One of those days…

This is about how well my day has gone, sometimes all you can do is laugh at the absurdity of the world we work/live in…


Here’s a little humor to brighten somebodies day, I hope…

Q. How many Californians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A1. None. They screw in a hot tub.
A2. None. Somebody organizes a workshop on how to deal with darkness in your life.
A3. 21, one to change and 20 to share the experience

Q. How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Only one, but the lighbulb has to want to change.

Q. How many surrealist painters does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. A fish

Q. How many male chauvenist pigs does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. None. let her cook in the dark.

Q. How many men does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Four.One to actually change it, and 3 friends to brag to about how he screwed it.

Q…How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?
A…How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

Q. How many red necks does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. They can’t because they are too busy complaining about how all the blacks and mexicans are getting the good jobs cause of that affirmative action crap.

Q. How many paranoid people do you need to change a light-bulb ??

Q. How many pot growers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. None – They use flourescent tubes!

Q. How many women with PMS does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Six
Q. Why?

Q: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: One, who gives it to six Californians, thereby reducing it to an earlier riddle.

Q: How many topologists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: It really doesn’t matter, since they’d rather knot.

Q. How many psychoanalysts does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. How many do you think it takes?

Q. How many Nebraska Cornhuskers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Only one, but he gets 3 hours credit for it

Q. How many doctors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. It depends on what kind of insurance you have

Q: How many straight San Francisco waiters does to take to change a lightbulb?
A: Both of them.

Q. How many Christians does it take to change a Light bulb?
A. none, they just stay in their darkness and pray to their non-existant god to do it for them

Q. How many gays does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Seven. One to change the bulb and 6 to shriek, “Faaaabulous.”

Q. How many Japonese does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None. They have machines to do it automatically.

Q. How many law professors does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Hell, you need 250 just to lobby for the research grant.

Q. How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?
A1: It only takes one lawyer to change your light bulb to his light bulb.
A2: You won’t find a lawyer who can change a light bulb. Now, if you’re looking for a lawyer to screw a light bulb…
A3: How many can you afford?
A4: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as “Lawyer”, and the party of the second part, also known as “Light Bulb”,do hereby and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second part (Light Bulb) shall be removed from the current position etc… etc…etc…..

Q. How many Sicilians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. Two. One to screw it in, and one to kill the witnesses.

Q. How many OJ jurors does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None of them believe it is broken.

Q. How many particle physicists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. One. Two to change the bulb and three to renormalise the wavefunction (if you don’t understand it, study quantum mechanics).

Q. How many perverts does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. One… but it takes the entire staff of the emergency room
to remove it.

An Interesting perspective…

Interesting perspective (not exactly sure who authored

The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers’ Party. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers. John Edwards, the other former Democrat candidate for president, is a lawyer, and so is his wife, Elizabeth. Every Democrat
nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at the Democrat Party in Congress: the Majority Leader in each house is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different. President Bush and Vice President Cheney were not lawyers, but businessmen. The leaders of the Republican Revolution were not lawyers. Newt Gingrich was a history professor; Tom Delay was an exterminator; and, Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer, not a lawyer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976. The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work.
The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers’ Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers’ Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to
overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes
all-consuming. Some Americans become “adverse parties” of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.

When lawyers use criminal prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in America is too great. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

We cannot expect the Lawyers’ Party to provide real change, real reform, or real hope in America . Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

The differance now is that the current crop of politicians have not, by and large, served in military. They have absolutely no respect for either the people or the institution of the military.

To them, the serviceman is an adjunct to the reelection campaign and adds credibility to the political person’s claim to “patriotism”. I believe that this great nation is at risk – not from without but from within; to me that risk transcends political parties, arising from the general indifference to facts, truth and more importantly, the lack of willingness to take an unpopular position even when it is the right thing to do.

My advice to all is to read the Constitution which we have all sworn to defend and protect and act accordingly. Look beyond the 30 second sound bites, find out what the candidates REALLY stand for and vote accordingly.

