Archive | May 2013

AMERICAN VALOR, BENGHAZI, LYBIA

THIS PART YOU MAY NOT KNOW, BUT SHOULD.

The stunning part of this story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force.Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya.

However, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story.

So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya? We are learning more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair.

Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a “hit list.”

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy Seal’s.

When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two Seal’s set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code:

1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate,

2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield,

3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit,

4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates,

5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation,

6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and…

7) Earn your Trident every day

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http://www.navyseals.com/seal-code-warrior-creed).
Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others.

Dr. Charles R. Roots

Senior Pastor

Former Staff Sergeant,

USMC Captain,

U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret.)

 

MOTHERS’ DAY

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During my entire childhood I can remember a pillow case that my Mom treasured. I can remember it from every place my Mom lived in her life. Except her last move, when she moved into the house with me. She moved into my house rather hastily on Mothers’ Day of 1998, due to her failing health. I guess the pillowcase was left in the house that she vacated prior to living with me.

The silk pillowcase was a deep, royal purple in color. It was surrounded on all four sides by gold braid. The same poem shown in the pillowcase in the above picture was embroidered on Mama’s pillowcase.

M…is for the million things she gave me

O…means only that she is growing old

T…is for the tears she shed to save me

H…is her heart as pure as gold

E…is her eyes with love light shining

R…is for right, and right she will always be

Put them together and they spell

MOTHER

A word that means the world to me.

(If I remember correctly, one of my two brothers who served in the Navy brought this pillowcase back from Japan for my Mother. So thank you….Jack or Bill…you made Mama smile today in Heaven.)

(P.S. If the same person who stole everything else from my deceased sister Gail, my niece Cindy  and my Mother, also stole this pillowcase………may it haunt you every day as much as it blessed my Mother through so many years.)

-Sheila Tolley-

NASA carefully timed space shuttle flights to avoid what?

Answer: New Year’s Eve

While launching men and women into space seems inherently high-tech and futuristic there were many elements of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program that were downright anachronistic by the time the shuttles were retired. One of the side effects of running a space craft full of 1980s-era computer chips and code was a very cautionary stance towards events that may have introduced unknown variables or factors the computer system wasn’t programmed to handle correctly.

It was that extreme caution and desire to bring every crew home safely that led NASA to approach the yearly roll over from December 31 to January 1 with a better safe than sorry attitude. Over the span of 135 Shuttle flights between 1986 and 2003, no Shuttle was ever launched, in space, or guided to re-entry on New Year’s in order to avoid any unforeseen problems with the on-board systems.

 

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The terms Uppercase and Lowercase are derived from what?

Answer: Shelving

Although the origins of many words are rather odd and esoteric in nature, the origins of the words “uppercase” and “lowercase” to refer to capitalized and uncapitalized letters is quite straightforward.

Back when every bit of printed material had to be handset by a printer or their assistants, the letters were arranged by frequency of use. The infrequently used capital letters went in the “uppercase”, a slanted shelf above the main work area. The frequently used uncapitalized letters went in the “lowercase”, a more accessible shelf closer to the workstation.

 

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Tsarnaev Family—-How dumb are we?

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How dumb are we,,,,,answer,,,,,,,,,,,very dumb and suckers to the rest of the user world,,,,call or write your representatives,,,,,,,,,,,,voice your opinon and fast.
So now we find out that the entire Tsarnaev family (Dad, Mom, 2 sons & 2 daughters) started receiving government assistance as soon as they set foot in our country.  As political refugees they were entitled to settlement assistance from day one.  (Section 8 Housing, public healthcare, food stamps etc.)
Then their  stellar  older son impregnates and marries the daughter of a doctor, and this new little Muslim family receives 18 months of government assistance.  They only came off welfare after the naive young wife starts working 70 hours a week while husband Tamerlan stays home and builds bombs and plans to kill and injure the very Americans who have paid for his pathetic existence for the past 12 plus years.
A Breakdown of your and my investment into the TsarnaevFamily:
Section 8 housing
Free public healthcare
Food stamps and other EFT transfer payments
Federal Pell Grants for both sons and most likely their daughters as well.  (That is $5200.00 per year for each son or daughter who attended a college.)
City of Cambridge also awarded a $2500 per year scholarship to the younger son.
Younger son also reportedly was receiving state college scholarship.
 What did we receive for our investment:
·        Older son was arrested for domestic battery on a former girlfriend.
·        The mother was arrested last year for shoplifting $1600 in merchandise from a Lord & Taylor store.  Mother is facing immediate arrest for failure to appear regarding this matter.
·        Then of course we know that the two sons combined to kill four people (3 Americans & a Chinese exchange student), severely injure 100 plus other people, carjacked another victim and only let him live when they found out that he was not an American citizen.
·        Now we have the two pathetic parents who have returned to Russia and are claiming that their poor sons are innocent and are being framed by the same American government that allowed for their pathetic existence the past 12 plus years.
When are we going to put a stop to this madness??
Please pass this on and commit to getting involved in the 2014 election process.

Rattlesnake Logic

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Now, the news media will spend days trying to determine why these men did what 
they did in Boston.  They will want to know what America did to make these 
brothers so angry with us. They will want to know why these men were not 
arrested before they did something unlawful.  The media will be in a tizzy about 
the new era of home grown radicals and about how they could live among us and 
still hate us. 
  
Here in Oklahoma, I have rattlesnakes on my place.  I have killed a rattlesnake 
on the front porch.  I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch.  I have 
killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop, and on the driveway.  I kill every 
rattlesnake I encounter.  I kill rattlesnakes because a rattlesnake will bite me 
and inflict me with poison.  I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite 
me.  It will bite me because it is a rattlesnake and that is what rattlesnakes 
do.  I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake; I just kill it.  I don’t try to 
get to know the rattlesnake better so that I can find a way to live with the 
rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me; I just kill them.  I don’t quiz a 
rattlesnake to see if I can find out where the other snakes are because 
  (a) it won’t tell me 
  (b) I already know that they live on my place. 
  
I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.  I don’t look for ways 
that I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non poison rat snake.  I 
just kill it.  Oh, and on occasion I kill a rat snake, because I thought it was 
a rattlesnake at the time.  Also, I know that for every rattlesnake that I kill, 
two more lurk out there. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of 
rattlesnakes.  Do I fear them?  No!  Do I respect what they can do to me?  Yes! 
 And because of that respect I give them their fair justice; I kill them. 
    
  Maybe as a country we should give more credit to the jihadist just being a 
rattlesnake!  Just like the rattlesnake, the only good jihadist is a dead 
jihadist.  When I see one on my porch, in my barn, or wherever, I will kill it.  
I hope you will do the same. 

 —
Fred Miranda

 (from Oklahoma)