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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · 242 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska
    You are most welcome, Kathy!

    *HUGS*

    Last night, after all the computer problems I mentioned; I was in the process of posting when my computer went down. I could not get it restarted - I kept getting sent to startup repair - finally had to go to bed.

    Most frustrating.

    "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
    I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ When Do We Start To Live And Be Happy? ~ 30 August 2015

    08/29/2015 8:27:46 PM PDT · 45 of 45
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    "TAKE UP THY CROSS
    AND FOLLOW ME"



    "I Vow To Thee My Country"
    Choir Of King's College, Cambridge
    (Click)

    "I VOW TO THEE, my country, all earthly things above,
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
    The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
    That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
    The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

    And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
    Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
    We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
    Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
    And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
    And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace."






  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ When Do We Start To Live And Be Happy? ~ 30 August 2015

    08/29/2015 8:20:44 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska
    The saw did not get any work today - nor did I. John-Man injured himself working out the other night - some muscle tears from pull-ups. I took him to Patient First where we spent most of the afternoon and he was prescribed strong medicines.

    This evening Mrs. Mac Nessa and I had the distinct honor to attend the 10-year Anniversary Reunion of AbnSarge's Bushmasters. August 2005 they were hit in a car bomb incident in Iraq - 13 WIA's. Two of those WIA's were near KIA's - they get together every year on the anniversary of that day. This evening was the first time many of them have seen one another since that day.

    A very emotional evening, to say the least. I was most impressed by the young men I met this evening.

    "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
    I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 7:51:39 PM PDT · 216 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to LUV W
    Good evening, Luv!

    *HUGS*

    There are a couple of other "Moon" songs I haven't been able to find yet - but I will! :)

    "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
    I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ When Do We Start To Live And Be Happy? ~ 30 August 2015

    08/29/2015 7:28:52 PM PDT · 30 of 45
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Good Evening, Kathy!

    ***HUGS***



    A Blessed Lord’s Day to you and yours! Thank you very much for tonight’s Sunday Chapel thread.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 7:24:56 PM PDT · 209 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    Nat King Cole
    "Blue Moon"
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like to be
    admitted to or released from my music pinglist.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 7:13:30 PM PDT · 207 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!



    "THERE'S A MOON OUT TONIGHT"
    The Capris
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like
    to be admitted to or released from my music pinglist.




  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 7:10:05 PM PDT · 205 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!



    John McCormack
    "Moonlight And Roses"
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like
    to be admitted to or released from my music ping list.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/29/2015 7:03:11 PM PDT · 198 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    "Moonlight Becomes You"
    Bing Crosby
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like to be
    admitted to or released from my music pinglist.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 8:42:25 PM PDT · 121 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    "Galway Bay"
    Bing Crosby
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like to be
    admitted to or released from my music pinglist.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 8:27:55 PM PDT · 115 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to LUV W; Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; ...


    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    "Don’t Fence Me In"
    Bing Crosby
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like to be
    admitted to or released from my music pinglist.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 8:14:47 PM PDT · 105 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    "Where The Blue Of The Night . . ."
    Bing Crosby
    (Click)


    Please let me know by Freepmail if you would like to be
    admitted to or released from my music pinglist.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 7:46:26 PM PDT · 78 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; All
    Sorry for my absence - this fossil I'm posting on is about ready to be returned to the primordial static from which it arose. Ergo, I had to reboot, and during the time lost from this esteemed Company due to that exercise, I had a nice pipe - my own blend of Latakia and Perique, dwelt over a long dram of Glen Moray and solved the New York Times Sunday Crossword puzzle.

    Music to follow - in keeping with the VJ Day theme of last Friday, I'm featuring Der Bingle this evening.


    "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre / mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."
    "Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener / mind must be the greater, as our might lessens."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 7:01:47 PM PDT · 51 of 252
    ConorMacNessa 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

    "The Empty Chair"

    By Captain Carroll "Lex" Lefon, USN (RET), on December 21st, 2004

    "In the wardroom onboard the aircraft carrier from which I recently debarked was a small, round table, with single chair. No one ever sat there, and the reasons, both for the table being there, and for the fact that the chair was always empty, will tell the reader a little bit about who we are as a culture. The wardroom, of course, is where the officers will dine; morning, noon and evening. It is not only a place to eat – it is also a kind of oasis from the sometimes dreary, often difficult exigencies of the service. A place of social discourse, of momentary relief from the burdens of the day. The only things explicitly forbidden by inviolable tradition in the wardroom are the wearing of a cover or sword by an officer not actually on watch, or conversation which touches upon politics or religion. But aboard ships which observe the custom, another implicit taboo concerns the empty chair: No matter how crowded the room, no matter who is waiting to be seated, that chair is never moved, never taken.

