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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Santiago J. Erevia (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 21, 1969, at Tam Ky, Vietnam. His citation reads:

Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio telephone operator in Company C, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) during search and clear mission near Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam on May 21, 1969. After breaching an insurgent perimeter, Specialist Four Erevia was designated by his platoon leader to render first aid to several casualties, and the rest of the platoon moved forward. As he was doing so, he came under intense hostile fire from four bunkers to his left front. Although he could have taken cover with the rest of the element, he chose a retaliatory course of action. With heavy enemy fire directed at him, he moved in full view of the hostile gunners as he proceeded to crawl from one wounded man to another, gathering ammunition. Armed with two M-16 rifles and several hand grenades, he charged toward the enemy positions behind the suppressive fire of the two rifles. Under very intense fire, he continued to advance on the insurgents until he was near the first bunker. Disregarding the enemy fire, he pulled the pin from a hand grenade and advanced on the bunker, leveling suppressive fire until he could drop the grenade into the bunker, mortally wounding the insurgent and destroying the fortification. Without hesitation, he employed identical tactics as he proceeded to eliminate the next two enemy positions. With the destruction of the third bunker, Specialist Four Erevia had exhausted his supply of hand grenades. Still under intense fire from the fourth position, he courageously charged forward behind the fire emitted by his M-16 rifles. Arriving at the very edge of the bunker, he silenced the occupant within the fortification at point blank range. Through his heroic actions the lives of the wounded were saved and the members of the Company Command Post were relieved from a very precarious situation. His exemplary performance in the face of overwhelming danger was an inspiration to his entire company and contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission. Specialist Four Erevia’s conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Sergeant Victor H. Espinoza (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 1, 1952, at Chorwon, Korea. His citation reads:

Corporal Victor H. Espinoza distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Acting Rifleman in Company A, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Chorwon, Korea on August 1, 1952. On that day, Corporal Espinoza and his unit were responsible for securing and holding a vital enemy hill. As the friendly unit neared its objective, it was subjected to a devastating volume of enemy fire, slowing its progress. Corporal Espinoza, unhesitatingly and being fully aware of the hazards involved, left his place of comparative safety and made a deliberate one man assault on the enemy with his rifle and grenades, destroying a machinegun and killing its crew. Corporal Espinoza continued across the fire-swept terrain to an exposed vantage point where he attacked an enemy mortar position and two bunkers with grenades and rifle fire, knocking out the enemy mortar position and destroying both bunkers and killing their occupants. Upon reaching the crest, and after running out of rifle ammunition, he called for more grenades. A comrade who was behind him threw some Chinese grenades to him. Immediately upon catching them, he pulled the pins and hurled them into the occupied trenches, killing and wounding more of the enemy with their own weapons. Continuing on through a tunnel, Corporal Espinoza made a daring charge, inflicting at least seven more casualties upon the enemy who were fast retreating into the tunnel. Corporal Espinoza was quickly in pursuit, but the hostile fire from the opening prevented him from overtaking the retreating enemy. As a result, Corporal Espinoza destroyed the tunnel with TNT, called for more grenades from his company, and hurled them at the enemy troops until they were out of reach. Corporal Espinoza's incredible display of valor secured the vital strong point and took a heavy toll on the enemy, resulting in at least fourteen dead and eleven wounded. Corporal Espinoza's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Private Joe Gandara (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 9, 1944, at Amfreville, France. His citation reads:

Private Joe Gandara distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France on June 9, 1944. On that day, Private Gandara's detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Private Gandara voluntarily advanced alone toward the enemy position. Firing his machinegun from his hip as he moved forward, he destroyed three hostile machineguns before he was fatally wounded. Private Gandara's 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 military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Today’s Pic

I would like to wish The Wife a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! Just think, it was 6 years ago today that The Wife came on here as a guest blogger (our only one so far) and announced that we were going to have another baby. Time sure has flown since then. Now she is busy building a business, running a ministry and building a house (all while taking care of our children and trying to save every animal that comes near our house). I’m sure it doesn’t show on here (or in real life), but I love her very much and my life is a thousand times better because of her. I’m pretty sure she will have a nice birthday because I went on Amazon and bought her what she wanted the minute after she told me what she wanted. God bless Amazon and smartphones. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m going to do something a little different today and post 36 pictures of our children in honor of The Wife’s birthday:

Our sweet first-born Lucy

The Wife's first "baby", Maverick

Lucy and Mary Ruth... Lucy wanted to be alone in the chair, but loved Mary Ruth too much to push her out.

The love of The Wife's life... Scooby

Susie... still trying to recover from Splash Mountain

Daniel liked the ride more than Susie did...

Mary Ruth and Susie

Daniel in the hospital

Mary Ruth, Susie and Daniel (Susie's 2nd Birthday)

Lucy and Mary Ruth

Susie's Disney Birthday

Mary Ruth got a chair that said "Princess" on it... Lucy thought it was her chair.

Scooby at his best... sleeping

Daniel seeing Mickey Mouse

If I remember correctly, Susie wanted to help wake Daniel up

Scooby with The Wife's newest baby... Gertrude

Momma's boy Daniel

Susie in the hospital

Susie after noticing a shark was about to eat her...

Mary Ruth with her favorite Disney princess

What made the Disney trip worth it was seeing Daniel's reaction every time he saw Mickey.

The Wife and Mary Ruth

The whole family on the way to Magic Kingdom

Daniel seeing the real Mickey Mouse for the first time

Susie on "our" ride

Susie and Daniel ready to fight in the next Star Wars movie

Mary Ruth helping a little friend

Mary Ruth about to lose her head...

Susie meeting a new friend

Daniel happy to see a turtle

The Wife and Mary Ruth

The girls with Elsa

Daniel drawing a picture for Mickey Mouse

Our little monkey Daniel

Susie with her gorilla face

The Wife with the kids getting ready for Magic Kingdom to open

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