I really don’t care WHO you vote for, but I gave 22 years defending your right TO vote, so get your asses out there on Nov 7th…

Flog…er…golf humor…


1. Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it. – Not at $325 I’m not…

2. Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. – Hit. The. Ball…

3. When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. – Or walk around and drop on the far side…

4. If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there. – Or hit a perfect shot and nail ’em on the next tee…

5. The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. – lalalalalala…

6. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. – Yep, that is a truism…

7. The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors. – An parting with significant $$ for the %^&* lesson…

8. If it ain’t broke, try changing your grip. – Then it will be broke and not repairable for the next 10 rounds…

9. Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. – What divot? What shot…

10. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck. – With my skill, even BAD luck wins…

11. It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt for a 10. – Only if it’s a double breaker, uphill, into the grain…

12. Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. – Too true, even when you catch em at it…

13. Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts. – And neither one of the damn things goes in…

14. It’s not a gimme if you’re still away. -It is if I’m putting with a driver…

15. The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. – Which will reject the ball an ricochet it into an even MORE unplayable lie…

16. There are two kinds of bounces; unfair bounces and bounces, just the way you meant to play it. – Notice there is NO mention of a fair bounce…

17. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. – Nah, 5% and 95%…

18. If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. – Can one really go back to the sperm stage???

19. Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three. – Truism again…

20. When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again. – Look up, see a bad shot, look down, lose the ball, hitting three…

21. Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. – Birdie, what’s a birdie??? Triple bogeys I know…

22. If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard. – Or be in position to actually win a match…

23. To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap;
i.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph. – Equals a complete miss 15% of the time…

24. There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. – Usually the wrong hand…

25. Hazards attract; fairways repel. – Sand traps are black holes…

26. You can put a draw on the ball, you can put a fade on the ball, but no golfer can put a straight on the ball. – All of which occur at EXACTLY the wrong time…

27. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. – Yours is the one 150 yards in the rough…

28. If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker.
If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint. – I’d take that over plugged in the front face of a 5 foot bunker…

29. It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard. – Or 3:00 AM to leave at 4:00 AM to make a 3 hour drive to get an 8:00 AM tee time…

30. Sometimes it seems as though your cup moveth over. – Gravity blows…

31. A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. – Which is SOOOO unfair…

32. Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. – And it STILL doesn’t help…

33. A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are…
that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends. – Picked last as usual…

34. That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work. – And when you step on it, it will be the ONLY perfect shot of the day…

35. If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life. – And won’t even get a rain check…

36. Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen.
And you need to buy fresh ones each week. – Week Hell, every nine…

37. A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there. – I wear blinders, I’m so broke I can’t even afford to look (damn golf balls)…

38. It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. – And your point is???

39. If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse). – I’ve had holes where I would have taken any one of those scores…

40. You probably wouldn’t look good in a green jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine. – Sweatshirts not allowed, but we will SELL you this windshirt for only $60…

41. It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don’t get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing brain surgery. – At least not more than once…

Fun Stuff…

Go over to Deathlok’s blog and check out the Collaborative Blog Story is up at his place, and I have to admit, it’s starting to look pretty damned good. This is quite a bit different from the Perspectives series done by Law Dog, Mattt, AD and Babs a while back. This one is basically a stream of consciousness collaborative, so feel free to jump in! We need somebody to be the bad guy… hint… hint… Murph if you’re not busy…

I saw one of these on another forum go to over 110 pages.

Memorial Day…

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead”.

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.

It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program).

And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

Washington, DC is also home to two more ‘celebrations’ of Memorial Day; each special in it’s own way. I have been lucky enough to attend both, so I have a point of reference for each.

First is the laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. This is traditionally done by the President if available, and is a very solemn occasion, with a myriad of official and military guests, including a large number of veterans.

This photo, courtesy of the DOD, shows a Tomb Guard marching his post in front of the wreath and tomb. Today, President Bush delivered an excellent speech after he assisted in placing of the wreath.

The second is called Rolling Thunder, and is a memorial, celebration and political pressure group to bring our POW’s remains home. It is normally the Sunday before Memorial Day, and has been going on for 21 years now. Yesterday, over 100,000, yes one hundred thousand motorcycles of all descriptions started lining up at the Pentagon North Parking lot well before sunrise. They were there to participate in the ride to the reflecting pool and parade across the Memorial Bridge and by the Vietnam memorial. This one is by turns solemn, raucous, funny, poignant, and sometimes startling. Yesterday, a SSGT Chambers stood in his Marine Dress uniform for over 4 hours, saluting the riders as they came by his location.

These folks come from all over the US and it’s territories to ride in rememberance of their fallen Vietnam comrades and it has become something quite a bit more than a bunch of dirty old motorcycle guys causing trouble, which is the way it was originally percieved in 1987.

Now it is for many, a tradition, they come hell or high water ( and this year tornados and hail in the Midwest), but the ride on in to ride yesterday and start the long ride home today or tomorrow.

I talked to two couples in their 60’s from Western Idaho who have made this “pilgrimage” as they call it for 16 years. Both the men are former Army Rangers, who use their entire yearly vacation for the trip. Neither one of the wives had ANY problem with it, and have been riding with them for the last 10 years. All of them are VERY proud of the kids today, and thankful they are being treated better than we were after nam.

