Semper Fi: Marines to the rescue

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Mar 242015
 

As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car,

I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. 


The old man was looking at the engine.

I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.

I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.

I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying:


“You shouldn’t even be allowed to drive a car at your age.” And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the 
parking lot.


I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine.

He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay.

I had seen enough, and I approached the old man.

He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, ‘Looks like you’re having a problem.’

He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head.

I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me.

 

Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and I went inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.

The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine), spoke with the old gentleman.

When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, ‘What outfit did you serve with?’

He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal …

He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.


He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye’s to his wife.

I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.

One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.

For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was written:‘Congressional Medal of Honor Society.’

medal of honor

Congressional Medal of Honor

I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.


Remember, OLD men like him gave our FREEDOM for America.  Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.

America  is not at war.  The U.S.  Military is at war. America is at the Mall.   If you don’t stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!

Remember, Freedom IS NOT free.  Thousands have paid the price, so you can enjoy what you have today.

GOD OUR FATHER, WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY ALL MY WORRIES; AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY; AND PLEASE PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, AND WATCH OVER OUR TROOPS, ‘WHO ARE DEFENDING THOSE FREEDOMS.  AMEN.

IN GOD WE TRUST, GOVERNMENT – NOT SO MUCH!

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Washington Wastebook 2014

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Oct 252014
 

Senator Tom Coburn’s Washington Wastebook

CNN) — Monkeys taught how to gamble and play video games.

People paid to watch grass grow.

Swedish massages given to rabbits.

Half of $1 million spent on a video game that is now helping terrorists train for missions.

And $1 billion spent to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition.

These are just a few examples from the 100 entry-long list in a book detailing government waste, compiled by retiring GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

In the 2014 edition of the “Wastebook,” Coburn notes that getting rid of the practice of pork barrel spending is next to impossible.

“What I have learned from these experiences is Washington will never change itself,” he said.

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Massages for rabbits

Some of the worst offenses listed in the book:

— The National Institutes of Health spent $387,000 to give Swedish massages to rabbits with a mechanical machine. Coburn notes that the NIH has a $30 billion annual budget and that the director of the NIH claims an Ebola vaccine would “probably” be ready now but for a lack of funding.

— NASA pays Russia $70 million per passenger to send American astronauts to the International Space Station and back. The space agency is spending $3 billion on the ISS this year and will conduct studies, many proposed by elementary students, including one on the “design and creation of better golf clubs.”

— “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up with” a $10,000 program paying people to watch grass grow. That grass — saltmarsh cordgrass, which can grow to be 7 feet tall — was being observed in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as part of a Fish and Wildlife Service program.

The National Science Foundation is a favorite target in Coburn’s book this year.

The foundation spent $171,000 to teach monkeys how to play video games and gamble in order to “unlock the secrets of free will,” according to the report.

Other examples include $5.2 million for “voicemails from the future that warn of a post-apocalyptic world,” $1.97 million for a Facebook page and P.R. for fossil enthusiasts and a $46,000 grant to support the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge — a contest to determine who can make the most environmentally friendly snowmobile.

The National Science Foundation is also planning on spending $1.5 million to monitor Americans’ attendance at science festivals. Another $200,000 will go to a study meant to determine “why Wikipedia is sexist,” according to the Wastebook report.

The State Department spends $90 million a year on cultural exchange programs, including one such program which sought to dispel a Pakistani journalist’s perception that Americans are “fat, rude, and cold.” It worked.

The agencies could not immediately be reached for comment.

Expensive destruction

“The real shock and awe may have been the $1 billion price tag the Pentagon paid to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition, enough to pay a full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates,” said Coburn.

The book cites Pentagon officials who said the surplus ammunition has become “obsolete, unusable, or their use is banned by international treaty.” The book notes a 2014 Government Accountability Office investigation which concluded poor record keeping was the reason the military purchased so much ammunition it didn’t need.

The Army spent nearly half a million dollars — $414,000 — to develop a video game called “America’s Army, ” a version of which terrorists have used to train for missions, according to National Security Agency e-mails sent in 2007 and leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Department of Defense is spending $80 million on a real-life “Iron Man” suit. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would need 365 pounds worth of batteries to power the suit, according to the “Wastebook.”

Congress ended this fiscal year with a debt under a trillion dollars for the first time since 2008, according to the Wastebook report, but Coburn notes that the deficit still added $486 billion, or half a trillion dollars, to the national debt, which is “quickly approaching $18 trillion.”

Of the entries listed in his book, Coburn, who will retire in 2016 after serving two terms, asks, “Is each of these a true national priority or could the money have been better spent on a more urgent need or not spent at all in order to reduce the burden of debt being left to be paid off by our children and grandchildren?”

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Natural Gas Provides Solar-Powered Electric Service in Florida

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Aug 232014
 

Natural gas is helping make it possible for electric utilities to reliably incorporate more renewable sources of energy – such as solar – to meet the ever-growing demands of customers in a growing economy.

