Saturday, November 18, 2006


Gunz Up

Salutes The Marines'
& The Army's Sacrifice

and prays daily @ 11:09 CST
for those left behind and broken in grief

Our Home--A Marine Was Raised Here
Made You Look.

Marine Sacrifices For Our Freedom

Lance Cpl. Ryan T. McCaughn

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.

Age: 19 years old

Died: November 7, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Marines, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Incident: Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.

Sgt. Bryan K. Burgess

Hometown: Garden City, Michigan, U.S.

Age: 35 years old

Died: November 9, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Marines, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve, Perrysburg, Ohio

Incident: Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.


Death: Where Is Thy Sting?

by Virgie Bell Thomas

Someone told me kindly that you were
not dead but just away
But I know they were wrong my love
for I see you everyday.
I see you when a rainbow comes
and says a storm is gone;
I wake up in the night as a voice
whispers, You are my own.
I see you when a meadow blooms
beneath a sunny ray—
Oh, no, I’ll not accept this—for you’re
truly not away.
What we shared together still glows
within my heart.
And it will keep on growing
though we may be now apart.
If I listen very carefully, your
laughter is on the wind,
And I know your presence lingers
and this is not the end.
I feel you stand beside me
as I gaze upon the stars.
And I close my eyes and know
as I felt you in my arms.

Oh, no, my dearest darling, what
they say means not a thing—for
I turn to God’s great promise
and ask, “Death, where is thy sting?”

Army Sacrifices For Our Freedom

Staff Sgt. Richwell A. Doria

Hometown: San Diego, California, U.S.

Age: 25 years old

Died: November 7, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Incident: Killed after being struck by small arms fire during an air assault mission in Kirkuk.

Staff Sgt. Gregory W. McCoy

Hometown: Webberville, Michigan, U.S.

Age: 26 years old

Died: November 9, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Tex.

Incident: Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

Sgt. Courtland A. Kennard

Hometown: Starkville, Mississippi, U.S.

Age: 22 years old

Died: November 9, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Tex.

Incident: Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

Sgt. 1st Class Rudy A. Salcido

Hometown: Ontario, California, U.S.

Age: 31 years old

Died: November 9, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army National Guard, 1114th Transportation Company, Army National Guard, Bakersfield, Calif.

Incident: Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle in Baghdad.


Union Is Power: November 16

Where two or three are gathered together in My Name there am I in the midst of them.--Matt. xviii. 20

CLAIM that promise always. Know it ture that when two of My lovers meet I am the Third. Never limit that promise.

When you two are together in My Name, united by one bond in My Spirit, I am there. Not only when you meet to greet Me, and to hear My Voice.

Think what this means in Power. It is again the lesson of the Power that follows two united to serve Me.

Russell, A.J., ed. God Calling. New York: Barnes, 2002

Quiet Lives: November 17

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into theJoy of thy Lord--Matt. xxv. 2.

THESE words are whispered in the ears of many whom the world would pass by unrecognizing.

Not to the great, and the world-famed, are these words said so often, but to the quiet followers who serve Me unobrusively, yet faithfully, who bear their cross bravely, with a smiling face to the world. Thank Me for the quiet lives.

These words speak not only of the passing into that fuller Spirit Life. Duty faithfully done for Me does mean entrance into a Life of Joy--My Joy, the Joy of your Lord. The world may never see it, the humble, patient, quiet service, but I see it, and My reward is not earth's fame, earth's wealth, earth's pleasures, but the Joy Divine.

Whether here, or there, in the earth-world, or in the spirit-world, this is My reward. Joy. The Joy that carries an exquisite thrill in the midst of pain and poverty and suffering. That Joy of which I said no man could take it from you. Earth has no pleasure, no reward, that can give man that Joy. It is known only to My lovers and My friends.

This joy may come, not as the reward of activity in My service. It may be the reward of patient suffering, bravely borne.

Suffering, borne with Me, must in time bring Joy, as does all real contact with Me. So live withMe in that Kingdom of Joy, My Kingdom, the Gateway into which may be service, it may be suffering.

