, 1865 on board the USS New Iron Sides. His citation reads:

English served on board the U.S.S. New Iron sides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January 1865. The ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close inshore and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire as she steamed into position on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of his bombproofs to defend the fort against the storming party, the ship's battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the cease-fire orders were given by the flagship.

Private Charles D. Ennis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.

Landsman John Enright (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 18, 1886 on board the USS Ranger. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Ranger off Ensenada, Mexico, 18 January 1886. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Enright rescued John Bell, ordinary seaman, and George Svensson, ordinary seaman, from drowning.

We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish my niece Leah (No-Name Teri’s oldest daughter) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Now that I think about it, it’s kind of funny that her mom is known as No-Name Teri on here… because 13 years ago when I got the call saying she had been born, they still didn’t have a name picked out for her. I kind of made a big deal about that back then and after having 3 kids of my own I can say that I was right… it was pretty sad they didn’t have a name ready. I mean really, even if you don’t know what you’re going to have… you’ve got to figure it’s going to be a girl or a boy. So that gives you about 40 weeks to come up with a name for each. I don’t know what other names they were thinking about… for all I know they didn’t even think about having to give her a name until people started asking. I’ll give them credit, they picked a good name. At least they didn’t panic under pressure and pick some kind of hippie name like Strawberry Rainbows or something like that. Anyway, Happy 13th Birthday Leah! We love you very much!

The I’m just sayin… Bible Verse of the Week
Colossians 4:5-6

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

 Sergeant James E. Engle (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 18, 1864 at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. His citation reads:

Responded to a call for volunteers to carry ammunition to the regiment on the picket line and under a heavy fire from the enemy assisted in carrying a box of ammunition to the front and remained to distribute the same.

First Sergeant Edmund English (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 6, 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia. His citation reads:

During a rout and while under orders to retreat seized the colors, rallied the men, and drove the enemy back.

Staff Sergeant Glenn H. English, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 7, 1970 in Phu My District, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

S/Sgt. English was riding in the lead armored personnel carrier in a 4-vehicle column when an enemy mine exploded in front of his vehicle. As the vehicle swerved from the road, a concealed enemy force waiting in ambush opened fire with automatic weapons and anti-tank grenades, striking the vehicle several times and setting it on fire. S/Sgt. English escaped from the disabled vehicle and, without pausing to extinguish the flames on his clothing, rallied his stunned unit. He then led it in a vigorous assault, in the face of heavy enemy automatic weapons fire, on the entrenched enemy position. This prompt and courageous action routed the enemy and saved his unit from destruction. Following the assault, S/Sgt. English heard the cries of 3 men still trapped inside the vehicle. Paying no heed to warnings that the ammunition and fuel in the burning personnel carrier might explode at any moment, S/Sgt. English raced to the vehicle and climbed inside to rescue his wounded comrades. As he was lifting 1 of the men to safety, the vehicle exploded, mortally wounding him and the man he was attempting to save. By his extraordinary devotion to duty, indomitable courage, and utter disregard for his own safety, S/Sgt. English saved his unit from destruction and selflessly sacrificed his life in a brave attempt to save 3 comrades. S/Sgt. English's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish my very good friends Jeremy and KC a happy birthday! We hope they both have a great day.

