Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hand Carved gift from my Dad recognizing Desert Storm

My family contains a long list of Veterans and needless to say we are very pro military.  As most of you know I am a USMC veteran.  My son is now a US Marine and my father is a Vietnam Veteran of the US Navy.

A few weeks back my Father had a series of heart attacks, so he has had a little time on his hands while he is waiting to go back to work.  He is also a gifted wood carver.  The other night he calls me to come by and he gives me the carving pictured below.  It depicts and eagle's head and carved/painted Kuwait Liberation ribbon.  He also made these with the Vietnam campaign ribbon.  The wood that he carved these in is the bark of cottonwood trees.

If you are veteran of one of these campaigns and you are interested in getting one of these let me know.  I think these are awesome.  Thanks Dad.

Funny Sh*t that I saw at the library

Last weekend, the wife and I took our daughters to the library in Festus.  As we were walking out, I saw something at the bike rack that caught my attention.  I have posted below what I saw.  The more I looked at it the funnier it became to me.  The mental image of how this item came to be chained to the rack was absolutely hysterical.  Let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Killed with a Jesus Rifle

Once again the politically correct and liberal world that we now live in has sickened me.  There is many times which leave me shaking my head saying, “are you serious?”  I found this article when I was doing some research for a blog topic to weigh in on. 

The topic now, we are killing Taliban with “Jesus” rifles and we are afraid this may offend them.  According to the report there is a biblical scripture engraved on the sights of the rifles that are being used by the Unites States Marine Corps and the US Army.  The troops are not putting these on there.  It is stamped in by the manufacturer.  The founder of the company was a devout Christian and it is something that he started and has since been continued after his death.  Enter now, Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  This screwball says this violates many Federal Laws, blurs the boundary between the separation of Church and State and allows those being shot to claim they are being killed by “Jesus” guns.

Ok, do you find this absurd as I do?  I think this first point I would like to make is simple, who gives a rat’s ass if they are pissed?  I am not sure anyone has ever won a battle being concerned if they offended the people they were killing.  Second, why are we so concerned if they are offended?  I guess maybe since they are so concerned in regard to offending us.  I am sure they had everyone on the planes on 9/11 wear their seatbelts as they slammed those planes into the buildings.  I am sure they feel awful about all of the US military personnel they have killed with IED’s.

I stand slack jawed at the Nation we are becoming.  We have stopped showing certain images from 9/11because they are offensive and it would incite anger.  We couldn’t show the pictures of Bin Laden with his hair parted by a Navy Seal because that would anger the Muslims.  There is no farting in Afghanistan (refer to one my earlier blogs, this is true) because they find it offensive. Are you kidding me?

I am glad the Marines didn’t find it offensive to kill all the Japanese on Iwo Jima.  I am glad Patton wasn’t concerned about offending people during his epic movements.  I am sorry there are times that when you are challenged you can’t worry about the challenger’s feelings.  What about the nose art on the bombers in WW2 or the messages that have been written on the bombs before they were dropped.  I remember from my combat tour guys writing all kinds of messages for the enemy on just about anything they could write on.  I have never heard anyone say, “excuse me can you shoot me with that gun instead of the one you are using because that horribly offensive slogan that is written on it.”

“Hey, I know you killed several thousand of our innocent people with no regard to rules of combat.  But, hey when we come after you to avenge our fallen, we will play by all of the rules and we will make every attempt not to offend you.”

We will not survive with this mentality.  Period.  Here is the article below.  In closing I hope the Marines are soaking the bullets to their Jesus guns in pig fat before they shoot another one of these rotten pieces of trash.

