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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

One week to go!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Quartermaster Third Class (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 21, 1903, at on board the U.S.S. Leyden. His citation reads:

For heroism while serving on board the U.S.S. Leyden at the time of the wreck of that vessel, 21 January 1903.

First Lieutenant Brian Miles Thacker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 31, 1971, at Kontum 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. 1st Lt. Thacker, Field Artillery, Battery A, distinguished himself while serving as the team leader of an Integrated Observation System collocated with elements of 2 Army of the Republic of Vietnam units at Fire Base 6. A numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force launched a well-planned, dawn attack on the small, isolated, hilltop fire base. Employing rockets, grenades, flame-throwers, and automatic weapons, the enemy forces penetrated the perimeter defenses and engaged the defenders in hand-to-hand combat. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, 1st Lt. Thacker rallied and encouraged the U.S. and Republic of Vietnam soldiers in heroic efforts to repulse the enemy. He occupied a dangerously exposed observation position for a period of 4 hours while directing friendly air strikes and...against the assaulting enemy forces. His personal bravery and inspired leadership enabled the outnumbered friendly forces to inflict a maximum of casualties on the attacking enemy forces and prevented the base from being overrun. By late afternoon, the situation had become untenable. 1st Lt. Thacker organized and directed the withdrawal of the remaining friendly forces. With complete disregard for his safety, he remained inside the perimeter alone to provide covering fire with his M-16 rifle until all other friendly forces had escaped from the besieged fire base. Then, in an act of supreme courage, he called for friendly artillery fire on his own position to allow his comrades more time to withdraw safely from the area and, at the same time, inflict even greater casualties on the enemy forces. Although wounded and unable to escape from the area himself, he successfully eluded the enemy forces for 8 days until friendly forces regained control of the fire base. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by 1st Lt. Thacker were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the military service.

Private Benjamin Thackrah (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 1, 1864, near Fort Gates, Florida. His citation reads:

Was a volunteer in the surprise and capture of the enemy's picket.

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We only have one week until Labor Day Weekend 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait! It’s taken soooooo long to get here this year. I’m looking forward to seeing my Labor Day family and having a great weekend!

As some of you may know, I have decided to help out with the 1st Grade Sunday School class at my church. I’m not sure how often they will need me (every Sunday? Every other Sunday?), but I told them I could help whenever (except the Sunday before Labor Day). Now, I don’t want to call myself a hero… but it seems no one else is going to do it, so I guess I’ll have to. I look forward to molding these young minds (though I know that scares some of you… and if the rest of you knew me, you’d be scared, too). Of course, if anything exciting happens, I will be sure to report it on here.

Don’t forget I’m still raising money for my Walk to End Alzheimer’s!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you donate… or, even better, join my team and raise money (and also donate)!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been having some fun with another app on my phone (see below)…

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