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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Songs 700 - 651

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private John C. Wetherby (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 20, 1899, near Imus, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

While carrying important orders on the battlefield, was desperately wounded and, being unable to walk, crawled far enough to deliver his orders.

Private First Class Gary George Wetzel (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 8, 1968, near Ap Dong An, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

Sp4c. Wetzel, 173d Assault Helicopter Company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life. above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Wetzel was serving as door gunner aboard a helicopter which was part of an insertion force trapped in a landing zone by intense and deadly hostile fire. Sp4c. Wetzel was going to the aid of his aircraft commander when he was blown into a rice paddy and critically wounded by 2 enemy rockets that exploded just inches from his location. Although bleeding profusely due to the loss of his left arm and severe wounds in his right arm, chest, and left leg, Sp4c. Wetzel staggered back to his original position in his gun-well and took the enemy forces under fire. His machinegun was the only weapon placing effective fire on the enemy at that time. Through a resolve that overcame the shock and intolerable pain of his injuries, Sp4c. Wetzel remained at his position until he had eliminated the automatic weapons emplacement that had been inflicting heavy casualties on the American troops and preventing them from moving against this strong enemy force. Refusing to attend his own extensive wounds, he attempted to return to the aid of his aircraft commander but passed out from loss of blood. Regaining consciousness, he persisted in his efforts to drag himself to the aid of his fellow crewman. After an agonizing effort, he came to the side of the crew chief who was attempting to drag the wounded aircraft commander to the safety of a nearby dike. Unswerving in his devotion to his fellow man, Sp4c. Wetzel assisted his crew chief even though he lost consciousness once again during this action. Sp4c. Wetzel displayed extraordinary heroism in his efforts to aid his fellow crewmen. His gallant actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Private First Class Walter C. Wetzel (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 3, 1945, at Birken, Germany. His citation reads:

Pfc. Wetzel, an acting squad leader with the Antitank Company of the 13th Infantry, was guarding his platoon's command post in a house at Birken, Germany, during the early morning hours of 3 April 1945, when he detected strong enemy forces moving in to attack. He ran into the house, alerted the occupants and immediately began defending the post against heavy automatic weapons fire coming from the hostile troops. Under cover of darkness the Germans forced their way close to the building where they hurled grenades, 2 of which landed in the room where Pfc. Wetzel and the others had taken up firing positions. Shouting a warning to his fellow soldiers, Pfc. Wetzel threw himself on the grenades and, as they exploded, absorbed their entire blast, suffering wounds from which he died. The supreme gallantry of Pfc. Wetzel saved his comrades from death or serious injury and made it possible for them to continue the defense of the command post and break the power of a dangerous local counterthrust by the enemy. His unhesitating sacrifice of his life was in keeping with the U.S. Army's highest traditions of bravery and heroism.

This is always a bittersweet day when I remember the death of Winthrop basketball player De’Andre Adams. He played two years as a back-up point guard and nine years later I’m still talking about him on a blog. That should tell you how special a guy he was. It’s probably not a coincidence that he played during the most special time of the Winthrop basketball program. RIP Dre…

The I'm just sayin… Top 1,453 Songs of All-Time

Rank Song Artist/Group

700 What Would You Say by: Dave Matthews Band

699 Keep the Faith by: Bon Jovi

698 All For Love by: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting

697 Undo It by: Carrie Underwood

696 Thunder Road by: Bruce Springsteen

695 I Gotta Feeling by: Black Eyed Peas

694 Always by: Bon Jovi

693 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere by: Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett

692 Beverly Hills by: Weezer

691 Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) by: Waylon Jennings

690 Dreams by: Van Halen

689 Danny Boy by: The Irish Tenor Trio

688 Joy To The World by: Three Dog Night

687 The Girl from Yesterday by: The Eagles

686 I'll Take You Home by: The Drifters

685 Day Tripper by: The Beatles

684 Help Me, Rhonda by: The Beach Boys

683 The Search Is Over by: Survivor

682 Stuck Like Glue by: Sugarland

681 I Just Called To Say I Love You by: Stevie Wonder

680 You Can Have Charleston by: Darius Rucker

679 West Up! by: WC and the Maad Circle

678 The Show by: Mychael Danna

677 No Sleep Till Brooklyn by: Beastie Boys

676 Murder Was the Case by: Snoop Doggy Dogg

675 Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) by: Garth Brooks

674 Learning to Live Again by: Garth Brooks

673 It's Hard To Be Humble by: Mac Davis

672 Hold On, I'm Comin' by: Sam and Dave

671 Hello by: Ice Cube feat. Dr. Dre and MC Ren

670 Christmas Baby, Please Come Home by: Jon Bon Jovi

669 At The Cross by: Gaither Vocal Band

668 Oh Sherrie by: Steve Perry

667 Tuckers Town by: Hootie and the Blowfish

666 Rock You Like A Hurricane by: Scorpions

665 I Shot the Sheriff by: Eric Clapton

664 Sussudio by: Phil Collins

663 Come Fly With Me by: Frank Sinatra

662 Back When I Knew It All by: Montgomery Gentry

661 No Time to Kill by: Clint Black

660 Flirtin' With Disaster by: Molly Hatchet

659 Brown Eyed Handsome Man by: Chuck Berry

658 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by: Michael Jackson

657 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by: Bryan Adams

656 Tuesday's Gone by: Lynyrd Skynyrd

655 When I Get Where I'm Going by: Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton

654 The Song Remains The Same by: Led Zeppelin

653 Without Love by: Bon Jovi

652 Anything But Mine by: Kenny Chesney

651 Kryptonite by: 3 Doors Down

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