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    Tuesday, January 31, 2006

    She who not be named visits the pokey
    It burns my eyes to even write her name these days, but Cindy Sheehan will be taking mug shots tonight that I'm sure will be in The Smoking Gun tomorrow. Maybe she will be extradited to Cuba?

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 9:14 PM

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    State of the "Onion" (rate it on a scale of 1-10)
    Watching The President now and must say that I am pretty darn impressed. No surprises - and he sounds pretty strong and demanding (not the SNL giggle and not saying work hard 1,000 times). I know many people will be blogging about this tonight and sure there will be lots of opinions flying! I give the small portion I actually watched so far an 8. If you can keep my attention and not sound like a teacher from the Peanuts - you deserve that! I'll let the pundits break it down for you, I have to go do dishes since hubby returns from being TDY tonight!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:44 PM

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    State of the Union Address - More Ceremony than Substance?
    Tonight, President Bush will give his fifth State of the Union address. Does anyone remember last year's? Here's how the White House summarized it:
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    President Bush laid out ambitious goals for the future, behind which all Americans can unite, and urged the Nation to move forward with the work that needs to be done this year:
    1. Growing our economy and renewing great institutions
    2. Saving social security for America's future generations
    3. Protecting America's families and promoting compassion across the nation
    4. Making America safer with decisive action to win the war on terror and spread freedom

    Given the State of the Union's reputation for being long on policy and empty rhetoric and short on real analysis and solutions it begs the question, has the State of the Union address become more ceremony than substance? You'd think that with a President addressing a joint session of Congress before a nationally televised audience that this would be the stuff of high drama, but in reality it has become a carefully choreographed performance complete with predictable applause and symbolic guest who underscore the President's message. This is not a criticism of President Bush, but rather an observation on a political ritual that seems to have become meaningless. Political junkie that I am - I'll probably still watch it, though.

    Here are some other interesting articles on the subject...

    In fifth State of the Union address, Bush to seek to rescue presidency from a bad year
    President Bush, in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, will offer ideas for dealing with domestic problems like high energy and health care costs and international troubles like Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions. The unspoken agenda underpinning the address, Bush's fifth, is the rescue of his presidency from arguably its worst year.

    The State of the Union Is Unreal
    There are so many shining cities on the hill of bad State of the Union speechwriting. In preparation for tonight's exercise in forgettable dissembling, test your knowledge of the genre by matching the quote with the reality-challenged president who uttered it.

    Song of Myself
    Thomas Jefferson abandoned the spectacle when he became president, preferring to send his constitutionally mandated message to Congress in writing. His republican example succeeded in killing the ritual for more than a hundred years....Lately, things have grown worse. President Bill Clinton's final State of the Union expired after 9,000 words and more kitchen sinks than you'll find at Home Depot. The Gettysburg Address, by comparison, was 266 words...The Speech's cheap theatricality is finally beginning to grate, with some people calling it meaningless and ready for extinction.

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    Just for yucks


    Scroll down to join our debates and don't forget to vote on the poll!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:04 AM

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    Monday, January 30, 2006

    From Bad To Worse
    A 15-year-old girl, and possibly her uncle, both in Iraq, have died from H5N1, aka bird flu. With our troops over there, this has the potential to get very bad.

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    Jewish Democrats come get "Gretatized"
    HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE???
    I want a truce and I promise to be good. (Bin Laden's fingers crossed behind back)

    Give us money and we won't destroy Israel today...even though that is our ultimate goal. Maybe next week, but not this week. (Hamas)

    Hamas in power is soooo scary to me and should be to every American in the U.S. Israel is our FRIEND and Hamas's main goal is to wipe them out!!! Comprende? Even if you are a racist bigot and like to blame the Jews on everything - you should realize that this is 10,000 steps back for world peace!!! Being a Jew, I will and have always supported Israel and that is why I switched from liberal views to Republican/Conservative. Jews need to realize that Republican leadership will continue to be the best ally for Israel - PERIOD!!!

    I invite all Jews that still vote Democrat to come forward and justify their argument or else "Gretatize" ( get it - like Hannity's Hannitize) yourself here and switch parties for the important reasons. Don't give me the "I hate Bush" argument either - it won't fly here. Every liberal you vote in, impacts the world around you. Stop being ignorant and having the sheep-like mentality of "my parent's are Democrats so I should be too! Think for yourselves!!! Go check out the Republican Jewish Coalition for some more info if you are still unsure.

    P.S. For all my non-Jewish readers - you can feel my passion and I don't mean to leave you out.

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 10:38 AM

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    Participation Welcome!!!
    I love blogging. I mean really love blogging. It is as much a part of my day as drinking coffee and kissing kids good-bye for school. I am absolutely thrilled that I am averaging about 150 readers a day according to my stats plus those that read through RSS feeds!!! Agree, disagree, indifferent, cat got your tongue - it is all OK here.

    If you have more than the 60 seconds to read my post - go ahead - tell me what is on your mind and be sure to sign my Frappr map (left column).

    COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: I like blogs because...

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:17 AM

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    Sunday, January 29, 2006

    Talk amongst yourselves
    Head on over to Cox & Forkum for the rest of this!

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    Saturday, January 28, 2006

    20 Years Ago
    Challenger Crew

    You know, they say that this is one of those "where were you" moments. And I can just barely remember. I was in first or second grade and the teachers had grouped some of the classes together to watch it. Being only 6 at the time I don't remember all the details but I do remember one of the teacher running to the t.v. to turn it off after the Challenger exploded. I also remember some of the other kids crying.

    The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."
    Ronald Reagan
    January 28, 1986

    t/b stop the ACLU

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    UGH!!!
    You know you really feel like pond scum when...you let your husband take the 3 kids to OK City for a gymnastics meet (overnight) and you stay behind. Usually nothing can keep me from my kiddos. But, when he insisted I stay home and rest (after I packed for everyone), I felt it the best option. He said "you've done this hotel and meet thing by yourself." My answer was "yes, but I am super-mom." I promised to watch the recorded meet when they get home. Off to bed for some R&R with the critters and mindless TV. Please go read my post over at It's a Matter of Opinion and wish them a g'day in their shoutbox. Signing off for the day - I think. When I have more energy I promise to read my entire blogroll & comment!

    Plan B: Calling my primary care idiot on Monday and demanding a referral to Infectious Disease at the rec. of the hematologist. I want this strange crud to be behind me once and for all so I can be "caffeine driven 100 mile/hr Greta again!"

    P.S. As always...I still have my warped sense of humor!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 1:07 PM

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    Winner of Nemo Sushi Contest
    Chevy Rose with:

    "You know this place always serves cute kids' meals. Pass the applesauce."

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:55 AM

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    Friday, January 27, 2006

    My first post with the Aussies
    Go over to It's a Matter of Opinion and read my first post over there. My Bostonian readers will really appreciate it!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:44 PM

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    Thursday, January 26, 2006

    Recent Seaches that Landed at Hooah Wife
    Num Perc. Search Term
    2 16.67% screw-my-sexy-wife
    1 8.33% greta tulsa oklahoma
    1 8.33% blog rings
    1 8.33% wife
    1 8.33% saturday night live pirate skit
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    1 8.33% little vaginas
    1 8.33% wife goes black
    1 8.33% sweet toosh
    12 100.00%

    P.S. I couldn't make this stuff up!!! LMAO!!!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:32 PM

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    Calling All Drs. & Cybersleuths
    I wish I could say I feel better since the doc says I most likely don't have cancer -but I still feel like crud. I went back to the first time I complained on my blog (I'm a yenta) that I was feeling sick - it was back in the 1st week of November. Same symptoms I have today - swollen glands, low back pain, fatigue, low grade fever... Now here is the tricky connection (maybe)...hubby was home from a vist from Lake Charles where he was working hurricane relief. He had been to some of the coastal parishes and of course brought me back his dirty laundry.

