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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Proverbs 18:24

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

First Class Fireman Matthew McClelland (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 14, 1863, on board the U.S.S. Richmond. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6_inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety valve chamber and also damaged the port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately became filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, McClelland persisted in penetrating the steam filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this gallant action until the gravity of the situation had lessened.

Second Lieutenant Edward J. McClernand (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 30, 1877, at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana. His citation reads:

Gallantly attacked a band of hostiles and conducted the combat with excellent skill and boldness.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 18:24

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
            but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mail Time

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

Conspicuous gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.

First Lieutenant Charles O. McCleary (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 16, 1864, at Nashville, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Capture of flag of 4th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.), while in advance of his lines.

Platoon Sergeant Finnis D. McCleery (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 14, 1968, at Quang Tin 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. P/Sgt. McCleery, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader of the 1st platoon of Company A. A combined force was assigned the mission of assaulting a reinforced company of North Vietnamese Army regulars, well entrenched on Hill 352, 17 miles west of Tam Ky. As P/Sgt. McCleery led his men up the hill and across an open area to close with the enemy, his platoon and other friendly elements were pinned down by tremendously heavy fire coming from the fortified enemy positions. Realizing the severe damage that the enemy could inflict on the combined force in the event that their attack was completely halted, P/Sgt. McCleery rose from his sheltered position and began a 1-man assault on the bunker complex. With extraordinary courage, he moved across 60 meters of open ground as bullets struck all around him and rockets and grenades literally exploded at his feet. As he came within 30 meters of the key enemy bunker, P/Sgt. McCleery began firing furiously from the hip and throwing hand grenades. At this point in his assault, he was painfully wounded by shrapnel, but, with complete disregard for his wound, he continued his advance on the key bunker and killed all of its occupants. Having successfully and single-handedly breached the enemy perimeter, he climbed to the top of the bunker he had just captured and, in full view of the enemy, shouted encouragement to his men to follow his assault. As the friendly forces moved forward, P/Sgt. McCleery began a lateral assault on the enemy bunker line. He continued to expose himself to the intense enemy fire as he moved from bunker to bunker, destroying each in turn. He was wounded a second time by shrapnel as he destroyed and routed the enemy from the hill. P/Sgt. McCleery is personally credited with eliminating several key enemy positions and inspiring the assault that resulted in gaining control of Hill 352. His extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest standards of the military service, and reflects great credit on him, the American Division, and the U.S. Army.

We haven’t looked at fan emails in a while, so let’s look at some now…

Dear I’m just sayin…,

Long time reader, first time writer. I’ve been a big fan of yours going all the way back to the pre-blog “email days”. Because of the line of work I am in, I do a lot of reading and most of it is just boring crap, but your work always brought a smile to my face. It was always easy to tell which person in the office got to read your intercepted communications… er… work based on how hard they were laughing. So on behalf of everyone in my NSA office, let me just say thank you for what you do. Keep up the good work!

Always watching… er… reading,

Big Brother

Dear B.B.,

Thank you so much for the kind words. Whenever I am writing or talking on the phone I always assume you guys and gals are listening in so I try to give my best at all times. Now seems like a good time to remind my NSA friends that when I communicate with people (including, but not limited to, Dad and Aunt Yvonne) that the views expressed in those communications by those participating in the communications not named “Greg” may or may not be the actual views of “Greg”. Also… Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of my calls/emails/blogs, without the express written consent of “Greg”, I’m just sayin… and Major League Baseball, is prohibited.

Thanks again for your kinds words. Now go catch some bad guys!

Dear I’m just sayin…,

I’m the dad of two one year old boys. Can you give me any advice?

Money Man

Dear Money,

Don’t worry… boys are easy. It helps that both of these boys have the same mom. Trust me, you don’t want two one year old boys with two different women! Anyway, show up more days than not and throw them around a little (if you call it “wrestling”, it’s socially acceptable) and you should be fine. It’s 50/50 on if they’ll be fine or not… but you should be fine. The good news is I know a guy about to have twin girls, so your boys might not have to look far for prom dates. Also, I know that you went to Clemson while your wonderful wife (who comes from a USC family) went to UGA, so I fully expect your boys to attend Winthrop. It’s time for someone in your family to attend a school of higher learning that they can be proud of.

