One to think about…

This one has been around a while, but it still hits home…

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
 I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. 
 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
 My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
 Transforming the yard to a winter delight. 

 The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. 
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
 Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. 

 The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. 
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
 sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near. 

 Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. 
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. 

 ‘What are you doing?’ I asked without fear,
 ‘Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here! 
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!’
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. 

 To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
 Then he sighed and he said ‘Its really all right, 
 I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.’
 ‘It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times. 

 No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. 
 My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,’
 Then he sighed, ‘That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.’
 My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
 And now it is my turn and so, here I am. 

 I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile. 
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
 I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home. 

 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. 
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.’ 

 ‘So go back inside,’ he said, ‘harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.’
 ‘But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
 ‘Give you money,’ I asked, ‘or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, 
 For being away from your wife and your son.’ 

 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 ‘Just tell us you love us, and never forget. 
 To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, 
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.’

 PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
 

  LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN

Feel free to share it as you may…

I’ve been good…

Honest!!! I wants my treat!!!

Not really sure ‘who’ this applies to more, the doggies or the kids… 🙂

Apparently it took PP a ‘while’ to get the picture, between all the movement of the kids, dogs, expressions, etc… LOL

Grumble…

I’d REALLY like to be in the woods hunting this weekend, supposed to be nice and chilly and little to no wind. But I’m not…

With my luck, this would happen… And my gun would be too far away, and unloaded of course…

Or even worse, I’d get a shot on ‘Rupert’ and the sumbitch would have this…

His own damn guard dog… Sigh…

But the NICE thing would be that I wasn’t online and seeing the BS going on, or even thinking about the WuFlu, or Christmas shopping…

But I DO want to say thank you to all those who picked up April Fool, and I truly appreciate the kind reviews!!! THANK YOU!!!

One more time…

Just for clarification…

Lawdog WROTE the Gun Rights Cake in 2010- HERE.

And Jenn wrote Dance Monkey Dance in 2010- HERE.

And Marko Kloos wrote The Gun is Civilization in 2007 at his blog The Munchkin Wrangler, which is gone, but you can read it HERE, attributed to Major Caudill, which no one is sure where that actually came from… sigh

So all these dweebs, wannabes, etc. that claim ‘they’ wrote it, or their brother’s wife’s second cousin three times removed wrote it are full of S**T!!!

Sigh… Now back to your regularly scheduled BS WuFlu lockdown… Have a safe weekend, and load your mags…

 

TBT…

What they saw…

What we saw…

And what happened next…

*Not my pictures, from an online ASW group…

Those were fun days at the ‘office’… Sadly there aren’t many subs that want to play anymore…

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Covid reality…

From a friend, who will remain nameless… His ‘experience’ highlights the ‘issues’ with the current games being played…

I’m just wiped. I first started having symptoms on Sunday, Nov 30. Fatigue and coughing…almost continuous coughing. Appetite went down the tubes. Sweet things (iced tea, cokes) suddenly became too sweet. Salty things, too salty. I weighed 264 before the 30th. I now weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 248. Pants literally falling off.

My wife has it, too. But her symptoms are light, almost non-existent. Makes me a bit jealous.

The weekend was rough. Fever, coughing, more coughing, little sleep. I had run into the medical mafia when trying to see my doc. 1. You have to be tested first (?) Testing is scheduled twice a week by the county medical department. You have a choice of Wed or Thurs for half a day—by appointment. The local pharmacies, CVS/Walgren/etc. are controlled by the county. Once y9u’ve had the test, you wait 2-4 days for the results. If you have it, they’ll call and tell you you’re in a 14 quarantine. If you don’t, no call.

Now once you’ve been tested and found positive, you can call your doc—and get immediately shuffled off to the covid group. Earliest appointment was eighteen days off.

Screw this shit! When to our local ER. Told’m my wife and I thought we had covid. We followed a nurse off to the hospital’s garage which had been converted into a dozen or so partitions for a mini isolation center. I was taken to one and seated in a comfortable chair. (Side chairs from hospital rooms, I think.)

Wife and I were swabbed for covid. Doc came by and interviewed me, symptoms and all. Because of my near continuous coughing, he sent me off for a chest x-ray. Yep. Covid pneumonia. Wife is fine.

We’ve lost some friends from covid—not so much from the disease, but because of the delays getting treatment created by the medical mafia. (bold mine, but true!)

No see Doc without test.

Get positive result, then make appointment with doc—2-3 weeks in future. Then. Standard treatment is amoxicillin (to prevent bacterial pneumonia. I got my pneumonia short a couple of years ago.) and a nebulizer if you get short of breath.

No wonder people are dying. From the onset of my symptoms, nine days ago, now, a person couldn’t receive treatment for three week. Hint: screw the bureaucrats. Just walk in to your local ER.

And that whole mask thing… Back in March it was “No mask, not needed, save them for the professionals; just social distance!” Then it was ‘any mask’ works… until the actual size of the virus came out… Then it was ‘particulate’ matter was the issue… And you got it through nasal passages (Which is a mucus membrane, just like the eyes, but I don’t hear/see anyone saying anything about protecting your eyes) And there’s THIS….

Oh, and stop singing… And put your mask on between bites while eating, and wear your mask in your house. But don’t go to church. But it’s okay to go shopping, etc…

And now that the vaccine is days away from being certified, “Oh, the vaccine won’t be enough, you must continue to mask/social distance until (the 12th of never maybe?)…

Sigh…

Christmas ‘Star’…

Maybe this is what we need to remind us to hang on a little longer…

As 2020 comes to a close, the solar system has decided to grace us with a cosmic Christmas miracle that hasn’t been witnessed in nearly 800 years. On Dec. 21 (aka the December solstice), Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely in the night sky that they’ll almost appear to collide from our vantage point here on Earth, creating a radiant point of light often referred to as the “Star of Bethlehem” or the “Christmas Star.”

Full article, HERE.

Now in Texas, some folks use a different tree topper…

Elf…

On the shelf, Texas style…

And if you’re wondering ‘what’ the elf is doing, it’s ‘assisting’ a cow to deliver.

Soooo… To be correct, this would be at 0300, in the freezing rain, in the middle of a muddy pasture… And the cow is gonna be PISSED by the time the elf finished ‘helping’, and chase it up the nearest tree.

h/t Jim W for the pic

 

Snerk…

Grandson and the new Rottie, Coco, playing with a balloon…

Frankly, I’m amazed she didn’t pop it! Vito popped soccer balls for fun.

Sigh…

Once again Mr. Ramirez hits it out of the park…

Pelosi et al did the deed and finally owned up to it… Or lack of it…

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitted during a press conference on Friday it was Democrats’ decision to withhold crucially needed aid for Americans suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Full article, HERE.