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FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 12 July 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 07/11/2012 5:58:41 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska




~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~

~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~


MAST MEN

Ecuadorian sailors aboard the Ecuadorian steel-hulled barque BAE Guayas man the yardarms as they arrive in New Orleans for The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in New Orleans, April 17, 2012. The events in New Orleans are part of a series of city visits by the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Operation Sail beginning this month and concluding in 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth W. Robinson




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Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies' military
and family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.




ABRAMS CLEANING

U.S. Marines clean their M1A1 Abrams battle tanks at Marine Corps Forces Africa, April 13, 2012, after a day of training during Exercise Africa Lion 2012. Sponsored by U.S. African Command and led by Marine Forces Africa, the exercise involved various types of training and peace keeping operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler L. Main


PATROL PARTNERS

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nickolas Aloi provides security for other soldiers as his military working dog looks on during Operation Eagle Mountain in Didar, Afghanistan, April 14, 2012. Aloi is assigned to Company B, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment. The operation's purpose was to clear the town of improvised explosive devices, and provide security to the town through U.S. and Afghan presence. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marc Loi


JUNGLE COURSE

A U.S. Marine crawls through a watery ditch and under concertina wire during a jungle endurance course on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, April 20, 2012. After completing a two-week training evolution at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, the Marines took the four-mile-long course through the Okinawan jungle, using rappelling, rope-crossing and other skills they learned. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright



MOUNTAIN MESSAGE

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, receives a mountaintop brief from U.S. and Afghan special forces on Camp Morehead, Afghanistan, April 23, 2012. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen


RAINY DAY PATROL

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Devoe and other paratroopers return to Forward Operating Base Arian from a patrol in the rain along Highway 1 in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province, April 20, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod


RIVER ROUTE

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Daniel Grant departs Patrol Base Virginia, an Afghan National Civil Order Police position in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 14, 2012, as his squad begins a foot patrol. Grant, a rifleman, is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The Marines recently transitioned security authority for the area to Afghan forces. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz




SUNSET WATCH

U.S. Navy Seaman Sara Schmid stands watch on the signal bridge as the sun sets aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson under way in the Indian Ocean, April 15, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans


ARMOR CLEANING

U.S. Marine Corps Cpls. Zachary Hinna, left, and Bradley Engelman, right, clean a light armored vehicle at Camp Pendleton, Ca., April 21, 2012. The Marines serve with Battalion Landing Team 3/1, as the ground combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada


FIREFIGHT

U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Shout uses his weapon's scope to scan the nearby ridge following an engagement with anti-Afghan forces on Forward Operating Base Wright in Afghanistan's Kunar province, April 19, 2012. Shout is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar security forces. The unit took small-arms fire during a routine patrol and suppressed the enemy with the assistance from Afghan troops. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marasky



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1 posted on 07/11/2012 5:58:55 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska


REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD!





GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
(Click for Bosun’s Whistle)




USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!






Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

2 posted on 07/11/2012 5:59:39 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

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God Bless Our Republic

Prayers going up


3 posted on 07/11/2012 5:59:39 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha Night Owl!
4 posted on 07/11/2012 6:00:10 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (One out of three ain't good enough, Make November work.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska






Supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
at more than 1,000 places across the U. S. and around the world.

~Tribute to Our Troops~


5 posted on 07/11/2012 6:01:33 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi.


6 posted on 07/11/2012 6:06:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Over 50% of the personnel coming home now are applying for disability form the VA.

Welcome home troops.

7 posted on 07/11/2012 6:07:14 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: AZamericonnie; ConorMacNessa; Drumbo; Esmerelda; Kathy in Alaska; MS.BEHAVIN; LUV W; StarCMC
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Wednesday, July 11, 8 PM Pacific (11 PM Eastern)

Broadcast live at KING-FM

Mozart: Divertimento for Violin, Cello and Piano in B-flat, K. 254
Ida Levin, violin
Bion Tsang, cello
Orion Weiss, piano

Mozart in chamber form tends to be safe, sensible and sunny. This is a new piece for me, but I think you’ll find it enjoyable.

Dvorák: Miniatures for 2 Violins and Viola, Op. 75a
Stephen Rose, violin
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Richard O’Neill, viola

Stephen Rose is the son of legendary cellist Leonard Rose.

Richard O’Neill is half Irish and half Korean, and he looks Korean. I cracked him up with my imitation of an Irishman talking about the Korean conquest of Ireland. “Ah, twas a foine brawl, and we was winning til the Koreans broke open the beer. Twas all over in but a minute. We had our arms around each other singing. Me par sainted mither would a been ashamed.” Richard and I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the classical repertory, and if we hear a few notes, we can identify the piece rather quickly. This is a game known as Dittersdorfing, because if it sounds like Haydn but it isn’t Haydn, then it’s Dittersdorf.