Dear I’m just sayin…,

I’m going to have twin girls… HELP!

Distressed Lumber Worker, II

Dear DLW (part II),

Don’t worry… girls are easy. All you have to do is show up more days than not, pick a favorite Disney Princess (which, let’s be honest, you’ve probably already done), and keep them away from boys. By the way, I know a pair of one year old boys that already have their eyes on your girls. As the great Barney Fife would say, you’ve got to “nip that in the bud”. Don’t get me wrong, these are good boys (word on the street is that they are going to Winthrop), but you still can’t let them look at your sweet unborn girls like that.

Anyway, don’t worry… and either prepare to not get any sleep or learn to sleep through crying (guess which one I picked).

Flashback Friday
Mom, Granny and Aunt Yvonne

This was my teddy bear after my ear surgery (notice the band-aid on his ear).

This was my ear after my ear surgery (notice the tube sticking out the back of my ear)

Me after my ear surgery with "Bear" and "Moo" (Jennifer gave that stuffed animal to me when I was in the hospital... I thought it was a horse but she said it was a cow) and Leah

Me and Allison

Ansley and Leah

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Picture Time!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 21, 1945, at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. 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 a rifle company attached to the 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 21 February 1945. Determined to break through the enemy's cross-island defenses, Capt. McCarthy acted on his own initiative when his company advance was held up by uninterrupted Japanese rifle, machinegun, and high-velocity 47mm. fire during the approach to Motoyama Airfield No. 2. Quickly organizing a demolitions and flamethrower team to accompany his picked rifle squad, he fearlessly led the way across 75 yards of fire-swept ground, charged a heavily fortified pillbox on the ridge of the front and, personally hurling hand grenades into the emplacement as he directed the combined operations of his small assault group, completely destroyed the hostile installation. Spotting 2 Japanese soldiers attempting an escape from the shattered pillbox, he boldly stood upright in full view of the enemy and dispatched both troops before advancing to a second emplacement under greatly intensified fire and then blasted the strong fortifications with a well-planned demolitions attack. Subsequently entering the ruins, he found a Japanese taking aim at 1 of our men and, with alert presence of mind, jumped the enemy, disarmed and shot him with his own weapon. Then, intent on smashing through the narrow breach, he rallied the remainder of his company and pressed a full attack with furious aggressiveness until he had neutralized all resistance and captured the ridge. An inspiring leader and indomitable fighter, Capt. McCarthy consistently disregarded all personal danger during the fierce conflict and, by his brilliant professional skill, daring tactics, and tenacious perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, contributed materially to the success of his division's operations against this savagely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His cool decision and outstanding valor reflect the highest credit upon Capt. McCarthy and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

First Sergeant Michael McCarthy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from June 1876 – June 17, 1877, at White Bird Canyon, Idaho. His citation reads:

Was detailed with 6 men to hold a commanding position, and held it with great gallantry until the troops fell back. He then fought his way through the Indians, rejoined a portion of his command, and continued the fight in retreat. He had 2 horses shot from under him, and was captured, but escaped and reported for duty after 3 days' hiding and wandering in the mountains.

Ship’s Printer John McCarton (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 4, 1882, on board the U.S. Training Ship. His citation reads:

For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship New Hampshire off Coasters Harbor Island, near Newport, R.l., 4 January 1882, and endeavoring to rescue Jabez Smith, second class musician, from drowning.

Picture Tuesday
I love how Daniel is able to sleep on the floor... with his legs sticking through the gate.

We took the kids to Charles Towne Landing.  We should do that more... we had a great time. True story, I know a Charles Towne.  We call him Chuck.  I don't think this is his landing, though... but I've never asked him so I guess it might be.  But I doubt it.

If you love otters (and who doesn't), you need to go to Charles Towne Landing.  The otters there are great.  Very active.  One of them was showing off for Mary Ruth.

The Wife wants an otter

Of all the animals we saw there, the little dog got the most love from the kids... and The Wife.

Bison in the wild don't know what they're missing... there's nothing like scratching youself on a chain link fence.