Russell, A. J., ed. God Calling. New York: Barnes, 2002

The Son

Initiating a return to visual realism, Giotto almost singlehandedly created the Renaissance style of painting. In Lamentation, one of the fresos in the Arena Chapel, we can see a sculptural solidity that had not been seen for more than 1,000 years. There is weight to the figures, bulk, and flesh; they are rooted to the ground by gravity. They are solid people on a solid earth... .

More importantly, Giotto tries to imagine how his characters felt. Real human emotion is being displayed as the Virgin Mary and Christ's followers mourn over the dead body of Jesus. The viewer can empathize with each person and understand what he or she is feeling because Giotto has created a unique pose and facial expression for each one of them. Even the ethereal angels experience human emotions of grief and anguish, each in their own way.

Painting and text copied. Copyright 1995 by Harcourt Brace and Company

Giotto, Lamentation, c. 1305. Fresco. Arena Chapel, Padula Italy

Lewis, Richard, and Susan I. Lewis, The Power of Art, Fort Worth: 1995

The Sun

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.


Much thanks to my cousin, Sheila Kirby--for sharing.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Much thanks to my sister for passing it on!
Made You Look.

Homecoming Flight: November 16, 2006

Some news that we've been waiting on. Thank you to all for your prayers and support.


Subject: RE: In Kuwait
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 20:16:00 -0500

Here's the deal. I haven't had any sleep in three days so I'm far from coherent. I want to be really honest with you about this. The last few days have been hell, and I want to think about all that has happened before I post. The Iraqis who were supposed to take me to Kuwait abandoned me, and that about shot my nerves!! But I'm safe and cool now. I can post something if you want me to, but I need a little rest so that I can sort out all of the weird things that have happened during the last few days. I can write something about me being in Kuwait and headed home if you want. I am safe.
From: "de'on miller" To: Subject:
RE: In Kuwait
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 18:11:19 -0700

but are you safe? you're still in the Middle East. Want to post something? Mom called earlier and said, "De'on have you read my thing, it's long...when are ya'll going to catch up? I've got to get some stuff done!"

My goodness...

Homecoming Flight: November 17, 2006

From: "Steve Ramos"
To: "de'on miller"
Subject: RE: In Kuwait
Date:Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:59:48 -0500

It was hell getting out of Iraq. You've heard about the abductions in Southern Iraq near the Kuwait border? I haven't told you anything yet, but the Iraqi men I paid to take me to Kuwait left me in that small town after they robbed me. They took my computer, camera, the satellite phone and even some of my clothes. I wasn't armed; they were. So what was I going to do? Then they took off, I guess back north. There I was in this village and people staring at me. I'm sure they were afraid to help me in anyway because of their fear of the insurgents. I just sat there, hoping the Marines or Army would come by or civilian contractors. After a couple of hours, a convoy of contractors did come and they gave me a ride. Talk about crazy. It was more than crazy.

Then I hear about those contractors being kidnapped in another convoy, and we went through the same town they did entering Kuwait. God and Aaron were with me. No doubt. But geez, I'm glad it's over. It's no fun being an unarmed civilian. Alone.

To: "
de'on miller"
Subject: RE: In Kuwait
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:25:29 -0500

I think it's highly likely that the others [contractors] are dead. The insurgents want the fighting to escalate. They want to do things that increase America's weariness with the war. Did you read that a couple of thousand Marines were headed to Anbar province, which is Fallujah.

From: "de'on miller"

Subject: RE: In Kuwait Date:
Fri, 17 Nov 2006 09:38:22 -0700

I don't understand why we haven't bombed that place. We're sending in Marine after Marine for more and more of the same. Meanwhile, Bush is weakening on immigration.

A snippet of Steve's voice:

The terrorists are going to take advantage of our weak borders. You wait and see. We must secure them immediately. And I agree with you about Fallujah. It's hell there, one of the worst places in Iraq. It has been since 2003. Bomb it I say.


Comforting Embrace...much thanks to Karen
Made You Look.

Editor's Choice

Those of you who know us (okay, Mom then) best, will appreciate this. And for those of you who don’t know me, or Virgie Bell, perhaps you know or are related to someone like my mother.

