Yeah! What she says!

Yeah! What she says!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Harry Reid

I think it is time someone calls Harry Reid to task. The man is a disgrace to the office he holds. He is a disgrace as a Nevadan. He is a disgrace as an American. Americans aren't defeatists, and they don't back down from fights. They don't commit treasonous acts, and then still call themselves Americans. Why hasn't any one in this state demanded his resignation or fighting to have him removed from office. I am utterly and completely ashamed of him.

First he says that the war in in Iraq is lost when there are countless sources, much closer to the fighting saying it isn't. Countless sources who are extraordinarily much better qualified to make that judgment call.

Second he proclaims that this war will bring the Democrats more Senate seats! Like that is important to the rest of us.

And now he says that if General David Petraeus says we are winning this fight he won't believe him. Again we are back to calling those closer to the fighting and much more qualified to make those assessments liars!

Harry Reid, you are the only man fighting a loosing battle. I know this because no one can pick a first with true Americans and win it. That is what you are up against. You will loose this battle that you have picked to fight. Below I have listed some traits that are against you. Traits that will be your undoing.

You are a defeatist, anti-American, self-serving, and traitorous, and you don't deserve a political post leading this country. You are out of touch with reality. You don't deserve to lead a state as great as Nevada, and need to leave your position to someone who can do the job that you are so miserably occupying. Us "common folk" could have probably been fired for less than what you are doing now.

I have spent my entire life being a better American than what you are now. Yes, being American means being able to voice dissent in policy and governmental decisions, but not to the point that it is treason. Not to the point where we are putting our men and women in even more danger than the war alone may do. Not to the point where you are opening the door to our enemies by inhibiting our soldiers in the field by keeping them from preforming the task that we have trained them for, and entrusted them with.

You, and many other democrats are attempting to give the terrorists and insurgents a date for which they cam wait for. A time frame that they know they can out last. You are enabling the terrorists and insurgents to live and fight another day. Perhaps the next battle they wage will be here. Amongst the very people who voted for you (I assure you, I wasn't amongst them), on the soil that you claim to protect and swore to govern.

None of what you have done has shown you to be a true American. I might even feel sorry for you because of this, if you didn't irritate me, and disgrace everything that I hold dear.

Senator Harry Reid can be recalled if enough signatures can be collected. 25% of the total number of votes he received during the last election would be needed. He received 494,805 votes in 2004. That means 123,701.25 signatures are needed to remove him from office. For the sake of argument one should probably shoot for 125,000 signatures, or more. See the rules as laid out by the Nevada State Constitution below.

Sec. 9. Recall of public officers: Procedure and limitations. Every public officer in the State of Nevada is subject, as herein provided, to recall from office by the registered voters of the state, or of the county, district, or municipality which he represents. For this purpose, not less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the number who actually voted in the state or in the county, district, or municipality which he represents, at the election in which he was elected, shall file their petition, in the manner herein provided, demanding his recall by the people. They shall set forth in said petition, in not exceeding two hundred (200) words, the reasons why said recall is demanded. If he shall offer his resignation, it shall be accepted and take effect on the day it is offered, and the vacancy thereby caused shall be filled in the manner provided by law. If he shall not resign within five (5) days after the petition is filed, a special election shall be ordered to be held within thirty (30) days after the issuance of the call therefor, in the state, or county, district, or municipality electing said officer, to determine whether the people will recall said officer. On the ballot at said election shall be printed verbatim as set forth in the recall petition, the reasons for demanding the recall of said officer, and in not more than two hundred (200) words, the officer’s justification of his course in office. He shall continue to perform the duties of his office until the result of said election shall be finally declared. Other candidates for the office may be nominated to be voted for at said special election. The candidate who shall receive highest number of votes at said special election shall be deemed elected for the remainder of the term, whether it be the person against whom the recall petition was filed, or another. The recall petition shall be filed with the officer with whom the petition for nomination to such office shall be filed, and the same officer shall order the special election when it is required. No such petition shall be circulated or filed against any officer until he has actually held his office six (6) months, save and except that it may be filed against a senator or assemblyman in the legislature at any time after ten (10) days from the beginning of the first session after his election. After one such petition and special election, no further recall petition shall be filed against the same officer during the term for which he was elected, unless such further petitioners shall pay into the public treasury from which the expenses of said special election have been paid, the whole amount paid out of said public treasury as expenses for the preceding special election. Such additional legislation as may aid the operation of this section shall be provided by law.

[Added in 1912, amended in 1970 and 1996. The addition was proposed and passed by the 1909 legislature; agreed to and passed by the 1911 legislature; and approved and ratified by the people at the 1912 general election. See: Statutes of Nevada 1909, p. 345; Statutes of Nevada 1911, p. 448. The first amendment was proposed and passed by the 1967 legislature; agreed to and passed by the 1969 legislature; and approved and ratified by the people at the 1970 general election. See: Statutes of Nevada 1967, p. 1782; Statutes of Nevada 1969, p. 1663. The second amendment was proposed and passed by the 1993 legislature; agreed to and passed by the 1995 legislature; and approved and ratified by the people at the 1996 general election. See: Statutes of Nevada 1993, p. 3135; Statutes of Nevada 1995, p. 2887.]

Anyone want to start a petition? I am tempted, but a great deal more research will be needed, and some free time.

So True, Yet So Funny!

Thoughts? Comments?

Ask Captain Dramatic

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Welcome to this week's edition of Ask Captain Dramatic.

Me: "Captain Dramatic, what important, painful lesson did you learn today that you would like to share with the other kids out there?"

CD: "Never try and keep your mom from spanking you by putting your hands behind you. You still get a spanking, and now my hands, and my butt hurt."