    The table is by the main entrance to the wardroom. You will see it when you enter, and you will see it when you leave. It draws your eyes because it is meant to. And because it draws your eyes it draws your thoughts. And though it will be there every day for as long as you are at sea, you will look at it every time and your eyes will momentarily grow distant as you think for a moment. As you quietly give thanks.

    AS YOU REMEMBER.

    The small, round table is covered with a gold linen tablecloth. A single place setting rests there, of fine bone china. A wineglass stands upon the table, inverted, empty. On the dinner plate is a pinch of salt. On the bread plate is a slice of lemon. Besides the plate lies a bible. There is a small vase with a single red rose upon the table. Around the vase is wound a yellow ribbon. There is the empty chair.

    We will remember because over the course of our careers, we will have had the opportunity to enjoy many a formal evening of dinner and dancing in the fine company of those with whom we have the honor to serve, and their lovely ladies. And as the night wears on, our faces will in time become flushed with pleasure of each other’s company, with the exertions on the dance floor, with the effects of our libations. But while the feast is still at its best, order will be called to the room – we will be asked to raise our glasses to the empty table, and we will be asked to remember:

    The table is round to show our everlasting concern for those who are missing. The single setting reminds us that every one of them went to their fates alone, that every life was unique.

    The tablecloth is gold symbolizing the purity of their motives when they answered the call to duty.

    The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones who kept the faith.

    The yellow ribbon around the vase symbolizes our continued determination to remember them.

    The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitterness of their fate.
    The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those who loved them.
    The bible represents the faith that sustained them.
    The glass is inverted — they cannot share in the toast.
    The chair is empty — they are not here. They are missing.

    And we will remember, and we will raise our glasses to those who went before us, and who gave all that they had for us. And a part of the flush in our faces will pale as we remember that nothing worth having ever came without a cost. We will remember that many of our brothers and sisters have paid that cost in blood. We will remember that the reckoning is not over.

    We many of us will settle with our families into our holiday season, our Christmas season for those who celebrate it, content in our fortune and prosperity. We will meet old friends with smiles and laughter. We will meet our members of our family with hugs. We will eat well, and exchange gifts and raise our glasses to the year passed in gratitude, and to the year to come with hope. We will sleep the sleep of the protected, secure in our homes, secure in our homeland.

    But for many families, there will be an empty chair at the table this year. A place that is not filled.

    WE SHOULD REMEMBER."

    Many Thanks To Alfa6 For Finding Capt. Lefon's Chronicle Of "The Empty Chair."

    "Träumerei"
    Robert Schumann
    (Click)


    Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who
    Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 6:44:43 PM PDT · 36 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Good evening, Kathy!

    ***HUGS***



    Coming aboard as we speak. Rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 6:09:40 PM PDT · 4 of 252
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/28/2015 4:38:30 AM PDT · 73 of 104
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska

    Good Morning, Kathy! We’re capped at 10 hours per day. Not what I would choose but the overtime is great!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/27/2015 6:29:20 PM PDT · 31 of 104
    ConorMacNessa to beachn4fun
    The new project is going well, thanks. More pressure than I've had in the recent past - due to an impending deadline.


    "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre / mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."
    "Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener / mind must be the greater, as our might lessens."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/27/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · 26 of 104
    ConorMacNessa 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

    "Träumerei"
    Robert Schumann
    (Click)


    Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who
    Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/27/2015 6:18:55 PM PDT · 22 of 104
    ConorMacNessa to beachn4fun


    Good evening, Beachy!
    ***HUGS***



    It's great to see you this evening! Thanks very much for tonight’s Just Hangin' Cafe thread!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/27/2015 6:14:01 PM PDT · 15 of 104
    ConorMacNessa to beachn4fun


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 August 2015

    08/26/2015 7:06:07 PM PDT · 39 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska
    I did indeed Sally Forth this morning. We're getting overtime on this job so I'm at the Office from about 7:00 to 7:00 - must strike while the iron is hot. :)


    "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre / mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."
    "Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener / mind must be the greater, as our might lessens."
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 August 2015

    08/26/2015 6:17:32 PM PDT · 16 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Thanks very much, Kathy!
    ***HUGS***



    Striding up the gangplank as we speak,
    rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors
    and to the Officer of the Deck!
    Thank you very much for this evening's
    "Remembering Our Troops" thread!



