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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

Gallantry in action.

Seaman Martin McHugh (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 27, 1863, on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati amidst, an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the last, though so penetrated by shellfire that her fate was sealed. Serving bravely during this action, McHugh was conspicuously cool under the fire of the enemy, never ceasing to fire until this proud ship went down, "her colors nailed to the mast."

Captain of the Top James McIntosh (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864, on board the U.S.S. Richmond. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Mclntosh performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.

Today we’d like to wish my friend Jenn a very Happy Birthday!!! I don’t get to talk to her nearly as much as I did in the past, but still count her as a friend on the off chance that this friendship will somehow help me get into Heaven. Haha… just kidding… after the “rice spanking” incident of 2008, there’s a good chance I’ll be helping her more than she’ll be helping me. Yeah, I’m bringing up something 5 years old… that just shows how epic it was. Anyway, Jenn played a big part in this blog getting started and for that I thank her. We hope she has a great birthday!

We at I’m just sayin… would like to send a big Thank You to my cousin Alan for copying a bunch of Home Movie dvds for me. We’d also like to thank my Aunt Yvonne for getting Alan to do this for me… and for filming these events in the first place. I’m not sure how far back these dvds go, but the first one has stuff from 1987 (obviously, these were tapes before Alan, I assume, recorded them to dvd). I’ve only watched one so far… but based on this video I can’t help but wonder if my Aunt Yvonne had/has some strange form of Parkinson’s Disease that only shows up when she’s holding a video camera. These videos are great, but I can only watch them in 2 – 3 minute intervals before I have to look away… otherwise, I’ll get motion sickness. Still, it’s been fun for me to let The Wife to see some of my older relatives who are no longer with us. Of course, it’s like we’re seeing them through the eyes of a drunk… during an earthquake… but that’s better than we had before. So thank you Aunt Yvonne.

To be fair to my good aunt, the video camera she had was the same size (perhaps bigger) than the cameras that news crews use.

And I know I’m only one dvd into this thing (I had a good many more left to watch), but kudos to Aunt Yvonne for not cussing on tape (so far, at least). As I type this, I’m watching Granny’s 73rd Birthday Party. This is great for a number of reasons… #1 – I get to see Granny, Aunt Beth and Aunt Sister (who, I learned many years later… and by many years I mean probably college… that her name was not really Sister, but Lula Belle); #2 – I get to hear my cousins Alan and Susan fight over who gets to help Granny open her gifts. This is where I thought I might get to hear Aunt Yvonne drop a 4-letter word or two, but I guess having her mom and aunts in the room helped keep her from doing it. Still… it would have made a great dvd legendary.

I forgot to include this other classic SNL skit on my blog yesterday, so I'm posting it today. If this doesn't make you laugh, stop reading my blog.

We have a bonus pic for you today.  The Wife has decided it's time for Daniel to start potty training.  I have to admit, the first weekend went better than I expected... of course, it might have been because I wasn't home for a lot of it, but that's ok.  The pic below is what I saw shortly after coming home on Saturday...

This is what sets America apart from other countries.  Daniel is living the dream...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I will now solve all racial problems!!!!! (You're welcome)...

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 25-26, 1944, over Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity over Luzon, Philippine Islands. Voluntarily, he led a squadron of 15 P-38's as top cover for heavy bombers striking Mabalacat Airdrome, where his formation was attacked by 20 aggressive Japanese fighters. In the ensuing action he repeatedly flew to the aid of embattled comrades, driving off enemy assaults while himself under attack and at times outnumbered 3 to 1, and even after his guns jammed, continuing the fight by forcing a hostile plane into his wingman's line of fire. Before he started back to his base he had shot down 3 Zeros. The next day he again volunteered to lead escort fighters on a mission to strongly defended Clark Field. During the resultant engagement he again exposed himself to attacks so that he might rescue a crippled bomber. In rapid succession he shot down 1 aircraft, parried the attack of 4 enemy fighters, 1 of which he shot down, single-handedly engaged 3 more Japanese, destroying 1, and then shot down still another, his 38th victory in aerial combat. On 7 January 1945, while leading a voluntary fighter sweep over Los Negros Island, he risked an extremely hazardous maneuver at low altitude in an attempt to save a fellow flyer from attack, crashed, and was reported missing in action. With gallant initiative, deep and unselfish concern for the safety of others, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy at all costs, Maj. McGuire set an inspiring example in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

Shipfitter First Class Patrick McGunigal (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 17, 1917, on board the U.S.S. Huntington. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism while attached to the Huntington. On the morning of 17 September 1917, while the U.S.S. Huntington was passing through the war zone, a kite balloon was sent up with Lt. (j.g.) H. W. Hoyt, U.S. Navy, as observer. When the balloon was about 400 feet in the air, the temperature suddenly dropped, causing the balloon to descend about 200 feet, when it was struck by a squall. The balloon was hauled to the ship's side, but the basket trailed in the water and the pilot was submerged. McGunigal, with great daring, climbed down the side of the ship, jumped to the ropes leading to the basket, and cleared the tangle enough to get the pilot out of them. He then helped the pilot to get clear, put a bowline around him, and enabled him to be hauled to the deck. A bowline was lowered to McGunigal and he was taken safely aboard.