Disclaimer: Spanking is still legal in Nevada, and probably isn't as common place in this house as it needs to be judging by Captain Dramatics's mouth. I have a mouth too, and learned that lesson at about the same age as he did.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Split Personality Dog!

So, if you read my previous blog, you will understand this one better. The sun just set, (well, about an hour ago, but I had to wait and see if the dog was going to keep it up before I posted) and guess what? The neighbor just put her dog outside for the night. That means that the split personality dog started it's nightly shenanigans. Seriously! This dog sounds like it has split personalities! God help me...

[PPP] Gamma Knife Surgery

Gamma Knife is a stereotactic radiosurgery method used for treating brain tumors. Leading neurosurgeons around the world are choosing Gamma Knife to treat their patients for a number of reasons. As you can imagine, accuracy is a must when treating brain tumors. Gamma Knife provides that while reducing excess radiation to the body. It also eliminates the need to X-Ray the brain every two minutes during the treatment of the tumor to ensure that the target has not moved. Instead only a single MRI is needed, and the exposure to excessive X-Rays is not present and the length of time needed for treatment is significantly reduced. Gamma Knife has been used to treat over half a million people, and been documented in over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers. It seems it has even been accepted by Medicare which has given it, it's own authorization code.

Maybe I should suggest this treatment to my downstairs neighbor and her dog? I know. I ned to be nice. All joking aside, it is definitely worth a second look and further research if you or anyone you know may be in need of this technology.

Neighbors...Some Of Them Just Suck

Many of you have read about how I strive to be a good neighbor. I overlook many things that some of my neighbors do that really annoy me. I will rarely say a word as I am sure there are things that we have done that have bothered them at times. Nothing big, I hope, but I know that we all have our little quirks that annoy some of those around us.

I have lived in my current place of residence for over four years. It happens to be an apartment complex. I have always had great neighbors here, and have loved my life here. Can you tell where this is going? Yep! You guessed it! I had a psycho neighbor move in right below me. Should I start at the beginning?

She has lived here for about a year I think. The week she moved in started out rough so I have selectively tried not to remember it. The first week she was here she came up and screamed at us because my son and his friend were making noise and scaring her son, who didn't look scared, or even as if he had been crying. Not only that, but I was in the apartment with my son and his friend and I couldn't even hear them making any noise. They were watching a movie. Now, they may have been walking back and forth from the fridge, as boys as prone to doing, but it wasn't as if they were running and jumping and screaming at the top of their lungs. With her right in front of me I scolded the boys, told them not to leave the couch, and then looked at her and said, "next time, try asking first. Screaming at me won't get you anywhere. The next time you scream at me I will slam the door in your face." I then quietly shut the door.

Two days later, my son was at his father's and the neighbor boy was paying in the parking lot we a soft rubber ball. The kind we used in school when we were kids. The kind we used in dodge ball that couldn't really hurt anyone but could bounce really well. Well, the ball got away from him and hit her car, and the alarm went off. She stormed out of her apartment, slammed her door behind here and knocked every picture off my wall breaking several frames. She then proceeded to storm back into her apartment and slammed the door again. That was when I got mad.

I got up, went down stairs and looked at the neighbor boy. I noticed that I was standing right in front of her window and it was open. I looked at the neighbor boy, raised my voice and said to him, "stop pissing her off! The psycho just slammed that damn door and knocked all my pictures off the wall and broke the glass in the frames." Then I winked at him. He wasn't the problem, and I wasn't mad at him, but I wanted her to hear what she had done. He smiled back and said "ok", and went over to the school to play. I went back upstairs.

Things were pretty quiet for a while. Things have been quiet. Well, except when her son screams for hours on end (he is at least three), at least once a week. He never smiles either. Ever. I ignore all of this though. Kids scream, and they cry and they do not care what hour of the day or night it is, and there is no rule that they should smile (but when they don't it does makes me wonder).

I guess there is also the dog she has that bothers me at well, and disrupts the peace. The downstairs apartments have small back yards, so she is allowed to have a dog. This has not been a problem with my past neighbors. Their dogs have all been great. Yeah, they all howl at sirens and bark when people get too close to the apartments, but none of that bothers me. The dog she has is a problem. This dog barks incessantly. All day, and all night at half hour increments unless it is in the apartment with her. It is never in the apartment with her. I am a heavy sleeper and this dog has woke me up from a dead sleep. Not only that, but I swear this dog has a split personality. You know how a person with split personalities can have an entirely different yet believable voice from one of the other personalities? Well, this dog fights with itself at night, and it sounds like there are two completely different dogs in that yard and in a fight! (If it isn't when I am trying to sleep it is comical.) I am sure you have realized this, but I am at my wits end with the dog, and have been for some time. I have thus far overlooked the dog and not complained or mentioned it. I haven't said anything to her, and I haven't called the land lady about it. I guess I have just chalked it up to apartment living.

There is more to this saga. A week ago today, we got my son a new twin mattress for his bed. He needed one badly. We took the old one down and placed it in the trash enclosure which has a seven foot privacy fence around it. You can't see into it unless you enter the enclosure or have an upstairs apartment with a window over looking it. I am the only one with and upstairs apartment with a window over looking it. My kitchen window to be exact. We put the mattress against the far wall of the enclosure, on its side, so that it didn't show at all, unless you were in the enclosure.

Well, guess what? This bothered her. She said something the day we put it there, and claimed that the garbage men wouldn't take it. I explained that in the last four years I have lived here the garbage men always took that kind of stuff. They may only do so once a month, and I couldn't remember exactly how often, but they always took the bigger items. That seemed to be the end of that.

I was wrong. Today she stopped us in the parking lot as we were carrying groceries in. She said, "You know, that mattress is still there." I was going to ignore her, but changed my mind. I have been too quiet about too many other things in the past regarding her. I stopped, turned, and looked at her and said, "they have always taken that stuff in the past. Why is it bothering you so much?" She responded in a very snide tone, "It is ugly." With much effort, I calmly said, "Then stop standing in the trash enclosure and staring at it." She started to say something else, and by then I had started walking, and made it to the top of the stairs. I am very aggravated by this point and I yelled something to the effect of, "what a stupid thing to get mad about." We went inside. Once the door was closed I yelled at the top of my lungs, "I will move the damn mattress when you shut your stupid dog up!"

We are calling Waste Management on Monday to ask them specifically about the mattress. If they won't take it I will get the neighbor with a pick-up truck to take it to the dump for us. I am furious though. The woman has an "holier than thou" attitude and needs to be knocked down a few notches if you ask me. Neighbors like her, are why people like me, want to move to the middle of the Rocky Mountains, and not have any access to our home short of a helicopter. People like her, are the reason I loose faith in humanity one person at a time, and why so many other people have to be medicated.

I wonder if I can nominate her for Sarge Charlie's Yellow Bellied Sapsucker of the Week Award...

Saturday's Super Site

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Welcome to this week's edition of Saturday's Super Site. This week Super Site belongs to Malinda at Blah Blah Blog - The Soap Box.

Malinda is not just a fellow blogger residing in North West Nevada, but also a mom of two, and an owner of three businesses in the area. In other words, she is an amazing human as well as a writer.

Even though Malinda and I live in the same neck of the woods, we have never met, but we have more in common then children, the place we call home, and blogging. Malinda is also a conservative, which is what drew me to her blog. What kept me coming back is that not only do I share her opinions of the world and the direction it needs to be going, but that she also has a great sense of humor, and an amazing sense of family.

Her blogs aren't just about politics. They are about everyday life. She tells stories of her boys, whom she is very proud of, her businesses, the people she meets, her efforts to make the world a better place, and she posts jokes and comic strips from time to time just to remind her readers that life needs a little levity.

I truly hope you will all stop in and say hi to Malinda.

You can learn about how to nominate a site by clicking on the graphic above.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Can You Help?

I was traveling the web a few weeks ago, as I usually do, and saw a site that had a counter showing how many American's had been killed in Iraq since the onset of the war. All of you know that I am all for honoring our fallen heroes, but is this how it should be done? By reducing them to a statistic? I seriously hope not. I am sure that instead of honoring our fallen soldiers they were trying to use it as ploy to convince others that we should pull out of Iraq. It is wrong no matter how you look at it.

It did get me to thinking though. I think I need a counter on my page as well. One that shows how many terrorists have been killed, how many insurgents have been killed, and how many of each of those groups has been captured. Maybe even one for how many plots have been thwarted. Alas, after hours of searching since that day, I have not found any such counters. Do any of you know of a place I might have missed where I can find one that may be even close to what I am looking for?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wednesday's Hero

This Weeks Soldier Was Suggested By Sunni Kay

Col. Cyril Richard
Col. Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescorla
68 years old from New York City, New York
16th Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment (England)
Platoon Leader of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (U.S.)
September 11, 2001

Col. Rick Rescorla is a multiple time hero. In 1957 he enlisted in the British Army and began training as a paratrooper with The Parachute Regiment of the 16th Air Assault Brigade. He went on to serve with an intelligence unit in Cyprus, a paramilitary police inspector in the Northern Rhodesia Police (now the Zambia Police Service). When his military career ended in England he joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London. But he found the paperwork too boring and quite at the behest of a friend who encouraged him to join the United State Army. Which he did.

In 1963, Rescorla enlisted, with his friend, in the United States Army. After he completed basic training he attended officer training school and was assigned as a platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

He was shipped to Vietnam and participated in the Battle of la Drang. While in Vietnam, he was given the nickname "Hard Core" by his men for his bravery in battle.

In 1968, Resorla became a U.S. citizen and continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1990 when he retired. In 1985 he joined a financial services firm, located in the World Trade Center, as security director.

In 1993, when the WTC was bombed, Rescorla was instrumental in evacuating people from the building. Afterwards, he enacted a policy in which all employees of the firm practiced evacuation drills every three months.

September 11, 2001. Rick Rescorla was supposed to be on vacation getting ready for his daughters wedding. Instead he was at work covering a shift for one of his deputies so that he could go on vacation. When American Airlines Flight 11 hit Tower 1, Rescorla ignored officials advice to stay put and opted instead to put his evacuation drills to use. While evacuating the 3,800 employees of his firm in Towers 2 and 5 he kept reminding them "be proud to be an American ...everyone will be talking about you tomorrow" and sang God Bless America over his bullhorn. When Flight 175 struck Tower 2, Rescorla had already evacuated most of the employees from his firm as well as many others from other floors. He then went back in, despite being told he needed to evacuate himself. The last known words anyone heard him say were, "As soon as I make sure everyone else is out". Tower 2 collapsed with Rick Rescorla last seen heading to the 10th floor looking for more people to help.

As a result of his actions that day, all but six employees of his firm made it out alive. One of those being him and three others being his deputies who followed him into Tower 2, Wesley Mercer, Jorge Velazquez, and Godwin Forde.

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.

Navato, Marin County, California

This is a truly touching story out of Navato, in Marin County California on the 21st. A hero's welcome and big thank you awaited to veterans returning from Iraq, and was lead by a Middle School marching band, and a cub scout pack. I am sure there were many eyes that weren't dry that day. Read all about it here.

Monday, April 23, 2007

An Email

This is a story that I got in my email a few months back. If you haven't already seen it you must read it.

Whether you believe we should be in Iraq and Afghanistan, or not, this is something you should read and think about carefully.

The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war. My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window.

He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

"Our son giggled and said OK.

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

OK Dad, I'm pretending."

Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house across the street with his wife. He has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him. They are screaming and crying. They are watching this, but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?"


What do you do son?"

I'd call the police, Dad."

OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call, they listen to what you know and saw, but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help," my son starts to whine.

They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.

But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

Daddy...he kills them?"

Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

WHAT DO YOU DO SON?? Our son starts to cry.

My husband continues, "OK, no one wants to help you, Saddam saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

What Daddy?"

He walks across the street to an old lady's house and breaks down her door and drag s her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire. Then he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"



Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him, "Why?"

Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who need them?.and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself Daddy...I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening.

I start to cry. My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says...


"Yes, Daddy."

Open the blinds because that man... he's at your front door.. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes. Without hesitation he says: I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... "It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before it's too late. My husband whispers, "THAT is WHY we are at war in Iraq, son. When good men stand by and let evil happen, THAT is the greatest atrocity in the world."


Nothing Truer Has Ever Been Said...Well Not In My Opinion

Every word of this is the truth as far as I am concerned. I have to apologize for the video quality. Someone must have used their video camera to tape this off the TV.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sanctuary Cities (UPDATED)

I ran across a blog today that brought to my attention a few comments by the mayor of San Francisco, California. Many of you may know that I was born and raised in Northern California. I now call Nevada home, and politicians like the mayor of San Francisco are one of the reasons I made that decision.

I would love to post the content of the blog here, but there is speech present that I usually don't care to have present on my blog. Instead I will point you that way, with a content warning. What the blog says is very important and needs to be addressed. Click here to view.

I wrote an email, but I kept it very simple. I focused on the basest fact. My email is below. I will let you know if I hear anything.

Mr. Newsom,

Recently you were quoted as having said.

"Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed Sunday to maintain San Francisco as a sanctuary for immigrants and do everything he can to discourage federal authorities from conducting immigration raids."

"I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids," Newsom declared. "We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it."

Immigrants don't need protection or sanctuary, as they are immigrants that entered the country legally. Those that I feel you are referring to, are instead, illegal immigrants, and they are entering the country illegally. By offering them sanctuary you are aiding and abetting criminals. That is a punishable crime.

You may want to give your comments and rash decision a bit more thought.



My initial response from Mayor Gavin Newsom. Not a big surprise. Will keep you updated.

"Thanks for your message. I appreciate hearing from you. I apologize for
the automated reply, but unfortunately the volume of messages I receive
does not permit me to provide each sender an immediate, individual

Please know that your message will be read and considered, and, where
appropriate, forwarded to a member of my staff or a city department. You
will be hearing from one of us, if your message requires a reply, within a
reasonable time.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Mayor Gavin Newsom"


I finally got a response from Mayor Gavin. Here it is:

May 14, 2006

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for contacting my office recently with your thoughts and
regarding San Francisco's status as a Sanctuary City. We always
hearing from pro-active people like yourself.

Since the time of the Gold Rush, immigrants have come to San Francisco
every country in the world, opening businesses, creating jobs, paying
taxes, taking leadership in government, and rebuilding San Francisco
the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. Today 1 in 3 San Franciscans were born
overseas and are a vital part of our economy and culture

In my first Executive Directive of 2007, I reaffirmed the City and
of San Francisco's commitment to its Sanctuary City status,
established in 1989. As a Sanctuary City, San Francisco has and will
continue to provide compassionate services to all immigrants,
regardless of
status. I want to make it clear that no city resources will be used in
immigration detention or arrest proceedings unless required by federal
When certain people are targeted and denied access to vital social
services, the health and safety of the entire city is compromised. .

Federal immigration raids are hindering the well-being of San
Countless crimes have gone unreported over concerns that by contacting
local police, good citizens could put their family and livelihood at
This risk also encourages parents from sending their children to school
seeking medical treatment when in desperate need of care. We can not,
under good conscience, endorse any policy that would be
to affluence of working families.

San Francisco joins with over 20 other cities, including Detroit, New
Boston, and Chicago, by continuing its traditional role as a Sanctuary
City. I strongly oppose any effort to require public safety officials,
teachers, doctors, and any other City employee to report the
status of anyone seeking help.

Thank you again for contacting me. I hope together that we can create
common-sense immigration policy that will benefit everyone.


Gavin Newsom

OK. First of all Mr Gavin, there is nothing wrong with immigration as long as it is done legally. None of us have any issues with immigrants. If someone does, their problem is far greater than yours.

Secondly, instead of offering sancutuary to those that are illegal, maybe resources should be put into play to offer them the tools they need to be legal. If they are not elligable to become legal, or not making an attempt to become so, than they should be deported. By doing so, they would not need to keep their children out of school for risk of being found out, or be concerned with getting their children proper medical attention and thus being found out.

I can understand that people are coming here for greater oppurtunity and better services, but there are those of us who are here legally and paying taxes for the same services who are constantly dealing with rising costs, and longer Emergency ROom waits, that we are having to pay because we went to the trouble of getting a social security number and becoming legal citizens. Illegal immigrants that are using our nation's social services and are not or can not pay, and do not have a social security number are then not held responsible for those costs. Those costs are passed to those of us, agian, who have made the effort to be here legally.

If I were a resident of San Francisco, and thank GOd I am not, I would be furious at you for catering to a group that is hindering the lives of the group living here legally, and even more furious with the fact that cater to a group that con not even vote. After all, if they can't vote, who should you really be concerned with?

Now, I know that he isn't going to read my blog, but I am not sending this to him. I have a feeling that my words would fall on deaf ears. Very, Very, sad...


Unbelievable! I just find this scary, to say the least. It seems that if you are jailed in Kentucky, and have a friend who can send a fax from a grocery store than you can be released from prison! From the article published on April 22nd:

"HICKMAN, Kentucky — Officials mistakenly released a prisoner from a Kentucky facility after receiving a phony fax that ordered him freed, and it took them nearly two weeks to realize it.

The fax contained grammatical errors, was not typed on letterhead and was sent from a local grocery store. The fax falsely claimed that the Kentucky Supreme Court "demanded" Timothy Rouse be released."

The story goes on to say that it is not required that the origin of the fax be verified at the time of receipt. I am just in awe of the stupidity on this one. I am completely flabbergasted. I don't even work in the prison or judicial system anywhere, and I check the origin of faxes I receive at work if they look funny.

Maybe the lack of state letterhead, and the grammatical errors aren't abnormal in Kentucky...

Luckily, the man went to his mother's and was recaptured almost two weeks after being released.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ask Captain Dramatic

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Captain Dramatic wanted to let everyone in on a top ten list he created. Here it is:

Top Ten Ways To Piss Off My Mom:

(he does get to say the word piss, but this is as ugly as I ever let him get with his speech....sorry. These are in no particular order, and I can attest that he has learned them all through personal experience. He dictated this to me while I wrote it down.)

1. Write on her walls or furniture with a permanent marker. It took me a week to scrub it off the walls, and my hands got all wrinkly from the rubber gloves.

2. Pee in the cat's litter pan and not the toilet. Mom said the cat would use the toilet too if she was big enough not to fall in.

3. Tear up a book by reading with my feet. Mom said that is why God gave us hands.

4. Use the words "hate", "dude" or "freaking" more than once a month, and whatever you do, don't use them in the same sentence. "Dude, I freaking hate you" will get you a spanking.

5. Don't point guns at people or animals, even if they are toy guns. If you do, the toy gets thrown away. If the cat scratches you because you shot her with a nerf ball, mom doesn't feel sorry for you.

6. Thinking I know everything and arguing about it. Especially driving a car. Mom once made me try and drive my half of the car over the railroad tracks. I couldn't.

7. Farting or burping at the dinner table gets me sent to my room. My friends laugh, but mom doesn't.

8. Blaming things on other people when it is my fault. The cat can't hold a crayon and spell my name on the wall three feet from the floor.

9. Cheating at games, lying about stuff, or quiting. Mom says the only things I should quit are cheating at games and lying.

10. Listening to my friends and not to my mom. When Austin C. told me not to get my homework, I got grounded from my Wii, not Austin C.

This Says It All

This picture sadly depicts what our nation is coming to.

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Another Great Video

I love when I run across things like this. I really enjoyed this video. It shows the face of the enemy, the protesters, and the faces of our soldiers and their families.

Here are the lyrics.

"Fight For Me"

You stand to fight and we agree
Until we see your brothers bleed
You give your life to hold the line
And then we change our minds

Afraid to say that you'd
Come home this way

I stand to give you my applause
How could you fight for a better cause
Opposed by those that you set free
Still you fight for me

We hold our signs of war and peace
They seem to change so easily
While passing judgment from our homes
In foreign lands you roam

Afraid to say what you'd
You'd die to save

I stand to give you my applause
How could you fight for a better cause
Opposed by those that you set free
Still you fight for me
To all the soldiers don't you know
You'll always be the world's hero
As long as we have enemies
Still you fight for me


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The Real Alec Baldwin

Have any of you heard the message that Alec Baldwin left for his daughter on her cell phone? I have, (audio) and I was appalled. I have been angry with my son before, as many of us have with our children, but what he did was just wrong, and abusive. Here is a video from Hannity and Colmes.

Alec Baldwin's mouth.

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So, lets dissect this.

One, he doesn't remember how old she is. Do you know the ages of your children?

Two, I might tell my son he is thoughtless, but never couple that with any other name calling besides the occasional "you ARE BEING a brat". What about you?

Three, if any of you are divorced or are from divorced families, rule number one is always, "Don't bad-mouth the other parent". The parent doing to bad-mouthing is always the resented one in the end.

Four, the eleven year old didn't make an ass of him. He did that all by himself. No one has the power to make an ass of anyone unless you give them that power.

I could go on. The name calling, and the bullying at the end of the call is what pushed me over the edge though. It takes a really small man to bully an eleven year old.

Baldwin hasn't done much outside his acting career that he should even be proud of. This is just another example of another shame filled event he orchestrated. I learned that he blogs at Huffington Post (not that I have any way to verify it really is him, but it sounds like the same crap he spews on national television) and I don't think that is something I would be particularly proud of.

He has a history of wrongs in my opinion. The man seems to be a bully. Did you catch what he said to Sean Hannity?

Alec Baldwin gets no calls

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Here is a transcript on part of the radio show not mentioned in the video clip.

HANNITY: Alec, I wanted to give you an official WABC welcome considering you were supposed to come on my program last week and you didn't show up. What happened?
BALDWIN: No, I wasn't supposed to come on your program, Sean Hannity.

HANNITY: No, actually you were supposed to come on the program because a deal was made with your agent that if you were going to come on with Brian, first you'd come on with me.

BALDWIN: I wouldn't dream of coming on your program, Sean Hannity. I'm here with Brian. I'm here with a really talented broadcaster.

HANNITY: [Crosstalk] that you are, you don't tell the truth.

BALDWIN: Why would I want to come on the show with a no-talent, former construction worker hack like you?