The I’m just sayin… Kid Show of the Week

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a great cartoon series based on the successful toy line from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four mini-series. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but was released as a television mini-series instead because of production difficulties. The first mini-series was called G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. This five-part pilot mini-series was alternately aired under the title "The MASS Device" during the series' syndication. Cobra develops an experimental teleportation unit, known as the MASS device, which has the ability to transport matter to any global location, using a satellite to relay the teleportation beam. G.I. Joe must stop Cobra by creating a MASS system of their own, but first must gather the three rare elements that power the device, which consist of radioactive crystals, heavy water found in the depths of the ocean, and fragments from a giant meteorite. The next mini-series was G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra. In this one we see that Cobra has returned in force, armed with a new weapon created by Destro—the Weather Dominator, which is able to manipulate storm systems. In the beginning of the miniseries, Cobra steals the power core for a new laser cannon the Joes were transporting to their headquarters, and adds it to the Weather Dominator, giving it unlimited power. Damaged in a preliminary battle, the device breaks into its three component pieces, which scatter across the world. The G.I. Joe team must recover the pieces, before Cobra can reclaim them to rebuild their weather weapon. The third mini-series was G.I. Joe: The Pyramid of Darkness. This one originally debuted in its complete form during prime time and was later adapted to the more familiar five-part daily miniseries format for rebroadcast on syndicated television. The story centers on Cobra's attempts to build and maintain a new weapon (of the title) that will neutralize all electrical power in the Earth's Northern hemisphere. Four giant "control" cubes are to be placed at key locations around the globe. Once the Joes orbiting space station is seized, the cubes are activated and the pyramid is complete. The Joe force must battle Cobra to destroy the pyramid and find the terrorist organization's secret headquarters. The next mini-series was G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise! This one dealt with Cobra's attempts to genetically engineer a new leader, Serpentor. In light of Cobra Commander's persistent failings to lead Cobra to world domination, Doctor Mindbender, influenced by a vivid dream, sends Cobra's forces to locations around the world to gather DNA from history's most famous and ruthless leaders. DNA samples are collected from the graves of such historical figures as Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula), Sun Tzu, Alexander the Great, and Ivan the Terrible, among several others. The final phase of the process is partially disrupted by Sgt. Slaughter, having been freed by Cobra Commander, who was resistant to the project from the start. The Joes fight Cobra around the globe, in an attempt to stop them from collecting the DNA samples. However, Mindbender completes the process, creating the ingenious but petulant and impatient Serpentor, who is installed as the ultimate leader of Cobra.

Following the initial two mini-series, the regular series began airing on September 16, 1985 concurrently in line with the second season of The Transformers, debuting with a third five-part story, The Pyramid of Darkness. A public safety lesson was usually featured at the end of each episode, using G.I. Joe characters in brief scenarios to impart safety tips to children. These lessons gave birth to the catchphrase: "And knowing is half the battle". In each episode's opening title sequence voice actor Jackson Beck states that, "G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly-trained, Special Mission force. Its purpose: To defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world". Season 2 featured former WWF and then-current AWA professional wrestler made cartoon hero Sgt. Slaughter, who first appeared in the five-part season-opener Arise, Serpentor, Arise!

There were other later versions of the cartoon, but I don’t like them… I’m not even sure I’ve seen them, but I don’t like them. Other than the original series, the only other G.I. Joe cartoon I’d recommend is G.I. Joe: The Movie. G.I. Joe: The Movie was released direct-to-video on April 20, 1987. G.I. Joe: The Movie was intended as a theatrical release to be closely followed by The Transformers: The Movie. However, the G.I. Joe film encountered unexpected production delays which allowed the Transformers feature to be released first. Due to the poor box office performances of the Transformers film (which I saw… and was GREAT) and the My Little Pony film (which I didn’t see, but Danny yes that Danny tells me it was great), G.I. Joe: The Movie was relegated to direct-to-video status before later being split into a 5-part mini-series for television syndication. GI Joe is a great cartoon to watch with your children. Mary Ruth, Susie and Daniel all love the show… so you can watch it with girls and boys. You should be able to find it on DVD at Best Buy or on Amazon.com. It’s worth the money.

Friday, April 20, 2012

RIP Dick Clark and Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Second Lieutenant Robert Temple Emmet (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 18, 1879 at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico. His citation reads:

Lt. Emmet was in G Troop which was sent to relieve a detachment of soldiers under attack by hostile Apaches During a flank attack on the Indian camp, made to divert the hostiles Lt. Emmet and 5 of his men became surrounded when the Indians returned to defend their camp. Finding that the Indians were making for a position from which they could direct their fire on the retreating troop, the Lieutenant held his point with his party until the soldiers reached the safety of a canyon. Lt. Emmet then continued to hold his position while his party recovered their horses. The enemy force consisted of approximately 200.

