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The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The Battle for Tarawa (11/20-23/1943) Nov. 20th, 2006
http://history.acusd.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/CRAIGE/tarawa.html ^ | Professor Dirk A. Ballendorf

Posted on 11/19/2006 6:34:02 PM PST by snippy_about_it



Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.
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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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THE BATTLE FOR TARAWA
A Validation of the U.S. Marines

THE ROAD TO TARAWA




At the Quebec conference in August of 1943, the Allied high command announced it's intention to launch an offensive in the Central Pacific, in the drive towards Japan. A prime objective of this drive, to be undertaken as a Navy-Marines operation, was to take the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands would serve as an air base from which further operations could be launched against the Marianas, and from there against the Japanese home islands. But 500 miles to the southeast of the Marshalls, an archipelago of atolls called the Gilberts stood between U.S. forward ground air bases and the Marshalls. The Gilberts had only one workable airstrip for refueling American aircraft and that was on the island of Betio in the western Gilbert Island atoll of Tarawa.



The Japanese commander in charge of the defense of Tarawa, Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, said "A million men cannot take Tarawa in a hundred years." He commanded 2,600 imperial marines, the best amphibious troops in the Japanese armed forces. With the importation of 1,000 Japanese workers and 1,200 Korean laborers the island airstrip of Betio had been transformed into one of the most formidable fortresses in the world, boasting 14 coastal defense guns(four of which were taken from the surrendered British garrison at Singapore), 40 strategically located artillery pieces, covering every approach to the island, a coconut-log sea wall four feet high lining the lagoon and over 100 machine gun emplacements behind the wall. All this was concentrated on an island only a mile long and a few hundred yards wide.

Meanwhile an armada of 17 carriers, 12 battleships, eight heavy and four light cruisers, 66 destroyers and 36 transports carrying the 2nd Marine Division and a part of the 37th Infantry Division- some 35,000 soldiers and Marines headed for Betio in early November of 1943. In the moments before pre-invasion bombardment began, the task force naval commander, Rear Admiral Howard F. Kingman announced to the landing troops "Gentlemen, we will not neutralize Betio. We will not destroy it. We will obliterate it!" Neither Shibasaki nor Kingman knew what they were up against.



NOVEMBER 20: D-DAY


On November 20th at 2:15 A.M. the marine transports went to General Quarters. Last minute landing preparations were made and the marines received their last rites. At 5:05 A.M. the first battleship let loose a salvo on Betio's coastal batteries, followed shortly thereafter by the other battleships and destroyers in the task force. The shelling stopped only for enough time to let the dive bombers from the escort carriers pound the island. The first wave of amphtracks and Higgins boats moved in on the lagoon side of Betio. The formation was jolted to a stop 500 yards out by a reef which the amphtracks could climb over only with great difficulty. Simultaneously, a hail of fire opened up from the island, incinerating the lodged and incoming boats as well as mowing down the marines wading ashore. Few of the first wave survived. But a few got through, and with the help of four successive waves the marines established a beachhead up to a four foot sea wall.



By nightfall, the marines were pinned down on a stretch of beach 100 yards long and 20 feet inland. And rather than being obliterated, the Japanese marines had barely been scratched by the naval and air bombardment. While a brief respite between bombardment and the landings had occurred, the Japanese rushed to their gun posts and had delivered devastating fire. But because their communication lines had been cut, none of them knew what was going on. Therefore, according tot the Bushido Code, each isolated soldier or group of soldiers was obliged to either fight to the death or commit suicide unless ordered otherwise.

Consequently, Japanese resistance was fanatical. Some Japanese swam out to disabled amphtracks that night and poured fire onto the marines from the rear- silenced only at great cost to the marines. And a lone Japanese seaplane-turned-bomber easily inflicted casualties on the concentrated beachhead. In all, the first day on Betio had been very costly for the 2nd Division- amphtracks and Higgins boats littered the lagoon, wounded marines everywhere, and dead bodies and parts of bodies everywhere: out of 5,000 men, 1,500 were dead or wounded.



