Hooker Pr0n

I was finally able to wrestle the digital camera away from MacGyver last night and upload the pictures he took of the unit loading on to the C5s to fly to Pakistan to assist in the earthquake recovery effort.

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All broken down. The unit had 5 days to disassemble 4 birds and get them on to the planes to transport.

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Getting ready to back her into the C5.

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Little by little.

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The strongest guy in the unit!

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How many Army men does it take to load a Chinook into a C5?

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Tight fit.

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MacGyver says that there is *maybe* an inch of clearance between the nose of the bird and the ground. TIGHT!

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What does it look like when a C5 barfs a Chinook?

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My favorite shot - the light at the end of the tunnel.

Word has it that the unit is there and flying missions. Maybe now, Big Windy can get some rest.


- hfs

posted at Mudville.


Anyone up for a little friendly competition?

Project Valour-IT is ramping up for a fundraising campaign! It will be a competition between bloggers (deliniated by branch of service) and open to everyone - blogger and non-blogger.

Here are the basics :

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: November 2nd through Veterans Day (the 11th).
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs." Prospective team leaders were approached yesterday (waiting for replies). When the leadership is announced, you will have the opportunity to join the team of your choice.

Additional information: every donor during this time will receive a Soldiers' Angels Coin (seen here, at bottom of page). We are also working on providing T-shirts for larger donations.

You can check out more information at Fuzzilicious Thinking.

I am not sure what category my blog will fall in to - Army or Spouse blogs. Either one is fine with me. Regardless, I'd love to see us kick some SERIOUS butt in this competition - the winner(s) will be the soldiers!


- hfs


I've hit the jackpot

Two family members going through chemo.

Godmother's run in with a hernia and possibly bowel obstruction/resection.

Laptop hard drive takes a dump.

Stanley, the Honda Civic, is having issues (doesn't like to idle and stalls out).

And now, Little Man seems to have come down with a tummy bug AND we're out of diapers.

Stop the world! I want to get OFF!!!


- hfs


"This is like the Third World," said Claudia Shaw, who spent several hours in a gas line. "We live in a state where we suffer from these storms every year. Where is the planning?" From the AP.

I swear, if I hear something like this one more time, I'm going to lose my mind.

The "planning" should be the responsibility of the citizens of Florida (and Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and any other state that has to face the threat of a hurricane), NOT the government!!!

Damnit, how hard is it to listen to the news and the weather reports and KNOW that there is a hurricane headed your way? How hard is it to stock your home with cans of chili, stew, pork and beans, veggies, etc.? How hard is it to stockpile some gas?? We have at least 20 gallons of gas at our house (not to mention what is in our cars...and let me tell you, if there were a hurricane headed here all of our cars would be FULL) at any time.

Having grown up in Southern California where the threat of the "big one" loomed over us just as the threat of a Category 5 hurricane inundating New Orleans loomed over them. My dad ALWAYS had plenty of food, water, and supplies on hand...just in case.

It is not that hard.


I am so incredibly sick and tired of people in this country feeling like the government should do everything for them. We do not live in a socialistic society!

I think it is about time we pay more attention to what John F. Kennedy said...

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.



- hfs

Just so you all know...

...I am neutral on the Miers nomination.

I am curious to see what she has to say at the confirmation hearings and I am going to reserve my judgement until then. I really wish the rest of this country (and the blogosphere) would do the same.


- hfs


Aw, crap.

Anyone know a good (read : inexpensive) data recovery company? My laptop hard drive just took a dump (for lack of a better term). It was having some issues, lagging and freezing up on me this AM so I powered it down and gave it some time to sit and relax and when I went to power it back up, all I got was "Disk read error. Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart" or something like that.

Not a good sign.

When MacGyver got home, he fooled around with it and wasn't able to get anywhere with it. He pulled the hard drive out and thinks it's dead. He'll take it to work tomorrow and mess with it. And, of course, nothing has been backed up for a few weeks.


So, as you're sitting here, shaking your head in sympathy for me, go back up your hard drive! And pass me any names that you would recommend for data recovery.



- hfs


Firepower Forward has an awesome post about his role in the Pakistan earthquake relief effort, titled On Break From War.

I would encourage you to head on over and read it. It's an incredible story.


- hfs


Lisa Murkowski has lost my vote

The Coburn amendments came up for a vote yesterday. The Coburn amendments are 3 anti-pork spending amendments. Basically they would have diverted funds for state "earmarks" (like the infamous "bridge to nowhere" championed by my WONDERFUL...note the sarcasm in that statement...representative-at-large, Don Young) in order to help pay for the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort.

