Yeah! What she says!

Yeah! What she says!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wednesday's Hero

This Weeks Soldier Was Requested By Echo9er

Sgt. Maj. Brent Jurgersen
Sgt. Maj. Brent "The Rock" Jurgersen
Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division

Active Duty

Not even two near-death encounters deterred Sgt. Maj. Brent Jurgerson's passion and eagerness to serve his country and lead his troops back home.

Jurgersen celebrated his second "alive day" anniversary January 26, 2007. It was a day of mixed emotions for him because on that same day two years ago he was given a second chance to live. It was a day that changed his life forever. While on patrol in Ad Dyuliah, Iraq, two rocket-propelled grenades struck his Humvee. The explosion killed his gunner and left Jurgersen fighting for his life, flat-lining twice on the operating table in Balad.

Afterwards, during a promotion ceremony in August of 2006, Jurgersen was selected for a command sergeant major appointment. Becoming the first full limb amputee student to attend the academy.

You can read the rest of Sgt. Maj. Jurgersen's story here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

Monday, February 26, 2007


I am disgusted with Al Gore and his hypocritical Liberal Hollywood flunkies. Just disgusted. If any of them were half as concerned about the environment as they pretend to be, there would be more car pooling to the awards shows, more use of public transportation, and smaller houses that would consume less energy, which of course, is generated by the use of natural resources, that in some instances are not of the renewable nature. I don't see any of them driving a Prius, and according to a recently published article (which can be found here), Gore consumes more energy than a great deal of average Americans do in his home alone.

While I am on the topic of celebrities and and awards shows, and being throughly disgusted...

The Dixie Chicks and all of the recent awards they won were a joke. An even bigger joke was that they thought that is somehow meant something about how they are perceived by the American population as a whole, or that by winning the awards they had somehow obtained a form of retribution. From where I sit, they only thing I can see that their recent awards proved was that the higher up, liberal minded, hypocrites that comprise a "similar to Hollywood" industry, decided to try and make a political statement against the current administration by giving them awards for being country artists and writing country songs. At least that is the only reason that I can see they received them. What better way to do it. Give an award to the people who were the first to speak out against the current administration.

I have heard the CD (before you say it, no I didn't buy it. One of my co-workers did and I had to take a listen just to see what had changed since they swore they were going over to the pop genre after the reaction they received from country fans). They didn't get the award for talent. They aren't new, their music and their sound isn't new. Their attempt at leaving the country scene failed as they don't sound country, but they don't sound pop. They were used as pawns in a political statement made by the recording industry. I don't think that is retribution any way you look at it.

I am just disgusted...

Friday, February 23, 2007

Wednesday's Hero

I recently joined the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. You can view the blog roll and it's members by looking the right side of the page. I am very excited about being a member of the blog roll as it means that I will get to help share the stories of our men and women serving in the armed forces. It isn't Wednesday today, but I asked to post last Wednesday's hero because I could not wait to get started. I hope you enjoy!

Staff Sgt. Kara Opperman
Staff Sgt. Kara Opperman
332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron

Active Duty

Staff Sgt. Kara Opperman performs a quality control check Feb. 13 on fuel coming out of a fill stand at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Sergeant Opperman ensures the fuel is safe and meets Air Force specifications before it is used for aircraft and equipment.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by going here.

Monday, February 19, 2007

So You Voted? So What??

While cruising various blogs I came across one that summed up the non-binding resolution to a "T". I have posted that blog entry in its entirety below. I hope you will stop in and visit Some Soldier's Mom. The following blog entry and all of the comments posted in response can be found here. Please be sure to stop at her page and leave yours.

Working on a longer post to bring the blog up current... but today it is magnificent weather here in the desert southwest and we're off to hike God's magnificent gift to us...

In the meantime, here is my message and my vent to the members of the US House of Representatives that voted in favor of the non-binding resolution not to support the "surge":

I don't give a damn what little weaselly words about "supporting our troops" you included in your resolution. I don't care about all your self-serving statements about what your friggin' "intent" was. You can say what you want to the media -- we KNOW what the effect is just as you knew when you voted: You slapped our Soldiers and Marines, our Sailors and Airmen... you undercut their authority on the battlefield... you have not helped them complete their mission but you have hampered them in their abilities to do so... you have put their lives at greater risk because you have told our enemy that they can and should.

You have told our men and women fighting that they can not do the job... that you have no faith in them... that you will not support them under any circumstances...

You have told them that no matter how well they have performed, how many schools they have rebuilt, how many hospitals and clinics they have refurbished... no matter how many innocent Iraqi lives they have saved from the brutality of Saddam's regime... no matter how many people have been liberated from oppression and despotism and might now live in democracy and freedom... you have told them that you do not, cannot and will not support them. You have told them that they and their mission are unimportant... that your politics are more important than they are and the job they do.

Most importantly, you -- you Pelosi, Murtha, Reid, et al. -- YOU have told those that seek to kill OUR troops -- kill OUR children -- that it is OK to do so because you have told them publicly and emphatically that the more deaths and injuries they cause to our troops, the more likely it is that we will cut and run... YOU will cut and run if you have your way.

So you voted. So what? It's meaningless to everyone BUT OUR ENEMIES. Were you trying to prove you don't like Bush? You didn't need this vote to tell us that. What exactly were you trying to prove that you couldn't have done in a letter to the President? You stood and voted to make yourselves feel important. And in doing so you made our troops and their safety and their mission unimportant.

And to boot, you have lied and misled the American public into thinking that the 21,500 troops are somehow "extra" troops -- that the President somehow added these troops... WE all know that these troops would be there regardless of your resolution and regardless of whether the media or the Democrats or the "I have no backbone or stomach for this" call it a surge. THESE TROOPS WERE GOING TO IRAQ ANYWAY.

If you all are sittin' around scratchin' yerselves trying to figure out what your job is, I have news for you: passing non-binding resolutions ain't it. As an American voter who has voted in every election for which I have been eligible for almost four decades, let me tell you that your job is not opposing the President. Your job -- the reason you are in the United States Congress, why some get to fly on military jets, why you collect handsome salaries and accrue exceptional pensions and have outrageously good healthcare benefits... Your job, ladies and gentlemen (and I use the terms loosely) is to act in the interests of all Americans... to protect us against all enemies foreign and domestic... to DO what is right and just... especially when we are at war -- note to Congress: WE ARE AT WAR. Your job is to support our troops AND THEIR MISSION in both WORD AND DEED... and if you can't do that, then get the hell out of Congress. Yesterday you failed in your jobs. You Miserably failed.

All I can say is thank God none of you is President and Commander-in-Chief. Thank God. And you have convinced this independent voter that it will be my life's mission for the next two years to be sure that "your" candidate is NEVER President and NEVER this Nation's Commander-in-Chief... because if nothing else, you have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that your candidate will never be trustworthy... can never be trusted to do what is best for America and her safety... you will NEVER be able to lead our Country's dedicated and selfless military when it is important to my country's safety. And you can never be counted on to do what is necessary to be sure that our military has the money, equipment and the support TO WIN once you send them into battle. And you DID send them into battle. You sent them to win... but now you're too chickensh*t to follow through.

You can be against the war and you can be appalled and saddened and grief-stricken by the wounded and the dead. God knows I am. But this resolution is not the way you show it.

So you passed this mealy-mouthed resolution... hiking up yer important pants today, are you? High-fivin' and hangin' yer privates all important-like? Well let me tell you from this military Mom, I think all of you that voted for this "ain't got the guts to put my money where my mouth is" little resolution are dogdung on the bottom of my boot and need to be scraped into the sewer. You should be ASHAMED of yourselves. And if you're not ashamed of yourselves, I certainly am ashamed of all of you.