Corporal Alexander U. McHale (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. His citation reads:

Captured a Confederate color in a charge, threw the flag over in front of the works, and continued in the charge upon the enemy.

I understand that you usually come here to laugh and, truth be known, I come here to make you laugh… well, I come here to make me laugh and am happy when this also makes you laugh. Anyway, I also know that there are times when you look for me to speak on serious topics (like when Saved By The Bell weighed in on the dangers of abusing caffeine pills). So, today I will solve all of you race related problems. In the process of doing this, I will let you in on a couple of my secrets to success (if, like me, you consider having a low level state job success).

*I profile people. It’s true. To not do so, I feel, is to waste part of the brain that God gave me. It’s a natural thing, so don’t run away from it. Race plays a part in these profiles, but it’s not the biggest part. Here’s the thing, profiles don’t just happen. They are formed based on our experiences (including things we see/hear on tv/movies/music). The thing isn’t to never profile… it’s to know when you should/shouldn’t profile and to realize when you’re doing it. Listen, if a black guy points a gun at you (like one did to me), you might be worried whenever you’re around a black guy. Luckily, this isn’t the case for me because I’ve had enough positive life experiences over the years (and I’m smart enough) that I realize that guy doesn’t represent a whole race. My point is that if you meet someone of a different race, realize the assumptions they make about you (and they will make assumptions) are based on their experiences they’ve had with other people “like” you. By the way, the “race” I discriminate the most against… yankees (followed closely by hippies). The “race” that gets the most leeway from me? People from James Island (followed by people from South Carolina… followed by people from The South). Of course, this is just talking about strangers… friends and family are exempt from these groupings (as they usually are in any race discussion).

*By the way, I get profiled all the time. It doesn’t have to be about race. Most times, in fact, I think it’s more sex based than race based. I do a good bit of walking around my subdivision and I get profiled all the time doing it. First, I have to point out that I seem to be the only person around here who knows which side of the road to walk on (against traffic). Anyway, any time I am walking and a girl is walking towards me (and this is true for all races I come across), she moves to the other side of the road. There’s more than enough room on my side of the road for us to pass each other without any trouble, but they move to the other side. Why? Because I’m a man who they don’t know and they don’t want to be assaulted. Of course, I wouldn’t hurt them but they don’t know this and I’m sure they’d rather be safe than sorry. I get it. A version of this happens when I come up to a yard with kids playing in it. If the kids are young enough, a mom will usually yell for them to come closer to the house until I pass. Again, it happens for every type of race that I pass. And I say good for them… they’re just protecting their kids from a guy they don’t know.

*Ok, you didn’t come here to read about how I profile and get profiled… you came here for help and I’m here to give it to you. I can give you this help because I have many minority friends. I’m not sure how many, but I think if I count one of Sonny’s black friends (or, I should say, Sonny’s one black friend) who I’ve worked with shooting fireworks a few times over the years, I’ve got a good percentage of friends who are of a race different from mine. I say this as a joke for those people who count the number of black friends they have.

Now, back to the solution to racism…

*It can’t be a macro solution… it has to be a micro solution. This is something that will never be totally gone from the world, so stop aiming for that. Just focus on your little world.

*Look at what you have in common with people… not what differences you have.

*Don’t look to others to lead. This is something you have to do yourself.

*Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. They don’t call it the Golden Rule because it’s kind of a good idea.

*See each person as their own race.

*Try to think about why people see things the way they do (fully realizing, of course, some people are just stupid).

*Listen to other people… Don’t just talk at them.

*Don’t let the news shape your views… the news is for ratings, not the truth.

*Don’t get defensive.


*Wait until you’re friends with someone before trying your “race jokes” on them… you’re more likely to get a laugh (and less likely to get sent to HR) that way.

*Don’t take life so seriously.

*My favorite professor at Winthrop (Mr. Johnson the first time I had him, Dr. Doug the other two times I had him after he got his PhD) once told us that there is no such thing as reverse racism (at least in the way that most people say it). If you’re a minority discriminating against a white person, it’s not “reverse racism”… it’s just racism. Dr. Doug, of course, looked exactly like me (only a good bit darker… except for that one summer I worked outside, then he was just a little bit darker). My point is that it goes both ways. That doesn’t make it right, it’s just how it is.