Here is my favorite O’Neill story.

I attended an open rehearsal of Bartók’s early Quintet for Piano and Strings a few years ago. Richard was the violist, and the wonderfully avuncular Ronald Thomas was the cellist. At the end of the rehearsal, Ron called out to me in the audience, “That theme in the third movement. Which Mahler slow movement does that resemble?” You could see Richard’s brain working, and so was mine. We called out simultaneously, “Not a slow movement. A scherzo. Third Symphony.” Ron asked, “Was that a coincidence?” This is where my catalog of useless information came in handy. I said, “The Bartók piece was written in 1905, and the Mahler Third was premiered in 1904 in Budapest. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I think it’s osmosis.”

My other favorite O’Neill story comes with a trophy on the wall of my music nook.

Richard was the violist in Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Op. 59/3. In the finale, the violist sets the pace, and Beethoven’s metronome marking indicates that he wanted a truly blistering pace. I asked Richard how fast he intended to take it. He said, “I’m gonna put the pedal to the metal. I’m going to lay rubber. I’m going to wrap the car around the tree.” In the concert performance, he did just that. Not even a minute into the finale, his G-string broke. (No naughty laughing here!) Richard had to go offstage while Ron Thomas looked like a man whose dog had just made a stinky on the carpet. Richard came back with a re-strung viola, and they restarted the finale. After the concert, I came up to the chastened Richard and said, “You’re a man of your word.” He gave me the broken G-string which I had framed, and which now sits on the wall of my music nook.

Bartók: Seven Pieces from “Mikrokosmos” for 2 Pianos, Sz. 108
Jeremy Denk, piano
Inon Barnatan, piano

This will be a new piece for me, and it may be a bit rough on the ear.

Milhaud: “Scaramouche” Suite for 2 Pianos, Op. 165b
Inon Barnatan, piano
Jeremy Denk, piano

This is another new piece for me.

Mendelssohn: Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 1
Benjamin Bellman, violin
David Harding, viola
Edward Arron, cello
Anna Polonsky, piano

This is a romp and a lot of fun. Mendelssohn is always entertaining. A few years ago, I attended an open rehearsal of this piece. At the end, I remarked to Jimmy Ehnes, the violinist in the piece who is now the new artistic director, that everybody seemed to be having fun on stage. He admitted that everybody was indeed having fun. I looked down at Jimmy, scrunched up my face and said haughtily, “Well, we can’t have that, you know.” I cracked him up.

8 posted on 07/11/2012 6:10:02 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Once again, great pictures of our troops.


9 posted on 07/11/2012 6:10:16 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: ConorMacNessa; HopeandGlory
And another tie....Mac and Nana Hope.

Something strange...on the thread, Mac is first, but in My Comments, Nana Hope is first. Hmmmm....


10 posted on 07/11/2012 6:11:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
G'Day All! And Greetings From DnUnDa!!

~ Our Guys Are The Best!! ~

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11 posted on 07/11/2012 6:12:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; 300winmag; ..

~ Remembering Our Troops! ~

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12 posted on 07/11/2012 6:12:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; SandRat; Diver Dave; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


13 posted on 07/11/2012 6:13:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: SkyDancer

G’Day, Janey...((HUGS))...love those troops. They ARE the VERY BEST!!

Thanks Dad and friends for finding great stuff for Janey to post. And thanks to you as well, Janey.

Sent from my iPad (the only way I can see your pictures)


14 posted on 07/11/2012 6:23:12 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
My dad and his friends know I come here and they send me their very best.

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15 posted on 07/11/2012 6:26:56 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Kathy in Alaska; FReepers; All

16 posted on 07/11/2012 6:27:03 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Mysterious Invisibility

July 12, 2012

Across the United States and around the world, we often experience the dramatic effect of something no one can see. In 2011, for instance, several US cities were devastated by tornadoes that blew apart neighborhoods and business districts. And during each hurricane season, we are shocked as winds of more than 100 miles an hour threaten to destroy what we have built.

All of this is the result of an unseen force. Sure, we see the wind’s effects (flags flapping, debris flying), but we cannot see the wind itself. It works in mysterious invisibility.

