24 August 2007

My 50th post!

And something I truly believe in. In my opinion, there are those in this country that choose to ignore the problem we face....and they need to be dealt with and gotten OUT OF WASHINGTON!

What follows is an email I received from a a very good friend and a military veteran. Please note that the following text is long and deserves to be read in it's entirety...it is long. Thanks for your interest!
This is the most cogent and powerful essay on the threat of Islamic
terrorism I have seen. Dr. Vernon Chong. It is without a doubt the
most articulate and convincing writing I have read regarding the War
in Iraq. If you have any doubts please open your mind to his essay
and give it a fair evaluation. It's also eerily applicable to other
current issues such as Iran's nuclear program, immigration, NAFTA's
impact on American jobs, trade deficits, etc.. I had no idea who Dr.
Chong is, or the source of these thoughts, so when I received them I
almost deleted them, as well- written as they are. But then I did a
Google search on the Doctor and found him to be a retired Air Force
surgeon and past commander of Wilford Hall Medical Center in San

If you would like to see who this fellow is, go to this Air Force web
site and look him up:

Subject: Muslims, terrorists and the USA : A different spin on Iraq

This WAR is for REAL!

Dr. Vernon Chong, Major General, USAF, Retired

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it. Our
country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we
know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes

The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there
are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even
fewer who realize what losing really means.

First, let's examine a few basics:

1. When did the threat to us start?

Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer as far as the United
States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with
the following attacks on us:
* Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
* Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
* Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
* Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
* First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
* Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
* Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
* Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
* A! den, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
* New York World Trade Center 2001;* Pentagon 2001.

(Note that during the period from 1981
to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).

2. Why were we attacked?

Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks
happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush
1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or
Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or
their immediate predecessor, President Ford.

3. Who were the attackers?

In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.

4. What is the Muslim population of the World?


5. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?

Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that
the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but
under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian
(?)), that made no difference. You either went along with the
administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million
Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including
7,000 Polish priests).

http://www.Nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm )

Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis,
as the six million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we
seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish
atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he
had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of
exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian
or any others.

Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US , but
kill all in the way -- their own people or the Spanish, British,
French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the peaceful
Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how
many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from
the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on
doing -- by their own pronouncements
-- killing all of us "infidels." I don't blame the peaceful Muslims.
What would you do if the choice was shut up or die?

6. So who are we at war with?

There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than
the Muslim
terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing
this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you
don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.

So with that background, now to the two major questions:

1. Can we lose this war?

2. What does losing really mean?

If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions:

We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the
major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom
the answer to the second question - What does losing mean?

It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war
means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about
our business, like post-Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one
can get.

What losing really means is:

would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will
not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want
us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would
not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us, over the
past 18 years. The plan was, clearly, for terrorists to attack us
until we were neutered and submissive to them.

We would, of course, have no future support from other nations, for
fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see; we are
impotent and cannot help them.

They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It
will be increasingly easier for them.
They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was
right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq Spain did
it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to
withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do will be
done. Spain is finished.

The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they
might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are
finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without
us. However, it may already be too late for France.
France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast!

Without our support Great Britain will go too. Recently I read that
there are more mosques in England than churches.

If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life
will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal
with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the
Muslim terrorists, how could anyone else?

The radical Muslims fully know what is riding on this war, and
therefore are completely committed to winning, at any cost. We better
know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.

Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple.
Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put
100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to
take that 100% effort to win.

So, how can we lose the war?

Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by "imploding." That
is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their
purpose, and really digging in and lending full support to the war
effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we
continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win!

Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the
life and death seriousness of this situation.

President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation.
Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men
between 17 and 40 years of age,
Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we
are taking this thing seriously? This is war! For the duration, we
are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become
accustomed. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil
rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them

Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him?

No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our
Political Correctness, and all of our civil rights during this
conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words
apply to war. Get them out of your head.

Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the
Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see
us lose.

I think some actually do, I hasten to add that this isn't because they
are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing
means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy
that we are divided and weakening. It concerns our friends, and it
does great damage to our cause.

Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media
regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies
best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue, involving the
treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war, by a small group of our
military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months
ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their
hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own
people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. !