This reminds me that Daniel said I am as big as a bear.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Proverbs 12:4

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Gunnery Sergeant Robert Howard McCard (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 16, 1944, on Saipan, Marianas Islands. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon sergeant of Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, during the battle for enemy Japanese-held Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 16 June 1944. Cut off from the other units of his platoon when his tank was put out of action by a battery of enemy 77mm. guns, G/Sgt. McCard carried on resolutely, bringing all the tank's weapons to bear on the enemy, until the severity of hostile fire caused him to order his crew out of the escape hatch while he courageously exposed himself to enemy guns by hurling hand grenades, in order to cover the evacuation of his men. Seriously wounded during this action and with his supply of grenades exhausted, G/Sgt. McCard then dismantled one of the tank's machineguns and faced the Japanese for the second time to deliver vigorous fire into their positions, destroying 16 of the enemy but sacrificing himself to insure the safety of his crew. His valiant fighting spirit and supreme loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon G/Sgt. McCard and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Private Bernard McCarren (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

Private Lloyd G. McCarter (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 16-19, 1945, at Corregidor, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

He was a scout with the regiment which seized the fortress of Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Shortly after the initial parachute assault on 16 February 1945, he crossed 30 yards of open ground under intense enemy fire, and at pointblank range silenced a machinegun with hand grenades. On the afternoon of 18 February he killed 6 snipers. That evening, when a large force attempted to bypass his company, he voluntarily moved to an exposed area and opened fire. The enemy attacked his position repeatedly throughout the night and was each time repulsed. By 2 o'clock in the morning, all the men about him had been wounded; but shouting encouragement to his comrades and defiance at the enemy, he continued to bear the brunt of the attack, fearlessly exposing himself to locate enemy soldiers and then pouring heavy fire on them. He repeatedly crawled back to the American line to secure more ammunition. When his submachine gun would no longer operate, he seized an automatic rifle and continued to inflict heavy casualties. This weapon, in turn, became too hot to use and, discarding it, he continued with an M-l rifle. At dawn the enemy attacked with renewed intensity. Completely exposing himself to hostile fire, he stood erect to locate the most dangerous enemy positions. He was seriously wounded; but, though he had already killed more than 30 of the enemy, he refused to evacuate until he had pointed out immediate objectives for attack. Through his sustained and outstanding heroism in the face of grave and obvious danger, Pvt. McCarter made outstanding contributions to the success of his company and to the recapture of Corregidor.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 12:4

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
        but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Commander David McCampbell (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 19, 1944, at the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June 1944. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on 24 October, Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet. His great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.

Commander Bruce McCandless (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 12-13, 1942, off Savo Island. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and exceptionally distinguished service above and beyond the call of duty as communication officer of the U.S.S. San Francisco in combat with enemy Japanese forces in the battle off Savo Island, 1213 November 1942. In the midst of a violent night engagement, the fire of a determined and desperate enemy seriously wounded Lt. Comdr. McCandless and rendered him unconscious, killed or wounded the admiral in command, his staff, the captain of the ship, the navigator, and all other personnel on the navigating and signal bridges. Faced with the lack of superior command upon his recovery, and displaying superb initiative, he promptly assumed command of the ship and ordered her course and gunfire against an overwhelmingly powerful force. With his superiors in other vessels unaware of the loss of their admiral, and challenged by his great responsibility, Lt. Comdr. McCandless boldly continued to engage the enemy and to lead our column of following vessels to a great victory. Largely through his brilliant seamanship and great courage, the San Francisco was brought back to port, saved to fight again in the service of her country.

Private Bernard McCann (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from October 21, 1876 – January 8, 1877, at Cedar Creek, etc., Montana. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

I just wanted to stop by the I’m just sayin… office this morning to wish The Wife a very Happy 11th Anniversary!!!! I’m very lucky (that she hasn’t killed me yet) and I love her very much. If you missed it, check out the pictures I posted yesterday from 11 years ago.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flashback 11 years…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private William McCabe (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 26-28, 1874, near Red River, Texas. His citation reads:

Gallantry in attack on a large party of Cheyennes.