    I joked with my neighbor that he probably carried home something and gave it to me. She called me today and asked me to check the dates of his visit - since this "unexplained" illness has been going on soooooo long.

    Here is where you come in - see if you can find some type of connection. I am pretty sure my son has something similar - thought more mild than me. This is all too strange.

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 2:07 PM

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    Oklahoma Roundup
    • 2 local radio personalities and bloggers welcome new babies in January. Joe Kelley welcomes twin boys and Michael Bates welcomes a baby boy
    • Did anyone get the # of the truck that ran me over? - yes I still feel like eco-waste
    • Sand Springs is making all kinds of top news because of eminent domain. Laura Ingraham and Hannity on Fox discussed it yesterday. To get the inside skinny on this check out Don Singleton's post here and Batesline here and the NY Times here.
    • Owasso, my little piece of the Tulsa suburb pie, had a front page story about a sex offender in the local paper, The Owasso Reporter (no archives on-line). July of 2005 a 23 year old man named Alberto Farias was charged with sexual battery, his second offense. His other case was deferred for 3 years. If this isn't bad enough that he has been roaming the streets, he is an illegal alien. So now we have a registered sex offender who should be deported by INS living in a nice little suburb. He will serve 1 year in the county jail compliments of my tax dollars and be free to roam again. We should ALL have a problem with this. Unless, of course, you are with the ACLU and feel badly for this guy!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:56 AM

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    Wednesday, January 25, 2006

    Wednesday Hero
    Sgt. Carl W. Lee
    Sgt. Carl W. Lee
    23 years old from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    November 28, 2004

    Sgt. Carl W. Lee, 23, died Sunday, November 28, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. His unit was conducting a dismounted patrol when it encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire.

    Claudie Lee said she and the rest of the family hadn’t seen her oldest son, a 2000 graduate of Crooked Oak High School, since last Christmas.

    “He had some close calls,” Claudie Lee said. “He said he didn’t know if he’d make it home, and he didn’t. We’re still not believing it’s true.”

    Lee joined the Army after high school, but was expected to leave after his three-year commitment. Instead, he decided to make the military his career.

    Rusty McMurtrey, Lee’s 21-year-old brother, credited his older sibling with saving his life. Lee helped him get away from gangs and also helped him with math in high school.

    “He was the reason I graduated school and got as far as I did,” McMurtrey said through tears. “Since I can remember, Carl was the only one who’d been there for me.”


    These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

    If you have a loved who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, and would like for me to profile them as a Wednesday Hero, I would be proud to. Just email me with some info and a photo.
    We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
    Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

    Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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    Tuesday, January 24, 2006

    PHEW!!!
    Just got back from my CT scan, bloodwork and the hematologist/oncologist. I have been feeling and looking much better the past few days (just a little tired). Today my blood was back to normal - WBC back up to 7.8 from 2.2 and everything else was fine. The CT scan was normal and gotta love that Berry flavored Barium (yum). The doc said it may have been some unexplained virus that started back in November when I thought I had meningitis. The doc left an open door to come in if anything arises again. Big relief. Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers!!! My readers are the best.

    P.S. the gal who screwed up my CT scheduling so bad was fired this morning.

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 5:58 PM

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    Vatican's Official Newspaper Calls Intelligent Design Unscientific
    Last week, the Vatican's official newspaper weighed in on the intelligent design controversy. According to the New York Times, the article in the 16-17 January edition of L'Osservatore Romano essentially called intelligent design unscientific.

    Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna stated, "If the model proposed by Darwin is not considered sufficient, one should search for another...But it is not correct from a methodological point of view to stray from the field of science while pretending to do science. It only creates confusion between the scientific plane and those that are philosophical or religious."

    The article was published in support of a recent decision by a judge in Pennsylvania that rejects the teaching of intelligent design as a scientific alternative to evolution.

    For those interested in some light reading on the subject go to The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin.


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    The Rogue Jew
    If you haven't visited this guy - today is the day. His photoshop creation is priceless!

    ROGUE: a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:18 AM

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    Northern Neighbors Celebrate!!!
    I know Len at Rite Turn Only and all the Blogging Torries are happy campers this week. Politics in Canada hae shifted to the right!!! Why should we care? D'uh - we don't have the best relations with them now and we should care, they are our neighbors! In case you forgot, they also own a large chunk of our border.

    P.S. Maybe if we are nice to them - they will keep giving us cheap drugs and higher alcohol beer. I love Brador hint hint!!!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:13 AM

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    Monday, January 23, 2006

    I'm surrounded by idiots and an honorary Aussie! (all in the same day)
    First off - I feel like Elaine from Seinfeld. I must have a profile at the doctors office. I didn't get the CT scan today because I am allergic to shellfish. I will get one tomorrow after I take a concoction of drugs tonight and tomorrow. The nurse made it a point to show me on my chart that I didn't write down that I had any food allergies - but she couldn't have asked me??? I take partial blame - but I was one pissed off camper! Drove straight to Starbucks for a morning jolt and then home to re-group and prepare for the CT scan tomorrow! He may be the best doctor in the world - but his support staff can kiss my little white ass!

    As for the Aussie thing - I was invited to be a guest contributor on It's A Matter of Opinion. I even got my own welcome post. I can't really hang with this group of intellects - but they want a little "Greta" to mix things up for them and give them that Yankee humor and wit - I suppose!

    I thought EVERYONE would jump on the Nemo Sushi thing!!!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:51 PM

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    Nemo Sushi Contest



    Best caption for this one will be announced Thursday.

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:07 AM

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    Sunday, January 22, 2006

    Hooah Health Crud
    Tomorrow AM I get my CT scan. I will be crabby without my coffee and having to drink the radioactive concoction instead!!! Tuesday I head back to the hematologist/oncologist to find out if I need any more tests and what exactly I am dealing with. Thank you for all your well wishes. I hate not going 100 miles an hour all day!!! Apologies for not being more faithful to my blogroll - mommy stuff comes first and there isn't much energy left after that! No well wishes please - just mindless deep thoughts and silly links! I'll leave the real posting up to Silke and Indian Chris. A little more tweaking is going to be done with my blogskin - be patient! Hugs & Kisses ~G~

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:41 PM

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    Saturday Night Live Reading This Blog?
    I am convinced SNL writers have been reading my blog - just joking - all blogs. I usually cringe at the news with the "girls" but they really cracked me up last night! They made fun of Hillary pandering, Nagin, Gore, Kerry and boy was it funny. You think they finaly realized that people on the "right" watch the show and get the humor!? Also enjoyed the Target skit - and a little of the cat skit-cyclops kitty. The Pirate skit cracked my kids up (yes they were up late)Arrrr!!!