Musician Richard Enderlin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 1-3, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Voluntarily took a rifle and served as a soldier in the ranks during the first and second days of the battle. Voluntarily and at his own imminent peril went into the enemy's lines at night and, under a sharp fire, rescued a wounded comrade.

Staff Sergeant Gerald L. Endl (Service) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 11, 1944 near Anamo, New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Anamo, New Guinea, on 11 July 1944. S/Sgt. Endl was at the head of the leading platoon of his company advancing along a jungle trail when enemy troops were encountered and a fire fight developed. The enemy attacked in force under heavy rifle, machinegun, and grenade fire. His platoon leader wounded, S/Sgt. Endl immediately assumed command and deployed his platoon on a firing line at the fork in the trail toward which the enemy attack was directed. The dense jungle terrain greatly restricted vision and movement, and he endeavored to penetrate down the trail toward an open clearing of Kunai grass. As he advanced, he detected the enemy, supported by at least 6 light and 2 heavy machineguns, attempting an enveloping movement around both flanks. His commanding officer sent a second platoon to move up on the left flank of the position, but the enemy closed in rapidly, placing our force in imminent danger of being isolated and annihilated. Twelve members of his platoon were wounded, 7 being cut off by the enemy. Realizing that if his platoon were forced farther back, these 7 men would be hopelessly trapped and at the mercy of a vicious enemy, he resolved to advance at all cost, knowing it meant almost certain death, in an effort to rescue his comrades. In the face of extremely heavy fire he went forward alone and for a period of approximately 10 minutes engaged the enemy in a heroic close-range fight, holding them off while his men crawled forward under cover to evacuate the wounded and to withdraw. Courageously refusing to abandon 4 more wounded men who were Iying along the trail, 1 by 1 he brought them back to safety. As he was carrying the last man in his arms he was struck by a heavy burst of automatic fire and was killed. By his persistent and daring self-sacrifice and on behalf of his comrades, S/Sgt. Endl made possible the successful evacuation of all but 1 man, and enabled the 2 platoons to withdraw with their wounded and to reorganize with the rest of the company.

RIP Dick Clark and Levon Helm. With the passing of Dick Clark, I can’t help but think maybe the Mayans might have been on to something. I mean, just think about it… Dick Clark died this year AND No-Name Teri is going to turn 40 this year. How many more signs do we need that the world is going to end this year? And of course you will remember that Levon Helm was the drummer and lead/back-up vocalist for The Band. I’m sure you will also remember that The Band’s hit song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was in the Top 100 of the I’m just sayin… Top 1,081 Songs of All-Time at #96. Both of these men will be missed.

A guilty pleasure of mine is hip-hop music. I believe my cousin Jason turned me on to this genre of music back sometime in the late 1980s/early 1990s. That was when I heard my first NWA tape and was hooked right away. I’ll admit the lyrics can usually be R-rated, but the music (beat) and energy are what hooked me. To that point, Dr. Dre quickly became my favorite in the industry. So, below are my Top 10 Dr. Dre songs:

10 - Parental Discretion Iz Advised - From the NWA album Straight Outta Compton (with The D.O.C.)

9 - California Love - From the 2Pac album All Eyez on Me

8 - Real N*ggaz - From the NWA album N*ggaz4Life

7 - Let Me Ride - From the Dr. Dre album The Chronic with Snoop Dogg, Jewell and Ruben

6 - Forgot About Dre - From the Dr. Dre album 2001 with Eminem

5 - Deep Cover - From the Deep Cover soundtrack with Snoop Dogg

4 - I Need A Doctor - From the still yet t0 be released Dr. Dre album Detox with Eminem

3 - 100 Miles and Runnin’ - From the NWA EP 100 Miles and Runnin’

2 - Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang - From the Dr. Dre album The Chronic with Snoop Dogg