Staff Sergeant Thomas E. McCall (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 22, 1944, near San Angelo, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 22 January 1944, Company F had the mission of crossing the Rapido River in the vicinity of San Angelo, Italy, and attacking the well-prepared German positions to the west. For the defense of these positions the enemy had prepared a network of machinegun positions covering the terrain to the front with a pattern of withering machinegun fire, and mortar and artillery positions zeroed in on the defilade areas. S/Sgt. McCall commanded a machinegun section that was to provide added fire support for the riflemen. Under cover of darkness, Company F advanced to the river crossing site and under intense enemy mortar, artillery, and machinegun fire crossed an ice-covered bridge which was continually the target for enemy fire. Many casualties occurred on reaching the west side of the river and reorganization was imperative. Exposing himself to the deadly enemy machinegun and small arms fire that swept over the flat terrain, S/Sgt. McCall, with unusual calmness, encouraged and welded his men into an effective fighting unit. He then led them forward across the muddy, exposed terrain. Skillfully he guided his men through a barbed-wire entanglement to reach a road where he personally placed the weapons of his two squads into positions of vantage, covering the battalion's front. A shell landed near one of the positions, wounding the gunner, killing the assistant gunner, and destroying the weapon. Even though enemy shells were falling dangerously near, S/Sgt. McCall crawled across the treacherous terrain and rendered first aid to the wounded man, dragging him into a position of cover with the help of another man. The gunners of the second machinegun had been wounded from the fragments of an enemy shell, leaving S/Sgt. McCall the only remaining member of his machinegun section. Displaying outstanding aggressiveness, he ran forward with the weapon on his hip, reaching a point 30 yards from the enemy, where he fired 2 bursts of fire into the nest, killing or wounding all of the crew and putting the gun out of action. A second machinegun now opened fire upon him and he rushed its position, firing his weapon from the hip, killing 4 of the guncrew. A third machinegun, 50 yards in rear of the first two, was delivering a tremendous volume of fire upon our troops. S/Sgt. McCall spotted its position and valiantly went toward it in the face of overwhelming enemy fire. He was last seen courageously moving forward on the enemy position, firing his machinegun from his hip. S/Sgt. McCall's intrepidity and unhesitating willingness to sacrifice his life exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.

First Lieutenant William W. McCammon (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 3, 1862, at Corinth, Mississippi. His citation reads:

While on duty as provost marshal, voluntarily assumed command of his company, then under fire, and so continued in command until the repulse and retreat of the enemy on the following day, the loss to this company during the battle being very great.

Before we get to the reason you're all here, let me start off today by saying RIP to two guys whose work I love.  James Gandolfini (star of the great TV show "The Sopranos") died earlier this week.  He was only 51 years old.  As if that wasn't bad enough, best-selling author Vince Flynn has also passed away. If you haven't read his books, you're missing out.  I love his "Mitch Rapp" Series about a CIA counterterrorism operative.  I'm still just getting into the series, but I love what I've read so far.  My ability to "escape reality" will be a little harder now with these guys gone.

Congrats to my Heat for being back-to-back NBA Champions!!! The Spurs put up a good fight, but the Heat got the job done. Congrats also to Jeremy (who stood up for our Heat whenever someone would say something stupid about them on social media)... We were the only two who believed the Heat could win it all. (For the record, Jeremy really is a fan. I just pulled for them because I like a couple of their players and because I didn't see a team that I liked more than them. I have no loyalty when it comes to the NBA. So there's no telling who I will pull for next season, but Jeremy will still be a Miami Heat fan).

The flashback pictures today are from 11 years ago… around the time of The Wife’s wedding weekend. Enjoy…

Flashback Friday

As I'm sure you remember, one of mom's former roommates asked that her name and picture not be put on here.  Who am I to go against the wishes of one of my Labor Day aunts?  So in this picture we have my Labor Day Aunt Not-Janie, my pre-school teacher Miss Jennie, Katrina, and my Labor Day Aunt Janie.

Mom, Labor Day Aunt Not-Janie, Labor Day Aunt Janie, and Harriet

Back Row: Labor Day Uncle DG, Farrell, Labor Day Uncle Paul, Winston, Selina, Wade;
Front Row: Labor Day Aunt Janie, Harriet, Labor Day Aunt Not-Janie, Laurel and Granny

Me and The Wife

Slow dancing to AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long

Dancing between Mom and Dad and Adam and Jen

Me dancing with Mom - I don't remember the song, but I think it was something like You Are My Favorite Son... or something like that.

Dad (on the right) with his childhood friends... amazing that after all of these years these people still like him.  I mean, they seem to be pretty smart and yet... 