Will someone tell me what is wrong with being a construction worker and worker your way up to something greater? If I make it big in life (yeah, I know, not likely), and happen to cross paths with Baldwin, is he going to treat me like crap too because of what I had to do to provide for my family on the way to greater things? Or maybe he only does this to conservatives since he is a ragging liberal democrat? That seems to be in the ragging liberal job description anyway. Another liberal job requirement is hypocrisy. Baldwin didn't fail to meet this requirement either. After all, he once had a job that would considered by some as even lower than that of a construction worker. He was a bus boy (Wikipedia).

From where I sit he is just a bully. He thinks he is better than everyone else and wants to be worshiped. Hannity touches on this thought later in the exchange.

HANNITY: You're a third-rate Hollywood egomaniac.

You can hear the whole exchange in an audio file here.

What did he do when he couldn't win an argument with Hannity? What do all cowards do? They run. The bully-coward is a bit different though. They run while still spewing filth and trying desperately to convince themselves that they are right.

Baldwin even thinks that he is better than Arnold Schwarzenegger (Wikipedia).

"If I ever ran for anything, the thing I would like to be is governor of New York... That's what I hate about Arnold Schwarzenegger. His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president...I'm Tocqueville compared to Schwarzenegger."

If the both ran for the same office I would vote for Schwarzenegger. At least he still remains humble enough to make an EDUCATED decision. Baldwin is too caught up in himself. It is that simple.

Baldwin ins also known for his anger management issues. There is this example, but it isn't the only one.

October 13, 2006 -- ALEC Baldwin still has a hot temper. The actor was photographed Wednesday screaming at a cop who was directing traffic away from the Cory Lidle plane crash site on East 72nd Street. Then, a few hours later at Grand Havana Room, Baldwin loudly asked the hostess for a working telephone. "I asked you a question in English and I would like an answer in English. Do you have a working phone in that room? . . . That is outrageous. That is totally unacceptable." Baldwin's rep said he was simply asking the cop for directions and, "Alec would never ever make fun of someone's English."

I wish I could believe his rep. I might have bought this explanation if this was an isolated incident. It isn't of course, and I should probably site more, but I am out of time for right now.

You know what is scary? Outside of his reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger, I haven't even touched on his political bull-arky. In my opinion, he is no more qualified to have any weight in a political arena then he does in the parenting arena. If you can't be a good leader and do so by example with your children, how would you lead a city, state or country? For these very reasons, his political opinions carry no weight with me. My advice to Alec Baldwin? Keep your day job, and stick with the only thing you can do right. Pretending to be someone else.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Saturday's Super Site

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This week's Saturday's Super Site belongs to Sarge Charlie.

Sarge has a site full of truth, knowledge, and fun. All of this is filtered through his perceptions, and he calls life as he sees it. One theme always remains constant through all of the above, and that is Sarge's love and devotion to the United States and it's people and troops. These are the things that color his perceptions.

Sarge always has a kind and supportive word for our troops. Being a Vietnam Veteran he knows what it is like to go to war, and respects everything that our young men and women are doing today. He knows what they face while they are away and when they come home. He posts videos and tributes, and recognizes other sites that do the same.

He also recognizes those people in our great society who are far from great. I impatiently wait for every episode of the Yellowbellied Sapsucker Of The Week Award. He has not let me down yet.

Sarge, thank you for your loyal sacrifice to our great nation and for honoring those who fight for us now. Thank you for all the great work you do through your blog and keep those Yellowbellied Sapsucker Of The Week Awards coming!

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I Just Thought This Was Neat

This video was pretty neat. I have seen a lot of video of people juggling, but this guy does it to music!


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Thursday, April 19, 2007


This is going to be short and to the point. Earlier this week I wrote about the horrific happenings at Virginia Tech. At the end of that post I openly wondered how long it would take people to bring up gun control laws. As I am sure all of you noticed it didn't take long at all.

My thoughts are this. Banning guns will not solve the problem. That only prevents those of us who would obey the laws from having them. Sickos like Cho Seung-Hui would have gotten a hold of one anyway. He wouldn't have cared about the laws prohibiting it. It may have taken him a TAD BIT longer, but it doesn't seem as if he wasn't planning all this over a long period of time, so I doubt the wait would have bothered him much.

Secondly, guns don't kill people. The don't. The people holding them do. To prove this, I conducted an experiment many moons ago. I left my gun in the drawer next to bed and it was fully loaded. Guess what! It did not kill anyone! It didn't even go off once! The following weekend at target practice it hit everything I aimed it at when I pulled the trigger. My conclusion? You do the math.


I have avoided the Imus thing like the plague. I plan to continue to do so, with the exception of this. Someone created a poll and they are going to forward the results to CBS. I think the results should be forwarded to NBC/MSNBC too, but that is just me. To vote in the poll or to see the results click here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

[PPP] Do You Have Questions About Life Insurance?

Many of us don't think about life insurance, but we all should really have at least one policy. Life insurance is probably the last gift we can give to those we leave behind upon our death. It can be something as simple as a way for those we love to afford the costly experience of laying us to rest. It can be something much larger that may provide for them financially in our absence while they deal with their grief, or even a way to cover any outstanding debt and leave them with a fresh start.

Maybe one of the reasons that none of us really think about life insurance is because many of us don't know much about it, or don't think "it" could happen to us. Well, life, and even death happen when we least expect it. With that in mind life insurance is something we need to know more about.

I found a great site that may help in the knowledge department. Life Insurance Low Down seems to have a vast amount in links listed that will help you with a number of different aspects. They link to articles to improve over all life, and also to many that will explain the finer aspects of life insurance and its many terms. You may have to do a bit of digging to find what you are looking for, but chances are, the answers are right in front of you. Don't be afraid to use the categories listing on the right of the page if you are having trouble. They made my search much easier.