I’m sure I can think of more, but if you can master these instructions you’ll be fine. Remember, this doesn’t mean you have to like everyone (if it did mean that, I’d be screwed… not to mention Sonny… that sonofagun hates everyone), it just means you really need to have a better reason for disliking them than just the color of their skin or where they are from (unless it’s the north or some hippie state like California – even then you should probably talk to them at least once to see if they are the exception and not the rule). Now let me show you a video of what my friend (my word, not his) Chuck had to say on CNN about this stuff… (Note: The only thing I might disagree with is I’m not sure race had as much to do with what happened as others do. I think the fact that Trayvon Martin was a teenage male had more to do with it than the fact that he was black… but I could be wrong).

Probably the best SNL skit ever (if you’re at work, put your earphones in… and prepare to laugh so hard that you cry).

Picture Tuesday
We're Scooby heavy in the pics today

I think he was sleeping with his eyes open in this picture

Scooby at work with The Wife

This looks like how I am at work sometimes...

I'm not sure if I posted this before or not... but it cracks me up so I decided to post it now to be sure.  This was taken while Susie and Mary Ruth were at the doctor because they were sick.  Don't they look sick?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Proverbs 21:9

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

One of the three soldiers most conspicuous for gallantry in the final assault.

Hospital Apprentice Fred Henry McGuire (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 24, 1911, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, McGuire was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on the morning of 24 September 1911. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, McGuire advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros charged the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. McGuire, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. After emptying his rifle into the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to wage fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when he rallied to the aid of his dying leader and other wounded. Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly and efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving the lives of 2 who otherwise might have succumbed to enemy-inflicted wounds.

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

Carried with others by hand a cannon up to and fired it through an embrasure of the enemy's work.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 21:9

Better to live on a corner of the roof
       than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Chicken or Ham?

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Quartermaster John McGowan (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 24, 1862, on board the U.S.S. Varuna. His citation reads:

McGowan occupied one of the most responsible positions on the U.S.S. Varuna during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and in action against the rebel ship Morgan on 24 April 1862. Although guns were raking the decks from behind him, McGowan remained steadfast at the wheel throughout the thickest of the fight, continuing at his station and rendering service with the greatest courage and skill until his ship, repeatedly holed and twice rammed by the enemy, was beached and sunk.

Captain Hugh J. McGrath (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 26, 1899, at Calamba, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

Swam the San Juan River in the face of the enemy's fire and drove him from his entrenchments.

Private First Class Francis X. McGraw (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 19, 1944, near Schevenhutte, Germany. His citation reads:

He manned a heavy machinegun emplaced in a foxhole near Schevenhutte, Germany, on 19 November 1944, when the enemy launched a fierce counterattack. Braving an intense hour-long preparatory barrage, he maintained his stand and poured deadly accurate fire into the advancing foot troops until they faltered and came to a halt. The hostile forces brought up a machinegun in an effort to dislodge him but were frustrated when he lifted his gun to an exposed but advantageous position atop a log, courageously stood up in his foxhole and knocked out the enemy weapon. A rocket blasted his gun from position, but he retrieved it and continued firing. He silenced a second machinegun and then made repeated trips over fire-swept terrain to replenish his ammunition supply. Wounded painfully in this dangerous task, he disregarded his injury and hurried back to his post, where his weapon was showered with mud when another rocket barely missed him. In the midst of the battle, with enemy troops taking advantage of his predicament to press forward, he calmly cleaned his gun, put it back into action and drove off the attackers. He continued to fire until his ammunition was expended, when, with a fierce desire to close with the enemy, he picked up a carbine, killed 1 enemy soldier, wounded another and engaged in a desperate firefight with a third until he was mortally wounded by a burst from a machine pistol. The extraordinary heroism and intrepidity displayed by Pvt. McGraw inspired his comrades to great efforts and was a major factor in repulsing the enemy attack.

From my conversation with Susie the other night (I was back in my room reading when she came back there):

Susie: “Daddy”.

I look at her

Susie: “Daddy”.

After realizing just looking at her isn’t enough  Me: “Yes baby?”

Susie: “Daddy… Umm… Do you want chicken or ham in your lunch tomorrow?”

Me (excited): “Are you making my lunch for me?!”

Susie (smiling, but otherwise calm): “I’m helping Mommy. Do you want chicken or ham in your lunch tomorrow?”

Me (still trying to sell being excited): “Oh I’m so happy. My lunch tastes so much better when you make it for me”.

Susie: “Well, Daddy… I’m helping Mommy make your lunch. Do you want chicken or ham?”

Me: “It’s just I can tell when you help Mommy because it tastes like it was made with love”.

Susie: “Chicken or ham?”

Me: “Chicken”

Flashback Friday
Chandler, The Real Jane, Teresa Lynn, Brent and me the night before a wedding

The babies with their babies

My guess is I said something funny right as this picture was being taken... I say this based on the way The Wife is cutting her eyes at me (I'm next to my brother-in-law Brent).

I'm not sure where or when this was taken... But I see my Labor Day Uncle Paul, Teresa Lynn and Dad

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Has it really been 3 years…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain/Assistant Quartermaster Andrew J. McGonnigle (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek. Virginia. His citation reads:

While acting chief quartermaster of Gen. Sheridan's forces operating in the Shenandoah Valley was severely wounded while voluntarily leading a brigade of infantry and was commended for the greatest gallantry by Gen. Sheridan.

Corporal Owen McGough (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 21, 1861, at Bull Run, Virginia. His citation reads:

Through his personal exertions under a heavy fire, one of the guns of his battery was brought off the field; all the other guns were lost.

First Lieutenant Robert M. McGovern (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 30, 1951, near Kamyangjan-ni, Korea. His citation reads:

1st Lt. McGovern, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. As 1st Lt. McGovern led his platoon up a slope to engage hostile troops emplaced in bunker-type pillboxes with connecting trenches, the unit came under heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the crest of the hill, approximately 75 yards distant. Despite a wound sustained in this initial burst of withering fire, 1st Lt. McGovern, assured the men of his ability to continue on and urged them forward. Forging up the rocky incline, he fearlessly led the platoon to within several yards of its objective when the ruthless foe threw and rolled a vicious barrage of handgrenades on the group and halted the advance. Enemy fire increased in volume and intensity and 1st Lt. McGovern realizing that casualties were rapidly increasing and the morale of his men badly shaken, hurled back several grenades before they exploded. Then, disregarding his painful wound and weakened condition he charged a machine gun emplacement which was raking his position with flanking fire. When he was within 10 yards of the position a burst of fire ripped the carbine from his hands, but, undaunted, he continued his lone-man assault and, firing his pistol and throwing grenades, killed 7 hostile soldiers before falling mortally wounded in front of the gun he had silenced. 1st Lt. McGovern's incredible display of valor imbued his men with indomitable resolution to avenge his death. Fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, they charged with such ferocity that hostile positions were overrun and the enemy routed from the hill. The inspirational leadership, unflinching courage, and intrepid actions of 1st Lt. McGovern reflected utmost glory on himself and the honored tradition of the military services.

It’s been 3 years since MaMa died. I still find myself wanting to call her after work each day the way I did for so many years while she was alive. I wish she was still here… I know she would get a kick out of watching Mary Ruth, Susie and Daniel all playing together. But… life goes on. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from missing her…

I have been hearing on the TV lately that we need to have a “discussion” about race. So, taking their lead, I will attempt to have a one person discussion about race. It doesn’t seem entirely right to me, but I won’t let that stop me from giving my thoughts. This is one of those times that I really miss MaMa, because this is the kind of thing I would sit in her den and talk to her about for hours. This is the kind of thing that I might not be able to fit into one post. I’ve tried to collect my thoughts before typing, but that’s easier said than done. So I figured what the hell, I’ll just jump right in and start talking. This is just the first part of this discussion, so I'll take a little time and talk about stuff that people in non-white races might not know about white people. I'm not trying to discredit anyone, so take this in the spirit in which it is intended.

*I don't speak for all white people.

*I believe there are racist people in the world.  I don't believe that they are all white and live in the South.

*Dad never told me not to argue with the police… and yet I’ve never argued with the police (if only for the simple fact that they usually have a gun on them). I probably won’t have this talk with my children, but I do plan to raise them to respect authority and I probably will let them know that no good will come from arguing with the police.

*Being white has never gotten me out of a ticket. I'm not saying this never happens... I'm just saying it doesn't happen for me (or, I'd guess, most other white people).

*To my knowledge, being a white male never got me a job or a passing grade in a class. Don’t get me wrong, I walked into many an interview with the hope that they would see me and jump up and say, “Thank God! A white man! When can you start?” And to be honest, I can’t be sure what I’ve said is true. Maybe I did get those jobs because I’m a white man… but if that is true I sure wish I’d known before I stressed over them. As far as the school stuff, I have always thought I passed Geometry in high school because I played baseball. I can’t prove that, but I’ve always thought it. But I don’t think I ever passed anything because I’m white.

*I worry about my children every time they leave my sight.

*I worry about my children every time they are with me.

*I’m starting to see where my high blood pressure comes from (you know… other than my weight).

*Saying that race relations haven’t changed in the last 60 years is the kind of political talk that makes people discredit everything you say after that.

*Saying racism doesn’t exist anymore is just as bad as saying things haven’t changed.

*Saying all whites and all cops are racist is just as bad as saying all blacks and Hispanics are criminals.

*Not to get slightly off subject, but I am having trouble understanding how Zimmerman got off without any punishment. I will fully admit that I didn’t pay attention to the trial… but here is what my confusion is based on. From what I understand, he called the cops and they told him to stop following the kid. He didn’t listen and kept following the kid only to end up shooting him. Maybe Martin attacked him, maybe not. I don’t know… but it seems like there’s no doubt he shot the kid and that wouldn’t have happened if he’d listened to the cops. So it seems like there should at least be some kind of punishment, right?