1 - Natural Born Killaz - From the Murder Was The Case soundtrack with Ice Cube

The I’m just sayin… Know Your South Carolina Athlete

As always, Thanks to Wikipedia and other internet sources.
The SC Athlete of the week this week is former USC basketball great, BJ McKie. BJ was born on April 7, 1977 in Norfolk, Virginia, but went to high school at Irmo High School and later played for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. In January 1999, he became the Gamecock's all time leading scorer. The college retired his #3 jersey in 2005. Some highlights from his college career include:

Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press for third straight season as a senior

Became only the 12th player in SEC history to be named AP First Team All-SEC three years in a row

Played in 123 consecutive games during his career, starting 116 and reaching double figures in 111

Ended his career with 37 South Carolina game, season and career records

Made a freshman record 123 3-pointers

Averaged 17.2 points per game

After his college career, McKie was drafted by the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association. He played for them from 1999 to 2001, and appeared in the 2001 CBA All-Star Game. In 2001-02, McKie played for the North Charleston Lowgators of the NBA Development League.
Internationally, McKie has played for BCM Gravelines in France; Keravnos in Cyprus; Avitos Giessen and TBB Trier in Germany; Zarotti Imola, Pepsi Caserta and Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia in Italy; and Maccabi Haifa Heat and Hapoel Afula in Israel. He left Hapoel Afula in 2010. While playing in Germany, McKie was a Basketball Bundesliga All-Star in 2004.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant James M. Elson (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 22, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works.

Private Edwin L. Elwood (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 20, 1869 at Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Captain Andrew H. Embler (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 27, 1864 at Boydton Plank Road, Virginia. His citation reads:

Charged at the head of 2 regiments, which drove the enemy's main body, gained the crest of the hill near the Burgess house and forced a barricade on the Boydton road.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my friends Jeremy and KC. Both of them have a birthday coming up this Saturday. Jeremy will be 34 and KC will still be younger than the oldest pitcher to win a Major League Baseball game. Really, these guys have no one to blame but themselves for the fact that we are friends. I made it through my first year at Winthrop making only one friend… so I’m pretty confident in the fact that making friends isn’t something I am good at. Anyway, I met Jeremy during the 1998 Fall Semester at Winthrop. We lived on the same hall and I had decided to pledge Kappa Sigma (Jeremy was already a Brother). He went out of his way to hang out with me and make me feel welcomed. Honestly, I’m sure I’ve gotten more out of the friendship over the years than he has… He’s able to give me directions to anywhere (to the point that I named my GPS “Jeremy”), he texts/emails/calls me with any major Winthrop news and, perhaps most importantly, he gives me someone to talk to when we’re out in public with people I don’t know (or don’t know well). All I’ve done for him is let him know that if I ever found myself in a position of power (President of the US… or head of a crime family) he would be taken care of (in a good way… not in a kill him kind of way). Let’s face it… Jeremy lived with me during college (what I like to call my Wilderness Years). He knows things about me that would make a hardened criminal blush, yet we’re still friends. And for that, I am thankful. I have not known KC as long as I’ve known Jeremy, yet I feel like I’ve known him longer than I have. Like Jeremy, KC is completely to blame for us being friends. I give KC a hard time for his age, but that’s only because I find it hard to believe he’s really that old. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s a couple of years older than me (he’s not… unless you are willing to completely ignore the definition of “a couple”). It is uncommon for me to feel comfortable with someone so fast, but that’s how it was with KC. I believe I first met him at his wedding to LA (I was one of the people saying, “He’s HOW old? And she’s only… WOW! Is he rich?”). How highly do I think of KC? I wrote a paper about him for one of my MBA papers. Back in my pre-I’m just sayin… days, I was still writing crazy stuff and talking highly of myself, it’s just instead of doing it here I was doing it in emails sent to KC, Danny and Jenn. KC has proven to be a great friend and I am thankful for that.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Recommendation

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Landsman Walter Elmore (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 1, 1878 on board the USS Gettysburg. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Gettysburg; for jumping overboard and saving from drowning Wallace Febrey, landsman, while that vessel was under way at sea in latitude 36 degrees 58 minutes north, longitude 3 degrees 44 minutes east, I October 1878.