But 86 of our "esteemed" Congressmen and women chose to vote AGAINST the Coburn amendments (for a list of how each Congressperson voted, please go HERE). Seems that those 86 feel that it is more important to build bridges that do not need to be built, to erect statues that do not serve a constructive purpose, and build parking lots rather than come to the aid of those devastated by Katrina.

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was one of those 86 that voted against it - way to be fiscally conservative there, Lisa. Like I said in my e-mail to her earlier this morning, she won't be getting my vote when she comes up for re-election.

Check out the list to see how your Congressperson voted. If they voted FOR the Coburn amendments, let them know how thrilled you are(you know, positive reinforcement). If they voted AGAINST the amendments call them, write to them, e-mail them and let them know how you feel.

h/t Instapundit


- hfs

UPDATE : talk about the epitome of hypocricy...Don Young has decreed that "We must find a way to meet the inevitable needs that will arise after future disasters," he said. "We cannot continue deficit spending." (STORY HERE)


What would help would be if you were to be part of the SOLUTION and not part of the PROBLEM.

I cannot stand when someone treats me as though I have the IQ of an ice cube and that is EXACTLY how I feel reading this article. Makes me feel like getting on a plane, flying to Washington (or Alaska...wherever he is) and SMACKING him upside the head.


He's another one who won't be getting my vote next time around.

I am in HEAVEN

Well, close to it. Specifically, about 5,280 feet closer to it. Colorado is WONDERFUL!!! I am still trying to remember WHY we left. Oh, yeah, the ARMY. Grr.

Anyone know what the status of the Chinook unit down at Carson is? Are they Guard? Reserve??? I'm not sure. I would LOVELOVELOVE for dh to wind up here but since the DoD has yet to listen to my demands and open up an active duty Chinook unit here, he may have to look for other ways to get here.

The leaves are AMAZING right now - lots of yellows, oranges, reds, and a few greens hanging on for dear life. Pretty much looks like the picture in my last post. I spent the afternoon up in Fort Collins, cruising around town and reliving some wonderful memories. Man, I miss that place. The weather is wonderful - low 60's, breezy, a little rain. PERFECT! I do wish it would snow a bit but I'm not too hopeful.

The conference is off to a good start. I've already met some wonderful people and it's only the first day (and we didn't start until 6pm). Mrs. Wesley Clark (yep, THE Wesley Clark) will be our guest speaker tomorrow. I am curious to hear what she has to say. Didn't care much for her husband as a Presidential candidate but that doesn't mean I automatically dislike her. So it will be interesting to hear what she speaks about tomorrow.

I am going to bed now. I got a whopping 3 hours of sleep on the plane last night so it's time to hit the sack. I'm heading out early tomorrow for BAGELS! mmm...bagels...


- hfs


Update on R. - October 18, 2005

The final biopsy is in and (from what I can tell based on information I have been given), R. has Stage III testicular cancer - the nonseminoma variety. I am not sure if the lymph system is involved.

For a wonderful overview of testicular cancer and what the treatment entails, please check out the following link :

The long term cure rate for this type of cancer exceeds 80% so the prognosis is good. This appears to have been caught early and the doctors are dealing with this aggressively. He was in the right place at the right time...

I am not sure exactly when his first round of chemo will begin or what it will entail but I will do my best to keep you posted. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. They mean the world.


- hfs

Rocky Mountain High

I am heading off for a convention this evening in the beautiful state of Colorado. I'll be gone for 3 GLORIOUS days but I will have my 'puter with me so you won't really miss me.

While I am there, I plan to take in lots of...

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eat lots of...

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and drink a bit of...

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Those of you who know me know that I am not a beer fan but Fat Tire is not JUST a beer...

If I knew of a way to bottle a bit of that crisp, mountain air...well, let's just say I would exceed my weight limit on the airplane many times over. I miss Colorado like no other place on earth. So those of you at DA, dammit! Get on the ball and open Fort Carson back up to Chinooks!!!


- hfs


Update - October 17

First, Happy Birthday Heather!!! Sorry I didn't get a chance to call you this afternoon but you probably weren't home anyway. I hope you had a wonderful day!

News about R. :

The biopsy on his testicle shows that it is testicular cancer and that is where they believe everything else to have originated. Once the results come back on the biopsy of the mass in his lungs, they will convene a "cancer board" to determine a solid course of action including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. All three of which WILL happen - it's just a matter of when and in what order.