God bless you (and she’s tired of my blessing everyone and thinks we need some punch!). But better yet. God keep you if you are near, a Queen.

I call her 'Mom', but she is a mother in every sense of the word. And then some.

She is a writer, no doubt, but the mechanics of it all slow her down. She pays attention to my editing (I don’t change her words except to enhance her voice: the voice I’ve listened to for nearly fifty-two years.)

Mom has absorbed knowledge (the kind she’s interested in, anyway) for all her life: politics, religion, war (you could actually combine the first two and just call both--war--and atrocity, no doubt.)

Aunt Linda (Gay—we have two Linda's, the other is Linda Dale, so we have to differentiate, and MeMa always used their middle names—Mom’s name originated from her two grandmothers' names, but back to it.) L. G. once told my mom that if a movie was ever produced about Nazis, Jews, (again, war) and sharks, (yes, she’s into sharks as well) all-in-one-lumped-power-packed-blood-and-guts-good-guy-bad-guy-adventure, they’d have the movie Mom would be in a long line to see.

One she would rave about for years.

But here we go, Mom, is causing me to lose my thread. Again.

I edit Mom's talking. And yes, she puts great work into it herself, as she's never had a class in typing. (See how much she loves our country, our troops, and her eldest daughter.)
It’s not just to break up the paragraphs (which in this instance would be ‘Parts’), but to break up one sentence!

She writes like she talks and she never, ever quits, well, maybe in her sleep, no, there too; I would bet, though I haven’t slept with her since the night before I married my first time at age sixteen (we had watched Dracula), but that’s an old story, save Shane…still, what I do first is: ‘Select All’, and change the 10 font to a nice size 16, just so I can see, and then (only then!) do I set to work, which is also the cause of my voice no longer being heard: I am inundated with my mother’s voice from sunrise to sunset, and so I work on my stuff in the night … though… .
I know what you’re thinking—and you are wrong—I’ve yet to delete a post thought of late in the night!

Well, I’ve got to get back to parts two (okay, parts one now, because my few words have once again, evolved into many): so, parts one through four (at least.)

Of Mom’s, I mean, and then I still have mine. And Greg will want his posted.

Without any further adieu then, we’ll get back to Mom.

Yes, our two personalities are reminiscent of a solid gene pool, though mine is watered down a bit.

God keeps us.

Normally, I would post these where they blog with Part Four (or so) first, so that Part One would appear on top (Nothing to worry about, Mom (yeah), but in this case, I might be a while, and I really don’t think it will matter after all.

A power of suggestion: if you’re waiting on other stuff, take a break, or read my mom.

She’s brilliant. And yes, she thinks so too.

Virgie Bell's View: Part One

First of all, about the mouth of the south ... if this dork having money and a platform, a platform denied to the rest of us, is so newsworthy (?) … well then, let us examine his [Ted Turner’s] recent statements:

When I heard that President Bush said, “You are with us or against us….”

You, [Turner] said, “I haven't made up my mind.”

Well, I definitely think you have, Ted Turner: you are against us, you think you are so cute, (with your little grey mustache), but I think Hitler and Groucho Marx looked better in theirs!

It was reported in yesterday’s paper that THE MOUTH said he and other big shots were at least bombing the country (UNITED NATIONS) with money and good will … . Isn't that the same organization that was in league with Chaves of Venezuela (?) saying, they stood behind N Korea and Iran with a war between the USA and others?

So, Turner, you have picked a side . . . and it’s definitely against us . . . and giving them money no less--while our troops are fighting to preserve freedom of speech.

Now there is injustice if I ever saw it.

Virgie Bell's View: Part Two

As I said about finishing my book about the royalty in England, (and I'll just make one comment, because everyone can read the book.) For years Parker Bowls knew of the Prince Charles and Pricilla's affair and it was even considered a thing to esteem... . This went on for years until some of his friends said he was the only man willing to lay down his wife for his country. I howled with that quote... . I know, I know ... .