Captain Henry Talmage Elrod (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from December 8-23, 1941 while fighting the Japanese. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while attached to Marine Fighting Squadron 211, during action against enemy Japanese land, surface and aerial units at Wake Island, 8 to 23 December 1941. Engaging vastly superior forces of enemy bombers and warships on 9 and 12 December, Capt. Elrod shot down 2 of a flight of 22 hostile planes and, executing repeated bombing and strafing runs at extremely low altitude and close range, succeeded in inflicting deadly damage upon a large Japanese vessel, thereby sinking the first major warship to be destroyed by small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter-type aircraft. When his plane was disabled by hostile fire and no other ships were operative, Capt. Elrod assumed command of 1 flank of the line set up in defiance of the enemy landing and, conducting a brilliant defense, enabled his men to hold their positions and repulse intense hostile fusillades to provide covering fire for unarmed ammunition carriers. Capturing an automatic weapon during 1 enemy rush in force, he gave his own firearm to 1 of his men and fought on vigorously against the Japanese. Responsible in a large measure for the strength of his sector's gallant resistance, on 23 December, Capt. Elrod led his men with bold aggressiveness until he fell, mortally wounded. His superb skill as a pilot, daring leadership and unswerving devotion to duty distinguished him among the defenders of Wake Island, and his valiant conduct reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Corporal Elsatsoosu (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions during the Winter of 1872-1873. His citation reads:

Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.

For any of you out there who like to read historical fiction, we at I’m just sayin… recommend Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon. It’s a quick and easy read.

The I’m just sayin… Quote of the Week

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. - Patrick Henry

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter Recap

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Michael B. Ellis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 5, 1918 near Exermont, France. His citation reads:

During the entire day's engagement he operated far in advance of the first wave of his company, voluntarily undertaking most dangerous missions and single-handedly attacking and reducing machinegun nests. Flanking one emplacement, he killed 2 of the enemy with rifle fire and captured 17 others. Later he single-handedly advanced under heavy fire and captured 27 prisoners, including 2 officers and 6 machineguns, which had been holding up the advance of the company. The captured officers indicated the locations of 4 other machineguns, and he in turn captured these, together with their crews, at all times showing marked heroism and fearlessness.

First Sergeant William Ellis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 14, 1865 in Arkansas. His citation reads:

Remained at his post after receiving three wounds, and only retired, by his commanding officer's orders, after being wounded the fourth time.

Captain Thomas F. Ellsworth (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 30, 1864 at Honey Hill, South Carolina. His citation reads:

Under a heavy fire carried his wounded commanding officer from the field.

I decided not to talk about this last week because I knew the pictures from Easter Sunday wouldn’t be up on here until this week… So while most of you may have already forgotten about Easter Sunday, I will give you a quick re-cap of mine. A somewhat new tradition in our family is to have a sunrise service at the lake. This involves us going to sit under a big tree down by the lake to listen to Sonny preach a sermon. Before you ask… no, Sonny did not attend (let alone graduate) from Seminary school. He did, however, play four years of baseball under Coach Tom Hatley at James Island High School who, as I’m sure you know from reading this blog, is one of those great “old school” coaches who thinks drinking water during practice is a sign of weakness. I speak from experience when I tell you that nothing strengthens a relationship with God quite like playing baseball for Coach Hatley. Haha.

Anyway, it must be noted on here that I am not what you could call a fan of sunrise services. The ground is usually wet with dew and it’s cold. Wet and cold doesn’t make Greg happy. I did ask Mom (at least I think it was Mom who I asked) why it is we had to have the service at sunrise. She said it was because Mary went to the tomb to visit Jesus at sunrise (at which time she found he had risen). I don’t know if that’s really why we do it, but if it is… I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn here when I say that getting up at sunrise to hear Sonny speak ain’t the same as getting up at sunrise to go visit Jesus. Though, knowing how my parents think of Sonny, I could see how this might be lost on them. To that point, I had The Wife keep Daniel and Susie in our room while Mary Ruth went with me down to the service. I spent too much money on medical bills last year to risk them getting sick just to hear Uncle Sonny preach (no offense, but he ain’t Billy Graham).