I still have not spoken to R. on the phone - I wanted to let things settle down a bit and, honestly, I don't really know what to say. Odd, isn't it? I've known him for 13 years and I'm not one to be speechless often.

I need to sit down and print off the wonderful e-mails, comments, and such that have been sent to me for him. I want to make him a small scrapbook so that he can look at it and know how many people are behind him.

Thank you.

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- hfs


Update on my family

I've been waiting to divulge the details of what all is going on in order to make sure that BIL (who is in Afghanistan) was told in person (well, over the phone) first. I didn't want him to find this out via e-mail or via my blog.

McGyver's first youngest brother, R., is a pilot as well. He flies Kiowas and is stationed at Fort Lewis. He went in for a routine flight physical and was found to have a mass on his right clavicle. The flight surgeon (God love him) immediately scheduled an ultrasound and an MRI and 2 more masses were discovered - one in his abdomen and one at the branch of the airway as it splits into the lungs. I believe there was also a tumor in the right testicle which led the doctors to speculate that they were either looking at testicular cancer or lymphoma.

R. underwent a biopsy of the mass on his clavicle and, during the procedure, the doctors removed it as it was found to still be encapsulated (good news - it hadn't started to spread). R. had a tough time with the anesthesia but was doing better as of yesterday.

Today, the docs went into his groin to remove his right testicle and also perform a biopsy of the mass in his lungs. The hope is that it IS cancer and not something else which would complicate treatment options. The test results should be back Tuesday.

When we were at "Mother Rucker", R. was deployed to Iraq - BIAP to be exact. He happened to be assigned to a school at Rucker and we were blessed to have him there with us for about 5 months. Princess Trouble adores him. He was at the hospital (though not in the room!) for Little Man's birth. We just got back from SoCal and his wedding. He's 29 and has been married for less than 2 months. Heck of a way to spend one's honeymoon year, isn't it?

We are all still in a state of shock. R. is the LAST person you would expect something like this to afflict (ok, second to last...Lance Armstrong wins that one). He's a runner and a triathlete. He eats well. He is also of a very strong faith. One of the best things that he has done for our family is to introduce us to the church that he attended while at flight school. They are like family to us and if it weren't for R. we would probably have never met them. McGyver's family is very close and this is hitting hard.

So again I am here, asking for your prayers. But this time, it's very personal. VERY personal.


- hfs

edited to add : there is a CaringBridge website to keep family and friends updated on R's condition and progress as he fights this disease. If you are interested in visiting the site, please e-mail me at homefrontsix @ yahoo.com (no spaces) and I can give you the link.

Hooker shirts for sale!

McGyver's old unit up in Alaska has unit shirts for sale if any of you old Hookers (or the young ones) are interested. You can stop by the FRG blog HERE to check out prices and ordering information.

Here are the designs :

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The front pocket of the shirt.

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The back of the shirt.

Great design, great prices. Thought you all might be interested!


- hfs


Best news I've heard all week

Landmark Cafe in New Orleans to Reopen

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- hfs

FRG meeting AAR

We had an FRG meeting recently - for those of you unfamiliar with the term FRG, it means Family Readiness Group (aka Family Support Group) - and I have a few thoughts (imagine THAT!)...

1.) If you are going to throw together an FRG meeting at, essentially the LAST minute (which, given the nature of the upcoming deployment, was necessary) word needs to get out to the families via means beyond just e-mail. Several families I know in our unit did not even know about this meeting because they don't check their e-mail regularly (not everyone I know is an Internet junkie like myself). Last time I checked, our phone lines were still working.

2.) If the meeting does need to take place on short notice (i.e. not enough time for families with small children to find a babysitter), the FRG staff needs to make arrangements for child care beyond a colorful rug at the back of the room. Unless that rug comes with shock collars, chances are that the small children in question will stray beyond the boundaries of said rug.

3.) If child care in another room/building/state is unavailable, the FRG staff should at least make some effort to provide some kind of entertainment in hopes of holding the small childrens' attention for a few moments. It is not hard to inquire as to the capabilities of the building. Are there TVs? Radios? Cages? Let's be creative here!

4.) If child care in another room/building/state is unavailable, it needs to be assumed that the noise level eminating from the back of the room will be equal to or greater than the volume of the loudest speaker at the front of the room. USE THE DAMN MICROPHONE! That's why it's THERE. I have yet to meet even a Drill Sergeant who is louder than 10 girls in the same room at the same time.