One of the nation’s largest utilities, Florida Power & Light (FPL), uses natural gas and solar to provide clean electricity day and night, rain or shine. Take a look at this video to see how FPL uses natural gas to ensure that customers receive clean, affordable, uninterrupted, power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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FPL’s Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center is the first power plant in the country to generate electricity from both solar and natural gas. When the sun is shining, the plant makes good use of the Sunshine State’s greatest asset, but also uses natural gas to ensure its plant produces power at full capacity. At night and on cloudy days, natural gas ensures that FPL customers can still rely on the power they need to live their lives.

Thanks to the combination of natural gas and solar energy, each year, this high-tech power plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 62,000 metric tons.Using natural gas to deliver renewable energy? That’s something to think about.

For more information about the positive impact of natural gas, visit www.thinkaboutit.org

Houston Mom is Furious With the White House and Illegals

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Jul 122014
 

From News Sources

Houston mom Bernadette Lancelin says she’s furious that the White House wants to spend billions of dollars to feed and house thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally.

“I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care.

“I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood.”

 Posted by at 10:56 am

Embarrassing First Date

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Feb 232014
 

  Her First Date Wins the Prize–Funniest First Date

If you didn’t see this on the Tonight Show,      

I hope you’re sitting down when you read it.

       

     This is probably the funniest date story ever, first date or not!!!  We

        have all had bad dates but this takes the cake.

     Jay Leno went into the audience to find the most embarrassing first date

        that a woman ever had.

            

The winner described her worst first date experience.      

There was absolutely no question as to why her tale took the prize!

   

      

She said it was midwinter…snowing and quite cold…

 and the guy had taken

        her skiing in the mountains outside Salt Lake City,Utah.      

It was a day trip (no overnight).They were strangers, after

all, and had never met before.

              

The outing was fun but relatively uneventful,

until they were headed home

        late that afternoon.

       

They were driving back down the mountain,

when she gradually began to realize

        that she should not have had that extra latte!!

            

They were about an hour away from anywhere

with a rest room and in the middle  of nowhere!

       

Her companion suggested she try to hold it,

which she did for awhile.

  

      

Unfortunately, because of the heavy snow and slow going,

 there came a pointwhere she told him that he had

better stop and let her go beside the road, or it

        would be the front seat of his car.

       

     

They stopped and she quickly crawled out

beside the car, yanked her pants   down and started.

 In the deep snow she didn’t have good footing, so she

        let her butt rest against the rear fender to steady herself. Her

        companion stood on the side of the car watching for traffic and indeed was a real gentleman and refrained from peeking.

 All she could think about was the relief she felt despite the rather embarrassing nature of  the situation.

   

      

Upon finishing however, she soon became aware of another sensation. As she   bent to pull up her pants, the young lady discovered her buttocks were  firmly glued against the car’s fender.

Thoughts of tongues frozen to  poles immediately came to mind

as she attempted to disengage her flesh from the icy metal.

 

   

It was quickly apparent that she had a brand new problem,

 due to the extreme cold.

      

Horrified by her plight and yet aware of the humor of the moment, she answered her  date’s concerns about ‘what is taking so long?’ with a reply that  indeed, she was ‘freezing her butt off’ and in need of some assistance!

  

 

    

He came around the car as she tried to cover herself

with her sweater and

        then, as she looked imploringly into his eyes, he burst out laughing.

        She too, got the giggles and when they finally managed to compose

        themselves, they assessed her dilemma. Obviously, as hysterical as the situation was, they also were faced with a real problem. 

 

      

Both agreed it would take something hot to free her chilly cheeks

from the  grip of the icy metal! Thinking about what had gotten her into the  predicament in the first place, both quickly realized that there was

        only one way to get her free. 

 

       

So, as she looked the other way, her first time date proceeded to unzip his pants and pee her butt off the fender.  

 

      

As the audience screamed in laughter, she took the Tonight Show prize

        hands down. Or perhaps that should be ‘pants down’. And you thought your first date was embarrassing.

      

Jay Leno’s comment… ‘This gives a whole new meaning to being pissed  off.’    

       

Oh and how did the first date turn out?

He became her husband and was sitting next to her on the Leno show.

         If you laughed at this pass it on.

      Remember:  If  you haven’t got a smile on your face and

laughter in your heart, then you are just a sour old fart!

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What is an Aphorism

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Sep 132013
 

 An Aphorism is…

 

Aphorism: the concise statement of a principle.

 

It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.

 

You are not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

 

We have enough “youth”. How about a fountain of “smart”?

 

The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

 

A Fool and his money can throw one heck of a party

 

When blondes have more fun, do they know it?

 

LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS’ MISTAKES

 USE BIRTH CONTROL

 

Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

 

Don’t Drink and Drive. You might hit a bump and spill something.

 

If at first you don’t succeed skydiving is not for you

 

We are born naked, wet and hungry, then things get worse.

 

Red meat is not bad for you – fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

 

Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.

 

Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge to produce reproductive organs.

 

Alabama state motto:  At least we’re not Mississippi

 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NO MATCH FOR NATURAL STUPIDITY.

 

“You know why a politician is like a banana?”

 “He comes in and first he is green, then he turns yellow and then he’s rotten.”

 

I think Congressmen should wear uniforms, you know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could

 identify their corporate sponsors.

 

The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would ‘hate’ to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.

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