The service started with the children singing. The video below doesn’t really do it justice… most of them were still waking up. They sounded great the night before. Having the children sing was a new wrinkle added this year. Sonny then gave his sermon and while I have pointed out that he is not Jesus or Billy Graham, he still did a good job. To be fair, Sonny does preach when needed in his church… so he has some experience behind a pulpit. The good thing about Sonny is he knows his role. He sees his role (as preacher) as being like a leadoff hitter. He’s there to set the plate, if you will. After that he leaves it up to The Son, The Holy Spirit and The Father to do the rest. I also have to credit him for doing something different each Easter. In the past he has played different characters from the crucifixion. This year, he just got up there and did a little preaching. By the way, I don’t say he did a good job just because he referenced something I said on here in his sermon… he did a good job regardless of that. I will, however, say he gave the best Easter Sermon ever because he referenced something I said on here. And I think that’s something other preachers could learn from.

Picture Tuesday

Nope... even in the dark with my glasses off, Sonny still doesn't look like Jesus.

Calm before the storm?

Me and Mary Ruth getting ready for the service...

Sonny in action...

No-Name Teri, Me and Sonny.  Two of us are still in our 30s... for now.

And what would Easter Sunday be without an Easter Egg hunt?

Monday, April 16, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Surgeon Middleton Stuart Elliott (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21-22, 1914 during the engagements of Vera Cruz. His citation reads:

For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Surg. Elliott was eminent and conspicuous in the efficient establishment and operation of the base hospital, and in his cool judgment and courage in supervising first aid stations on the firing line and removing the wounded.

Sergeant Russell C. Elliott (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 19, 1864 at Natchitoches, Louisana. His citation reads:

Seeing a Confederate officer in advance of his command, charged on him alone and unaided and captured him.

Private Horace Ellis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 21, 1864 at Weldon Railroad, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag of 16th Mississippi (C.S.A.).

The I’m just sayin… Weekly Weigh-In

Greg 229

Mary Ruth 46

Susie 25

Daniel 22

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Tax Day!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Gunner’s Mate Henry A. Eilers (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 17, 1892, on board the USS Philadelphia. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Philadelphia during the sham attack on Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md., 17 September 1892. Displaying extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on this occasion, Eilers remained at his post in the magazine and stamped out the burning particles of a prematurely exploded cartridge which had blown down the chute.

Sergeant George H. Eldridge (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 12, 1870, at Wichita River, Texas. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Sergeant Alexander Elliott (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 5, 1865, at Paines Crossroads, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

The I’m just sayin… Bible Verse of the Week
Luke 20:25

And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Seaman John Eglit (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board the USS Nashville. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Eglit set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Fireman First Class John Walter Ehle (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 21, 1898 on board the USS Concord. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Concord off Cavite, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, 21 May 1898. Following the blowing out of a lower manhole plate joint on boiler B of that vessel, Ehle assisted in hauling the fires in the hot, vapor-filled atmosphere which necessitated the playing of water into the fireroom from a hose.

Staff Sergeant Walter D. Ehlers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 9-10, 1944, near Goville, France. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

The I’m just sayin… Kid Show of the Week

As always... thanks to Wikipedia for the info.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a children's television series that premiered in prime time on Disney Channel on May 5, 2006. The program was originally part of the Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers. On February 14, 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block, serving as Playhouse Disney's replacement, and later on Disney Channel every Sunday night.

Production of the show was put on a four-month suspension in the spring of 2009, due to the death of voice artist Wayne Allwine, the long time voice of Mickey Mouse. Production has resumed now that Bret Iwan has been cast as Mickey's voice, the latest in a series of performers who have voiced Mickey since 1928 (Mickey's original voice on film and later on television in most of his appearances from 1928 to 1961 was the character's creator Walt Disney).