*As I’ve told some of you, now Zimmerman has to worry about what I call, getting OJ’d. I’m sure you remember OJ getting a “not guilty” verdict for murders that everyone “knew” he’d done. Years later he got a 30 year sentence for stealing his own memorabilia from someone else (note: I don’t know how long the sentence is that he got, but I know it was a lot longer than he should have for that crime.). So I could see Zimmerman getting 20 – Life for going 10 mph over the speed limit.

*By the way, congrats to all of the white-Hispanics out there!  They now, it seems, have "white privilege" yet they can still apply for minority loans.  Talk about a win/win!

*Oh come on, don't be afraid to laugh...

Ok, I talked a good bit today about what not to say and what hasn’t happened to me… next time I will solve all of the problems regarding race. By next time, I mean sometime next week… I’m not sure I’ll have time to type it up by my next post.  If you want to prepare for it, look up Charles Barley's thoughts that he expressed on CNN.  I'd love to talk to him about this subject.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cousin Susan's trip pics

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Staff Sergeant John J. McGinty, III (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 18, 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. McGinty's platoon, which was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of the battalion from a position which had been under attack for 3 days, came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment. With each successive human wave which assaulted his 32-man platoon during the 4-hour battle, 2d Lt. McGinty rallied his men to beat off the enemy. In 1 bitter assault, 2 of the squads became separated from the remainder of the platoon. With complete disregard for his safety, 2d Lt. McGinty charged through intense automatic weapons and mortar fire to their position. Finding 20 men wounded and the medical corpsman killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy. Although he was painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire so effectively that the attacking hordes were beaten off. When the enemy tried to out-flank his position, he killed 5 of them at point-blank range with his pistol. When they again seemed on the verge of overrunning the small force, he skillfully adjusted artillery and air strikes within 50 yards of his position. This destructive firepower routed the enemy, who left an estimated 500 bodies on the battlefield. 2d Lt. McGinty's personal heroism, indomitable leadership, selfless devotion to duty, and bold fighting spirit inspired his men to resist the repeated attacks by a fanatical enemy, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

Captain William L. McGonagle (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 8-9, 1967, in International waters, Eastern Mediterranean. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sailing in international waters, the Liberty was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and motor torpedo boats which inflicted many casualties among the crew and caused extreme damage to the ship. Although severely wounded during the first air attack, Capt. McGonagle remained at his battle station on the badly damaged bridge and, with full knowledge of the seriousness of his wounds, subordinated his own welfare to the safety and survival of his command. Steadfastly refusing any treatment which would take him away from his post, he calmly continued to exercise firm command of his ship. Despite continuous exposure to fire, he maneuvered his ship, directed its defense, supervised the control of flooding and fire, and saw to the care of the casualties. Capt. McGonagle's extraordinary valor under these conditions inspired the surviving members of the Liberty's crew, many of them seriously wounded, to heroic efforts to overcome the battle damage and keep the ship afloat. Subsequent to the attack, although in great pain and weak from the loss of blood, Captain McGonagle remained at his battle station and continued to command his ship for more than 17 hours. It was only after rendezvous with a U.S. destroyer that he relinquished personal control of the Liberty and permitted himself to be removed from the bridge. Even then, he refused much needed medical attention until convinced that the seriously wounded among his crew had been treated. Capt. McGonagle's superb professionalism, courageous fighting spirit, and valiant leadership saved his ship and many lives. His actions sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. (Captain McGonagle earned the Medal of Honor for actions that took place in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean rather than in Vietnam.)

Private Wilson McGonagle (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."

Picture Tuesday
This unidentified man is flashing some kind of accounting gang sign in front of the IRS sign.  My money says he's not the first to do this... 

I've always said that all great trips involve Star Wars in some way, shape or form...

I've always wanted to visit... but now, thanks to these pictures, I won't have to.

Suck it, Sonny.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Proverbs 20:1

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Troy A. McGill (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 4, 1944, at Los Negros Islands, Admiralty Group. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Group, on 4 March 1944. In the early morning hours Sgt. McGill, with a squad of 8 men, occupied a revetment which bore the brunt of a furious attack by approximately 200 drinkcrazed enemy troops. Although covered by crossfire from machineguns on the right and left flank he could receive no support from the remainder of our troops stationed at his rear. All members of the squad were killed or wounded except Sgt. McGill and another man, whom he ordered to return to the next revetment. Courageously resolved to hold his position at all cost, he fired his weapon until it ceased to function. Then, with the enemy only 5 yards away, he charged from his foxhole in the face of certain death and clubbed the enemy with his rifle in handtohand combat until he was killed. At dawn 105 enemy dead were found around his position. Sgt. McGill's intrepid stand was an inspiration to his comrades and a decisive factor in the defeat of a fanatical enemy.

Private Edward McGinn (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."

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 4, 2006, in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006. That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion. Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
      whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Recognition and more LDW pics

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

Gallantry in action.

