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, January 21, 2015


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Rear Admiral Norman Scott (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 11-12, 1942 AND November 12-13, 1942, off Savo Island. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island on the night of 11-12 October and again on the night of 12-13 November 1942. In the earlier action, intercepting a Japanese Task Force intent upon storming our island positions and landing reinforcements at Guadalcanal, Rear Adm. Scott, with courageous skill and superb coordination of the units under his command, destroyed 8 hostile vessels and put the others to flight. Again challenged, a month later, by the return of a stubborn and persistent foe, he led his force into a desperate battle against tremendous odds, directing close-range operations against the invading enemy until he himself was killed in the furious bombardment by their superior firepower. On each of these occasions his dauntless initiative, inspiring leadership and judicious foresight in a crisis of grave responsibility contributed decisively to the rout of a powerful invasion fleet and to the consequent frustration of a formidable Japanese offensive. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

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

Gallantry in action.

Machinist’s Mate First Class Robert R. Scott (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 7, 1941, on board the U.S.S. California. His citation reads:

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. The compartment, in the U.S.S. California, in which the air compressor, to which Scott was assigned as his battle station, was flooded as the result of a torpedo hit. The remainder of the personnel evacuated that compartment but Scott refused to leave, saying words to the effect "This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going.''

I have been looking into family tree stuff the past few days trying to find someone in my tree who can top my 2 State Championships (no luck so far). What I did find, however, is that my Dad’s paternal grandmother had an uncle on her mother’s side of the family named Stonewall Jackson (Rumph). I believe that was one of the names I had picked for Daniel that The Wife shot down. Anyway, with today being the 191st anniversary of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s birth, I thought that was a pretty cool story to share. I trust someone out there will agree with me.

So far, I’ve got a tree with about 329 people on it. Not all are directly related to me, but all are related (assuming the information I’ve received is correct… and my guess is that it is… even though I’m NOT using Wikipedia for this). I am happy to say that so far I have not found anyone who fought on the wrong side of a war (though I haven’t dug too deep into The Wife’s side of the family).

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