NOVEMBER 21: THE SECOND DAY


At the beginning of the second day, three marine battalions held a small foothold on Betio's lagoon beach. They were ordered to attack at 6:00 A.M. while the 2nd Division reserves, the 1st and 3rd battalions of the Eighth Marines were brought up to the reef. As the Japanese defenders opened up on the wading-in marines, Colonel Shoup of Major Crowe's battalion at the far east side of the lagoon ordered a desperate attack to halt the slaughter of incoming marines. Only 450 of the 800 incoming men made it to the beach. But with this fresh reserve, the central battalion punched its way inland, across the airstrip, and seized a part of the island's sough shore. Meanwhile a high tide flooded the lagoon, allowing reinforcement boats to pass over the reef and come directly up to shore. The arrival of tanks in support of all three battalions on the beachheads proved critical that day. The tanks rolled up to the front lines, taking out Japanese pill boxes and other fortifications at close range.



By dusk, the 6th Marines, after having secured the nearby island of Makin, paddled over the reef in rubber boats and landed on the western beach. There, they met up with Major Ryan's ravaged western lagoon assault battalion. Reinforced, and having gained ground, the second day came to an end. Marine Colonel Shoup radioed the daily situation report back to the command ships: "Casualties: many. Percentage dead: unknown. Combat efficiency: we are winning." Meanwhile, Admiral Shibasaki was sending his last radio message to Tokyo: "Our weapons have been destroyed. From now on everyone is attempting a final charge. May Japan exist for ten thousand years!"



NOVEMBER 22: THE THIRD DAY


On the third day, all three battalions moved inland, with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines sweeping up the southern shore of Betio. With infantry and flame thrower support, tanks blew apart the remaining fortifications in the central and western part of the island. Taking out pill boxes, machine gun nests and snipers took up much of this third day. But by nightfall, the marines held western and central Betio. At twilight, Shibasaki's troops made one final courageous 'Banzai' suicide charge. They rushed the 6th Marines, Company B in almost overpowering numbers. The marines began to break. Lieutenant Thomas phoned Major Jones, saying "We are killing them as fast as they come at us, but we can't hold much longer; we need reinforcements." Jones replied, "We haven't got them to send you; you've got to hold." In the face of heavy losses, the 6th Marines wavered, but didn't break. When dawn appeared, the marines still held their positions.



NOVEMBER 23: THE FINAL ACT


On the morning of November 23rd, the 6th Marines counted 300 Japanese bodies scattered around their positions. As it turned out, this group of Japanese had been the last large contingent on Betio with only small pockets of resistance remaining. And following a painstaking mop up of the eastern side of the island, Japanese resistance, with the exception of a few snipers who would continue to take pot shots at marines for the next several days, came to an end. For at 1:12 P.M., after 76 hours of fighting, Betio was declared 'secure'. Upon arriving at Betio that day, General Holland Smith ordered both the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack to be raised over Betio(for Betio was to revert to the British as a Pacific trust after the war). The general then toured the island west of the airport. He noted that only seventeen Japanese had surrendered while only 129 Korean laborers had survived out of a total of 4,700 troops and construction workers



THE VALUE OF TARAWA


In the 76-hour fight for Betio, 1,056 marines and sailors were killed, died of wounds or were missing and presumed to be dead. Some 2,300 men were wounded, but recovered. Meanwhile, at home, Americans were appalled by the losses at Tarawa, flooding Admiral Nimitz's mail with angry letters. But Tarawa had taught the navy and the marines some vital lessons in amphibious warfare which in the near future, would save thousands of lives. More amphtracks were to be built with better armor, including side protection for marines. Higgins boats were removed from landing operations. Landing craft were converted into supporting gunboats, able to come in close on the beach. Underwater demolition teams were organized to destroy natural and artificial obstacles before future atoll landing would take place. Precision rocket and naval attacks had proven their worth against the near impregnable fortifications. And the role of the tank in turning the tide of battle proved critical. All these lessons would be applied to future campaigns with great success.



The price for Betio had been relatively high, but within days, Betio was converted into a forward base for the assault on the Marshalls, with bomber and fighter sorties flying out within hours of the marines victory. And within nine weeks of the battle, an invasion task force under Admiral Nimitz left Tarawa to take the Marshall Islands.



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To: colorado tanker
Hobbit Lass is getting a classic when she gets her license.

The 1987 Olds Cierra I bought when I decided I wanted a family car. Hey, it runs. It's never been wrecked and we know where it's been. LOL. Hubby just has to do a little work on it. ;^)
101 posted on 11/28/2006 5:16:38 PM PST by Samwise (The root word in "environmentalist" is "mental.")
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To: snippy_about_it
We spent Thanksgiving in the ER. Hubby's mom fell and broke her arm at the restaurant. Fortunately, my sis and her husband took care of the kid for us.

Hubby and his brother were with their mom--only two visitors. Actually, I gave up on the ER and slept in the car. There was almost a fight, and people were coughing and bleeding. I felt much safer in the parking lot.
102 posted on 11/28/2006 5:21:23 PM PST by Samwise (The root word in "environmentalist" is "mental.")
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To: snippy_about_it; Samwise
My roommate my freshman year in college had a 63 Dodge Dart.

It had a few rather interesting modifications to it.

His Dad was the Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler dealer in a small town up in Iowa. Tim picked up the Dart for free because the engine was blown. It just so happened that the Iowa State Police had wrecked a '70 Plymouth patrol car so there was a 383 HYPO engine available for free. To make it all go he got a 65 pushbutton tranny from another wrecked car. It was a fearsome beast as I recall :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

103 posted on 11/28/2006 6:31:50 PM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: colorado tanker; snippy_about_it
I'd rather have three on the tree than one of those!

Hey now!

My first car did have three on the tree.

104 posted on 11/28/2006 7:14:14 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Soaring Feather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; ...

November 29, 2006

Always Winter

READ: Psalm 30:4-12

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. —Psalm 30:5

Unlike some of my family—who  can’t wait to go downhill skiing—I don’t look forward to winter. When the first snowflake falls, I immediately start calculating how many months of Michigan winter are left.

Imagine C. S. Lewis’ fictional world of Narnia, where for a hundred years it was always winter. Cold, wet snow—with no hope of springtime ever arriving to wipe away the memories of icy temperatures and piles of white stuff. But worst of all, in Narnia, Christmas never came. Always winter and never Christmas! To me, the best part of winter is the anticipation, excitement, and wonder of Christmas. Life is bleak when you have nothing to look forward to.

There are some whose souls are locked in winter. The hardness of life has frozen their hearts. Disappointed with life, they find that each day is filled with despair. “Weeping may endure for a night,” the psalmist tells us, “but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). In the darkest times of our lives, God longs to turn our “mourning into dancing” (v.11).

David wrote, “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Ps. 94:19). If you cry out to God in the midst of your “winter,” you can experience the joy of the Christ of Christmas today. Cindy Hess Kasper

Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There’s love and life and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee.  —McGranahan

Jesus can turn your sorrow into dancing.

Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 35-36; 2 Peter 1


105 posted on 11/29/2006 6:13:20 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Professional Engineer
So did mine!

I love a floor shifter, but it's increasingly hard to find cars with that option. I've got a dull automatic right now.

106 posted on 11/29/2006 9:33:39 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: alfa6

Wow, a Dart with a 383 engine. I bet that sucker could GO!


107 posted on 11/29/2006 9:35:28 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
I've got a dull automatic right now.

Me too. It IS nice to have in stop-go traffic.

108 posted on 11/29/2006 9:48:40 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: alfa6

LOL. It was a good car, the first of the smaller Darts. I'm pretty sure I put a Thrush (?) muffler on it to make it sound like it had more than it did.


109 posted on 11/29/2006 3:39:11 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Samwise
The 1987 Olds Cierra

You're so cruel. Sam's daughter got a car from her grandparents, an old 80 something Buick LaSabre. The "old people's car". LOL.

If she added up all the repairs it needed over the years she could have bought a new one. Well, maybe not but you're right, at least it ran, kind of.

110 posted on 11/29/2006 3:42:18 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Samwise

Geez, that's no way to spend a holiday. How the mom-in-law now?


111 posted on 11/29/2006 3:43:14 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Soaring Feather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; ...

November 30, 2006

Thankful For Seasons

READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

I grew up on the West Coast of the US. The possibility of snow for Christmas was so remote that my mom would point to fog in the early morning as evidence that the holidays were just around the corner.