Technical Sergeant Vernon McGarity (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 16, 1944, near Krinkelt, Belgium. His citation reads:

He was painfully wounded in an artillery barrage that preceded the powerful counteroffensive launched by the Germans near Krinkelt, Belgium, on the morning of 16 December 1944. He made his way to an aid station, received treatment, and then refused to be evacuated, choosing to return to his hard-pressed men instead. The fury of the enemy's great Western Front offensive swirled about the position held by T/Sgt. McGarity's small force, but so tenaciously did these men fight on orders to stand firm at all costs that they could not be dislodged despite murderous enemy fire and the breakdown of their communications. During the day the heroic squad leader rescued 1 of his friends who had been wounded in a forward position, and throughout the night he exhorted his comrades to repulse the enemy's attempts at infiltration. When morning came and the Germans attacked with tanks and infantry, he braved heavy fire to run to an advantageous position where he immobilized the enemy's lead tank with a round from a rocket launcher. Fire from his squad drove the attacking infantrymen back, and 3 supporting tanks withdrew. He rescued, under heavy fire, another wounded American, and then directed devastating fire on a light cannon which had been brought up by the hostile troops to clear resistance from the area. When ammunition began to run low, T/Sgt. McGarity, remembering an old ammunition hole about 100 yards distant in the general direction of the enemy, braved a concentration of hostile fire to replenish his unit's supply. By circuitous route the enemy managed to emplace a machinegun to the rear and flank of the squad's position, cutting off the only escape route. Unhesitatingly, the gallant soldier took it upon himself to destroy this menace single-handedly. He left cover, and while under steady fire from the enemy, killed or wounded all the hostile gunners with deadly accurate rifle fire and prevented all attempts to reman the gun. Only when the squad's last round had been fired was the enemy able to advance and capture the intrepid leader and his men. The extraordinary bravery and extreme devotion to duty of T/Sgt. McGarity supported a remarkable delaying action which provided the time necessary for assembling reserves and forming a line against which the German striking power was shattered.

Private William D. McGee (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 18, 1945, near Mulheim, Germany. His citation reads:

A medical aid man, he made a night crossing of the Moselle River with troops endeavoring to capture the town of Mulheim. The enemy had retreated in the sector where the assault boats landed, but had left the shore heavily strewn with antipersonnel mines. Two men of the first wave attempting to work their way forward detonated mines which wounded them seriously, leaving them bleeding and in great pain beyond the reach of their comrades. Entirely on his own initiative, Pvt. McGee entered the minefield, brought out 1 of the injured to comparative safety, and had returned to rescue the second victim when he stepped on a mine and was severely wounded in the resulting explosion. Although suffering intensely and bleeding profusely, he shouted orders that none of his comrades was to risk his life by entering the death-sown field to render first aid that might have saved his life. In making the supreme sacrifice, Pvt. demonstrated a concern for the well-being of his fellow soldiers that transcended all considerations for his own safety and a gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

We’d like to share this news story with you about James Island native Blue Spivey. As I’m sure you know, I played high school baseball (and American Legion baseball) with his little brother Brett. What is not as well-known is that Blue was a teammate of mine on my first baseball team many (many, many) years ago. He is also married to the sister of my friend and Charleston Baseball Hall of Famer Donald Morillo.

You can see the story here.

I’m sure you will remember us congratulating my Labor Day Aunt Janie on her winning the Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award. Below is a video related to this. I’m sure Teresa Lynn will be confused, so let me point out that in the video Janie goes by her undercover name of “Jane”. So, Teresa Lynn, when you hear people on here talking about “Jane”, they are talking about our Labor Day Aunt Janie… NOT our Labor Day Cousin Jane (who, I can only hope, will go by “Janie” when she has a video related to her winning an award posted on the internet). One other note about this video, some of you may notice that my name is not brought up at all during “Jane’s” speech. Fear not… When she thanked tables “8 and 9”, that was really code for her thanking I’m just saying… and Greg. Janie understands that I’m not real big on having attention thrown my way and, therefore, decided to thank me using code. She knew I would be smart enough to figure it out.

Flashback Friday

As a reminder, in the Fridays leading up to the 2013 Labor Day Weekend we are going to look at pictures from past Labor Day Weekends and other Labor Day sanctioned events (i.e. weddings and other gatherings involving my Labor Day family). I hope you enjoy these pictures… but even if you don’t, you can rest easy knowing that I do.

Not sure what Labor Day this is from... But here we see Dad, Not Janie, Mom, Harriet, Janie, DG and Paul
From that same Labor Day... Jason, Julie, The Wife, Me, Sally, Ansley, Brent and (center front) Teresa Lynn and Leah
The Real Jane, AJ and The Wife
Not Janie, Janie, Harriet and Mom
Sally, Jason, The Wife, Me, The Real Jane, AJ, Teresa Lynn, Julie and Will - True story, Will (a preacher) once wrote a note asking Jenn to excuse me for missing church one Labor Day weekend.  Well... I might not be 100% right about that.  Now that I'm thinking about it, I think I wrote the note and Will signed it... using a crayon.  But he made an effort (minimal though it may have been).