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This Weeks Soldier Was Submitted By Anna

Chief Mast Sgt. John Gebhardt
Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt
Superintendent of the 22nd Wing Medical Group at McConnell Air Force Base

Have you heard of Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt? Maybe you have and maybe you haven't. CMSgt. Hebhardt gain some notoriety recently. Not for an action that he took on the battlefield, but rather for a picture(not shown because it is graphic) that was taken of him.

In 2006, CMSgt. John Gebhardt was photographed holding a little Iraqi girl that had been injured. Her family had been attacked by insurgents. Both of her parents were killed, along with many of her siblings, and she had been shot in the head and left for dead. But she was tougher than that. She was brought to Balad Air Base Hospital where she was operated on and ultimately saved. As you can imagine, it was an extremely hard time for this little girl. Her recovery was hellish. But when CMSgt. Gebhardt would hold her, she seemed to be comforted. He spent many nights sleeping in a chair with her in his arms. The picture wast taken by a fellow airman while CMSgt. Gebhardt and the little girl were napping. Said CMSgt. Gebhardt, "I'm sure that probably just gave her some inner peace that she could reach."

On a side note. This is why I started doing these Wednesday Hero posts. Because of people like Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt. It's soldiers like him that make me proud of our military.

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

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[PPP] Have You Ever Dreamed Of Being Published Author?

I am sure I am not alone in this, but I enjoy writing and always have. I have always wanted to write something good enough to be published. I haven't made that dream come true yet. It is a grueling process from all the stories I have heard about it. My dream may be a little easier to reach now. I recently discovered that there is a self-publishing company out there that has been around since 1997, unbeknownst to me. The company is called AuthorHouse.

Publishing your book through AuthorHouse brings to you an assortment of tools and advice to ease the process of being published. You are guided by author advocates who take writing an publishing very seriously and will assist you in making the best decision in regards to your publishing options and also put the most effective marketing tools at your disposal. You maintain all of the right to your work, and get to make the decisions regarding the number of copies published and can even work out your own royalty schedule.

Like I said, maybe there is hope for me yet.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Why I Vote

First of all, I am only registered with a party to vote in primaries. I have changed my registration once in my life time to realign myself with the candidates party that I am more in tune with. Despite my party affiliation, I always vote with the candidate I agree with most, not along party lines. Voting in this country has proven to be the picking of the lesser of the two evils. Voting is still very important none the less.

You want a great example of why? Harry Reid is a Democrat Representative from Nevada, and currently the majority leader of the house. He is also a person who I feel is completely inept, and only cares about advancing his own political agenda and career. Where is my proof? I found a quote from him today atABC News 7.

"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war."

He doesn't say anything else about what we are trying to accomplish in the war on terror. He doesn't say anything about the men and women that we have lost and what their sacrifices mean. He doesn't care. Do you care how many senate seats the Democrats pick up? I don't. I care about the men and women who are fighting the good fight.

I have held my current opinion of the current liberal democrats for some time. I have watched Reid and others fight to get America out of Iraq. I have never once felt as if they cared about anything more than their own advancement. They aren't fighting the good fight. They are fighting to line their own pockets, the pockets of their friends, and for their own political advancement. If you disagree, you can refer to all the pork they wrote into the most recent war spending bill. The short list of pork in that bill can be found here. Hell, I am not even sure they are playing on the same team anymore. When I listen to them I swear they are praying for the surge to fail. From my perspective they are then rooting for the enemy, and to me, that reeks of treason.

Potential treasonous acts aside, I do not care to have anyone in a position of political power that cares about nothing more than themselves. It is true that we all naturally have an instinct towards self preservation, but not usually to this degree, and in such a petty self-serving way. Reid occasionally makes me feel ashamed to be a Nevadan. At least until I remember that I can vote, and that they aren't all like him.

I hope I am right in one thing. American's aren't as stupid as the current liberal Democratic Party thinks we are, and their days are numbered. I really hope I am right.

Tragedy At Virginia Tech

I have been following the story of the shooting and Virginia Tech all day. It is a sad story that makes me sick to my stomach. I feel so very bad for the families of all the students who have lost their lives or are wounded. Could you imagine, sending your kids to college, or having a sister, brother, mother, or father, aunt, cousin, uncle, attending that school right now? Can you imagine the worry and the fear?

Right now there is a speculation that the shooter was aiming for his girlfriend, but no one really knows yet. I have a feeling it will be a long time before we have any idea of what may have really been the reason behind the shooting at Virginia Tech, if we ever know.

Despite all this tragedy, I had to mention something else. This is something that may sound really petty to bring up at a time like this. I am going to do it anyway. Please forgive me. Something caught me eye while reading today in an attempt to stay abreast of what was happening while being trapped at work. Here is a quote from an article on

Laura Spaventa, student: "I was in Shanks Hall, which is located in the upper portion of campus, and we were having class, and all of a sudden we had e-mail saying that, like, there was a shooting on campus and then we were updated with it saying that, like, classes were being canceled and to stay where we were. ... Right after we got that e-mail we heard five shots on campus, and we could hear the emergency speaker system. So we all got down under the desks and moved away from the windows.

There must have been at least over 20 or 30 cop cars and ambulances. Like, every street was lined with them. I did not see like openings at all, like, it was really scary. All the cops had, like, vests on, and some had guns in their hands and everything. I felt like I was in a war zone, or in the middle of like the city, or something. It was just very, very unsettling."

Can this poor girl say like any more frequently? Does she realize how unintelligent that makes her sound? Now, this isn't the only thing I have read today on this horrible event in Virginia, but when I read this it stopped me in my tracks.