  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 August 2015

    08/26/2015 6:15:32 PM PDT · 14 of 67
    ConorMacNessa 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

    "Träumerei"
    Robert Schumann
    (Click)


    Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who
    Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 August 2015

    08/26/2015 6:09:20 PM PDT · 10 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 August 2015

    08/26/2015 6:00:46 PM PDT · 2 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • 20-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE ALLEGED SHOOTING, BAGPIPES INCIDENT AT RICHMOND SCHOOL

    08/24/2015 6:26:31 PM PDT · 75 of 78
    ConorMacNessa to left that other site
    We will tolerate no off-key Pipers!



    "Nemo me impune lacessit!"
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 7:07:04 PM PDT · 42 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska
    Over seventy years ago more than one of our WWII Five Star Generals adverted to the ingenuity of our "GI's" - like the Berlin Airlift "Candy Bomber" and countless other of our Troops who have demonstrated their virtue and love. The Field of Battle is a terrible place, but I can say that I have seen there, and benefited from, the love and bravery of my Brothers.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 6:44:08 PM PDT · 37 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska
    Good evening again, Kathy!

    We moved the saw over to the side and had a steak dinner this evening.

    Mary and Trevor have set a date - 6 February 2016 at our Church. The vibrations I receive are that I will finally be a grandfather within a year of that date.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 6:30:15 PM PDT · 32 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; SandRat
    Happy Anniversary, SandRat & Mrs. SandRat!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 5:55:49 PM PDT · 20 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to left that other site
    Good evening,ML!

    *HUGS*

    A Blessed Lord's Day to you!

    While I still stand, I will bear Witness, as I must.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 5:40:58 PM PDT · 15 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    WE THE PEOPLE
    OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



    "CONGRESS SHALL MAKE no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exer-
    cise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."





    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS secured this Essential Freedom against overwhelming odds through great adversity, securing it first with the blood of our Patriots shed in the War of the Revolution, then through the course of intense and extended debate, leading finally to the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

    THIS CHERISHED FREEDOM is under attack now, not only by the media, not only by academia, but by the Executive Branch of the United States Government itself. The President, the Departments of Justice and State, and the Internal Revenue Service, have all abdicated their sworn duty to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They have instead, with full knowledge of the enormity of their acts, systematically betrayed the American People in repeated transgressions, malfeasances, and usurpations, and in so doing have emerged as our foremost domestic enemy in what will be the defining Constitutional struggle of our times, perhaps of our National History.

    WE ARE CALLED at this crucial moment to bear Witness to the Truth of God, to uphold and to defend this vital, First Freedom and all Freedoms that derive from it. Without Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Association, and the Right to Petition our Government for redress of grievances, would there remain any substantive Freedoms for us to enjoy?

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 5:33:20 PM PDT · 11 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    "TAKE UP THY CROSS
    AND FOLLOW ME"



    "I Vow To Thee My Country"
    Choir Of King's College, Cambridge
    (Click)

    "I VOW TO THEE, my country, all earthly things above,
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
    The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
    That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
    The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

    And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
    Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
    We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
    Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
    And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
    And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace."






  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 5:11:18 PM PDT · 9 of 67
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Good Evening, Kathy!

    ***HUGS***



    A Blessed Lord’s Day to you and yours! Thank you very much for tonight’s Sunday Chapel thread.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops!! ~ Aug 22 2015

    08/21/2015 6:31:50 PM PDT · 18 of 241
    ConorMacNessa 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

    "The Empty Chair"

    By Captain Carroll "Lex" Lefon, USN (RET), on December 21st, 2004

    "In the wardroom onboard the aircraft carrier from which I recently debarked was a small, round table, with single chair. No one ever sat there, and the reasons, both for the table being there, and for the fact that the chair was always empty, will tell the reader a little bit about who we are as a culture. The wardroom, of course, is where the officers will dine; morning, noon and evening. It is not only a place to eat – it is also a kind of oasis from the sometimes dreary, often difficult exigencies of the service. A place of social discourse, of momentary relief from the burdens of the day. The only things explicitly forbidden by inviolable tradition in the wardroom are the wearing of a cover or sword by an officer not actually on watch, or conversation which touches upon politics or religion. But aboard ships which observe the custom, another implicit taboo concerns the empty chair: No matter how crowded the room, no matter who is waiting to be seated, that chair is never moved, never taken.