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tree Pics... And a snake story

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain of the Forecastle John McFarland (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864, on board the U.S.S. Hartford. His citation reads:

Stationed at the wheel on board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific enemy shellfire, McFarland performed his duties with skill and courage and, when the Lackawanna ran into his ship and every man at the wheel was in danger of being crushed, remained steadfast at his station and continued to steer the ship.

Master Sergeant Charles L. McGaha (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 7, 1945, near Lupao, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. His platoon and 1 other from Company G were pinned down in a roadside ditch by heavy fire from 5 Japanese tanks supported by 10 machineguns and a platoon of riflemen. When 1 of his men fell wounded 40 yards away, he unhesitatingly crossed the road under a hail of bullets and moved the man 75 yards to safety. Although he had suffered a deep arm wound, he returned to his post. Finding the platoon leader seriously wounded, he assumed command and rallied his men. Once more he braved the enemy fire to go to the aid of a litter party removing another wounded soldier. A shell exploded in their midst, wounding him in the shoulder and killing 2 of the party. He picked up the remaining man, carried him to cover, and then moved out in front deliberately to draw the enemy fire while the American forces, thus protected, withdrew to safety. When the last man had gained the new position, he rejoined his command and there collapsed from loss of blood and exhaustion. M/Sgt. McGaha set an example of courage and leadership in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

First Sergeant Michael A. McGann (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 17, 1876, at Rosebud River, Montana. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

I was home with Mary Ruth last Wednesday and Thursday (because I wanted to spend some time with her after her two week trip). Since it’s been raining so much, I decided to cut the grass Wednesday afternoon. I got the backyard cut and then went to the front. I then cut the front yard and as I was walking to the backyard, Maverick started barking. It wasn’t just a bark, it sounded like a pissed off bark. I figured he was just barking at me, so I started calling him and telling him it’s just me coming back there. I opened the gate and saw that Maverick was looking in the corner of the fence, standing in a fighting pose and he had changed from bark to growl. I called him over to me and then I saw the snake curled up in some base of a flower pot thing (not a flower pot… but the thing you put under the flower pot). Anyway, I take a step over in the direction of the snake (which, as luck would have it, was also in the direction of a small medium trench shovel that was leaning against the fence) and the snake opened its mouth. He could’ve just been yawning, but it looked like he was kind of pissed. I don’t know if it was this move by the snake or if maybe the snake called him the “N” word… but at this moment Maverick started growling/snarling and his teeth were in full force. So to make sure we’re all on the same page, the snake was showing his teeth, Maverick was showing his teeth and I was showing my teeth (it just felt like the right thing to do at the time). I have to be honest… The main thing going through my mind was that Danny (yes, that Danny) would be happy to know that I wasn’t going to kill this snake with a hatchet. Then I laughed to myself as I noticed I was wearing old tennis shoes, garnet gym shorts, a grey Winthrop t-shirt, Carhartt gloves and a Winthrop hat… and I was going to kill this snake with a shovel that is probably only 12-18 inches bigger than the hatchet I used before. Sorry Danny. I’m no expert, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of time before the snake or Maverick attacked (or Scooby came over and got in the way), so I got the shovel and struck. I missed the head (oops), but got part of the body. The hit was hard enough that the snake didn’t strike back right away, so I went for the kill shot and cut the head clean off. I then stood and watched as the snake’s mouth kept opening and shutting. That lasted for a few minutes and then it stopped (maybe because I hit the head a few times as hard as I could while yelling like Samuel L. Jackson “Get these muthaf***in’ snakes out of my muthaf***in yard!!!!). Anyway, here are a couple of pics (before we get to our regularly scheduled pics). Oh, and for those of you keeping score at home, that’s 3 copperheads I’ve killed in the last year (two in our yard, one on the street near our house). The one on the street had been wounded (probably by a car), but it was still alive when I crushed its head with my heel (sorry again Danny). Anywho… here are the pics…

You have to look hard to see the snake... I might not have seen him if it wasn't for Maverick.

Dirty snake head on a rock... The mouth of the snake was still moving at this point.  

Snake (plus snake head) on top of my shed so Scooby wouldn't get into any trouble.

Before the move to the shed. 

Picture Tuesday
These pics aren't in order... sorry.  If you look real hard on the left side of the picture, you can see the Yard of the Month sign in the yard next to ours.

Big thanks to Jeremy, who helped me the night the tree hit the house, and to my father-in-law who cut most of the tree down while I was cleaning condos on Folly.  There's no telling what we would have done without his help (probably just left it leaning on the house... Haha... just kidding).

Mary Ruth - The morning she left for Red Wing, MN

This is from a few months ago, but I don't think it ever made it on here.  This is Mary Ruth and me after the Spann Awards night.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Proverbs 20:20

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

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

Capture of flag.