5.) If you are going to throw together an FRG meeting at the last minute - warranted or not - do not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES allow said meeting to last more than 1 hour. No one needs to hear another person stand up in front of the room and list 9 different "emergency" numbers. The Army has copiers. Make USE of them. No one came prepared to take NOTES.

6.) If said FRG meeting is going to take place during the dinner hour and children will be present, snacks must be on hand. A child with their mouth full is a quieter child.

7.) The FRG leader should - under NO circumstances - CRY during the pre-deployment meeting. It sets a bad tone for the rest of the deployment and scares the crap out of the newer spouses. I understand it is stressful facing any kind of deployment but geez, let's get control of our emotions here.



- hfs


Shifting my focus

The past few days have been a bit stressful and my focus has pretty much been solely on my family. But that gets old after a while so I want to vent a little on a few stories I've been watching...

1.) Harriet Miers. I firmly believe in the saying that it is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Unfortunately, a lot of my fellow bloggers, a LOT of the GOP, and most of the talking heads in the media do not adhere to this bit of wisdom. I do wish they would. Given even just 15 seconds in a room with any of all of the above-mentioned people, my only message to them would be "SHUT UP AND WAIT UNTIL THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS COME ABOUT." Until then, you all are talking out of an orifice that was not intended for that purpose.

2.) Teleconference between President Bush and soldiers in Iraq. OF COURSE IT WAS STAGED!!! He's the PRESIDENT!!! I'm thinking the man doesn't visit the men's room without a little rehearsal. Good grief. Is it THAT slow of a news day that we have to focus on the fact that they did a run-through prior to the live event?? Please. Yes, there are military members who do not agree with us being in Iraq. Yes, there are military members who did not vote for George Bush and who disagree with how he is handling the war in Iraq, the economy, and hurricane recovery effort, and the price of oil. But they swore an oath to defend the Constitution and to obey their Commander in Chief. And if the CinC wants to have them practice the POLKA before he gets on a live teleconference with them, THEY WILL. That is their JOB.




3.) The beating of a 64 year old former teacher in New Orleans. You just can't polish a turd, can you? Even in the glare of national spotlight, the most corrupt police force in the nation STILL cannot attempt to redeem itself. Sad. Just sad.

That's it for now. There are a lot of other stories out there that are catching my eye but I think those 3 suffice for now.


- hfs


First - a little update on my family member and their health. The update is that I have no new information. Still waiting on test results. But the outlook is not promising and this looks like it is going to be a long haul. If you could please keep my family in your prayers, I'd appreciate it.

Second - McGyver's unit is heading to Pakistan in the near future but it looks like McGyver isn't going - his simulator trip is interfering. I'm torn - part of me is glad he's staying put but part of me knows that this would have been good practice/training/experience for him. Not to mention the fact that he has only flown 1 hour in the past month. And that isn't going to improve anytime soon. But, with everything that is going on right now, I think it's better that he is here.

Seems like the Middle East is a magnet for Chinooks at the moment. Between our friends with the 101st, Alaska, Big Windy, and now McGyver's unit, 90% of our Chinook-related friends are hanging out over there. Stay safe y'all. Stay safe.


- hfs


Playing around a bit

I've been camped out in front of this stinking computer all day long and one of the things I've done is add a video at the bottom of this page. If it gives you problems opening the page, let me know and I'll yank it.

Given the nature of the date, I thought this song fit the mood.


- hfs

A quiet anniversary

It has been 5 years. Can you believe that? Five years.


Never forget.


- hfs

I need some prayers

They're not for me. But a close family member is having some health issues that are sudden, scary, and...well...sudden and scary. I don't want to go into any more details than that right now but I would really appreciate it if you all could just keep my family in your prayers for the next few days. Thanks.


- hfs


Hookers to the rescue!!!

Blackfive has a Chinook video up about the assistance that is being provided to Pakistan in the wake of the "earfkwake" (via CPT Z and his voice-controlled software ).

I love seeing them fly. I just love it! Who knew that I'd feel this way about a piece of machinery? Especially one so "unconventional" in it's looks...

I felt the same way when I watch the footage of Chinooks slinging 15,000 pound sandbags into the canal breaches in New Orleans.

It's just beautiful in a "raw power" sort of way...

UPDATE: McGyver's unit just got word that they are on alert...I might be getting some pre-deployment practice in...