    The table is by the main entrance to the wardroom. You will see it when you enter, and you will see it when you leave. It draws your eyes because it is meant to. And because it draws your eyes it draws your thoughts. And though it will be there every day for as long as you are at sea, you will look at it every time and your eyes will momentarily grow distant as you think for a moment. As you quietly give thanks.

    AS YOU REMEMBER.

    The small, round table is covered with a gold linen tablecloth. A single place setting rests there, of fine bone china. A wineglass stands upon the table, inverted, empty. On the dinner plate is a pinch of salt. On the bread plate is a slice of lemon. Besides the plate lies a bible. There is a small vase with a single red rose upon the table. Around the vase is wound a yellow ribbon. There is the empty chair.

    We will remember because over the course of our careers, we will have had the opportunity to enjoy many a formal evening of dinner and dancing in the fine company of those with whom we have the honor to serve, and their lovely ladies. And as the night wears on, our faces will in time become flushed with pleasure of each other’s company, with the exertions on the dance floor, with the effects of our libations. But while the feast is still at its best, order will be called to the room – we will be asked to raise our glasses to the empty table, and we will be asked to remember:

    The table is round to show our everlasting concern for those who are missing. The single setting reminds us that every one of them went to their fates alone, that every life was unique.

    The tablecloth is gold symbolizing the purity of their motives when they answered the call to duty.

    The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones who kept the faith.

    The yellow ribbon around the vase symbolizes our continued determination to remember them.

    The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitterness of their fate.
    The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those who loved them.
    The bible represents the faith that sustained them.
    The glass is inverted — they cannot share in the toast.
    The chair is empty — they are not here. They are missing.

    And we will remember, and we will raise our glasses to those who went before us, and who gave all that they had for us. And a part of the flush in our faces will pale as we remember that nothing worth having ever came without a cost. We will remember that many of our brothers and sisters have paid that cost in blood. We will remember that the reckoning is not over.

    We many of us will settle with our families into our holiday season, our Christmas season for those who celebrate it, content in our fortune and prosperity. We will meet old friends with smiles and laughter. We will meet our members of our family with hugs. We will eat well, and exchange gifts and raise our glasses to the year passed in gratitude, and to the year to come with hope. We will sleep the sleep of the protected, secure in our homes, secure in our homeland.

    But for many families, there will be an empty chair at the table this year. A place that is not filled.

    WE SHOULD REMEMBER."

    Many Thanks To Alfa6 For Finding Capt. Lefon's Chronicle Of "The Empty Chair."

    "Träumerei"
    Robert Schumann
    (Click)


    Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who
    Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops!! ~ Aug 22 2015

    08/21/2015 6:19:35 PM PDT · 12 of 241
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Good evening, Kathy!

    ***HUGS***



    Coming aboard as we speak. Rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops!! ~ Aug 22 2015

    08/21/2015 6:11:25 PM PDT · 3 of 241
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sprites from Space

    08/20/2015 10:33:39 PM PDT · 3 of 7
    ConorMacNessa to SunkenCiv
    Thanks very much, FRiend! I have been on this planet for many years and have never seen an image such as this.

    I guess there are more things out there than what we know.


    "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre / mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."
    "Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener / mind must be the greater, as our might lessens."
  • Favorite "Color"Songs.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 8~21~15

    08/20/2015 10:13:24 PM PDT · 233 of 303
    ConorMacNessa to LUV W
    Good evening, Luv!

    *HUGS*

    The computer problems are bad - not sure if we can save this one.

    Deep Purple: I remember a day over fifty years ago - I was in the car with my Father - funny how so much of the lore I learned from him was learned there! We were talking about pop music and he mentioned "Deep Purple." He said it was the number one hit for a very long time in his early teens. - that would be in the late 30's and early 40's.

    He sang it to me, in his resonant baritone - with a little training, he could have become a great singer - his untrained voice was strong.

    He sang that song and I was captivated.

    God, how I miss him!


    "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre / mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."
    "Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener / mind must be the greater, as our might lessens."
  • Favorite "Color"Songs.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 8~21~15

    08/20/2015 9:47:19 PM PDT · 231 of 303
    ConorMacNessa to MoochPooch


    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!



