Tuesday, May 11, 2004
DANIEL L. DOW of Fremont, California was upset with his Congressman, Pete Stark. So he sent him a fax:
I am appalled that you voted against today's House Resolution 627, Roll Number 150. This measure would have shown publicly that you condemn the abuse of the prisoners in Iraq while simultaneously commend the service of the fine men and women who are serving in Iraq that bring honor to the uniform that they wear and to the Nation that they serve...
Much to Dow's surprise, Congressman Stark called back a few hours later, and left a message on his machine:
Dan, this is Congressman Pete Stark, and I just got your fax. And you don’t know what you’re talking about. So if you care about enlisted people, you wouldn’t have voted for that thing either.
But, probably someone put you up to this, and I’m not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in your letter, and somebody wrote it for you. So I don’t pay much attention to it
Monday, May 10, 2004
The United States of America originated from intelligent, freedom loving, hard working, God fearing people. They had a clear sense of right and wrong and were not afraid to face down tyrants who tried to take away their God given freedoms. They were true revolutionaries who risked life, limb, family and fortune to found this incredible country. Our Judeo-Christian-principled forefathers were brave, disciplined, industrious protectors of life and liberty willing to lose everything, including their lives to protect their inalienable rights.
Our Founders were not sleepy, lethargic, passive goons who hit the brakes when they encountered the first speed bump in their path to liberty. They said, “Don’t Tread on Me” … “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” … “Live Free or Die”!
These mottos were not tired, empty Alec Baldwin bombast, but holy verbiage backed up by sacrificial blood and guts. It was this spirit that yielded up the freest and most prosperous nation this planet has ever seen.
Make no mistake about it. It was the principled and grand statesman, lawyer, minister, peddler, plow hand and parishioner who faced death, disease and deprivation as they strove to create and elevate this great land of ours from scratch. Our continued success and expansion has been the product of the brave and the courageous throughout the centuries, men and women who were willing to make every sacrifice for our nation.
The wise, religious, strong, moral and selfless in every generation are the ones who have moved this country from glory to glory and from strength to strength.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
In a moment largely unnoticed by the throngs of people in Lebanon waiting for autographs from the president of the United States, George W. Bush stopped to hold a teenager's head close to his heart.
Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:
"This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11."
Bush stopped and turned back.
"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."
AL TAQQADUM, Iraq(May 4, 2004) -- The unconditional love and loyalty of an 11-week-old Iraqi puppy named Melissa has softened the hearts of the battle-hardened "Rhinos" of Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, Marine Wing Support Group 37.
"I believe all Marines, in their hearts, are dog lovers," said Maj. Gen. James F. Amos, commanding general, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, "so it's easy to have compassion for a dog who is out in the middle of a war zone. I felt that maybe a dog would pick their spirits up and be something the squadron could identify with and get a touch of home."
The arrival of Melissa as a gift however, was quite unexpected, said Lt. Col. David R. Leppelmeier, commanding officer, MWSS-374.
"I received an e-mail from Gen. Amos back in April saying that he was going to bring me something, but I really had no idea what was going on," said the 44-year-old native of Babylon, N.Y.
Monday, May 03, 2004
In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Family cheers escape of hostage in Iraq: "Thomas Hamill's father raised his hands skyward and proclaimed it "a beautiful day" upon hearing that his son, a civilian contractor kidnapped in Iraq, had escaped his captors and was safe."
In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press