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto star in the series, which focuses on interacting with the viewer to stimulate problem solving. Pete, Clarabelle Cow, Ludwig Von Drake, Chip 'n' Dale, Willie the Giant, Butch, Figaro the Kitten, Humphrey the Bear, Salty the Seal, and Mortimer Mouse have made guest appearances. Disney says that each episode has the characters help children "solve a specific age-appropriate problem utilizing basic skills, such as identifying shapes and counting through ten." The series uses "Disney Junior's 'whole child' curriculum of cognitive, social and creative learning opportunities." Once the problem of the episode has been explained, Mickey invites viewers to join him at the Mousekadoer, a giant Mickey-head-shaped computer whose main function is to distribute the day's Mousekatools, a collection (usaully 3,4, or possibly 5) of objects needed to solve the day's problem, to Mickey. Once the tools have been shown to Mickey on the Mousekadoer screen, they are quickly downloaded to Toodles, a small, Mickey-head-shaped flying extension of the Mousekadoer. By calling, "Oh Toodles!" Mickey summons him to pop up from where he is hiding and fly up to the screen so that the viewer can pick which tool Mickey needs for the current situation. One of the tools is a "Mystery Mouskatool", which is a surprise tool represented by a question mark. The main cast for the show includes: Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse (2006–2009); Bret Iwan - Mickey Mouse (2009–present); Russi Taylor - Minnie Mouse; Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck; Tress MacNeille - Daisy Duck, Chip; and Bill Farmer - Goofy, Pluto.

When it comes to kids shows, watching Disney (especially something with Mickey Mouse in it) is always a safe bet. This is a fun show to watch with children.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Lieutenant Commander Walter Atlee Edwards (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 16, 1922 in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey. His citation reads:

For heroism in rescuing 482 men, women and children from the French military transport Vinh-Long, destroyed by fire in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. Lt. Comdr. Edwards, commanding the U.S.S. Bainbridge, placed his vessel alongside the bow of the transport and, in spite of several violent explosions which occurred on the burning vessel, maintained his ship in that position until all who were alive were taken on board. Of a total of 495 on board, 482 were rescued by his coolness, judgment and professional skill, which were combined with a degree of heroism that must reflect new glory on the U.S. Navy.

First Sergeant William D. Edwards (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 9, 1877, at Big Hole, Montana. His citation reads:

Bravery in action.

Sergeant Alan Louis Eggers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 29, 1918, near Le Catelet, France. His citation reads:

Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sgt. Eggers, Sgt. John C. Latham and Cpl. Thomas E. O'Shea took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy's lines. Upon hearing a call for help from an American tank, which had become disabled 30 yards from them, the 3 soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted 2 wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sgt. Eggers and Sgt. Latham then returned to the tank in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and took it back to where the wounded men were, keeping off the enemy all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it, with the wounded men, back to our lines under cover of darkness.

We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish my Labor Day cousin Sally and very Happy Birthday! We hope that Will and the kids help her have a great day!

The I’m just sayin… Know Your South Carolina Athlete

The Athlete we are going to look at today is Michael Jenkins. While Jenkins is from Kingston, North Carolina, he is honored in this spot today for his time as a shooting guard at Winthrop University. His first two seasons at Winthrop were… well… bad. And I’m being nice when I just say bad. I don’t really follow recruiting that closely, so I had no idea what to expect from MJ. That is, until Jeremy told me that Jenkins was a great 3 point shooter. I remember him shooting more air balls and bricks his first two seasons than I do him making shots. I do remember him playing good defense… because that was the only reason I could see him getting to play. He sure didn’t seem to be able to score a lot. Heading into his junior season (06-07), Winthrop signed perhaps its most hyped recruit ever (who happened to also be a shooting guard). Going to the first game of the season, I fully expected to see this freshman get a lot of playing time. I will go so far as to say I had kind of wanted MJ to leave after his sophomore season to free up his scholarship. So there we are at the first game of that season and Jenkins ties a school record for 3 pointers in a game (12). I believe he could have broken the record, but was taken out of the game because WU had such a huge lead in the second half. The hyped up freshman ended up red-shirting that season while MJ set a Winthrop record for made 3 pointers in a season with 100. Jenkins was an absolute stud his last two seasons at Winthrop. He was great shooting the ball and his defense always stayed at a high level. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say he was a big reason for Winthrop’s success those two seasons. I don’t think he was the type of player who would make a bad team great… but he was the type to make a bad team good and a good team great. He was that rare “scoring” guard who took pride in his defense. While at Winthrop, MJ was on 4 Big South Championship teams and the first (and so far only) Winthrop team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament. MJ made the All-Big South team twice and made the all tournament team once (in 2008 when he was the tournament MVP). Jenkins is a member of the 1,000 point club at Winthrop with 1,253 points. Of those 1,253 points, 975 were scored in his junior (502) and senior (473) seasons.