    "I Want Some Red Roses For A Blue Lady"
    Al Martino
    (Click)


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    "Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

    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)
  • Favorite "Color"Songs.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 8~21~15

    08/20/2015 8:21:48 PM PDT · 225 of 303
    ConorMacNessa to fatima; Kathy in Alaska; Publius; left that other site; LUV W; AZamericonnie; All
    Having computer problems this evening, but I couldn't let this theme go by. Hat tip to my Father, who introduced me to this song of his youth a half-century ago. Celui-ci soit pour vous, Mon Père!



    GOD BLESS AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



    "DEEP PURPLE"
    Bing Crosby
    Marty Malneck and His Orchestra
    1939
    (Click)


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  • Word for the Day, Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Fatuous

    08/20/2015 4:54:35 AM PDT · 7 of 55
    ConorMacNessa to tioga

    Obama takes gold, silver and bronze in the Bull-hockey Olympics: vacuous, fatuous and disingenuous.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (8/19/15)[Prayer]

    08/19/2015 7:29:44 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    ConorMacNessa to left that other site; yorkie; UriÂ’el-2012


    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH FOR
    THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM!
    And for the Preservation of the Valiant
    Israeli Nation!



    " The Cleansing of Naaman"
    Mariawald Abbey, Germany – c. 1510
    (Victoria and Albert Museum)



    _ O he departed from him a little way.

    But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

    So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?
    And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.

    And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

    And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

    But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

    And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

    The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

    ___________________________________ 2 Kings 5:19-27 (KJV)


    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For ML In This Time Of Tribulation.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For A Rapid Recovery For ML’s Mom.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For A Rapid Recovery For Our Own Yorkie.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For A Rapid Recovery For Our FRiend Uri'el2012.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For The Safety Of Our Gallant Troops And For The Success Of Their Vital Mission.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For The Repose Of The Souls Of Our Embassy Staff In Libya Who Were Assassinated 11 September 2012.

    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For The Deliverance Of Our Beloved Nation From The Lion’s Mouth.


    PRAYERS ASCENDING ON HIGH For Our Brethren Of All Faiths Throughout The World Suffering Persecution.
    We pray in particular on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and throughout the Mideast. The members of the oldest of our Christian Communities, some of which date from the days of the Apostles, suffer under cruel, merciless and unrelenting persecution. They are Orthodox and Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical, Coptic, Pentecostal, and Baptist. To the persecutors, we are all "Nazarenes."




  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 20 August 2015

    08/19/2015 6:29:49 PM PDT · 13 of 42
    ConorMacNessa 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

    "Träumerei"
    Robert Schumann
    (Click)


    Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who
    Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 20 August 2015

    08/19/2015 6:19:12 PM PDT · 10 of 42
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!



    "The Star Spangled Banner"
    Verse Four
    (Click)


    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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    to be admitted to or released from my music ping list


  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 20 August 2015

    08/19/2015 6:16:27 PM PDT · 9 of 42
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    Thanks very much, Kathy!
    ***HUGS***



    Striding up the gangplank as we speak,
    rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors
    and to the Officer of the Deck!
    Thank you very much for this evening's
    "Remembering Our Troops" thread!



  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 20 August 2015

    08/19/2015 5:58:44 PM PDT · 2 of 42
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska


    REQUEST PERMISSION
    TO COME ABOARD




    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

    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!!!!!!!

  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN ~ The Who Are You On Friday Night Lights Quiz ~ Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    08/18/2015 8:42:41 PM PDT · 47 of 76
    ConorMacNessa to Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!


    TATTOO
    (Click)


    I must regretfully excuse myself from this Happy Company for the evening.

    I Have The Watch Tonight!



    SR Thomas J. Mitchell, USN
    Co. 583, RTC GLAKES, December 1967

    "Do poor Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend vexes!"
    (King Lear, Act III, Scene iv)




    All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
    (Click)


    Good night, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!

    Godspeed our Troops around the Globe – especially those in harm’s way – by virtue of their service and sacrifice we continue to live in Freedom!









    Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

    "Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

    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)
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN ~ The Who Are You On Friday Night Lights Quiz ~ Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    08/18/2015 8:38:48 PM PDT · 46 of 76
    ConorMacNessa to PROCON
    Thanks Army Bro! As I have yours!

    "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
    I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN ~ The Who Are You On Friday Night Lights Quiz ~ Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    08/18/2015 8:33:08 PM PDT · 45 of 76
    ConorMacNessa to AbnSarge
    "SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI"

    I raise my parting glass of Uisge Baugh to you, Brother!

    "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
    I am prepared to give my life in their defense."