Sergeant Patrick H. McEnroe (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 19, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of colors of 36th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).

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

Captured Col. Barker, commanding the Confederate brigade that charged the Union batteries; on the same day rescued Lt. George W. Harmon of his regiment from the enemy.

The I’m just sayin… Proverb of the Week
Proverbs 20:20

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Ross!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Phill G. McDonald (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 7, 1968, near Kontum City, 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. Pfc. McDonald distinguished himself while serving as a team leader with the 1st platoon of Company A. While on a combat mission his platoon came under heavy barrage of automatic weapons fire from a well concealed company-size enemy force. Volunteering to escort 2 wounded comrades to an evacuation point, Pfc. McDonald crawled through intense fire to destroy with a grenade an enemy automatic weapon threatening the safety of the evacuation. Returning to his platoon, he again volunteered to provide covering fire for the maneuver of the platoon from its exposed position. Realizing the threat he posed, enemy gunners concentrated their fire on Pfc. McDonald's position, seriously wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Pfc. McDonald recovered the weapon of a wounded machine gunner to provide accurate covering fire for the gunner's evacuation. When other soldiers were pinned down by a heavy volume of fire from a hostile machine gun to his front, Pfc. McDonald crawled toward the enemy position to destroy it with grenades. He was mortally wounded in this intrepid action. Pfc. McDonald's gallantry at the risk of his life which resulted in the saving of the lives of his comrades, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

First Lieutenant Robert McDonald (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 8, 1877, at Wolf Mountain, Montana. His citation reads:

Led his command in a successful charge against superior numbers of hostile Indians, strongly posted.

Ensign Edward Orrick McDonnell (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21-22, 1914. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Posted on the roof of the Terminal Hotel and landing, Ens. McDonnell established a signal station there day and night, maintaining communication between troops and ships. At this exposed post he was continually under fire. One man was killed and 3 wounded at his side during the 2 days' fighting. He showed extraordinary heroism and striking courage and maintained his station in the highest degree of efficiency. All signals got through, largely due to his heroic devotion to duty.

I just wanted to swing by the I’m just sayin… offices today to wish my good friend Ross a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! We hope he has a great birthday!

I’d also like to wish my good friend (my words, not his) Tony Kornheiser a happy birthday! Mr. Tony has brought me countless hours of happiness through his radio show/podcast and his work on PTI. I hope he is on the radio for many more years to come.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Flashback… Labor Day ‘99

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Chief Metalsmith James Harper McDonald (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 23, 1939, in the area at sea of sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a master diver throughout the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus on 23 May 1939. His leadership, masterly skill, general efficiency, and untiring devotion to duty in directing diving operations, and in making important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions, characterize conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.

Boatswain’s Mate John McDonald (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 23 – 27, 1862, on board the USS Baron De Kalb. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland, sunk on a bar where they were ordered burned. Continuing up the river, she was fired on but, upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, McDonald, as boatswain's mate, "distinguished himself in the various actions."

Private John Wade McDonald (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 6, 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Was severely wounded while endeavoring, at the risk of his life, to carry to a place of safety a wounded and helpless comrade.

Mary Ruth is back home after two weeks in Red Wing, MN! We’re all happy she is back. Susie really missed her while she was gone (though Mary Ruth doesn’t believe this to be true).

I saw A Good Day to Die Hard last week. I don’t understand how people can give that movie a bad review. It’s not my favorite Die Hard movie, but I still really liked it. What exactly are people expecting to see that would cause them to give it a bad review? I would be happy to watch it again (and again, and again…).

I just got done reading Open, by Andre Agassi. Great book. He’s my all-time favorite tennis player… so it was kind of strange reading about how much he hated tennis. I felt bad for him… but I still loved watching him play.

Oh... I've got a new snake story for you.  Check back on Tuesday for the story and pics.

Flashback Friday

With less than 50 days until the 2013 Labor Day Weekend, we are going to look at some old Labor Day pictures. These are from the 1999 LDW (I believe). I think this is one of the few Labor Day Weekends that I missed. You may notice that my Labor Day Aunt Not Janie has her faced covered… this, of course, is done by her request to protect any future political career she may or may not have. That… or she’s just worried that the fame brought on by having her picture on here will be too much for her. Anyway, here we go…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Picture Day!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Franklin M. McDonald (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1872, near Fort Griffin, Texas. His citation reads:

Gallantry in defeating Indians who attacked the mail.

Private George E. McDonald (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 25, 1865, at Fort Stedman, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.

Corporal James McDonald (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.

Picture Tuesday
Guess who watches the dogs eat?

Play-time with the Horres kids...

A cowboy with his older cowgirl sister

Our "twins" at a birthday party

Most of these "Daniel sleeping" pics are taken around 5:00am when I am leaving for work

Sad faces

Silly faces

We could probably take his bed out and just give him more room to play when he's not sleeping...