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A Few of FR's Finest....06-04-05-07....Military Tribute
Billie, The Mayor

Posted on 06/03/2007 6:38:19 PM PDT by The Mayor







A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I could no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I have been including them here as I receive enough to make another collage.
I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why we've created a place for just that. This is a friendly room in JimRob's house where FReeper FRiends can gather every day and just say hello if that's all they want to do.
We have featured different FReepers, with a little background information on who they are and what makes them who they are, along with a few photos you might not have seen on other threads; sometimes others write an essay for us to post as the feature for the day; sometimes our presentation is a human interest story found elsewhere that you might not have read; sometimes special holiday threads; but whatever the topic of the day, it is always with FR's Finest in mind and that is YOU!
Every Monday we post the photos of FR's Military Personnel that I have collected and put into groups; these will be available to view through a link the remainder of the week - every day just a click away. :)   If you would like to add a photo of yourself or a loved one in the military, past or present, please let me know; I will hold it until I have enough for a new group.
Thank you, and please have fun with us...every day!

~ Billie, The Mayor, and all The Finest ~

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Thank You For Serving Our Country!

TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1



TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet
MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga
BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc



TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette
MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid
BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf



TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP
MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, Neets, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma



TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.



TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang



TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.



TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack



TOP:  Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.



TOP:  dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.



TOP:  ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM:  AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.



TOP: Mo1's dad; BuffyT's Uncle (right, w/ her dad & grandmother); Armymarinemom's 3 sons.
MIDDLE: ru4Liberty's dad; SheLion's husband, MaineRebel; wirestripper.
BOTTOM: fivetoes; bigghurtt; hurricane; ladtx' dad; Pippin's brother.



TOP: Repubmommy's brother, Rose in RoseBear's uncle, BoxerBlues' son Chris, BoxerBlues' son Brent.
BOTTOM: Rose in RoseBear's cousin's hubby, Deadhead's stepdad, Dansy's dad, Misty's brother.



LEFT: Little Pig; TOP: hattend, Old Sarge, Aquamarine's dad.
MIDDLE: HuntsvilleTxVeteran.
BOTTOM: Its_me_K.E.T.'s son, Veloxherc, SeeRushToldU_So.



TOP: DollyCali, Wheelbarrow, DollyCali's dad, DollyCali's brother, Jen's Mom's daughter Jen.
MIDDLE: Warthogtjm dad & Warthogtjm, SoldiersPrayingMom's son jmpmstr4u2,
Indy Pendance's daughter, Agthorn's dad.
BOTTOM: Tupac, GulfWar1Vet, SandRat, JRios1968.









FR FINEST
HALL OF FAME #19




THE WEEKEND THREAD

06-01,02,03-07....
T.G.I.F. at the Finest

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
Every Thursday at the Finest
The guy's good, folks!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: freepers; military; monday; tribute
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SGT. EDDIE RYAN USMC

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When the spirit is willing

Wounded Ellenville Marine determined to overcome his injuries

The first bullet struck Cpl. Eddie Ryan above the right eyebrow and bored through the frontal lobes, the seat of personality and memory in his brain.

Traveling at about a half-mile a second, the bullet generated a shock wave that widened as it went. The pressure crushed brain cells into jelly. The hunk of metal slammed into the left side of his skull and shattered. A second bullet came from the opposite direction. It sliced through the back of his lower left jaw and burst out his chin. Ryan collapsed on the Iraqi rooftop in Ramadi where he and two fellow snipers crouched. The Ellenville native was bleeding, unconscious, and bullets rained down around him. It was 7 a.m. April 13. Eddie Ryan was as good as dead. He was 21.

THERAPY AIMS TO PUSH him down that road faster. Most days he has double sessions of physical and occupational therapy. A speech pathologist works with him as well. His days run from 8:30 in the morning to 4 or 5 in the afternoon. It is hard work.

Two therapists pulled at Eddie to get him upright in a machine. Yelps spilled from his mouth until they settled his feet on footpads and hooked up the safety harness around his hips. His forearms rested on a shoulder-high shelf. "Stand up straight," one therapist said and pushed his shoulders back. Eddie did. The day before he had walked down the hallway outside his room with the help of a machine. Like a good Marine, he has set himself a goal to walk. How long, Felicia asks. "Ten weeks," he says.

51 posted on 06/04/2007 9:43:07 AM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: MEG33; Billie; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; deadhead; ...

Good morning to all on this fine day.

Thanks to the Mayor for Military Monday.

Thank you to the men and women on duty at home and abroad who serve and ensure our Freedom.