Enjoy your Memorial Day, but take a minute to reflect on those Servicemen and women who gave their lives over the years so that you HAVE that Freedom today.

Some say this is not true, but I believe it is!


It was the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

That is all.

Can somebody ‘splain this to me????

Remember the election in 2006? A little over two years ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;

2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;

3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;

2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.75 a gallon;

3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);

4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fun losses);

5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;

6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!
Remember, Congress makes laws, not the President. He has to work with what’s handed to him; and in the hate Bush environment of the congresscritters, he hasn’t been handed I lot that I can describe in this blog…

Part 2:

Taxes…Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.


Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K, tax $8,400 Single making 30K, tax $4,500
Single making 50K, tax $14,000 Single making 50K, tax $12,500
Single making 75K, tax $23,250 Single making 75K, tax $18,750
Married making 60K, tax $16,800 Married making 60K, tax $9,000
Married making 75K, tax $21,000 Married making 75K, tax $18,750
Married making 125K, tax $38,750 Married making 125K, tax $31,250

BOTH democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates. It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can’t wait for it to happen.

This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don’t even know what happened. Only problem is, this is not a movie…

Additionally, the Congresscritters called the oil company execs before the Senate today again today- Lots of ranting, raving, knashing of teeth, etc. and passing a bill to investigate OPEC for price fixing, all while Goldman Sachs bets on $200/barrel for oil futures…

Oh by the way, last time I looked, OPEC is not a US company, nor subject to any kind of anti-trust laws…

Also, they didn’t like it when the oil execs brought up REAL issues-

From the Chevron exec- “What we need is the reduction of barriers to investment. I mean, there are a bunch of barriers of investment to the United States: Eighty-five percent of the offshore is off-limits.

I’m now four years into trying to get a permit to expand the refinery in California. Four years! (Or, we’re into our fourth year, so I guess it’s three or three point something years.)

In that same time Reliance Energy in India has built a 600,000 barrel a day refinery from scratch, and they’re about to start it up. “

From the Shell exec- There are one trillion barrels of oil available for drilling in one location in the US, if we could drill and build refineries, the price would drop to about $50 a barrel.

Of course that generated no response from the senators, just more ranting, etc.

At some point the silent majority (us!) has got to get up on our hind legs and tell these congresscritters to authorize new refineries, new drilling permits, and more nuclear power plants! If we don’t, the next generations will suffer for our stupidity!

Go check this one out!!!!


Mike the Marine over at From the Hall to the Shores created an excellent video/slideshow that every single one of you must watch.


h/t Wyatt and Murph

That is all.

Tagged again…

Snigs over at Snig’s Spot tagged me with the new 2008 edition of getting to know your family and Friends!

Here is what you are supposed to do,and try not to be lame and spoil the fun.
Change all the answers so that they apply to you.

1. What is your occupation? Indentured Servant (work for the Navy)

2. What color are your socks right now? None, boat shoes

3. What are you listening to right now? New Orleans Jazz.

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Catfish fillet

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Work related call

7. Do you like the person who tagged you? Yep, she’s a cutie

8. How old are you today? 56

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? Depends on the season- Don’t care for the pros anymore, but like college sports (Go SEC!)

10. What is your favorite drink? 21 year old The Macallan scotch. Wishing it was the 30 year old, but that’s outta my price range…

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Nope, not enough left to fool with.

12. Last time you hugged your child? A couple of weeks ago, the last time I saw them.

13. Favorite food? Burger and Fries.

14. What was the last movie you watched? What ever was showing on FLT 804 from Narita to DC…

15. Favorite day of the year? A day off

16. How do you vent anger? Shooting range 🙂

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? Tonka truck

18. What is your favorite season? Summer

19. Ocean or pool? Ocean

20. Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries

21. Do you want your family & friends to participate? Up to y’all

22. Who is the most likely to respond? ??

24. Living arrangements? Single, living out of a suitcase 170+ days a year

25. When was the last time you cried? I don’t honestly remember

26. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes, boots, several guns and empty luggage.

27. Who is the family or friend you have known the longest that you are tagging? None.

28. What did you do last night? Read and watched news (boring)

29. Hawaii or Florida? Neither? Lived in both, left nothing behind…

30. What inspires you? The active duty Fleet Sailors and Marines I have the pleasure of working with!

31. What are you most afraid of? Tornado.

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, French Fries, Pepsi, no Coke… Sorry, flash back there.

33. Favorite dog breed? German Shepherds

34. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

35 How many states have you lived in? a bunch…

36 Do you like these questionnaires? Sometimes.

37. What kind of car did your very first date drive? 1963 Corvair Spyder.

38. What is the Last book you read? Downhill Lies, Carl Hiaasen

39. What are your hobbies? Golf, shooting, sailing, antique and classic cars

40. Can you still make the Hula Hoop stay around your waist? Beats the hell outta me

I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to jump in!

