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, May 10, 2015


Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Seaman Thomas Smith (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 1, 1878, on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. His citation reads:

For rescuing from drowning William Kent, coxswain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, off Para, Brazil, 1 October 1878.

Ordinary Seaman Walter B. Smith (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. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action, Smith rendered outstanding service at the 100-pounder rifle on the topgallant forecastle and while firing his musket into the gun ports of the rebel Tennessee.

Gunner’s Mate First Class Wilhelm Smith (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 24, on board the U.S.S. New York. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. New York, for entering a compartment filled with gases and rescuing a shipmate on 24 January.

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Top US Olympic Athletes/Teams of All-Time

10   Jackie Joyner-Kersee   Medals: Gold - 1988 Heptathlon; 1988 - Long Jump; 1992 Heptathlon; Silver - 1984 Heptathlon; Bronze - 1992 Long Jump, 1996 Long Jump  

9   2004 Women's Soccer Team   Medals: Gold - Umm… 2004 Women's Soccer  

8   Mary Lou Retton   Medals: Gold - 1984 All-Around; Silver - 1984 Team, 1984 Vault; Bronze - 1984 Uneven Bars, 1984 Floor Exercise  

7   Mark Spitz   Medals: Gold - 1968 4x100 m Freestyle, 1968 4x200 m Freestyle, 1972 100 m Butterfly, 1972 100 m freestyle, 1972 200 m Butterfly, 1972 200 m Freestyle, 1972 4×100 m Freestyle, 1972 4x100 m Medley, 1972 4×200 m Freestyle; Silver – 1968 100 m Butterfly; Bronze – 1968 Mexico City 100 m Freestyle  

6   Carl Lewis   Medals: Gold - 1984 100m, 1984 200m, 1984 4x100 m Relay, 1984 Long Jump, 1988 100 m, 1988 Long Jump, 1992 4x100 m Relay, 1992 Long Jump, 1996 Long Jump; Silver - 1988 200 m  

5   Jesse Owens   Medals: Gold -1936 100m, 1936 200m, 1936 4x100m Relay, 1936 Long Jump   He has been credited with single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy.

4   1936 8-man Rowing Team   Medals: Gold - 1936 8-man Rowing   You have GOT to read The Boys in the Boat. My Labor Day Uncle DG told me about it, so of course I went out and read it. I sure am glad that I did. Listen… it's a page-turner about a Rowing Team! I would never had thought it would be good (except that DG told me to read it, and he's never let me down so far). Trust me, you'll be glad you read it.

3   Michael Phelps   Medals: Gold - 2004 100m Butterfly, 2004 200m Butterfly, 2004 200m Medley, 2004 400m Medley, 2004 4x200 m Freestyle, 2004 4x100 m Medley, 2008 200 m Freestyle, 2008 100 m Butterfly, 2008 200 m Butterfly, 2008 200 m Medley, 2008 400 m Medley, 2008 4x100 m Freestyle, 2008 4x200 m Freestlye, 2008 4x100 m Medley, 2012 100 m Butterfly, 2012 200 m Medley, 2012 4x200 m Freestyle, 2012 4x100 m Medley; Silver - 2012 200 m Butterfly, 2012 4x100 m Medley; Bronze - 2004 200m Freestyle, 2004 4x100 m Freestyle  

2   The Dream Team (1992 US Men's Basketball Team)   Medals: Gold - 1992 Men's Basketball   The greatest basketball team ever. No question. Could it have been a little better? Maybe…. But like I said, it alreay was the great team ever.

1   1980 US Hockey Team   Medals: Gold - 1980 Hockey   Do you believe in miracles?! YES!!!!

The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

In The Garden

The story is that this song was written by C. Austin Miles (a former pharmacist) in a cold, dreary and leaky basement in New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it (let alone a view of a garden). It was published in 1912 and has been recorded by a good many artists… my favorite is probably Brad Paisley (though all sound good to me in their own way).

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

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