"Sharing can be a way of healing. Grief and loss can isolate,
anger even alienate. Shared with others, emotions unite
as we see we aren't alone. We realize others weep with us."
~Susan Wittig Albert

Through our writing, we walk out of the darkness into the light
together, one small step at a time, recording history, educating
America, and we are healing.
~CJ/Todd Dierdorff

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Allen West re Marines' Video

Allen West on the Marines Incident: 'Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell'

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email January 14, 2012, commenting on the Marines' Video and has given permission to publish it.

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Brothers' Day


Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't, just because you can.

Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands, those of you who served inViet Nam know this. If it changes your life, let it.

Take a few minutes to think before you act when you're mad. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy, He just promised it would be worth it.

Today is Band of Brothers' Day; send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know.

Happy Brothers' Day!


To the cool men that have touched my life. Here's to you!! I was never a hero, but I am thankful I served among them.

A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.  Send to all your Band of Brothers, because the fake ones won't.

***Thank you to my brother-in-law, Denny Kempf, for this article.  I didn't serve with any of you, but I have worked beside many of you here in the blog.  I'm proud to know all of you!  Happy Brothers' Day.

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Vote Wisely in 2012

Vote Wisely
Craig Latham sent this to me today in an email.   It's something I also have strong feelings about, so I'm going out on a limb and I'm posting it here on Memoirs:

Vote wisely in 2012. We all depend on it.

Recently, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, approved another financial aid deal for Lybia.  Gee, it must be just what we needed ...

Will someone please tell me what the hell's wrong with the people that run this country,  both the Republicans and Democrats?  We're "broke" and we can't help our own seniors, veterans, orphans, the hungry or the homeless.

In the  last few years, we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile,  Pakistan,  Lybia, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan.  That's literally, billions of dollars.
Our retired seniors are living on a fixed income.  They receive no aid, nor do they get any breaks, while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of billions of our dollars -- and tons of food -- into foreign  countries.

We have hundreds of adoptable children right here, who are shoved aside, ignored and overlooked, to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.
There are save-the-children campaigns running on TV stations across the country, asking for donations to feed, house, and educate foreign children, while we have children suffering right here lacking those very same life-sustaining elements.

America is sadly becoming a country where we have a growing homeless population with no shelter or employment opportunities.
Right in our own country are children going  to bed hungry, elderly people going without needed medications or food, and mentally ill without affordable and necessary treatment.

I ask you, how can they run a Benefit for the people of Haiti on twelve TV stations?   How can we afford ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents  clothing, bedding, doctors and medical supplies for other countries?  Imagine if the  government were to give our own United States the same support they give to other countries.   Didn't we learn anything at all from Hurricane Katrina?  Sad, isn't it?



Once again:  Vote wisely in 2012. We all depend on it ...

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale