Since Oct 30, 2001
BS Political Science
Third generation oilfield
US Army 3/71 - 12/73 (Regular Army not U.S.)
Reserves 12/73 - 3/77
Artillery Lends Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be a Vulgar Brawl
Cold Warrior Walked the Wall, Manned the Post, Stood the Watch - Wish I'd done more.
5th Army ~ 2/44 & 3/9 Pershing - Ft Sill
7th Army ~ 1/81 Pershing - Neu Ulm, West Germany
Stand by for Traffic
Gangbusters, Gangbusters this is Eagle Mountain with a Red Hotel Priority One Message
This is NOT a Drill, repeat, this is NOT a Drill
Message follows .........
Saw White Hotels and a few Black Hotels, thank the Lord above never had a Red
My father was a gunnery officer in the US Navy in WWII and his father was an enlisted seaman in WWI.
My mothers father was an Army surgeon in WWII who stayed in the Air Force Reserves until he made LT. Colonel. Two of his three brothers served and his dad, my ggrandfather, was a Navy Reserve LT. Commander (surgeon). My ggrandfather's brother, a Navy Commander (surgeon) served in the Army of Cuban Occupation.
Three of my ggrandfathers along with most of their brothers and sons served in the US armed forces.
Almost a dozen members of my family fought for the South in the War of Northern Aggression including B. L Taylor, Captain 4th Texas Calvary, General Mouton, 18th Louisiana Infantry, and Major General Gardner.
Several of my Mouton ancestors were in the war of 1812
My gggrandfather, Ralph McGee fought at the Battle of Bexar in the Texas Revolution, and his father David was at Valley Forge with Washington. At least one of my Barkwell family also served in the South during the Revolution.
While we're at it, my Father-in-Law and at least two of his brothers served.
Republican since 1966
Director of four Republican clubs since 66.
State Convention Delegate six times
Founding Director Ft Bend Youth Foundation
Oversight Committee two libraries
Member of redistricting, mobility, HS booster clubs, County Judges Kitchen Cabinet (2) and several other Church, civic and political committees.
Married since 1972, two children;
Born in and now live near Houston, Texas, also Calgary, Canada (3 years);Midland, Texas (3 years);N.Y. N.Y. (3 years);Austin (3 years); Angleton, Texas (2 years);Neu Ulm, W. Germany (2 years); Oklahoma (1 year); South Africa (1 year); Less than one year, Baltimore MD, Holland, Scotland, Louisiana
"I'll try to be NICER, if you will try to be SMARTER!" ~ MNJohnnie, FReeper
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. " ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955) ~
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." ~ George Washington ~
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." ~ Mark Twain ~
"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." ~John Stuart Mill~
There is nothing more tiresome than the assumption that intellect consists of agreeing with you. ~ A.J. Armitage, FReeper ~
"Compassionate" curmudgeon ~ stolen from skull stomper, FReeper ~
"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." ~Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.~
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain ~
"There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." ~ Will Rogers ~
"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive." ~ Thomas Sowell ~
"Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." ~ Acceptance Speech, President George W. Bush, Republican National Convention 2 Sept. 2004 ~
"I know its hard on America. And in some small corner of this vast country in Nevada or Idaho, these places I've never been but always wanted to go, there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you the political leaders of this nation: Why me? Why us? Why America?
And the only answer is: because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time and the task is yours to do." ~Tony Blair British PM, before Congress, 17 July 2003~
I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
I know God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.><>
If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.
The Law and Justice are no longer the same thing.
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.><>
People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
Clinton lacked only three things to have become one of America's finest leaders: integrity, vision, and wisdom.
The Curmudgeon screen name is a salute to P. J. ORourke, the Republican, conservative, rather odd, right wing, curmudgeon, writer. The back cover of his mid 80's book REPUBLICAN PARTY REPTILE says the following:
What is the Republican Party Reptile? It is a creature of the eighties. Its neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles, the Rehnquist Supreme Court on drugs, a disco Hobbes living without shame or federally mandated safety regulations. The RPR supports a strong defense policy but sees no reason to conduct it whilst sober. The RPR believes in minimum government interference in private affairs - unless the government brings over extra girls and some ice. In short the RPR is the new label that our political spectrum has been crying out for - the conservative with a sense of humor and a healthy dose of depravity.
Here, in the twenty-one pieces collected in this book, P.J. ORourke, reactionary and humorist, ................ (he) visits the Lebanese civil war, and the Marcos election campaign, sees Russia through the bottom of a vodka bottle, examines sundry aspects of Western civilization ............. Mean, outrageous, and always funny, ORourke is, as Christopher Buckley has said, S.J. Perelman on acid.
This seemed to fit my attitude in the days before I returned to church.