Teresa Lynn with Ansley

Me and The Wife (and half of Rebecca)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Pictures

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Lieutenant Charles McAnally (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia. His citation reads:

In a hand-to-hand encounter with the enemy captured a flag, was wounded in the act, but continued on duty until he received a second wound.

Private Bernard McBride (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from August to October 1868, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians.

Sergeant William McBryar (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 7, 1890, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Distinguished himself for coolness, bravery and marksmanship while his troop was in pursuit of hostile Apache Indians.

Here are some pics from Father’s Day…

Picture Tuesday
This is proof... I'm the best dad in the world.  Suck it, Sonny

Another gift from Daniel

I'm not sure if this is from Daniel or his teacher... could be both, I guess

Daniel gave this to me... the girls didn't argue with him over it.

That's what I'm talking about...

Sweet boy

Dad only got to see one of his children over the weekend... lucky for him it was his favorite child.  Here he is holding the gift I gave him (which you will all recognize as #15 from the Greatest Books of All-Time Countdown). 

Daniel playing with Dad

This was my Father's Day gift from all of the kids.  It's great... take a look at what my kids think of me.

Note that "Susan George" is what I call Susie when I'm acting like I forgot her name...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father’s Day!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Corporal Peter McAdams (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1863, at Salem Heights, Virginia. His citation reads:

Went 250 yards in front of his regiment toward the position of the enemy and under fire brought within the lines a wounded and unconscious comrade.

Ordinary Seaman Samuel McAllister (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 20, 1900, at Tientsin, China. His citation reads:

In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat while under heavy enemy fire, McAllister assisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy.

Sergeant Benjmain F. McAlwee (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 30, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Picked up a shell with burning fuse and threw it over the parapet into the ditch, where it exploded; by this act he probably saved the lives of comrades at the great peril of his own.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad (and all of the other dads out there)! We hope you have a great day! This sounds like a good excuse (as if I needed one) to post a few Bill Cosby videos on here. I had no idea that he knows my family so well…

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 4:1-3

1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
            pay attention and gain understanding.
2I give you sound learning,
            so do not forsake my teaching.
3For I too was a son to my father,
          still tender, and cherished by my mother.

Friday, June 14, 2013

So, my friend Cory…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Corporal Melvin Mayfield (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions during WWII, in the Cordillera Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands . His citation reads:

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while fighting in the Cordillera Mountains of Luzon, Philippine Islands. When 2 Filipino companies were pinned down under a torrent of enemy fire that converged on them from a circular ridge commanding their position, Cpl. Mayfield, in a gallant single-handed effort to aid them, rushed from shell hole to shell hole until he reached 4 enemy caves atop the barren fire-swept hill. With grenades and his carbine, he assaulted each of the caves while enemy fire pounded about him. However, before he annihilated the last hostile redoubt, a machinegun bullet destroyed his weapon and slashed his left hand. Disregarding his wound, he secured more grenades and dauntlessly charged again into the face of pointblank fire to help destroy a hostile observation post. By his gallant determination and heroic leadership, Cpl. Mayfield inspired the men to eliminate all remaining pockets of resistance in the area and to press the advance against the enemy.

Private George H. Maynard (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 13, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

A wounded and helpless comrade, having been left on the skirmish line, this soldier voluntarily returned to the front under a severe fire and carried the wounded man to a place of safety.

Corporal Isaiah Mays (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1889, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Gallantry in the fight between Paymaster Wham's escort and robbers. Mays walked and crawled 2 miles to a ranch for help.

My friend Cory hates the Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients section of my blog. He also hates baseball, football, Country Music, America, long walks on the beach, dogs, tall people, fat people, Rock & Roll, meeting new people, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, pizza, skinny people, short people, bank VPs, The Die Hard movies, white people, fried chicken, boiled peanuts, sweet tea, Coca-Cola and Free Bird. He loves soccer, though… so, you know, take that for what you will.

Flashback Friday
3 pretty good dads (Dad, Da and Uncle Keith)

Me and Daniel at the beach

Dad with me (holding a reading trophy)

Me and Mary Ruth

Another one of me and Mary Ruth

Me and Susie taking a nap

Me and Susie at the beach

Me with a sweet little sleeping baby Daniel

Me and Dad

Me. Dad, Austin and Sonny

What's it take to be a great dad?  Just being there to lean on...