Kitty Kelly is scorned by many as tacky, but I've read all of her books except the one about Liz Taylor and the Bush Family, (I have that one on my shelf of ‘TO READ’ books), but will wait on that pleasure until the Bush family comes up with their own version of brother Ted Kennedy...but then some inquiring minds just want to inquire further.

Well, the good news is, Pelosi, on her first act of POWER (Stave’s word) she lost. I really don't know much about her except she represents San Francisco and comes from a powerful political family from somewhere back east . Prissy Pelosi is cute, I'll give her that. I read she is a grandmother of four ... I didn't even know she was a mother, just that she comes from a politically famous family.

As far as I'm concerned, San Francisco only turned out Tony Bennett that they can brag about. If they want to cede from the USA, I'll bet they could without firing a shot.

I have set a new record in my life. I watched the last ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and was thrilled that Emmett Smith won ... he is so cool. I have never watched any other program ten weeks in a row. I wanted to vote for him, but didn't know how and went all over the net, but couldn't figure it out... .

Virgie Bell's View: Part Four

Tonya, I just had my Christmas present delivered and it is a pink food chopper, pink mixer cover, pink canister set and cutting boards. All gave a donation to breast cancer research and I did that for you.

I prayed last night for our beautiful Allie and her complete recovery from melanoma. You will all have to come and see my house when I finally get finished. I told my sister it is my last masterpiece, also my first masterpiece. It is called Santa Fe by the artist (me)... .The secret to the look is to never throw anything away, and have your mother never having thrown anything away, and Mama Curry never having thrown anything away, then mix it all together, display it all at once, and buy Mexican pottery and pink appliances, and viola, you have it.

I start on a murder mystery tonight and will tell all how it is when I finish ... by the way ... will some of our other members of our family please weigh in?

Got on the internet and found out a print that Mama Curry gave me is worth $75.00, so I'm going to frame it and hang it and call it Santa Fe, too.


Virgie Bell's View: Part Three

I have thought of my cousin James Qualls lately. We used to call him monkey face ... I take it back now. Ahmadinejad is truly a monkey face and I want to apologize right here to the monkey for saying that.

John Murtha has been appointed head of defense spending. Oh, goody. I've been trying to come up with a new name for the ones who betray the band of brothers … how about Band of Others? Have you noticed Murtha's grim look of concern? He looks like he is constipated and trying to have a bowel movement. Murtha looks very disgusted that he didn't win majority leader, but Nancy hasn't a clue; she is just so busy looking cute.

I finished reading Dear John by Nicholas Sparks last night. He is just flawless in his writing, and such a sweet romantic, that I cry with each of his books. I want Jess and Kayla to know right now: they cannot borrow this book until they return the others of his to me.

De'on, you are also supposed to return my book that is Bennie’s Christmas and Birthday present; also my picture of Uncle Lonnie and Mother. I'm probably going to be a no-show in the coming season, at least off and on, as I have a lot to do.

The latest gripe I have in the commercial field goes to Nutra-System and the one that says she went from a size ten to a size two, and gets to eat chocolate every day. She spills all of this with a smile that looks like JAWS. Recently, I thought the trend was for us to get away from making so much of the emaciated look, so that we could instill in our young better values.

A size two indeed. When De'on and Lisa were a size two, I couldn't find school clothes for them. I don't recall being a size two ever, but I would settle for a size ten, which I am; albeit a lumpy size ten.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A True Fishing Story

This is the first fishing trip De’on and I took. Although she did not care for fishing, she did love me. The fish De’on is holding was the biggest one caught that day. I caught nothing over 3”.

Being out-fished did not bother me nearly as much as the 1st Sergeant asking me to catch some bait for his upcoming fishing trip.

We’ve been fishing several times since then but never was it more enjoyable than that day in Panama.

Do I Have To Do This?

Panama 1992

Long May She Wave
Made You Look.

Virgie Bell's View

Is it just me or what?

Am I so out of touch with the everyday world that I continue to be amazed at the average and the ordinary? A newsbyte announced a law has been passed to control putting children in tanning never occurred to me we needed to enact such a law...of course my mind went to all the possible reasons one would engage in such an act to start with…

The first is that you want all your friends to think the whole entire family spent two weeks vacationing in the Caribbean instead of loitering in front of the tube so you just tossed baby Sally in the booth to allay anyone’s suspicion.