    "Pandering Scarlett O'Hillary loves the ACLU if you do and is against them if you are! "

    Others talking about this: A Little Right of Center, Jenni's Jottings and a bunch of under 20 live journal kids who hated it!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 9:02 AM

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    Saturday, January 21, 2006

    I repeat...
    Please head over to milblogging.com, register for free and make Hooah Wife one of your favorites...oh this is pathetic,merciless begging!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 9:06 AM

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    Jewish Love & Guilt
    I really feel the love today. So many warm fuzzies coming from Iran. Blaming Jews for every problem in the world doesn't cut it. Most my blog readers are sensible people and feel the same - but how do people and cultures get so messed up? Jews are the chosen ones - right? Judeo-Christian (Judeo comes first), we aren't all rich, we don't own everything, we value education, we are a kind hard working people (for the most part). If that makes you jealous - then get your head out of your ass and work harder! As for Jewish guilt - a Jewish mother's job is to make you feel guilty for being born (yes, my mom is visiting)!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 8:23 AM

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    Friday, January 20, 2006

    The Great Democrat Lie
    I just wanted to get up a quick post about something Hillary said during her Martin Luther King day rant that the media has ignored. She said that Democrats were largely responsible for much of the nation's progress in areas like civil rights and women's rights. Maybe she should go and look through some history books, or watch The Presidents on the History Channel. Very good program. Or she should read this.
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    Wasn't it a Republican president that freed the slaves with Democrats opposing it? After they were freed and Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson(D) became president. The man many consider to be the most racist president in history. He had actually owned a few slaves before becoming VP. The man he looked up to as a hero was Andrew Jackson. The great White Indian killer. The man who believed the white man owned the land and forced the Indian to leave their homes. Predominately five tribes. Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole, the 5 Civilized Tribes. Which has become to be known as The Trails Of Tears, which caused the death of millions of Indians due to starvation and disease. Johnson believe that Blacks were savages and should just go back to working on the plantations. During this time it was the "radical Republicans" in Congress who believe that blacks should be protected, made U.S. citizens and given the right to vote. I guess we all know where Johnson stood on those. While Congress was in recess, Johnson welcomed the Southern states back into the union without giving any guarantees of protection to blacks. In 1865, the Freeman's Bureau was created to help freed slaves find new employment and to improve educational and health facilities. Johnson vetoed giving it more power to better protect former slaves. In fact, he vetoed 29 bills the Republican held Congress sent up to help protect freed slaves. In 1866 the Republican held Congress also passed the first Civil Rights bill, without President Johnson's help. After Johnson left office, Ulysses S. Grant(R) became president. During this time the south began to move back into the hands of the Democrats. Also during this time was when the Ku Klux Klan was started... by Southern Democrats. Republican Grant sent federal troops to the south and was able to effectively crush them. One way he was able to do this was by arresting members and holding them without trial. Sound familiar. Only to have them rise again later still under Democrat control. Then in the late 1870's, early 1880's, Democrats were able to grab the last two Republican held southern states which brought about the rise of segregation that didn't end until the late 1960's, when the south began to make the move back to the Right, when Lyndon Johnson(D) sighed the second Civil Rights bill with the help of the Republican controlled Congress after the Democrats opposed it.

    Am I saying that the Republican party has a spotless history? By no means. We've had our share of racists and slave owners, but the Republican party has actually done more for civil rights than the Democrats have. So Mrs. Clinton can lie and fool herself into believing the Democratic party has a history of civil rights progress, and the media can choose to ignore her falsehood, but all the American people have to do is open a book to know the truth. And head over to DNC.org and see how much of this stuff they've left out. At least they got the history of the jackass as their symbol right.
    Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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    Silke's Response to Greta's Deep Thoughts
    • I am 100% for doctor assisted suicide - I'm for it too.
    • If you work for Al Jazeera your citizenship should be stripped - I say we send them to Iraq with US press credentials!
    • Al Jazeera is a tool for extremist propaganda - I totally agree.
    • Those who say Bush is a terrorist are themselves terrorist sympathizers - terrorist sympathizers? No. Idiots? Yes!
    • I believe in parental notification for minor abortions - me too.
    • Pandering makes me sick - yup, me too.
    • If there is an afterlife it is what you do that gets you there - I sure hope so, but I must admit I do find myself praying from time to time.
    • The MSM has an agenda - yes, but so does everyone else. Let's be honest, we all read, watch and listen to the sources that most agree with our own views.
    • Bush is not responsible for global warming - true, he's not. The real issue is can we stop it? And that is everyone's responsibility.
    • If the US needs to spy on potential terrorists, go for it - I agree, but we should do it within the context of our Constitution. How ironic that in the struggle to defend our freedom we must then give up some of it.
    • Will there ever be a "United" States? - "United" in what sense? We all agree on everything and there is never any dissent? Who wants to live in a society like that? I don't.

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    Poll Results
    Here is your opportunity to tell me who the "other" radio personality you like best is. Any thoughts for the next poll? I already know from previous polls that the majority of my readers blog without others knowing, blog all the time and are similar to polar bears...now what else can we find out - religion, political party, affiliation, stance on abortion or just keep it light and fluffy?

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 12:02 PM

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    Phishing & Spamming & Begging..oh my!
    Just a word to the wise - I know all of you are smart enough to smell a scam but some seem so real. Just be careful is all I'm saying! And if you would like to donate to my $485 gas bill - personal checks are accepted here!

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:22 AM

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    JP is big time now!
    Jean Paul Borda from milblogging.com got a gig with military.com - I am very proud of him - since I have been with him from the beginning! Hooah JP!!!

    P.S. If you go over to http://milblogging.com and register for free - you can make a favorites page (hint hint nudge nudge wink wink) and get all the current posts from your favorites in 1 place! Since I know I am your favorite - take the time and do it - K?

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 6:31 AM

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    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    Deep Thoughts from Greta
    • If you are terminal and you want to die with dignity - I am 100% for doctor assisted suicide
    • If you work for Al Jazeera - your US citizenship should be stripped
    • Al Jazeera is the equivalent of a money laundering scandal that launders extremist propaganda
    • Those who say Bush is equivalent to a terrorist may be considered a terrorist sympathizer and have their head up their ass sooo far we should only hear muffling sounds
    • I believe in parental notification for minor abortions with the exceptions being that where a judge is involved
    • pandering makes me sick - why can't anybody run on the "I have done .... In my life and this is what I will do in office whether you like it or not platform..." Maybe I should run (hear the rattle rattle of skeletons)
    • I will NEVER change my mind that if there is an afterlife it is what you do that gets you there -not what you believe
    • The MSM makes me ill - there is an agenda and if people don't get that by now - they shouldn't be allowed to vote - hey, that should be a pre-requisite for voting
    • I absolutely love the photoshop below that Indian Chris did for me - thanks pal
    • If Pluto is a dog - what is Goofy? what movie is that from?
    • Bush is not responsible for global warming - the world changes every day - it is a living organism
    • If the US needs to spy on potential terrorists - go for it - I will not cry! If you have nothing to hide - you shouldn't sweat that one either!
    • Will there ever be a "United" States?

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 3:18 PM

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    ACLUseless Thursday
    Pandering Scarlett O'Hillary loves the ACLU if you do and is against them if you are!

    This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay at Jay@stoptheaclu.com or Gribbit at GribbitR@gmail.com. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 115 blogs already on-board.

    Shared by Greta (Hooah Wife) @ 7:31 AM

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2006

    Wednesday Hero
    Maj. Mark Mitchell
    On November 14, 2003 Army Maj. Mark Mitchell became the first man awarded the Distinguished Service Cross since the Vietnam War. Maj. Mitchell was the ground force commander of a rescue operation in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan in 2001 while assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group.
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    The details of how the bloody battle started are still unconfirmed. However, most reports from eyewitnesses indicate that the three-day conflict erupted when an a Taliban enemy prisoner of war drew a grenade while being searched, pulled the pin and killed himself and a Northern Alliance commander.