And, dear Meg33, thank you for that incredible pic at post #39 ... pretty much sums it all up.

“May God protect our protectors.”


52 posted on 06/04/2007 9:44:38 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: jwfiv; MEG33; The Mayor; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; Billie
“May God protect our protectors.”

Amen! I read that thread and saw the pictures the other night and thought, "that is definitely not a picture of Murtha form years gone by."

My best friend and I celebrate 42 years of marriage today. She's still my young, vibrant, beautiful bride. If I didn't know better, I'd swear she must have gotten married when she was five. :)

53 posted on 06/04/2007 10:17:18 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
My best friend and I celebrate 42 years of marriage today. She's still my young, vibrant, beautiful bride. If I didn't know better, I'd swear she must have gotten married when she was five. :)

Congrats to you and Mrs. DD! JK and I celebrated our 40th last month. Ain't marriage wonderful when you find the right person?!

54 posted on 06/04/2007 10:22:50 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

Absolutely! Belated Congrats to you and JK.


55 posted on 06/04/2007 10:41:32 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave

Yer a lucky man, Dave ... )


56 posted on 06/04/2007 11:15:16 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: Diver Dave

... should’ve also added a hearty Congratulations to you and the Mrs. ... )


57 posted on 06/04/2007 11:16:16 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: ConorMacNessa

We finally had some needed rain too. All night and all morning. I think it’s clearing up now. That’s great to take the kids to a movie. What movie did you all see?


58 posted on 06/04/2007 12:08:10 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. It Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Shrek the Third. The kids liked it.


59 posted on 06/04/2007 12:26:43 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: The Mayor; All


A Soldier's Story
by Cpl. Shaun Sanders, USMC


In July of 2005, I was shipped home from Al Asad, Iraq. Along the way, we had layovers in Kuwait, ireland, and Dallas. There were only about 20 of us on the flight home. When we arrived in Dallas, we were tired and weary from being overseas for seven months (this time), flying literally across the globe (again), and then having to go through the long and tedious line and inspection that is U.S. Customs.

We were irritated and exhausted, and wanted nothing to do with one another or another or anyone else. Mostly, all we really wanted was a hot shower and a decent bed. Upon completion of customs, we began walking to our next gate through a tunnel that opened up into a larger walkway, and that's when we saw them.

There were people everywhere, dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, holding signs, cheering and clapping. We were absolutely overwhelmed. There were other veterans from previous wars, as well, and one of them I will never forget. He was wearing a "Vietnam Veteran" baseball cap with the dates he'd served. I walked directly up to him and we shook hands and hugged one another.

He said, "Thank you, Marine", and I said the same. I then whispered into his ear, "Sir, I want you to know that our generation understands that you guys didn't get this kind of treatment when you came home from Vietnam. Thank you for being the better man." He cried, and I moved on through the rest of the people wanting to say thank you.

That's what it feels to be a veteran: when two complete strangers from two very different generations can shake one another's hand with a connection of experience and understanding.

Needless to say, all of the weariness and fatigue we'd been feeling had subsided. Hundreds of people had organized a welcome home ceremony in an airport for 20 Marines none of them even knew. Nowhere else in the world can you find people so supportive and caring. That's what it feels like, to me, to be a veteran. Semper Fidelis. "To those who've fought for it, Freedom has a taste that the rest will never know."




62 posted on 06/04/2007 3:18:27 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Oopsie on #60 and #61. I goofed. :(


63 posted on 06/04/2007 3:22:11 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Diver Dave

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
*Mr and Mrs. Diver Dave*

64 posted on 06/04/2007 6:58:37 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33

Thank you Meg from both of us. Very beautiful.
Linda’s word... “Aw, that’s so nice.”


65 posted on 06/04/2007 7:17:34 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave

(((HUGS))) to both of you.


66 posted on 06/04/2007 7:33:27 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: jwfiv

Thank you, jw..That picture says so much..I am so grateful to our troops..and to the families who support them.


67 posted on 06/04/2007 7:38:59 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Dubya

My God, a Miracle in the making.
God Bless and Prayers for his recovery.

Thanks Dubya.


68 posted on 06/04/2007 8:26:30 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

Thruway Accused Of Squelching Anti-Toll Billboards
Monday, June 4, 2007 06:46 AM - WBEN Newsroom

Listen To Audio http://eod.liquidviewer.com/wben-od/wben/20070604_puckettbillboard-1.wma

Tom Puckett reports
Exclusive WBEN Windows Media Audio

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - An activist fighting against the continued collection of tolls on the Grand Island bridges says his efforts to secure an anti-toll billboard along the Thruway are being thwarted by the Thruway itself.