In a sense, this is also true of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2, when believers experienced the filling of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, “suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2). That wind was a tangible demonstration to those early Christians that the unseen Spirit was at work in their lives. And He still works in our lives today! If you are a follower of Christ, be encouraged. The Holy Spirit bears fruit in your life (Gal. 5:22-23), forms believers into one body (1 Cor. 12:13), and assures you of God’s presence (1 John 3:24). The Holy Spirit is a powerful Person in our lives—even though we can’t see Him.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my heart—illumine me,
Spirit divine. —Scott
The Holy Spirit works powerfully, though invisibly.

Read: Acts 2:1-11

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. —Acts 2:2
Bible in a Year:
Proverbs 1-3


17 posted on 07/11/2012 6:27:22 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: mountainlion; All
Indeed they are - and in my view they're deserving of every bit they are awarded. I'm not aware of any other war where our guys and gals had to operate under such restrictive, draconian and, yes, even suicidal ROE's. We didn't have such ludicrous ROE's in 'Nam and we certainly didn't have them in WWII or Korea. We shouldn't have them now.

My hat is off to all of our brave troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Horribly dangerous ROE's, multiple and extended deployments - many of these soldiers have racked up more time in combat than any of our soldiers have since the War Between The States. Don't let the REMF's and bureaucrats nickel and dime them - they've earned their benefits!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 07/11/2012 6:28:54 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha Night Owl!
19 posted on 07/11/2012 6:29:16 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (One out of three ain't good enough, Make November work.)
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To: SkyDancer
G'day, Janey! Wonderful photos- thanks for posting!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

20 posted on 07/11/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: BIGLOOK
And in second....Hawaii snags the silver!!


21 posted on 07/11/2012 6:32:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Publius
It sounds like a great program, Maestro! Unfortunately, I have to retire at about the time it commences - 0500 Reveille and all. If they have a program on Friday night I could probably stay up through at least part of it.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

22 posted on 07/11/2012 6:37:22 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: All

WARRIOR WHEELS

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony McDaniel races around the track during practice for the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 23, 2012. McDaniel suffered a bilateral leg and partial hand amputations from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan 2010. He is competing in track and wheelchair basketball. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel

23 posted on 07/11/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: ConorMacNessa

Friday night is Mozart, Debussy, Shostakovich and the Mendelssohn Octet. The Octet is the most popular chamber work in the repertory, and it’s a joy to listen to.


24 posted on 07/11/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


Welcome To All Who Enter This Canteen, To Our Serving Military, To Our Veterans, To All Military Families, To Our FRiends and To Our Allies!





Missing Man Setting

Schumann - Traumerei
(Click)


Never Forget Those Who Sacrificed All That We Could Live In Freedom!!






Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

25 posted on 07/11/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Always remembering our troops! Thanks, Kathy for the great
set of pictures and stories! (((hugs)))


26 posted on 07/11/2012 6:42:09 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: AZamericonnie
And rounding out the top "three"....AZ bags the bronze!!


27 posted on 07/11/2012 6:42:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!





"Who have never retreated from clash of spears!"



The Star Spangled Banner
John McCormack & Frank Patterson
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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

28 posted on 07/11/2012 6:45:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Hi Conor, Thanks. (((hugs))).... hope yer doin’ okee .... janey


29 posted on 07/11/2012 6:45:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))...home safe and sound?

Has Nate’s Daddy seen him do the standard crawl yet?


30 posted on 07/11/2012 6:47:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: SkyDancer
Doing well, thanks! I'm on a second course of antibiotics this week and I think this one's doing the job! Starting to feel halfway normal!:)



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

31 posted on 07/11/2012 6:53:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I am off for home, and WITHOUT any homeworkl!! And no stops! Back shortly.


32 posted on 07/11/2012 6:53:57 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: ConorMacNessa

Well good for you! Hope you’ll be feeling better! Janey


33 posted on 07/11/2012 6:57:05 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Evenin’, Kathy...((HUGS))..home safe and sound.

The Proud Daddy has seen the NATE-asaures do the standard crawl, pull himself up using furniture to stand, heard Dada, Mama, and got to see and hold his new Niece.

34 posted on 07/11/2012 7:04:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


The Grey-Haired Brigade



They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America , we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies." You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.' Now you're paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2012 we're going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."

Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member

Footnote:

This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county. Can you feel the ground shaking??? It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.

"In God We Trust"



Happy Moments, Praise God.
Difficult Moments, Seek God.
Quiet Moments, Worship God.
Painful Moments, Trust God.
Every Moment, Thank God.









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

35 posted on 07/11/2012 7:12:28 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Publius

Hi Prof...can you leave a few breadcrumbs for the more dense as myself? What link am I supposed to click...and NO laughing! :)


36 posted on 07/11/2012 7:18:00 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Safe Journey, Kathy! See you when you get Home!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

37 posted on 07/11/2012 7:18:22 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead; Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; ...


FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!


“Freedom Isn’t Free”

By DDR Kelly Strong USCG (ret)

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.


Eternal Father, Strong to Save
(Click)


I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.


Taps
(Click)


I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had covered a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.



I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives,
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington,
No, freedom isn’t free.


God Of Our Fathers
(Click)


Many Thanks To ExTexasRedhead For Finding This Poem!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

38 posted on 07/11/2012 7:24:15 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: BIGLOOK
Good evening, my Brother-in-Arms! How fare you? I'm starting to recover from this nasty bug that has afflicted me this last fortnight!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

39 posted on 07/11/2012 7:31:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thanks, Mac, for The Star Spangled Banner.

Did you have a good day? Feeling better with less heat? *HUGS*


40 posted on 07/11/2012 7:34:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)). Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


41 posted on 07/11/2012 7:42:42 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Yes, a good day, thanks! The temps now are quite a relief - only into the high 80's this afternoon - down in the 60's last night and tonight. That triple digit stuff is bad news for me - heat stroke in 'Nam - once you are a heat casualty you're predisposed to subsequent episodes.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

42 posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:50 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Aloha Doc!

All's well over here and thanks for the best news I've heard today. Wishing you wellness and also wishing you'll still take it easy for a change.
43 posted on 07/11/2012 7:48:07 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (One out of three ain't good enough, Make November work.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Home safe and sound....it’s a bit strange not having to get started on homework. Last night was heavy duty, as was today at work...but, I got all my corrections made, and checks are done.

Our security branch is starting several new projects and hiring LOTS of new folks. It’s a nightmare. With so many new faces, payable at different rates, attending 2 different kinds of training, paid at different rates, and then not finding them in the system, means I really have to concentrate on what I am doing. I have to do a lot of calculator work as not all pay rates are yet connected to project #s. I have to do the math....rate times hours and then put in MY totals rather than use the system totals.


44 posted on 07/11/2012 7:53:49 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha, Hawaii...((HUGS))...no sun here today. Supposed to be rain all week, but so far none today.

Sun at your house? Any good news?


45 posted on 07/11/2012 8:07:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All
Not apropos of anything, but I had a nice memory yesterday. When I was 13 years old, between 8th grade and Freshman year of high school, my family summered in Wildwood, N.J. We rented a floor of a huge beach house owned by a friend of the family. My parents were there for about two weeks - they switched off with our aunts and uncles. We kids were there the entire summer.

A couple of weeks in, my cousin, John Dowd and I started selling newspapers on the the Beach. We would get up before 5:00 a.m. and go to meet a young man named Irving Zaslo at the Boardwalk where he would dispense the papers to us from the back of an aging station wagon.

New York Times, Herald Trib, Post, Daily News, Mirror - Newark Star Ledger - Phila Inquirer and Bulletin - Baltimore Sun and Washington Post. We'd head out at about 7:00 with a sackful of 40 or 50 pounds of newspaper and stroll up and down the beach for several hours until we were sold out. We sang out the names of our papers and people would buy them. I forget how much we charged for most of them - it was 15 cents for a Daily News or Mirror. I remember one guy complaining that the Daily News was a rag-eater for a nickel.

We were usually done before noon and the heat of the day. At about that time the ice cream guys would start. They were impressive - carried a mini freezer on their shoulder.

This was how we earned our spending money for that trip. This was 1961 - over a half-century ago. One of many early adventures I had with my cousin John. Haven't seen John in about 10 or 15 years. He served in the Coast Guard during 'Nam. He's now retired as a Paramedic with the FD down in Hampton, VA. He retired as a Lt. and is now working more as a consultant and teacher with them than he was before his retirement. A great guy - I need to talk to him before the next family funeral - tired of seeing my cousins only at funerals and weddings.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

46 posted on 07/11/2012 8:16:06 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Freedom has been paid for by the blood of heroes!

Thanks for this wonderful post to remind us of that, Conor! (((hugs)))


47 posted on 07/11/2012 8:28:38 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: LUV W
Thanks for the kind words, Luv!

*HUGS*

We owe so much to so many! So many!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

48 posted on 07/11/2012 8:35:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

You really don’t need to be getting heat stroke.....stay cool!

Everybody have power back yet?


49 posted on 07/11/2012 8:37:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Luckily, we never lost our power - I would have been in a cooling center, ER or a Motel room. :)



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

50 posted on 07/11/2012 8:41:31 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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