    The suicide attack triggered the uprising and an estimated 500 Taliban prisoners being held in Qala-I-Jangi, which means “House of War,” stormed two CIA agents working at the facility who were interviewing prisoners. Spann, one of ambushed agents, died at the prison and the other agent escaped.

    Mitchell, 38, a Desert Storm veteran, heard of the attack when a Northern Alliance soldier rushed into a facility his unit was preparing for humanitarian workers and told him that he and his men were needed immediately at the prison.

    Mitchell organized a team of 16 British and American soldiers and sped to the prison about 25 kilometers away.

    When they arrived, Mitchell led his soldiers into battle against prisoners who had armed themselves with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, machine guns, and rifles they collected from armories at the prison. Armed with a rifle and pistol, Mitchell, wearing no body armor and head protection, climbed to the highest point of the fortress to survey the battleground.

    From that vantage point, Mitchell’s men began to call in air strikes on the Taliban. Later that evening, Mitchell and his men withdrew from the prison to plan the next day’s operations.

    The following morning, Mitchell’s men returned to the fortress and were greeted by a barrage of gunfire. Mitchell and his unit requested more air support, but misfortune struck when a bomb fell near Mitchell’s team injuring nine of his soldiers.

    After evacuating his injured men for most of the day, Mitchell returned to the fortress under the cover of darkness with five men and directed more air strikes on the enemy positions. By morning of the third day, most of the prisoners had been killed, and those who remained were killed when the Northern Alliance rolled into the compound with tanks.

    Mitchell’s award credits “his unparalleled courage under fire, decisive leadership and personal sacrifice,” which it said “were directly responsible for the success of the rescue operation and were further instrumental in ensuring the city of Mazar-e-Sharif did not fall back in the hands of the Taliban.”

    Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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    Under-Rated Blogs
    Go over and put your 2 cents here - for what it is worth! h/t Basil

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    I am Boston Creme
    Liz over at Explicitly Ambiguous had this quiz and how funny I came out as I did being a gal from Boston.
    You Are a Boston Creme Donut

    You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.
    But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.
    You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.
    You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and pout if it's sold out.

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    Stampeding Joan and Melissa
    I usually never watch the Golden Globes or anything similar. Unless it involves conservative talk show hosts, Disney movies or reality crap - I am oblivious. As the nasty bitch in most women like to come out and criticize those that have "made it," I applaud Go Fug Yourself once again for reminding me why I love these Red Carpet events! I love Joan Rivers and Melissa - but this is sooooo much better with Fug Culture talk!

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    Tuesday, January 17, 2006

    New Feature
    Right hand column - poll - Vote away! Tomorrow - Indian Chris's mititary tribute - a classic series!

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    A Greta Bitch Rant
    Forgive me more this rant ahead of time. I am being pleasant to everyone around me - so whoever reads this - gets my bitching.
    • What the hell is wrong with people - you work for an oncologist - time is of the damn essence - comprende? Don't tell me you didn't see my referral and then later call me to make me sound like a moron because it was in a pile you forgot to look at!
    • My soon to be ex-primary care doc had his 20 year old nurse asst. call me on the phone for the SECOND TIME to tell me the doctor says my blood work came out just fine and I don't have leukemia. Well guess what - it wasn't fine the first time or second time you called - MORON!!!
    • I've lost about 5 pounds in the past week - I have no appetite, coffee isn't even cutting it and lets not even go with the lovely bodily functions. However, those were the 5 pounds I have been trying to lose for 5 years - so good riddance to them. I have about 5 more to go - so I hope I don't find a cure until I reach my goal!
    • I am not in the mood for politics the past few days - just humor. Don't make me go to the Alito hearings and bitch slap everyone that pisses me off!!!
    • I'm in a pissy mood and guess who is coming to help me when hubby goes on a fishing trip - my mom. Love her to death, but already laid the ground rules on "unsolicited advice"
    • For the upside - life is great and I love my family, pets and blogging "free therapy at my convenience"!Thanks for hanging with me and please only leave me humorous comments on this rant - like a bad joke or stupid cartoon!!!

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    An excellent post
    Go Over to Some Soldier's Mom and read this post. Well worth your time!

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    Hooah Crud - this & that from Greta
    • Valentine's day is coming quickly. Get your soldier stuff out by Feb. 1. My neighbor and I adopted 10 soldiers from Adopt a Platoon for the Valentine campaign. Once you've passed their original screening - you can jump into any campaign.
    • I had energy yesterday and cleaned like a mad woman!
    • I am proud that we recognize MLK Day. Too bad there hasn't been anyone good enough to follow in his shoes to be a "uniter not a divider."
    • I am disgusted with NEGATIVE politics at the moment - I know I am not the only one.
    • I watched my friend's kid yesterday (the one diagnosed with cancer) - this is really tearing me up. She had to go make out a will.
    • Jewish blogging awards (I didn't make it) go vote for aaron's cc in 5 categories
      Best Series
      Best Post
      Best Humor Blog (vote for IFOC in the right column)
      Best Politics Blog (vote for IFOC in the right column)
      Best Personal Blog
    • gotta go deal with Triscare insurance today to get my CT scan
    • my favorite cartoon these days is Fairly Oddparents. Quote from Timmy's dad "I used to have dreams Timmy - how long ago? dad - How old are you?
    • Challenge for the day - read and comment on 1 new blog and tell me what it is

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    Monday, January 16, 2006

    Letter from a Birmingham Jail
    On good Friday, April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy were arrested for demonstrating without a permit. The next day, the Birmingham campaign was launched. These demonstrations would prove to be the turning point in the war to end desegregation in the South. During the eleven days he spent in jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a famous letter. If you get a chance, King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail is worth the read. It demonstrates the genius of an inspirational leader who fought injustice through non-violent means and sparked a social revolution.

    A few passages really spoke to me...

    "I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constatnly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

    But despite [some] notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church. I do not say this as on of those negative critics who can always find something wrong with the church. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves the church; who was nurtured in its bosom; who has been sustained by its spiritual blessings and who will remain true to it as along as the cord of Rio shall lengthen.

    Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an arch defender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are."

    King's disappointment with the "white moderates" and "white church" is quite compelling. It leaves you with the impression that when confronted with injustice, silence is often just as bad as the injustice itself.



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    Dream
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    I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

    But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

    In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

    But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

    We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

    It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

    But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

    The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

    We cannot walk alone.

    And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

    We cannot turn back.

    There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

    I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

    And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

    I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

    I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    I have a dream today!

    I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

    I have a dream today!

    I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

    This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

    With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

    And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

    My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

    Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

    From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

    And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

    And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

    Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

    Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of
    Pennsylvania.

    Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

    Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

    But not only that:

    Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

    Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

    Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

    From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

    And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

    Free at last! Free at last!

    Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    August 28, 1963

    Change Through Peace. Here's to that dream coming true one day.
    Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Complete this sentence
    If I had 2 minutes to speak to George Bush I would say...