Honoring our Veterans…

Go here to here the song and see the photos…

Here is the back story:

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn’t in a good mood, neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach,Fla., eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician,was bone tired after appearing at an event.

He pulled up in his car,and the parking attendant began to speak. ‘I took two bullets for this country and look what I’m doing,’ he said bitterly. At first, Bierstock didn’t know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, ‘Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you.’

Then the old soldier began to cry.’That really got to me,’ Bierstock says. Cut to today. Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach – a member of Bierstock’s band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band, have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot.

The mournful ‘Before You Go’ does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.

“If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot,” says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. ‘The WW II soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them.”

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans,their sons and daughters and grandchildren.

“It made me cry,” wrote one veteran’s son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss ‘ the unspeakable horrors’ he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. “I can never thank them enough,” the son wrote. “Thank you for thinking about them.”

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web.

They’ve sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute – this after just a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.

That is all.

Follow-up to appeasment and flog…er golf…

Well, the democraps continue to spew hate and discontent…

One wonders how this will allow B. Hussein to “demonstrate” his foreign policy credentials as promised by his campaign? Is he going to talk the terrorists to death?


And McCain is being accused of a “cheap shot” and “negative” campaigning for agreeing with President Bush… Does anyone else see just a wee tiny credibility gap here, or is it just me?

The more I see or don’t see of the democrap policies, both foreign and domestic, the more worried I become about where we might end up if they are elected! These folks are absolutely scary; they actually believe their own press releases!

Anyhoo, I finally got a chance to play golf with my new clubs yesterday…

First and foremost, I am NOT a good golfer, I’m your average hacker. Having said that, it was pretty stoopid of me to go play a very narrow golf course that had not cut the rough in a week (think 5 inches high, multiple lost balls and wedges to ‘try’ to get back in the fairway) and with wind blowing 20+ miles an hour…

For those that don’t play, golf (or flog) depends on which swing shows up, the one you spent all that money for, or the baseball swing you learned as a six year old…

Golf courses by their nature are an exercise in self-flagellation, even on a good day; much less a bad day. When you throw in new clubs, it gets even more interesting (or funnier if you are watching).

First hole, a little ‘fade’ on the driver (translation- that sucker took off for the right rough like a scalded dog)… Hmm, ankle deep grass, everybody looking, no golf ball. Okay, drop and hit three- Thick, wet rough grabs the club head and off to the other side of the fairway we go. I’m playing military golf- left, right, left, right…

Meanwhile my playing partner is accusing me of screwing up his swing because he’s laughing so hard at me…


So it goes… it gets a little better, and I actually hit a couple of fairways, but inevitably, I’m either long or short on the approaches (you are supposed to ‘know’ how far you can hit your irons)…

Finally get to the 9th hole, it’s uphill, with a 20 mph cross wind- Woods on the right, parking lot with a whole bunch of expensive cars on the left. I aim for the woods, and miracle of miracles, hit one straight… Wind brings it back and lands in the middle of the green! Where I promptly three putt %$^^&*….

Oh well, half way done, grab a dog and turn down a beer (not that it can get much worse), and press on.

More military golf, but I’m at least finding the golf ball (for better or worse). I actually tried to hit one shot out of the wet rough where my feet slipped and I just barely caught the bottom of the ball with the top of the iron and it landed six feet behind me, thanks to the wind…

On the 15th hole, another fade to the right, as I get up near where the ball took off, I see a car sitting there. O.M.G. I’ve hit a car and busted something… Instead the guys says he saw my ball rolling back down the road toward the creek! So off we go, 200 yards in the wrong direction, sure nuff, there sits the ball at the bottom of the hill, at least 50 yards BEHIND where I teed off from… Lovely, just $%^* lovely!

Thanks to a well placed tree and a bank shot, I survive that hole only 2 over par…

Finally get to the 18th hole, par 4 uphill, into the wind. As usual, in the rough, but to the left this time. Hit a good iron shot out of the rough, and up the hill we go! Two balls on the green, one in the sand trap, no fourth ball… Of course, it’s mine that is missing…


I’m picking up, I tell the rest of the group, having had enough for one day.

My partner goes over to pull the pin for the putts, starts laughing and yells at me to come back to the green; low and behold, sitting in the cup is my Titleist 8 for a Eagle 2 on the final hole!!!

Guess I’ll be back next week!

Oh yeah, the little old lady playing in the foursome with us beat me by six strokes… sigh…