I told you it was petty. I just couldn’t believe it. I was sitting at work reading the article, and for a moment I seriously thought I was reading the script of the movie Clueless. It was a very funny movie, but that was because people aren't really supposed to talk like that!

I feel rotten now because I let "Other People's Children" distract me from the very real and horrible issue so many families are facing today. A reality, that as a mother, I hope I never have to experience first hand.

Sorry guys and gals.

On a more serious note, how long do you think it will take them to attack gun owners with more laws? That of course will solve everything after all. We all know that criminals and lunatics obey all the gun laws! (That was dripping with sarcasm in case you couldn't tell.)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ask Captain Dramatic

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I was completely at a loss for what to ask Captain Dramatic Today. I looked at Captain Dramatic and said, "Captain Dramatic, what should we ask you about this week?" It was a completely rhetorical questions. I got an answer none the less.

His reply, "POOP! You can ask me about poop!"

Have I mentioned that Captain Dramatic is an eight year old boy? If I haven't, it became obvious with this post. Does anyone know why are eight year old boys obsessed with bodily functions? I don't dare ask Captain Dramatic.

The Evolution Of Dance

I will never tire of watching this one. I crack up every time I see it. Just in case some of you haven't seen it I thought I would post it here. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Have You Forgotten?

I know that my family and I have not.

My son has been wanting to write to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan now for quite some time, but I have not been able to find one for him. You can no longer address mail to "Any Soldier". Many have pointed me toward various web sites, but many of those sites want a bigger commitment then just letters. Not that we wouldn't be able to send some, but I didn't want to promise anything more than letters because things aren't always easy in my household. If any one reads this and knows of a soldier that wouldn't mind writing to an eight year old boy, please let me know.

Saturday's Super Site

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This week's Saturday Super Site is The Cluttered Eclectic Mind. When I stopped in to visit Ron, one of the first things I noticed was that he is an amazing writer. All of the articles he posts are well thought out, eloquently composed, and excellently presented.

Ron's blog is all about his opinions on life, politics, and family. He has the ability to look at an issue, weigh all sides of the argument, and present intelligent counter-argument without being derogatory, mean spirited, or rude. He is truly a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere. He wants to opinions of his readers, and treats them with kindness and dignity even if they may not agree. Something, I am sure all of you know, is rare for many blogs out there.

I urge all of you visit Ron's blog, The Cluttered Eclectic Mind. I just know you will enjoy the articles you find there.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Another Amazing Story

I read a story today that easily points out what is wrong with society and what is right. It also drives home my often voiced opinion of how having so many American soldiers in one place can't be a bad thing. Here is an amazing story of two great American's doing what American' do best, helping others. It also shows a perfect example of why I just don't understand other people's children. Even though "other's people children" are present in this story and giving a prime example of what is wrong in the world, it also shows that good can over come evil even if the odds seemed stacked against it. So, instead of loosing faith in humanity one person at a time, I chose to cling to hope and gain a little faith. Here's the story.

[PPP] Are You Looking To Buy A Car?

I am currently driving a car with 161,000 miles on it. I love this car, and it has been very good to me. I can tell it is getting old, but I don’t want to part with it. I don’t want to buy a new car, and I just got this one paid off. I don’t want to buy a new car because when I do that I want one that is just as good or better than my current one. I don’t want to spend a fortune on something that is going to break down constantly. This becomes even more possible when you buy a used car, which is the only kind of car in my budget.

I would love this car:

This one:
BMW 3 Series

Or even this one:

I could even live with this one:
Toyota RAV4

But this is probably more along the lines of what I can truly afford:
(God I hope I don’t have to drive a Kia.)

No matter which used care I can afford, at least I can use to look them up and learn more. I can easily see what dealers in my area are asking, I can see the year and the mileage on the car, and in a lot of cases I get to see a photo. There are reviews of the car, and easy access to the crash test rating. The pages show what amenities the car has as well. VIN numbers are even listed making it easier to research the history of the car. As I search for my next car I have a feeling that may come in very handy. If you are interested in checking out their pages yourself please click below:

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This Weeks Solider Was Summited By Lt. Schneider

SSgt. Keith
SSgt. Keith "Matt" Maupin
24 years old from Batavia, Ohio
Army Reserves 724th Transportation Company
MIA Since April 9, 2004

Strength, perseverance and determination is how you would describe the family of SSgt. Keith Maupin. Because even though their son has been missing now for almost three years, his parents still haven't given up hope that he's still alive. Said his father, Keith Maupin, "I'm saying it ain't over till the fat lady sings and when she sings, I'm going to choke her. That's what I say. They're going to find Matt." His mother, Carolyn, was quoted as saying, "We're to keep our hope up. And praying until they can prove to us 100 percent either way. And that's what I'm going to do. And I realize we only have a 50/50 chance here, but I'm not going the low road. I'm going the high road"

SSGt. Maupin, who was PFC. Maupin when he was capture and has since received two promotions, was reported MIA when his fuel convoy came under attack near the Baghdad International Airport. Along with Maupin was Sgt. Elmer Krause and seven employees of U.S. contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root. All of whom were either rescued or escaped. Seven days later, on April 16, Al-Jazeera aired a video tape of Maupin in which he was forced to admit that he was went to Iraq unwillingly. Then on June 28, 2004, Al-Jazerra reported that PFC. Maupin had been executed by a group calling themselves Persistent Power Against the Enemies of God and the Prophet. But no concrete proof has surfaced either way.

His parents have created a website called Yellow Ribbon Support Center if you would like to check it out. And while most in the media have forgotten Keith Maupin, Wednesday Hero hasn't.

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.
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