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    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    Come on Patriots!!!
    I remember that one fateful day when Coach took me aside. I knew what was coming. "You don't have to tell me," I said. "I'm off the team, aren't I?" "Well," said Coach, "you never were really ON the team. You made that uniform you're wearing out of rags and towels, and your helmet is a toy space helmet. You show up at practice and then either steal the ball and make us chase you to get it back, or you try to tackle people at inappropriate times." It was all true what he was saying. And yet, I thought something is brewing inside the head of this Coach. He sees something in me, some kind of raw talent that he can mold. But that's when I felt the handcuffs go on. ~Jack Handy~

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    Weekend Fun

    Looking for a few "Hooah Wife" what people are saying about us sayings. Mine are:
    "I'm selling my plasma TV - who needs it when you have Hooah Wife for entertainment"
    "This is more fun than hanging with my dysfuntional family at the holidays."
    "I'm calling the ACLU on this blog - they checked their PC at the door and piss me off."
    "I have to change my depends undergarment after reading this blog."
    "I find I am spending less time being productive in life and will soon need a 12 step hooah wife blog program"
    "What the hell is hooah anyway, how do you pronouce Silke and why is there a guy contributing on a blog with wife in the title?"

      Since Indian Chris is the only entry in the "messy space contest," so far he is the winner. Contest ends tomorrow - still time!


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      Friday, January 13, 2006

      Humor and Health
      Since I know y'all (I lived in Texas for 5 years- I can say that) have been biting your nails worrying about my appointment today, well here is the current update.

      Went to the Cancer Center to see the hematologist/oncologist. I looked half way decent for the appointment, sporting my new Talbot's boots and Aveda makeup. I've felt like pond scum all week and actually felt good today. Hubby met me there, which I joked about since he rarely even went to OB appointments (at least for child #2). We acted like the juvenile idiots we are in the waiting room, cracking jokes and being a little too loud. We laughed extra loud when a guy walked by with "the rat hat" (if you aren't a Seinfeld fan - forget me explaining).

      Waiting until the waiting room finally cleared out - a looong time, we were finally called in. I spent the whole morning going through my old medical records, put a sticky note on previous lab work and wrote a 2 page history of my medical life. The doctor said that was very helpful as he could see my previous blood work. He seemed like a great guy, not an alarmist and very calm, but not making a joke out of my feeling like this (like my soon to be ex-primary care doctor).

      He said right off the bat, that leukemia didn't stick out. He would run additional blood work and wanted a CT scan next week to check on my internal lymph nodes. My neck and armpit nodes have been swollen, so this would give him a picture of the rest (my inner beauty). I got some more blood drawn (the usual latex allergy dilemma) and then scheduled my f/u. If I get lucky (LOL) I might get a marrow puncture next week - woohoo!

      Anyhoo, not going to worry about anything that I have no control over at the moment. I'll keep you posted. Wierd - I ran into a friend of mine there - she was finding out the results of a breast biopsy.

      Damn - this getting older stuff SUCKS!!! This weekend - extra chocolate!!!

      P.S. For those of you that pray - please add my friend "Diane" in your prayers. I ran into her at the cancer clinic today. We hadn't spoken for a couple of weeks and she found out today that she has stage 4 breast cancer. She also has a 5 year old like me. She called to tell me her diagnosos and was wishing me that mine turns out better.

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      Quick - What Movie?
      "What you're telling me, essentially, is that Napoleon was a short, dead dude?"

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      Thursday, January 12, 2006

      Happy Birthday

      To my best friend from forever - Denise. She reads this every day - so thought she'd enjoy seeing her name on the blog!

      To Bill - (aka) the Florida Masochist! Go over and wish him a good one!

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      Stop the ACLUseless Thursday
      Gotta love this guy (really bad language). At least he has his shirt on this time!

      This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay at Jay@stoptheaclu.com or Gribbit at GribbitR@gmail.com. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 115 blogs already on-board.

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      Wednesday, January 11, 2006

      Harry & Hillary
      In the words of the Church Lady, "well, isn't that special?" You think Hillary might feel a little squeamish about the company she will be seen with? Day-O!

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      Wednesday Heroes
      POW/MIA
      These brave men and women have risked and given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

      If you have a loved who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, and would like for me to profile them as a Wednesday Hero, I would be proud to. Just email me with some info and a photo.
      We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
      Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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      Tuesday, January 10, 2006

      New Contest -MESSIEST AREA
      This contest is for the messiest area in your house, shed, car or garage. Take a picture and get it to us by Sunday. It could be a junk drawer, that corner in the shed, or the mystery corner in your spare room. Don't forget about the junk drawer! Here's the catch - it can't be your desk (we already did that) and it has to be an area smaller than you! You can upload your picture at TinyPic. Winner will be announced on Monday. Again - no prizes - just the fun of a contest. Maybe we can submit it to one of those makeover shows with an annoying host or hostess??? Get your competitive claws out and GO!!!

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      Testing 1..2..3
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      the ablility to expand posts. Greta has been wanting this for some time and I think I may have found a way of doing it.

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      Take your "Day-O" and Shove It
      Harry Belafonte who? UNICEF? For any of those that missed what our famous has-been has done... here it is in a nutshell: He went to Venezuela as a UNICEF rep (note the UN in UNICEF) and spouted off his hate for our President. Who the hell cares what Harry Who says? Not me personally, I didn't even know he was still alive. But does this cross the lines of free speech? Treason?

      I LOVE Scott Ott's take on this one!

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      Monday, January 09, 2006

      Abramoff
      Here you go. 9 diffrent websites all with the same story. Democrats took money as well. And I love the argument "well, they took them from tribes, not Abramoff directly". If it had been the other way around, and it was Republicans that took bribes from tribes rather than from a lobbiest directly, do you think Dean would be singing the same tune? Here's another post you should read. It's the truth. I really don't care. And that should read "in this mess". I just don't feel like fixing it.

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      Newt gets it right on the Abramoff Scandal
      Here's what Newt Gingrich has to say about the Abramoff Scandal:

      "The Abramoff scandal (and it is a scandal) is only one symptom of the growing profoundly unhealthy nature of power in Washington. Abramoff is the product of the system, not the system is the product of Abramoff. Abramoff did not create the system, but he did use it. It is important to start by stating flatly that this is not a lobbyist scandal. This is a lobbyist-incumbent-staff scandal. Abramoff and every other guilty person should go to jail.

      The questions of lobbying should be looked at. But looking only at lobbyists protects the heart of the current system of incumbency protection-big government spending and power-Washington insider domination of the country which as a system is much more dangerous than the Abramoff scandal alone. The Congressional earmarks for pork, the special powers of Senators to blackmail the Executive Branch, the special provisions written into an overly complex tax code late at night in hidden meetings are symptoms of this larger problem of which Abramoff is only the tip of the iceberg."

      He goes on to offer some practical reforms, which I'm sure will fall on deaf ears. Unfortunately partisan politics will dictate that each side blame the other instead of acknowledging what this scandal is really all about:

      "Efforts to focus reforms only on lobbying are efforts that will fail to move beyond the symptoms and look at the entire disease of corrupt power which is slowly engulfing the national government."

      Newt's right. This is not a partisan political issue. All Americans (Republican and Democrat) should be outraged at the way the system in Washington works and should work together to reform it.

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      Helloooooooooo!

      Damn Post Office - stamps go up today by 2 cents. I should have listened to Chevy Rose and bought them before the rush!

      Let's hear some comments today!!!

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      But Our Hands Are Clean
      Greta wanted me to crosspost this from my site.

      No one can lie like Howard Dean.
      "BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

      DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.

      BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.

      DEAN: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There is no evidence...

      BLITZER: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?

      DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others took money from Indian tribes. They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's no evidence that I've seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth. They have misled the American people. And now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this"
      Oops.

      * Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Received At Least – $22,500
      * Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) Received At Least – $6,500
      * Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) Received At Least – $1,250
      * Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) Received At Least – $2,000
      * Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Received At Least – $20,250
      * Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Received At Least – $21,765
      * Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Received At Least – $7,500
      * Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Received At Least – $12,950
      * Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Received At Least – $8,000
      * Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) Received At Least – $7,500
      * Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) Received At Least – $14,792
      * Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) Received At Least – $79,300
      * Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Received At Least – $14,000
      * Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Received At Least – $2,000
      * Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) Received At Least – $1,250
      * Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Received At Least – $45,750
      * Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Received At Least – $9,000
      * Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) Received At Least – $2,000
      * Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Received At Least – $14,250
      * Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Received At Least – $3,300
      * Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Received At Least – $98,550
      * Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Received At Least – $28,000
      * Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) Received At Least – $4,000
      * Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Received At Least – $6,000
      * Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Received At Least – $29,830
      * Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Received At Least – $14,891
      * Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Received At Least – $10,550
      * Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Received At Least – $78,991
      * Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Received At Least – $20,168
      * Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Received At Least – $5,200
      * Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Received At Least – $7,500
      * Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) Received At Least – $2,300
      * Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Received At Least – $3,500
      * Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Received At Least – $68,941
      * Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) Received At Least – $4,000
      * Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) Received At Least – $4,500
      * Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) Received At Least – $4,300
      * Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Received At Least – $29,550
      * Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Received At Least – $6,250
      * Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Received At Least – $6,250

      And I just love how Blitzer waited until the end of the interview to ask this question knowing full well that time was almost up. No bias here ladies and gentelmen.
      Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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      Is this really true?
      This came in an e-mail today from hubby's West Point group. Does anyone have any evidence to counter or prove this?

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      Is it Monday Already?
      That dang alarm clock!!! Must IV coffee!!! Please scroll down today and read what the busy bees at Hooah Wife have been up to. We've been posting like mad! The interview with Basil is worth your time as well as the goody at the end of it - you can go to Basil's site and check out my interview!

      Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you around this week! Comment comment comment!!!

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      Sunday, January 08, 2006

      Basil's Interview

      What book are you reading right now? (Bachman)

      The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It was a gift from my niece. Okay, I have more than one niece. But one of the nieces sent me that for Christmas.

      It's a real nice book, too. Leather-bound. Gold-trimmed. Most of the books I own are paperback, cheap hardcover, or instruction manuals.

      I've just started the book and am reading "The Tempest." I've never read that before, but I have seen "Forbidden Planet," which was actually based upon that play. Who knew?

      It'll probably take me longer than it should for me to read the whole thing. The Complete Works, that is. So, if you start seeing quotes from Shakespeare in my writing, you'll know why.
      You were a finalist for Best New Blog. What blog really was the Best New Blog?

      Yeah, I had no business making the cut on that one. It was actually quite thrilling to make the list of finalists.

      The voting went to Yellow Dog Blog. It's a lefty site. And it got a lot of votes from conservatives because of And it got a lot of votes from conservatives because of Steve H.'s efforts to p*** off the crew at Wizbang (who hosted the Blog Awards). Yeah, thanks, Steve. I won't go much into it, but that blog is definitely NOT the Best New Blog. Go read it for yourself. And no, it's not a joke. The guy really believes that way and suffers from extreme BDS.

      But you asked about what was the Best New Blog.

      Of the finalists, I thought WuzzaDem should have won. But there were lots of good blogs in that final cut. I thought 12 of the 15 finalists were deserving. My little blog was one of the three that didn't deserve to be there. And Yellow Dog was another one that didn't deserve to be there. You figure out the other one I didn't like. But, the other 12 were actually good blogs. Again, of those, WuzzaDem.

      But here's the thing. There were lots of blogs that didn't make the cut that should have. I lean towards the funny blogs, which influences my decision on WuzzaDem. But it also influences my thoughts that The Therapist should have made the cut. And I hate mentioning any, because there's lots of other good new blogs out there. But that's the first one that came to my mind that would make the cut ... that didn't.

      Let me suggest this: when you visit a blog, look at their blogroll. Find an entry that you're not familiar with and click on it. If it's a blog you've never seen, to you it's a new blog. And for a period of time, it just might be, to you, the Best New Blog.

      What's your favorite passage of Scripture?
      You've left a lot open by saying "passage." So, I'm not going to limit myself to a single verse. Instead, I'm going to say an entire chapter: 1 Corinthians 13.

      Of Savannah's historic squares, which is your favorite and why?

      This is embarrasing. But I grew up 60 miles from Savannah. And went to Savannah a lot. The first time I ever got in trouble for staying out late was when I went to Savannah by myself for the first time.

      But growing up near there and visting the city a lot, I never gave thought to much of it. This might be off-topic, but next door to my parents' house (where I grew up) is a house that's over 150 years old. And someone lived in it. It wasn't a historic site or anything. To me, it was some great-aunt's house. Nothing more. But thinking about it now, that's pretty old for a house. And there's not a lot of those around where I grew up. Maybe not where you are, either. But it was just something that was there and we didn't think about it.

      Same thing with Savannah and the Squares. To me, it was something that we'd look at from out the back window when we were little, because it was something to see other than a store building. And, later, when I drove in Savannah, the Squares were something to have to negotiate around and not get run over.

      So I never had an appreciation of the Squares. Oh, we read about them in Georgia History class. But I never appreciated them. Until recently.

      I want to visit Savannah as a tourist, not as a shopper (the Mall) or a patron of the arts (concerts at the Civic Center, etc). And I want to see the city through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. The Wife and I have already planned to do that. We just need to do it.Of Savannah's historic squares, which is your favorite and why?

      Carey Hilliard or Johnny Harris? (Turnabout is fair play.)

      Johnny Harris. I don't know why. Unless it's because Carey Hillard's* was more convenient. You see, when I went to Savannah, we'd come in on US 17 or I-95. And, unless we were heading to the Civic Center, River Street, or that section of town, we'd take Abercorn (GA 204) in to the city. And there's a Carey Hillard's on Abercorn.

      But, there are several restaurants in Savannah where I'd like to eat. Johnny Harris is one of them. After all, it's a Savannah tradition. I never ate at the Pirate's House*, either, and that's possibly the most famous restaurant in Savannah.

      When we visit as a tourist, we're going to do it right.

      GRETA: Do you see yourself keeeping up your blog in 2 years, 3, 5?

      BASIL: Heck, I didn't see myself keeping up the blog for 2, 3, or 5 months.

      Actually, I'd like to continue doing this. I enjoy it, which is why I actually contriubute to 5 different blogs on a (fairly) regular basis. But sometimes, it's a pain. But it's a good pain.

      So, unless I get hit by a bus or something, I plan to keep blogging.

      GRETA: Are you as cute as your baby picture?

      BASIL: Cuter.

      Well, maybe not. I'm a lot taller than I was when that picture was taken. And I have more hair, although I am experiencing what's called "natural highlights." And I've put on a few pounds.

      Other than that, you can't tell the difference.

      GRETA: What do you do for "real" work?

      BASIL: Who ever said what I do at work is real? I guess since they pay me for it, it counts as "real" work, huh?

      I'm a little hesitant here, because what I say and do on the blog is totally unrelated to work. From time to time, when I mention work, I have called it the Evil Corporation. That's not a slap at where I work, but rather at those that think that corporations are evil.

      The company where I work does good work. We perform services, and not so much offer products. That is, we make nothing the individual consumer can buy.