My wife and I now live in the Midwest. There’s a lot of snow when the yuletide season comes around. And I couldn’t be happier with four distinct seasons. But I don’t find that same response from many who have grown up in the Midwest. I find it amusing that they don’t share my appreciation for the wonderful cycles of change God has built into nature for our good.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Solomon acknowledged the cycles of life. He observed a time to sow and to reap, to weep and to laugh, to mourn and to dance, to gain and to lose, to keep silent and to speak, to love and to hate.

Just as God determines the weather, He also controls the cycles in our lives: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). Do we resist those seasons and complain about the “snowy” conditions on the horizon? Or do we trust God and thank Him for whatever He has planned for us?

Whatever our situation is today, we can be thankful for God’s seasons. Dennis Fisher

Just as the winter turns to spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember—God has plans for you.  —Sper

Rather than praying for a change in circumstances, pray for a change of heart.

Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 37-39; 2 Peter 2


112 posted on 11/30/2006 7:14:12 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; Peanut Gallery; Samwise; alfa6

Hello everyone!


113 posted on 11/30/2006 2:25:47 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

afternoon Feather,
It's about cold here. Seriesly, we have had a sleet and snow mix all day. The dogs and cats are all in and amazingly getting along pretty well. Poor Sadie has been in the crate most of the day because she insists on playing in the not-yet-frozen mud every time I let her out to pee. Mud. I'm dealing with dogs in the mud in the middle of a snowstorm. LOL!


114 posted on 11/30/2006 2:58:32 PM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: Soaring Feather

Hello feather.


115 posted on 11/30/2006 2:58:36 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Peanut Gallery
I have been watching the Weather Channel you guys are cold.

Our temps are warmer than normal for here. In the 60s for several days. We are due to get the cold weather in a few days.

Oh dear, mud is terrible to have tracked in. Been there done that dogs, cats and kids, then the neighbors, etc. Ugh!


Hang in there mud dries and can be vacuumed up.
116 posted on 11/30/2006 3:09:47 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: snippy_about_it

How goes it snippy, back to work now after holiday, ugh.


117 posted on 11/30/2006 3:10:28 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

Yeppers.

Tomorrow is Friday though and I'm ready. Saturday is Sam's birthday. I think I'll bake him a cake. :-)


118 posted on 11/30/2006 3:27:58 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it
Oh gee that's right, Sam's birthday. If I were closer I would bake him a cupcake. LOL



My youngest daughter has a birthday on the same day, I am going to a party tomorrow evening for her.
119 posted on 11/30/2006 3:37:48 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

LOL. Happy Birthday to your youngest. Have fun at the party but don't eat too much cake!


120 posted on 11/30/2006 4:10:48 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; alfa6; Peanut Gallery; Samwise; Darksheare; All
Some interesting B1 images...

I wonder where Darksheare was?

121 posted on 11/30/2006 6:43:04 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

I was told it was a flight sim!


122 posted on 12/01/2006 7:46:02 AM PST by Darksheare (In the beginning was a gate. And the gate was GOOD. Now to this gate came a BUNNY with a BIG WRENCH.)
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To: Darksheare

Heh heh heh

In my Zoomie days, way back before the Earth cooled, I was the lucky recipient of 1.5 hours of T38 sim time. Oh man, way that fun.


123 posted on 12/01/2006 10:39:18 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

I have never had the pleasure of having actual logged stick time in any type of aircraft.
*sigh*


124 posted on 12/01/2006 10:50:38 AM PST by Darksheare (In the beginning was a gate. And the gate was GOOD. Now to this gate came a BUNNY with a BIG WRENCH.)
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To: Darksheare

Then you probably don't want to hear about the UPS plane I flew from DFW to Lubbock one time...


125 posted on 12/01/2006 11:08:36 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

About as bad as my in sim madzorz flight skillzorz?
(The ground is very bouncy today!)


126 posted on 12/01/2006 11:11:17 AM PST by Darksheare (In the beginning was a gate. And the gate was GOOD. Now to this gate came a BUNNY with a BIG WRENCH.)
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To: Darksheare; Professional Engineer

LOL! Big OOOPS.


127 posted on 12/01/2006 3:25:20 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; Professional Engineer

In other news:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747143/posts


128 posted on 12/01/2006 3:34:07 PM PST by Darksheare (In the beginning was a gate. And the gate was GOOD. Now to this gate came a BUNNY with a BIG WRENCH.)
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To: Darksheare

Thanks for the link. btw-where have you been?