Two: you wish to pass off the family as Latin in order to all sneak across the border to live in say, Mexico, or maybe Cuba, and don't wish the little one to betray his real roots. I am probably missing other reasons but I dare not let my mind go there. However, I did call my son as they have a new little one in their life and I didn’t want them to rush out and tan him.

When I lived in Littlefield, Texas, and was 50 plus, I dropped in at my mom’s house after I had been sneaking down to a booth to tan; just so I would be ravishingly beautiful, and I knew she thought it unhealthy. As I walked by, she accused me of doing just that and she was furious with me. I finally bought her candy and an apology card a week later to even get her to speak to me. She told me with tears in her eyes she had to put up with my smoking, but be blamed if she would watch me try to kill myself any further. Even though I had paid for a series of ten, I never returned for a tan or a refund.

Mom also never approved of Linda Dale tanning, but she couldn't do anything about that. Mom (or Ferol, as I called her on days she was more inclined to the humor of her daughter using her given name, but this week didn’t allow for it!), never approved of Bennie Lee running; because she thought he was ruining his joints.

MICKEY BLESS HIS HEART was really the only child that had never disappointed her.

We've been remodeling the house and I was about to hang Mickey's picture back up and just choked up and haven't got back to that job yet. You could never glow with such genuine goodness as our Mickey and that's a fact. Linda Gay was always immune to Mom's scorn because she was the baby.

Anyway, I'm getting ready for the holidays. I have ALL of my Christmas shopping done including a 1400 pre-lit tree and enough ornaments for two trees. Everything turns into a project for me. I’m even going to have a gorgeous front entrance and I know the neighborhood will be relieved as we always looked like Scrooge in our neighborhood. We have probably spent a thousand dollars on groceries which I am sure our grocery bill is the highest in this town...Jerry loves to cook and so do I.

I know our troops will have a thanksgiving meal and so I'm going to enjoy my bounty. During World War II it was announced over the loudspeakers to clean our trays, and I ate every was so different then...even with the rationing and shortages WE ALL PULLED TOGETHER AND WON.

There were boundaries set by elders and the rules were pretty easy to if you get a spanking at school then you get one when you get what's wrong with that? I never got one in school so I never got one at home for getting one. Half of the stuff we have to contend with is so stupid that we have to create laws not to tan the little one. When my granddad came by and we were lying around, his advice was to dig a hole outside and then cover it up if we couldn't find something better to do.

But did you know as a nation, we had no weight problem. We had homemade ice-cream and real butter from our own milk cows, mashed potatoes, gravy-- I mean every one did-- yet no weight problems and no fast food on every corner. It was wonderful to go to the county fair and have all the junk food you could eat and now you can get the same thing on Main Street. Well, I mean like cotton candy at STAPLES. MAMA CURRY was the easiest boss in our whole family. She told me she had prattled my little behind for picking her flowers when I was little, but I don’t remember that.

So MOUTH OF THE SOUTH is at it again and I just finished Kitty Kelly's book THE Oliver North says" Now Theirs’ A War Story That Deserves To Be Told," so I'll do that tomorrow.


To the Brothers


Yes. You always will be. You've been to war and God only knows what you've endured. Aaron knows. He's still Aaron and we are great. Okay. Not great, but as great as you are.

We share in sacrifice. That's tough. It didn't get that name easy.

Don't think it strange, then.

But through each other; we are tougher.

If you speak or don't speak; that's okay, Mom De'on is here (and you remember how tough she is).

And I'm here until I go to be with Aaron.

Stone Cold
Texas Stands Proud

Semper Fi,
Mom De'on

To The Devil Dogs of 2/1. Thank you for letting me know you're looking. Tell me what you want to see. I bet I've got it.
Made You Look.

He goes for the one.
Made You Look.

Before Betrayal. He loves us so much.
Made You Look.

Wabbitt 2
Made You Look.

One Wabbitt
Made You Look.

Prayer of Salvation
Made You Look.