      But if today, we stopped offering our services, you'd probably feel the impact almost immediately. In fact, it would be felt world-wide.

      We do important work. We do good work. Heck, we do excellent work.

      My specific area offers training for not only our company's employees (yeah, they're called Team Members, which makes the CEO the Head Coach, I suppose), but also for our clients. And I help make some of that training available online.

      I build Web sites, work with behind-the-scenes databases and LMS (learning management system) applications. I could go on about being the one that asks lots and lots of questions about ... well, anything our area is asked to do.

      I'm also the resident smart-aleck, but I don't get paid extra for that.

      GRETA: Have you ever met a Yankee you liked?

      BASIL: Well, I'd certainly like to meet Joe Torre.

      Or did you mean something else with that question?

      Okay, I was in the military. The Army. I met people from all over. Every now and then, I'd run into someone who thought everything was right Up North and everything was wrong Down South. Those, I made their life a living hell.

      Others, whether from Up North, from Down South, from Out West, from the Islands, from the Territories, or from other countries, were mostly great folks. But there were also idiots from those places ... including, of course, the South.

      Everywhere you go, you'll find great people. You'll also find idiots. I try to remember the great people and forget about the idiots. Except I like to remember the idiots. To laugh at them. If the idiots are from Up North, I'll call them "stupid yankees." If they're from Down South, I'll call them "dumbass rednecks."

      Check out Basil's Blog for my interview!!!


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      The Spammies
      I laughed my butt off (well not enough) at the SNL skit of the "Spammies" last night. They touched on every spam e-mail that we all have recived over the past 5 years. So if you think forwarding me the stupid e-mails about the kid that you "think you really know" that has a cousin who has a sister that has a dog who sent you the e-mail about this kid whose last dying wish is to forward the e-mail - get a CLUE!!!! No there is no Friday's gift certificate if you forward it to 7 people, Viagra without a prescription- give me a break, debt consolidation, cash grants, the guy from Africa who wants you to send a few bucks to help him out...SPAM!!!

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      Saturday, January 07, 2006

      Military family advice
      As I was checking my medical records looking for old blood tests, I found and didn't find lots of information. I found another woman's records, my son's records added in and there was lots of missing stuff. Just a tidbit and caveat for military families. Keep copies and whenever you can, sign out your records so they don't get lost!!!

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      Indian Chris: Testing
      Filed under Indian Chris
      Never mind this, I'm just testing something out.

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      Weekend Fluff
      We have a lot of serious posts from this week - scroll on down. Now for some weekend fun.

      Google yourself - your complete name with quotation marks - and tell us the most rediculous link you found to your name.

      If that doesn't work - use your blogger ID in quotation marks. I can't wait for these goodies!

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      Friday, January 06, 2006

      No, but...
      I read the Al Jazeera story and I'm glad Greta brought it to my attention. This is the reason I enjoy debating issues in the blogosphere. I like to think I keep an open mind and I want to educate myself on imporant issues - so thanks Greta. As far as the analogy about former Presidents goes, I see her point and it's a good one.

      Regarding the story Greta cites on Al Jazeera, the troop reduction that Al Zawahiri refers to (as I understand it) is part of the normal troop rotation planned for after the elections. They were temporarily elevated in order to bolster security during the elections so it was inevitable that troop levels would decrease. The fact that Al-Quaid spins this as a victory is laughable and only demonstrates their tendency to twist the facts in their favor. So does this mean the Secretary of Defense (as referred to in the article) should not have reduced troop levels? Does this mean we should stay in Iraq indefinitely? Of course not. The fact is Al-Quaida's leadership will claim victory regardless of our actions or words. I didn't see Al Jazeera specifically cite Murtha in this particular story, so if the point is that his anti-war rhetoric fuels the enemy it would appear that Donald Rumsfeld's words are just as damaging (at least in this instance).

      As for the Murtha issue...I went back and forth with Amy about this in an earlier post. She then posted an article on her blog entitled "How John Murtha Disses the Troops." Though she makes a compelling argument, I respecfully disagree. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a commissioned officer for six years and the wife of a career soldier currently deployed to Iraq, I don't believe Murtha is "dissing" the troops. Amy cites Murtha's claims of "slow progress" and calling the troops "occupiers" as evidence that he is criticizing our soldiers. Yet, when the President addressed the nation on December 18th, he also referred to slow progress. "The work in Iraq has been especially difficult - more difficult than we expected. Reconstruction efforts and the training of Iraqi security forces started more lsowly than we hoped." Murtha's claim that we are now viewed as ocupiers comes from a statement taken somewhat out of context by Generals Abizaid and Casey when they testified before a Senate panel in September. "They had stated they did not want a large increase of U.S. forces in Iraq, in part because that would fuel the insurgency by reinforcing the perception among Iraqis of the Americans as occupiers."

      Bottom line, you can disagree with what Murtha says, but falsely attributing the meaning behind those words as criticism of our troops oversimplifies the issue and takes away from the real debate. I belive his position on the war stems from genuine concern for our soldiers (misguided though it may be). Having said that, though, I disagree with his position and I strongly condemn what he said about not joining the military.

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      Fueling the Enemy
      We know what the MSM says - whether we agree or disagree. But what are the "enemies" saying about us? I just got off the phone with Silke and we were discussing our differences on the whole Murtha situation. She doesn't feel that what he says is by any means against the troops, but only is directed towards the President. I feel the opposite on this one. I justify my opinion kind of like the unwritten rule of former Presidents to not bad-mouth the current Administration (Jimmy & Slick Willie)! I asked Silke if she ever read Al Jazeera to see what they are saying about us - she hadn't. Today's front page of Al Jazeera, right there is bold letter was this "Al-Qaida: Iraq withdrawal victory for Islam Al-Qaida's deputy leader says recent hints by American officials of a troop reduction in Iraq are a victory for Islam". FULL STORY --

      Curious if this changes anyone's view on this debate or solidifies their current opinion?

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      Personal Crap
      I am just sharing, not looking for sympathy (unless it involves something from Tiffany's). Since I share pretty much everything on my blog (free therapy remember) here goes. Had a low grade fever-again, swollen glands, sore low back and slept most the day yesterday. This is the 3rd episode.
      • 3 weeks ago my WBC count was about 3.5 on a scale from 6-12 and today it was 2.2
      • Got tons of blood drawn (my daughter was surprised I had that much) and am getting referred to a hematologist
      • A couple of years back I had huge swollen glands and was seen by infectious disease - Lupus was ruled out and I was given a clean bill of health

      Hopefully, after I see the doc next week this chapter of wierd symptoms in my life will be closed. Whether it is or not - you can bet your sweet toosh - you'll get an earful regardless! I started searching the web for the symptoms - but decided I would make myself crazy. The doc mentioned I might need a bone marrow biopsy next week - sounds like more fun than looking for the worm in the bottle of tequila. I know I have a lot of readers with physical ailments and believe me I am not complaining. Off to clean up the kitchen mess from yesterday and get dinner started!

      P.S. It is official refer a reader to Hooah Wife Day (or is that every day?)!


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      The Messiest Desk Winner Is....
      Jeeze louise people. Hire a maid. And here I thought I had a messy desk. Mine's nothing compared to some of yours. This was a close one. I had six people enter from both Right-Wing & Right Minded and Hooah Wife. Below are the entries.