Rus Thompson, the founder of the anti-toll campaign, says he’s talked with several billboard companies and only one returned his calls.

“He was very supportive of all we are doing, but he said I just cannot put that sign up,” Thompson says.

Thompson claims that the Thruway Authority controls signage rights along the roadway, and that billboard companies are rejecting his message for fear of reprisals.

The Thruway Authority would not return calls from Thompson or WBEN.

To hear more on this story, click the audio link above.


69 posted on 06/04/2007 8:29:45 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor
Oh, man, Rus....looks like you’ve come up against the proverbial “city hall” road block. I don’t know what the solution is, but I hope it helps for you to know that I admire you so much for your tireless efforts towards correcting the problems in your area. Keep up the good work, cuzzin, and may God bless you in your efforts.
70 posted on 06/04/2007 10:57:14 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: The Mayor

Oh, gee..Good luck on this!


71 posted on 06/05/2007 4:24:25 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

June 5, 2007

Something For The Soul

READ: Psalm 119:9-16

Your Word I have hidden in my heart. —Psalm 119:11

Filled to the brim with inspiring anecdotes and stories, the books in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, quickly became bestsellers. It’s no wonder. A title that includes “chicken soup” brings back memories of childhood, stuffed-up noses, and scratchy throats—a time when only a warm blanket and Mom’s steaming chicken and rice soup will bring about relief.

Scientific evidence now indicates that Mom was pretty smart. Chicken soup is beneficial for fighting colds. It’s also one of the foods that people describe as “comfort food.”

When it’s not my body but my heart that is aching, I long for the comfort of God’s Word: soothing words like “[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7); assuring words that nothing can “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).

The Bible—the world’s all-time bestseller—is filled with promises, reminders, challenges, and knowledge of God. When you’re feeling discouraged, try ladling up a big serving of God’s Word. Having a Bible within reach (or better yet, Scripture hidden in your heart) infinitely trumps a bowl of Mom’s chicken soup. It will warm your heart and begin your healing.

God’s Word is the healer, the comfort, the strength,
To fill your heart’s need, giving food for your soul;
Instead of exhausting all sources you find,
O taste the Lord’s goodness for making you whole. —Hess

If you fill your heart with God’s Word, He’ll bring spiritual health to your soul.


72 posted on 06/05/2007 5:30:54 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Mama_Bear; MEG33

Actually this shows just how much we live in a communist state. This could all work out for the good on NY. We will expose the ugly under belly of this socialist state.


73 posted on 06/05/2007 5:49:20 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...

Good Morning To The Finest
*****
The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 21, 2007. The platoon is based at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and a 24-man rifle platoon that performs precision drill exhibition for hundreds of thousands of spectators annually. Their performance at the Naval Academy was part of events...

*Thank You To All Who Serve Our Country*

74 posted on 06/05/2007 8:15:30 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33

Great pic, MEG!


75 posted on 06/05/2007 8:28:41 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: The Mayor
We will expose the ugly under belly of this socialist state.

I have no doubt about that! :-)

76 posted on 06/05/2007 8:46:24 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: MEG33

Awesome post MEG, love the tables.


77 posted on 06/05/2007 9:05:38 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: The Mayor

I found your link!!

The authorities are looking more foolish and more on the
wrong side of this issue all the time. This is good for
YOU!!!

Keep pickin’ at them!


78 posted on 06/05/2007 7:01:38 PM PDT by LUV W (ME, TOO!!! :D)
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To: LUV W

Yes they are.. We will win it’s just when...


79 posted on 06/05/2007 7:10:06 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

I guess when you are in the minority, patience is hard to come by. I know how badly you want your state and your area reformed. I know you have the passion for it or you wouldn’t have stuck it out.


80 posted on 06/05/2007 7:21:37 PM PDT by LUV W (ME, TOO!!! :D)
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To: LUV W

I figure I have at least 6-7 years left before all my kids are out of school. Then we can get out. So I choose to fight it out the best I can.


81 posted on 06/05/2007 7:32:25 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Keep their feet to the fire.

I really think you are gaining momentum.

Your name is everywhere now! Everyone hates the tolls! :D


82 posted on 06/05/2007 7:33:34 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: LUV W

Believe me, you will hear me in Texas when they are gone!


83 posted on 06/05/2007 7:44:53 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Yeeehawww!

Do I ever look forward to that!

I know you’ll do well down here. And our politics,
though crazy some time, are not as crazy as the are
up there! Trust me on that! :D


84 posted on 06/05/2007 7:48:50 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: silent_jonny

85 posted on 06/05/2007 7:50:14 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: LUV W

Oh, I know that for sure.
The North East is sinking fast under the weight of socialist, liberal policies.


