Monday, May 30, 2005

Opening The Gates of Heaven 

Matt at BlackFive reminds us:

The words to "Taps" are:

Day Is Done,
Gone the Sun,
From the Earth,
From the Hill,
From the Sky,
All Is Well,
Safely Rest,
God Is Nigh
Read the rest here…


Friday, May 27, 2005

Charges Dropped Against Marine 2LT Ilario Pantano 

The good news is that all charges against 2LT Pantano have been dropped upon recommendation by Maj. Gen. Richard Huck, commander 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune.

Congratulations Marine!

Here is a round up of links with all the info:

Andi’s World Charges Dismissed Against Pantano

Euphoric Reality IT’S OVER: Pantano Charges Dismissed, Interviews Coming

Michelle Malkin Lt. PANTANO: Charges Dropped

Schadenfreude 2LT Pantano A Free Man

BlackFive The Case For Ilario Pantano - Part 7 - Murder Charges Dropped

Riding Sun Charges dropped against Ilario Pantano

Excellent interview with Pantano’s attorney by Kit at Euphoric Reality

Glad to finally put this mess behind us. Let’s hope Ilario can move forward with his career.


Thursday, May 26, 2005

Support The Troops 

This year Memorial Day falls on the “real” date (May 30th) as established in 1868. In 1971 congress turned it into a 3 day weekend. I urge the return to the traditional date. Regardless, as Memorial Day approaches we pause to remember those service members who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country. Visit http://www.usmemorialday.org/ for more information.

Don’t forget those who are still serving, however.

Below are several groups who work to support our military personnel. Please see if any of them are interesting to you and perhaps you would like to volunteer or contribute to them. Our favorite is Soldiers’ Angels. Pick your favorite and help Support the Troops.

Any Soldier™ - http://www.anysoldier.com/

-Marty Horn
SFC, USA MP, Retired
Group’s message: Want to send your support to a soldier in harm's way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? Any Soldier™ gives individuals and groups everything they need to really do more then just put a magnet on their car. AnySoldier.com currently lists over 3,500 military contacts in the war who get your mail and pass on to the soldiers around them. Any Soldier Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization making a real difference, with your help. Presently, Any Soldier™ is supporting 90,403 male service members and 22, 566 female service members.

Helmets to Hardhats www.helmetstohardhats.org

Sarah Hayes
Marketing Director



Group’s message: Helmets to Hardhats is a nationwide program that connects National Guardsmen, Reservists, transitioning military members and veterans with quality career training and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Please tell your friends and family about this free program that is available to all of those that have served our country. To learn more about the program, please visit our website.

Homes For Our Troops – http://homesforourtroops.org

Victoria Mosier
Administrative Director
Office 508-823-3300
Group’s message -
Homes for Our Troops assists injured veterans and their immediate
families by building new or adapting existing homes for handicapped
accessibility for our American heroes. We accept and welcome financial contributions as well as in kind donations of labor and building materials. Please visit the website to sign up! With your help we can accomplish our mission. Please feel free to contact us by phone, email us to share your thoughts, or request assistance. We hope that you will visit www.homesforourtroops.org often to see the progress we are making in the aid to our military and their families. Thank you.

RecruitMilitary - http://www.recruitmilitary.com

Drew Myers, former Marine Corps captain




Group’s message:
RecruitMilitary, founded in 1998, helps find civilian jobs for men and women who are
transitioning out of the armed forces, military veterans with varying amounts of business
experience, members of the reserve forces and National Guard, and military spouses.
The company offers a full range of products and services to corporate America through its website at http://
http://www.recruitmilitary.com/; including the ability to search its database of over 80,000 registered veterans and spouses. All of the company’s services are free to job candidates.

Soldiers' Angles - www.soldiersangels.org

Don MacKay, Director of Operations

soldiersangels@gmail.com (address your email to Don)

Group’s Message:
The mission of Soldiers’ Angels is to facilitate the “adoption” of a U.S. Soldier. You get your own soldier, they get an “angel”. We ask that you write to your soldier at least once a week and send a care package at least once a month. You can adopt one soldier or a whole group. Please visit our website to see all of our special projects, some of which are: Wounded Soldiers Project (you can write the wounded), Operation Top Knot (reach out to families who had babies born while their soldier is deployed), Family Outreach Team (support for family members who have a soldier deployed), and the Letter Writing Team (where you can specify how many soldiers’ addresses you want to receive, on which days, so you can write to them). Soldiers’ Angels will be receiving the names of 3,000 newly deployed soldiers this week (we got 9,000 during the third deploy) and we need angels!! This is very gratifying work! Please join today to adopt a U.S. Soldier!


Warning Order 

Matt at BlackFive issues a “Warning Order” to friends and especially MilBloggers.  He and the gang who created EasonGate have reunited to from a new endeavor called MediaSlander

The MediaSlander mission statement:

The goal of Media Slander is to hold journalists and bloggers to high ethical standards regarding coverage of the   War on Terror and other military-related issues. We plan to achieve this by highlighting bias, rumor and falsehoods   that have been creeping into military coverage under the guise of objective news.

We by no means advocate censorship or the deliberate suppression of well-researched and relevant stories about the   war and the military.

As much as journalists feel that they are the guardians of the First Amendment, its true protectors are standing   watch in Iraq, Afghanistan and places no one will ever hear about. Journalists owe it to the true gatekeepers of our   liberties to be fair, balanced, relevant and accurate in covering them.

   The entire staff of MediaSlander.com

   Bill Roggio
   Brian Scott
   Charles Goggin
   Kevin Craver
   LaShawn Barber
   Mike Krempasky
   Roger Morrow
   Winds Of Change.NET

Good job guys!  Check them out and blog roll them.

Also from BlackFive:

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life.  It is far better that you fear the media for they will steal your honor."  - Bobby McBride, Crew Chief, 128th Assault Helicopter Company, RVN 1969-1970



Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Back on the Wagon Again 

Boy, when you fall off the wagon, it's hard to jump back on sometimes, especially as it is pulling away from you!

Several things have conspired to keep we away from the keyboard for awhile now. The coming of Spring to the North Coast of Ohio and the vast amount of work outside is a time sucker. This time of year it takes a little over 6 hours to mow the grass. In addition there is all that weeding, mulching and soon roto-tilling to do. Not to mention that most of it has to be done when it's not pouring rain.

Also, we have had family health concerns to deal with. Many of you will remember baby Emma. Born last January to my wife's niece, Hannah, just 6 days after she learned she was pregnant. Hannah was recovering from breast cancer surgery and Emma was delivered premature at about 28 weeks. Just two weeks later Hannah died from complications of the delivery and the cancer treatment.

As a premie, Emma has done pretty good, but she was born with a hole in her heart and 2 weeks ago she transferred to Children's Hospital in Boston for heart surgery. The long and short of it is that she is recovering now and continuing to fight.

In addition to our concerns with Emma, another family member suffered two strokes following surgery and it brought the whole family to our house for a week. We learned about the stroke on a Sunday and by Tuesday morning our house was full of family members from far and wide.

Initial diagnosis was not good, (which drew the family together so fast) but things turned out much better than expected. An almost complete recovery is expected.

So... that's what's been keeping me busy the last 3 weeks or so. Things are starting to slow down enough here that I can turn on the news and read a blog or two.

Maybe I will even get back to posting again!


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