- hfs


The Golden Rules

The Golden Rules

This is some funny stuff. Hat tip to Rhianna over at A Texan Abroad for the link.

Here are a few of my favorites :
X. Do not send Boohbahs. Jezuz. Are these intended for the local children? Are you trying to scare the living sh#t out of them? Why not send something less scary, like bloody eyeballs or a figurine of Michael Jackson.

III. NO shopping at the local Dollar Store for your soldier. If you are shopping at the local Dollar store, you're probably suffering worse than we are. Send us your mailing address. We'll try to help. It sounds like you need the support, not us.

III. If you ask for underwear, tell your supporters what kind. Thongs? G-string? Polka dots? Pink? Leopard spotted? You see where I'm going with this? Your supporters will be in a state of panic at the store trying to decide what to buy. Sure, your supporters might get a good laugh by sending you thongs, but if you're in desperate need of underwear and have no alternative but to wear the thongs, you might be in trouble the next time you change in the Showers. Someone is going to have a rat-tail fight with a wet towel. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's when someone gets a wet towel, spins it around until it's tight, then snaps it at your bottom causing a painful stinging that leaves a big red welt.

VIII. Fort Benning is a wasteland run by fear. Exploit it, do something stupid it o piss off the Drill Sergeants and get your buddies "smoked": so you can have a pillowcase party in your honor.

If you need a laugh (or if you need some help figuring out what to send in a care package), go check this out!


- hfs

Why didn't *I* think of that???

I don't know why this didn't cross my mind earlier. What do Alaska and Iraq have in common??


What does Alaska have that Iraq currently does not?

A permanent fund dividend.

What better way to encourage Iraqi citizens to take ownership of their own country?? What better way to stimulate a free-market economy? What better way to begin to stamp out the poverty and hopelessness that breeds extremism? Not that money is the ONLY cure for what ails that part of the world but boy, it sure is a step in the right direction. USA Today storyHERE.

Now for my next thought...can we PLEASE send Alaska Congressman Don Young over there to administer the new Iraqi Permanent Fund Dividend?


- hfs


Don Young is an ass

and an arrogant one at that.

Greyhawk over at Mudville posted a link to an Alaska blogger who discussed a recent interview that Rep. Don Young gave to Alaska's public radio (transcript and mp3 HERE)

You can read his (?) thoughts :HERE

My biggest complaint is this...the money from the Highway Bill is NOT "HIS" money. It's not even "Alaska's" money. It is MY money. And YOUR money. And the citizens of New Orleans' money. And my kids' money too because THEY will be the ones paying for the Katrina recovery efforts years down the road if we jack up the national debt to fund the recovery effort. I'm sick of the "entitlement attitude". Sick of it.


- hfs


My favorite

I am a cynic. I'll admit it. My first reaction to most things in life is a cynical one. I'm always suspicious of things. I tend to be jaded and, while passionate, not as many things touch me, deep down inside like you would think.

There is VERY LITTLE on TV that touches me. It's entertaining but that's about it. But there is one show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Every time I watch it my heart swells, my eyes fill with tears. It's a wonderful show. And it's my favorite.

The season premier this season was wonderful. They renovated the home of a 101st Airborne Division soldier who had lost his leg in Iraq. Not only was it wonderful to see Clarksville, TN again, it was incredible to watch the outpouring of support for this man and his family. It was amazing.


- hfs

Yippee Skippy

We have inherited a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Joy. I guess the people living here before us weren’t able to shake them either.

A few weeks ago, as I was loading the car up to head over to Chuck E. Cheese’s for Princess Trouble’s birthday party, a couple approached and asked if “Amy” was home. Amy is the woman who used to live here. We moved in last May...5 months ago. They’ve left a few pamphlets on the screen door so I knew who they were when they showed up.

Either they are persistent or just don’t take a hint very well. Given the fact that Amy did not tell them she was moving nor did she get in touch with them for the past 5 months (because she had moved), you would think these people would clue into the fact that Amy did not want to talk to them. But, no.

Nevertheless, once I told them that Amy no longer lived there, they switched gears and started in on me. Usually this is a bad move. I do not like anyone preaching to me. If I want to know about your religion, I’ll ask you. Don’t try to convert me and don’t push your Bible down my throat.

But I must have been in a good mood that day. I took their pamphlets and they were on their way. I hoped that would be the last I would see of them.

But no.