US troops take on Taliban with secret ‘Jesus rifles’

US soldier Jesus rifle sights

‘No one realised’ rifle sights had been inscribed with Bible references by manufacturer

By Jack Bremer
American troops fighting in Afghanistan are using rifle sights secretly inscribed with coded biblical references. The inscriptions are in direct contravention of military rules designed to prevent criticism that the US is embarked on a religious "crusade" against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
What is bizarre about this revelation - unearthed by ABC News - is that US military commanders were apparently unaware of the fact. The inscriptions were made by the sights' manufacturer, Trijicon, a Michigan company that has always operated under Christian ideals.
The news has brought a strong reaction from those who feel the separation of of church and state must be upheld in the US military. "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
"It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles," he said.
The news is likely to be just as galling for military commanders who, given the rules, will presumably have to withdraw the sights from the frontline or have the inscriptions filed off.
Spokesmen for the US Army and the US Marines, both of which have multi-million-dollar contracts with Trijicon, told ABC News they were unaware of the secret inscriptions and were discussing what they should do about it.
The inscriptions are all references to New Testament passages and appear in the same type font and size as the model number on Trijicon's ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Guides sights) sights.
One of the coded references reads JN8:12, short for John chapter 8 verse 12. The passage reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Other references seen by ABC News were to verses from Second Corinthians, Revelation and the Gospel According to Matthew.
Trijicon put their hands immediately when approached by ABC News. Director of sales Tom Munson said the inscriptions "have always been there". The tradition was begun by the company's founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian who died in a plane crash six years ago.
The company website could hardly be clearer about where Trijicon stands. "Guided by our values, we endeavour to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom," it states. "We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on Biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals."
Munson told ABC News that in his company's view, there was nothing wrong or illegal about adding the inscriptions and said the MRFF was "not Christian".
Weinstein of the MRFF responded: "This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country," said Weinstein. "It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy."
No one seems sure where this one will go. But as one observer commented last night, if commanders feel bound to withdraw the sights, or at least order Trijicon to desist, will they also act against those troops who choose to wear a crucifix around their necks

Friday, September 9, 2011

9-11, We must never forget

10 years ago, the unthinkable happened to our Nation. So many of us were not here the last time an enemy attacked us at home, December 7, 1941.  We never thought this could happen here.  It always happens somewhere else, not here.  We had slipped into a false state of security.  We are the “Big Dog” on the block.  Nobody is going to try us.  We were wrong, dead wrong.

I remember getting in my patrol car on the morning of the 11th.  As I filled out my daily log, I recall thinking to myself how odd it was that I was working as a police officer on 9-11.  I am sure I had worked on the previous 9-11’s and never thought anything about it.  If nothing would have happened that day I would never have given it another thought.  But, something did happen that day.  Something that changed the World, forever.  Our lives would never be the same.  The World that our children would grow up in would not be the same as the one that we had grown up in.  This day will always be one of those, “I remember exactly where I was when it happened.”

Watching the images on TV as people were so desperate they dove to their deaths from the windows of the Trade Towers was horrific.  Seeing the buildings come down, knowing the firemen and police officers that were in there was heartbreaking.  As the events unfolded in the following few hours and over the next several weeks was sobering. 

The Patriotism that swelled within the American people is something I had never witnessed. You could not buy an American Flag in a store, they were all sold out.  Politics didn’t matter at that time.  It didn’t matter what your skin color was, your style of life or your religious preference.  We were Americans and we were going to show the World we were not scared.  We could not be held down.

However, since then the politics and prejudices have slowly flowed back into the norm.  We don’t think about it as much.  Society decided not to show the images of people jumping from the buildings because all that it would do is continue to “anger” us.  I think maybe we need to stay just a bit “mad”.  I am not saying that we need to walk around in fear and worry every day.  In fact I feel the opposite.  We need to stay a little mad and keep it in our minds that we are never going to let this happen again.  If you get punched in the mouth by somebody, you don’t walk around in fear of that person.  However, I think you always harbor that thought and make damn sure you don’t let them have another shot at you.

People complain they are inconvenienced at the airport because of security checks.  I wonder if any of the people on those 4 planes would gripe because of a little longer wait in the security line.  People complain that “water boarding” and other types of interrogation techniques are inhumane and cruel.  I think taking loaded planes and flying them into buildings is a little on the cruel side.  It would be impossible for me to care less if 5000 people are “water boarded” to save a single American life.  We need to remain vigil in our fight.

It is not just for us, but for those who come after us.  I wonder sometimes if we have the stomach to do it.  It is not easy nor is it pleasant.  But it is necessary.  We must never forget.