129 posted on 12/01/2006 4:45:25 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

I work third shift Saturday night through to Wednesday night.


130 posted on 12/01/2006 4:50:57 PM PST by Darksheare (In the beginning was a gate. And the gate was GOOD. Now to this gate came a BUNNY with a BIG WRENCH.)
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To: SAMWolf

Happy Birthday, Sam!

131 posted on 12/02/2006 7:25:00 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; The Mayor; Peanut Gallery; Samwise; Wneighbor; ...

Good morning FOXHOLE!

132 posted on 12/02/2006 7:29:31 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Soaring Feather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; ...

December 2, 2006

Not Fair

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice. —Deuteronomy 32:4

When I was coaching high school freshman girls basketball in the fall of 2005, I was surprised at how many times I heard, “That’s not fair!”

The girls’ motivation seemed to depend on whether or not they thought what I asked them to do was fair. If I asked some girls to do a defensive drill while others shot free throws, I heard, “Not fair.” If I allowed one group to play offense longer than another group, I heard, “Not fair.”

So many situations in life shout, “Not fair!” I observe Christian couples who struggle to have babies while others are blessed with children and then abuse them. I look at families whose children are all alive and well, while I go through life without one of mine. I see friends who long to serve God but can’t because of health issues.

It’s then that I must go back to a basic truth. We are not the arbiters of fairness. God is, and He knows far more than we do about His plans and purposes. The question isn’t about fairness. In the end, it’s about trust in a faithful God who knows what He is doing. “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice” (Deut. 32:4).

Life will never look fair. But when we trust God, we always know that He is faithful. Dave Branon

If you feel that blessings pass you by,
And for you life seems a bit unfair,
Just remember, Christ was born to die,
And in His great salvation you can share.  —Hess

Life is not always fair, but God is always faithful.

Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 42-44; 1 John 1


133 posted on 12/02/2006 7:46:02 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: SAMWolf
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!

134 posted on 12/02/2006 7:52:30 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Soaring Feather

Bittygirl says Lucy and Lily are playing in the water.

BTW, when did you borrow our cats?


135 posted on 12/02/2006 10:29:12 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

LOL, I've had them for a while. ;)


Hi Bitty Girl!!


136 posted on 12/02/2006 10:34:21 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

Sam says thanks. He's busy playing his submarine sim game. I took him out to see the new James Bond movie and then to a rib joint to have an early dinner. There's cake for dessert!


137 posted on 12/02/2006 2:33:09 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Spiderboy last night. Doesn't every 8 year old wear a belt like that?

The future Aggie and his instructor, a former Aggie.


138 posted on 12/02/2006 3:56:33 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

WOW, this is really neat. ;)


139 posted on 12/02/2006 4:28:36 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

youbetcha


140 posted on 12/02/2006 4:58:01 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer

142 posted on 12/02/2006 6:27:09 PM PST by Samwise (The root word in "environmentalist" is "mental.")
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To: vox_PL
Poland's National Olympic Taekwondo Team

Wow, very cool!

143 posted on 12/02/2006 6:45:26 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Samwise

ROFL


144 posted on 12/02/2006 6:47:22 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Professional Engineer; The Mayor; Soaring Feather; Samwise; All
Sunday Morning Bump for the Freeper Foxhole. A belated Birthday Greetings to SAMWolf.

And a couple of Phabulous Phantoms for SAM :-)

Check out the KC-97 markings

Y'all have a great day

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

146 posted on 12/03/2006 7:11:21 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: Professional Engineer; Peanut Gallery
A lift of the alfa6 lid to Spiderboy, aka Karateboy, for getting his black belt.

A couple of YF-12s for the lad

And an SR-71 to boot...

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

147 posted on 12/03/2006 7:21:28 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: vox_PL
only a one step closer to his real goal - GROM.

WOW!!!

148 posted on 12/03/2006 9:32:27 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: alfa6; SAMWolf; Peanut Gallery

Video of the one-winged Isreali F15

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FziBekShqeQ&search=Show%20Hill%20Air%20Force%20Base%20Jets%20Airplanes


149 posted on 12/03/2006 9:33:26 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: vox_PL

Excellent, congratulations to Kamil.


150 posted on 12/03/2006 10:28:11 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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