After playing at Winthrop, Jenkins has played professional basketball in Europe. While I know it’s not the NBA, I have to say MJ has done quite well over seas. And in all honesty, I believe he would do a fine job in the NBA. I don’t know if he’ll ever get the change (I doubt he will), but I know there are teams in the NBA who could use a player like him. They just aren’t smart enough to realize it… which might explain why they are in the position they are in. Anyway, congrats to MJ for being this weeks I’m just sayin… South Carolina Athlete You Should Know.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another One Bites The Dust…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private David Edwards (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 1, 1865, at Five Forks, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

Captain of the Top John Edwards (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864, on board the USS Lackawanna. His citation reads:

As second captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Wounded when an enemy shell struck, Edwards refused to go below for aid and, as heavy return fire continued to strike his vessel, took the place of the first captain and carried out his duties during the prolonged action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.

Sergeant First Class Junior D. Edwards (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 2, 1951, near Changbong-ni, Korea. His citation reads:

Sfc. Edwards, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, while assisting in the defense of a strategic hill, was forced out of its position and came under vicious raking fire from an enemy machine gun set up on adjacent high ground, Sfc. Edwards individually charged the hostile emplacement, throwing grenades as he advanced. The enemy withdrew but returned to deliver devastating fire when he had expended his ammunition. Securing a fresh supply of grenades, he again charged the emplacement, neutralized the weapon and killed the crew, but was forced back by hostile small-arms fire. When the enemy emplaced another machine gun and resumed fire, Sfc. Edwards again renewed his supply of grenades, rushed a third time through a vicious hail of fire, silenced this second gun and annihilated its crew. In this third daring assault he was mortally wounded but his indomitable courage and successful action enabled his platoon to regain and hold the vital strongpoint. Sfc. Edwards' consummate valor and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the utmost glory upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the infantry and military service.

He counted on Maverick to be passive. He counted wrong. And that is why Rat #7 is dead. He trapped the rat in the corner of the fence and killed it. The rat ended up wedged in the fence… I’ll admit I didn’t have a lot of fun getting it out and throwing it into the woods, but Susie was watching me so I had to man-up and do it. Word is Scooby assisted Maverick on this one, but I’m sure it was an accident on his part. He probably had no idea what they were doing… he was just trying to keep up with Maverick. Oh well, at least he tried.

Thankful Thursday

Today I would like to say how thankful I am for my cousin Alan. You will remember, of course, that Alan was my only relative smart enough to follow me to Winthrop. Anyway, the reason I am thankful for Alan is that we are always able to count on him when we need him. You see, there are times like this past weekend when we go out of town. Problem is, when we go out of town we have to leave our dogs at home. Sometimes, if we’re just gone for a day or two, we’re able to get some people to stop by and let them out… but if we’re going to be gone for an extended amount of time, we call Alan. Even though he works crazy hours for a local news station and also works some nights hosting trivia at various places, he still helps us out. He comes and stays at our house and takes care of the dogs as if they were his. I know he treats them well, because they are always happy to see him come and always sad to see him go. It might be hard to people without pets to understand, but it’s GREAT to know we can go out of town and know that the dogs are taken care of. And for the record, I’m also thankful for the people who help us when Alan can’t.