      Jake
      Don Singleton
      Chevey Rose
      chrys
      brainhell
      Skye

      All had some pretty big messes. But it came down to two. brain hell and Don Singleton. Simply because their messes also included their keyboards and mouse(mise?) making it a little harder to work. The rest of us, with the exception of Skye, have them on a separate pullout drawer. And while it was hard to choose from the two, I do have a winner. Even though he uses an Apple, the winner is brain hell. I mean, what doesn't he have on that desk? I see books upon books, drinking glasses, two bottles of hand sanitizer, medicine, money, glue, CD cases, a tape measure, a ruler, pencils, a camcorder, a piece of wood and some other things I just can't identify. Congratulations, brain hell. I'll be in contact with info on how to get your prize.

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      Hooah Crud

      Is Israel the small flightless bird right now?

      Feeling better - but going in for some blood work again - last time WBC was low. Wierd sickness I keep getting!

      Have you broken any stupid resolution you made yet?

      Tell me one blog you read this past week that was new to you!

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      Thursday, January 05, 2006

      Sick Day
      Greta wrote me and told me she's feeling under the weather today. So everyone, wish her well. I sometimes create "artwork" for my blog. And just so everyone will have something to read I thought I would post one of my favorites I've done.
      Bush's Fault
      Click For Full Size

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      Wednesday, January 04, 2006

      Senator McCain Responds to the President
      Today, in a joint statement with Senator John Warner (R-VA), Senator John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the Presidents interpretation of the law governing the treatment of detainees.

      "We believe the President understands Congress intent in passing by very large majorities legislation governing the treatment of detainees included in the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations and Authorization bills. The Congress declined when asked by administration officials to include a presidential waiver of the restrictions included in our legislation. Our Committee intends through strict oversight to monitor the Administrations implementation of the new law."

      No doubt this is not the last that will be said about the McCain Amendment. I am just glad Senator McCain responded. I will end with two statement made by the President which I believe are especially pertinent to this issue.

      "We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them." (Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001)

      "We share a common objective to make it clear to the world that this government does not torture." (During a televised Oval Office meeting between the President and Senator McCain, December 15, 2005)

      Update on my husband: He is now back in "country" and called me this evening. He woke up very early his time to watch the USC-Texas Championship game. Go Longhorns!

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      And the winner is...

      It was a tie between Indian Chris with
      "Yeah, sure, it's a cool toy... but I didn't like where I had to put the quarter to get it."
      and Chevy Rose with "Eat this ACLU."

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      Wednesday Hero
      Captain Charley Pryor
      Cpt. Charley Pryor, Jr.
      Dallas, Texas
      United States Marine Corps.

      Charley Pryor was born February 9, 1920, in Garvin County, Oklahoma. As the oldest of 9 children, he learned at a very young age how to work hard in the cotton fields. He used to pray for bad weather so he could attend school, where he earned top grades. In January 1939, he joined the Marine Corps and knew he wanted to be a “sea-faring” Marine.

      The USS Augusta was Charley’s first station. He was an aide to Admiral Hart and received his PFC stripe from his Captain, Chesty Puller. He quickly rose through the ranks to Sergeant. Charley was transferred to the USS Houston where he became gun captain on 5” gun #8. He survived the sinking of the ship and the atrocities of the POW camps to come home to a mother who never gave up hope he was alive.

      After almost 25 years in the USMC, Charley retired a Captain and began life as a Baylor University student. He graduated with honors in 2 years and then began a teaching career that spanned 15 years as a Political Science professor at Baylor and Dallas Baptist University.

      Along the way Charley acquired a beautiful wife, Jimmie, a daughter, 3 sons, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He tenaciously fought the Japanese, cerebral malaria, jungle ulcers and later cancer, which took his leg. However, he couldn’t defeat the disease that took his mind. Charley passed away October 30, 1995, and is buried at the DFW National Cemetery.


      These brave men and women risk their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

      If you have a loved who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, and would like for me to profile them as a Wednesday Hero, I would be proud to. Just email me with some info and a photo.
      Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded
      We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
      Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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      O'Reilly & Letterman
      Yes, I saw this pitiful display on TV last night. I even stayed up to watch it and wanted to bitch slap both of them.

      Reader Terri B sent me an e-mail asking me, "Just curious of you caught the Letterman's disgraceful banter with O'Reilly? I only saw a news bit....it makes me sick!"

      My reply, "I was squirming and felt that was an awful display on both their parts. O'Reilly should have gone on there for fun and David shouldn't be spouting off his love for Cindy Sheehan and his leftist political agenda."

      The Political Teen has the whole interview.

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      Read and SHARE!!
      Crazy Politoco has posted a letter that we need to circulate!

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      Tuesday, January 03, 2006

      BET man of the year
      Say it aint so..everyone's favorite anti-semite who believes in a mothership!!! What is this world coming to?

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      My Contest
      While Greta has her contest up I thought I would try one. Who has the messiest desk. Just take a picture of your crap covered desk. And please don't "dress" it up for the picture. Have it be the normal everyday junk. The winner will be announced Friday and shall receive a free song by The Who of your choice. Pretty cool. Here's an example.
      Desk
      As you can see, I have my Yoda, a lent roller, Pink Floyd CD, MP3 player, toenail clippers, floss pick, power adapter for my monitor, a stereo remote, note pad, pen and pencil, pocket knife, two SD card holders, volume control for my wicked sick speakers, a pedometer and my mic. You can upload your picture at TinyPic.
      Crossposted @ Right-Wing & Right Minded

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      Who Cares?
      According to today's Reuters, Murtha said he wouldn't join the military today. Who really gives a rats ass...anyone...Beuler...Beuler...Beuler? He is too old and out of shape anyway! Thanks a lot for helping the recruiting situation - you big weenie!

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      Tuesday & Feels Like Monday
      Well, I can't say I'll cry because the rugmonsters' vacation is at an end. I scoot them all off to school today and look forward to a day of HOUSECLEANING!!! UGH!!! Believe it or not, I don't have anything exciting to say at the moment (not enough coffee yet). Please scroll down and read a bunch of good stuff we have been posting this past week. Certainly you could at least come up with a caption for the "Gnome."

      Gotta get those Thank You cards for Christmas & Hannukah presents done today and clean up my blog as well. Also I have to answer my interview questions I was given from Basil. Last day to ask Basil questions too (see question mark in right column).

      Question of the day...If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be & why?

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      Monday, January 02, 2006

      The McCain Amendment - Part III
      The President signed the Defense Appropriations bill on Friday. The bill included the McCain amendment, which seeks to prohibit cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees by all U.S. personnel, anywhere in the world.

      The White House then issued this statement regarding the McCain Amendment:
      The executive branch shall construe Title X in Division A of the Act, relating to detainees, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with the constitutional limitation on the judicial power, which will assist in achieving the shared objective of the Congress and the President, evidenced in Title X, of protecting the American people from further terrorist attacks.

      Here are two bloggers views about that statement:

      From the left at Balkinization: "Translation: I reserve the constitutional right to waterboard when it will assist in protecting the American people from terrorist attacks."

      From the right at the National Review Online: "the signing statement conveys the good news that the president is not taking the McCain amendment lying down."

      Is anyone else troubled by this statement from the White House? I understand the President wants to protect the country and he should have every tool available to do so, but the Global War on Terror is not an excuse to circumvent the Constitution (Congress in this case). What is the point in making laws if the President interprets his way around them? Executive powers have traditionally expanded during times of war, but this is a war that we will be fighting for a very long time - a war in which we may never declare total victory.

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