Just as I was wrangling the kids into bed for naps, the doorbell rang (note to self : put sign up by doorbell, instructing people NOT to ring the doorbell between 1 and 4 pm). And it was THEM. They are a cute couple. Asian. She is young. He is older. She does most of the talking – in very broken English – and uses him as her dictionary/thesaurus. Luckily, it was painfully obvious that I was in the middle of something so they, again, handed me the pamphlets and highlighted a few articles, and were on their way.

When I was 12 or so, my brother got married. The woman he married was a Jehovah’s Witness. I didn’t understand it then – all I knew was that he no longer celebrated birthdays, Christmas, or any other holiday. No skin off my back. But then they had a son and my dad wasn’t allowed to buy his first grandson gifts for any reason. That hurt my dad’s feelings. I still didn’t understand anything about being a Jehovah’s Witness. I knew I didn’t like the concept of the religion but I didn’t know anything that would back up my gut instincts.

So today, when this couple showed up on my doorstep (again), I decided to do a little research. I’m not going to list all of the things about that religion that I disagree with (it is extensive) but I will say that their stand against service in the Armed Forces goes against pretty much everything that my family stands for. And that is probably the one thing I will focus on the next time this couple drops by.

I do not wish to debate theology. I am not well-versed enough to do so, nor would I want to even if I were. To each, their own. Far be it from me to tell others how to live or what to believe. But do not come into my house and tell me that what my husband does for a living and the convictions he holds are a sin. It is his service, and the service of all who serve in the military, that allows people to worship in whichever manner they choose.

I believe my mother used to say, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

I'm almost hoping they show up again soon. Not REALLY, but when they do, I am prepared. I'll invite them in, offer them some ice water, and let them take in my Americana-themed living room and kitchen. I'll tell them all about McGyver and what he does as well as BOTH of his brothers and what THEY do. And my FIL. And my dad. And my grampa. And both of McGyver's grandfathers. And...

Hopefully they will get the picture. If not, I'm sure my bluntness will make it perfectly clear.


- hfs


I have to agree...begrudgingly

Neal Boortz is one of my daily reads. A friend of mine turned me on to him a few years back and I find myself nodding my head in agreement when I read or listen to what he has to say more often than not.

Today was no exception :

I'm sorry, but the Republicans richly deserve to lose control over the House and the Senate in 2006. There is no excuse whatsoever for their profligate spending, and no excuse for Tom Delay's absurd claim that there is no fat in the federal budget. Every American should be disgusted at this spending spectacle.

Now, I'm no fan of the Democrats but I've about had it with the GOP of late. This issue with the funding for the recovery from Hurricane Katrina (and Rita...and whatever hurricane decides to pick on Florida next) and Congress' UNwillingness to find a way to fund it without having to charge it on the national credit card has about frustrated me to tears. I'm tired of it.

I'm tired of Congress running around like Paris Hilton with daddy's American Express, charging shit left and right that my KIDS and my GRANDKIDS will be paying for for the rest of THEIR lives. It is not RESPONSIBLE. It is not SMART. And it is not FAIR. There is NO REASON why we cannot be fiscally responsible AND take care of our own at the same time. Hell, my family does it on a military salary each and every damn day. There is NO REASON why those 535 morons up on the Hill can't do the same.

I think there is going to be a MAJOR shakeup in the next round of elections. I know my anger and frustration is being felt by many registered voters around the country. I think those who are up for reelection are in for a RUDE awakening. Maybe those who aren't running for reelection in the next round will GET. A. CLUE.


- hfs


My War by Colby Buzzell

Having found CB's blog just a few months before the poop hit the fan for him, it was interesting to then read about it in his book - kind of like watching a video of yourself at a performance or something.

I got ahold of an advance copy of the book (the one I pre-ordered on Amazon.com will be here shortly) and devoured it. Had I had enough time, I would have read it all in one sitting.

CB, as many of you who had read his blog already know, is an impressive writer and this book is no exception. He does a wonderful job of portraying Iraq and his experiences so that those of us who have never been there can begin to understand what it is like. I am greatful for that. It's one hell of a book.

The advance copy I was given will be going to Afghanistan to BIL(K) for him to read. I think he'd enjoy it. Hopefully he'll pass it on to some of his guys.

CB ~ not that I expect that you read this blog, but I just want to say thanks for your service and your willingness to share your experiences. It was an awesome book. I miss reading your posts but I am greatful that you (and most of the men with which you deployed) made it back safely. Whatever happened to LT Armeni???

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