On Supporting Our Troops

Dan Riehl of Riehl World View posted a very interesting video on his blog on the 17th. I was almost standing in my computer room cheering by the end of it. Please go watch it, and let me know what your thoughts are. You can find it here.

Friday, February 16, 2007

A Wonderful Presentation

I was emailed a link today that I wanted to share with you. It was beautiful!


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Can You Handle the Truth?

While catching up on podcasts today I came across the January 28th episode of "Face The Nation". In his final words Bob Schieffer said something the really got me thinking.

"During the court martial scene in the movie "A Few Good Men," young Navy prosecutor Tom Cruise put Marine Colonel Jack Nicholson on the stand and demanded the truth.

Nicholson replied, "The truth? You can't handle the truth!"

A memorable line, but we are left to as: Has the government concluded Nicholson's character was right, that Americans can't handle the truth?

As the war has grown worse, we have heard government spokesmen from the top on down tell us "Stuff happens," "Mission accomplished," "Enormous progress," "The good news is not reported."

We can't even get a straight story on how our troops die.

Last week, the Pentagon first reported that four Americans were killed in Iraq while repelling an enemy attack. Then on Friday we were told they had actually been kidnapped during a shootout and executed, two of them handcuffed and shot in the head.

In the hours after the killings, reporters who had pieced together the real story were told their version was inaccurate. The new Secretary of Defense claimed he was unaware of the new information an hour before it was announced.

The government argues that public criticism hurts the war effort, but it is being damaged much more by its own loss of credibility brought on by such incidents.

Truth is the foundation of democracy and Americans can handle the truth — they demand it. History shows that when they fail to get it, they no longer follow their leaders, no matter the cause. They are more likely to just change leaders."

The first thought that entered my head after hearing this was are we really getting the truth from the American Press or only part of it? I am inclined to believe that we are only getting a portion of it. We only get what they want us to hear. We never hear of any successes, or if we do it is a very short snip-it while they finish the story with everything that went wrong. While they are telling the truth (we hope, I can't prove they are or they aren't), they aren't telling the whole truth. While war is never good, some good may come of it, and I refuse to believe that the Americans that are over seas fighting for their country are not doing good things for the people in the nations we currently occupy. They are our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers. They have too much good in them, and I know that they are doing good things, and I often wonder why we aren't hearing any of that. While I don't disagree with Mr. Schieffer's statement, I don't think the whole truth is what we get from the press. Unless it is the whole truth it only serves to cloud judgment further.

Another thought crossed my mind shortly after the first. Can American's really handle the truth? In my opinion, based on the polls that everyone else takes, I don't think half of us can. The truth is, we are a nation at war. The polls show that half of us can't handle that. The truth is that our men and women are making enormous sacrifices to better the lives of others, and share the gift of democracy that we have. Half of this nation can't handle that. The truth is that war is ugly, and half of us can't handle that. Half of us haven't learned the age old lesson that it usually gets worse before it gets better. This applies to war more than anything. That is a truth that half of us can't handle. I am just not sure that some Americans can handle the truth.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Bestest Blog Carnival

I would like to invite all of you to check out the blog carnival being put on by Bestest Blog. This is volume 1.6 and being hosted by Cathy at Cathy's Rants and Ramblin's.

I missed the last two carnival entries, so I hope you enjoy this one. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Please help my son reach his goal!

Hi! I’m joining in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart event at my school. I will be jumping rope to help the American Heart Association raise money to fight heart disease and stroke. My mother said that she would help by setting up a web site for me and posting this link on her page. Can you help me by making a donation? I will be participating through the 23rd of February. Thanks!

The American Heart Association's online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25.00. If you want to donate less, that's ok. You can just send the check right to me and I'll make sure the American Heart Association gets it.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support American Heart Association - Western States Affiliate

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Thank you for all of your help!
Christian McPheeters