86 posted on 06/05/2007 7:51:28 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

It would be even worse if Hellery were to be elected.

I pray every day that she is beaten in the primaries!

She is already saying that “we need to share the wealth”...
pure communism!


87 posted on 06/05/2007 7:54:15 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: LUV W

Just think, she supposedly represents New York State.
It’s a toss up between her and Guliani winning this state if they were the candidates, I hope neither are.


88 posted on 06/05/2007 7:56:01 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 438th Air Expeditionary Group at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, taxi out for a mission to provide close-air support for coalition forces in the region. The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate weapons-delivery platform. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Ken Hall)


A C-5 Galaxy performs a fly-over above the California State Capitol during the Air Force Week California Proclamation Ceremony June 4 at Sacramento, Calif. The purpose of Air Force Week is to inform and educate the American public about the importance and roles of the Air Force in America's national defense. The C-5 is from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry A. Simmons)


Air Force members jump from a C-130 Hercules June 2 during an airdrop in support of the weeklong exercise Operation Hydra. The Airmen consist of firefighters from the 99th Civil Engineering Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., explosive ordinance disposal members from the 1st Civil Engineering Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., and members from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Operation Hydra provides realistic training scenarios, exercising the 615th Contingency Response Wing's ability to conduct expeditionary mobility operations at three locations. The wing is practicing its "open an air base" concept while maintaining command and control of in-theater operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)


F-15E Strike Eagles, such this one refueling over Iraq, play a critical role daily in providing close-air support to ground forces in contact with anti-Iraqi forces as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

89 posted on 06/05/2007 8:08:26 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Bad spellers of the world untie!!)
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To: The Mayor
This is who I am leaning toward!

If either of the two from NY get it, this country is going to suffer, I fear.

90 posted on 06/05/2007 8:10:55 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Thank you Sir!


91 posted on 06/05/2007 8:18:55 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: LUV W

I like him a lot, and just think, we have the same name. : )

Off to bed. See ya for coffee.


92 posted on 06/05/2007 8:19:51 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Good night, Rus. It was very good talking to you.

Sweet dreams...see you tomorrow for sure!


93 posted on 06/05/2007 8:26:01 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: LUV W; The Mayor

talk about getting here late!

thank you for Military Tribute Rus..

I was gone most of day & when I finally got home, I fell asleep during the debate. up since 4 & busy.

yesterday was the same. overwhelmed...lately with things going on.


94 posted on 06/05/2007 10:30:40 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: The Mayor
God’s Word is the healer, the comfort, the strength,
To fill your heart’s need, giving food for your soul

Amen, Soul Food Indeed!

95 posted on 06/06/2007 3:04:58 AM PDT by .30Carbine (Proverbs 10:19)
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To: MEG33

Where can I get the t-shirt AND a poster?


96 posted on 06/06/2007 7:21:57 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

June 6, 2007

Safe Forever

READ: Psalm 34:8-22

[Jesus said,] “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33

Amy Beth was out in her neighborhood taking her dog for a walk when she saw a young man run into a nearby alley. A car followed. The young man grabbed a huge piece of wood from a dumpster and started swinging at the car. Amy Beth froze. She was caught in a gang fight.

Suddenly, the young driver of the car tried to get away by accelerating backwards. He slammed into Amy Beth. She landed on the trunk and was thrown into the street. Amazingly, she wasn’t seriously hurt.

Later, she tried to make sense of her experience and attempted to turn it around to make it seem good. She came to this conclusion: “Bad things happen—tragic and horrible things. Good things happen—amazing and miraculous things. And all this happens randomly to us. But it is not random to the God who cradles our aching hearts. He knows. . . . Suffering will come. But God is . . . larger than the events that seem to contradict God’s goodness.”

We will experience sickness, accidents, sorrow, and death. But we are not on our own. God is in control. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps. 34:19). We can be confident that one day we will be safe with Him forever.

There is only One who knows
All the answers to my woes;
He will all my needs supply
When in faith to Him I cry.  —Morgan

God is always in control behind the scenes.


97 posted on 06/06/2007 7:21:57 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor
Just missed you.

Warm Fuzzy Wednesday

98 posted on 06/06/2007 7:30:49 AM PDT by Billie
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To: MEG33

How great they are!!!


99 posted on 06/15/2007 7:22:51 PM PDT by jaycee (Just looking for a tagline)
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To: MEG33

Heartbreaking, isn’t it? So sweet.


100 posted on 06/15/2007 7:24:57 PM PDT by jaycee (Just looking for a tagline)
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