And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed
400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the
same type of enemy fighters, who recently were burning Americans, and
dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still
more recently, the same type of enemy that was and is providing videos
to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of American
prisoners they held.

Compare this with some of our press and politicians, who for several
days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating"
of some Muslim prisoners -- not burning them, not dragging their
charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but
"humiliating" them.

Can they be for real?

The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the
Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of
comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are
fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous
results of losing this war, nothing can.

To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this
prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome
burned -- totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world.
Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife.
Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media
people are disloyal. It simply means that they are absolutely
oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which
the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us, for many years.

These people are a serious and dangerous liability to the war effort.
We must take note of who they are and get them out of office.
Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels!
That translates into ALL non-Muslims -- not just in the United States,
but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense.

We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant.' That
charge is valid. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so
good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all
those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we
can defeat anything bad in the world! We can't!

If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive,
and no other free country in the world will survive if we are

And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow
freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of
the press, equal rights for anyone -- let alone everyone, equal status
or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single
way that contributes to the good of the world.

This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war
or we will be equated in the history books to the self- inflicted fall
of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow
history books to be written or read.

If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the
Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will
continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to
encroach little by little, on the established French traditions.

The French will be fighting among themselves, over what should or
should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them
from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?

Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some
external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away,
politically correct piece by politically correct piece.

And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown,
worldwide that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even
to themselves, once they are in power.

Muslims have universally shown that when they have taken over, they
then start brutally killing each other over whom will be the few who
control the masses.

What is happening in Iraq is a good example. Will we ever stop
hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?

I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are
united, there is no way that we can lose. I hope now, after the
election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the
critical situation we are in, and will unite to save our country. It
is your future we are talking about! Do whatever you can to preserve
it. I reiterate. A national election is months away.

After reading the above, we all must do this not only for ourselves,
but our children, our grandchildren, our country and the world.
Whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal and that
includes the Politicians and media of our country and the free world!

Please forward this to any you feel may want, or NEED to read it. Our
"leaders" in Congress ought to read it, too. There are those that
find fault with our country, but it is obvious to anyone who truly
thinks through this, that we must UNITE!

Lastly, I wish to add: At the risk of offending someone, I sincerely
think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or
doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without
sending it on, is part of the problem. Let's quit laughing at and
forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our
leaders in this war against terror. They are trying to protect the
interests and well being of the United States and it's citizens. Please help us to support them.

13 August 2007

Fishing picture!

For Sam's 3 month picture, Crystal chose to do a fishing theme. We decided that we would do some sort of fly fishing scenario. I believe it turned out really well!!!

I really love this picture because it has some added "meaning". The creel and fish are Samuel's, the fly box and flies are mine (Sam's dad), the fishing net belongs to my dad (Sam's grandpa), and the fly rod was my grandpa's (Sam's great grandpa)! I hope when he is older that he thinks it is as cool as I do.

In other news, Crystal has returned to work and Sam is now going to "school". So far we really like where he is staying. Apparently he is getting plenty of stimulus because since his first day at school he has slept thru the entire night every night since! We both know how lucky we are. That is quite an accomplishment. We put him to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 and we usually have to physically wake him up in the morning to get the day started! He really is a great baby.

Recently we also got to take a "mini" vacation up in Virginia. We made a quick day trip over to West Va. to see some family. It was good to see them and catch up a little. Sadly, one of our cousins was battling cancer and she lost her battle a few days after we were there. On a lighter note, we were able to spend some time with my parents and our nephews.Here's RB ad Ben in front of a hut in the "indian village". And yes, he does have a mohawk that has since been cut. :)

We also got to have a get together with some of Crystal's mother's side of the family later that same weekend up in Hillsville, VA. It was good to meet family that I hadn't met yet and introduce everyone to Samuel.Here's me and Sam with his pawpaw Combs.

Here are more pictures if any of you are interested.

And, hopefully, this Friday will be Sam's first football game as local high school action starts this week. We're contemplating heading up to Mt. Airy to Crystal's alma mater to watch them take on the local Elkin football team. I love this time of year!