Wouldn't you know ;)
Made You Look.

Semper Fi
Made You Look.

An anchor
Made You Look.

((((((Little Pretty))))){{{{{ {Poor Aaron}}}}}} June 2006
Made You Look.

Joshua 1: 9
Made You Look.

Guess who has whose back?
Made You Look.

To His Brothers
Made You Look.

Lisa's always fighting with her phone. I have more important things on my mind, like Eric, Aaron's brother.
Made You Look.

Where They Lay: Some graves date back to the late 1800's
Made You Look.

Greg & Kayla sitting on Aaron's bench June 2006
Made You Look.

Old Glory flies in the Field of Honor Amarillo TX June 2006
Made You Look.

Eric & Julia June 2006 at their home in Amarillo, TX
Made You Look.

Austin Bros.
Made You Look.

Silver Star-Purple Heart-Presidential Unit Citation- Go 2/1
Made You Look.

Flag Flown for the Veterans
Made You Look.


Thanks to Christi Costello for sharing.

Anyone that loves photography will appreciate the precision of the photo. As the jets are probably moving at around 400 mph and you being just right to get the shot at that instant. And that is a hard formation to stay at as the ones in the "S" are just a little graduated degree behind the next one and staying that way to maintain the formation.


It is a great photo of an Air Force training squadron flying in a never-done-before "USA" formation over the control tower "Taj Mahal" (HQ building) of Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,

Jesus Christ and the American G. I.

One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.


Made You Look.
Praying Men

Made You Look.
Open Arms

Made You Look.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Virgie Bell's View

Whoops ... a Democratic president in 08 may not be a sure thing. We now have a couple of Republican heavy hitters testing the waters -- Mayor Rudy G and John McCain, both proven able to endure in adverse situations. John McCain who refused to leave his band of fellow POWs when North Vietnam wanted to use him as a political pawn, and Rudy Giuliani, America’s Mayor, who led us through the 9/11 attacks with courage and grace. It’s sure looking up, at least for now.

My joy was short lived, though, when I woke up to the news that Iran is nuclear ready. One expert says they have been caught with a smoking gun, the other says NOT SO. OK, BEEN THERE DONE THAT. This time yell “liar liar pants on fire.” It reminds me of a cruel joke from years ago when a boy was asked by a faith healer how his mother was, and he replied that she was very sick. The faith healer said, “Oh no my boy, not so. She just thinks she is sick. You know it is all in her mind, for she is healed.” A few months passed, and the same man and boy met again, and again the faith healer asked about his mother. The boy said, “Well not too good, for now she thinks she is dead.”

Oh yes, and now it is not only hearings the Democrats want, it is impeachment. Now tell me. Wasn't Bremer relieved of his position a long time ago, and don't I remember seeing him before a Congressional hearing being questioned about his actions? Isn't this double jeopardy, and isn't that illegal? Didn't General Patton want to go on with our troops while in Berlin, saying we have our troops right here, and we are not finished until we take care of the Soviet Union? But once again wiser heads prevailed.

Later, President Kennedy was forced to take us within a couple of minutes of nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I wish JFK was around to take care of little brother Ted. I noticed Ted received something like 80 percent of the vote for his Senate seat. Step across the state line, and he wouldn’t be elected dog catcher. I don't kid myself that it is all just one party. But let’s keep in mind what is best for our country and our American people and then stand with them regardless.

Now every one who gets caught with his pants down runs for treatment for drug and alcohol abuse -- Mel Gibson, Foley, Ted Kennedy's son. And most of them get away with it. Imagine a big fire blazing, and the bucket line is passing water as fast as they can when all the sudden some political hack realizes it’s not a good move for their careers, and the bucket brigade stops. They even pass a bucket of gasoline instead of water.

Well I won’t spend any more money on Mel Gibson, and some of my favorite authors are not getting on my book shelf again. During the Cold War, I didn’t buy Wesson Oil because I read their oil came from Russia. So I've been at this patriotic business a long time. My mother said during World War II, Bennie, Mickey and me climbed out of bed to stand at attention when “The Star Spangled Banner” played on the radio. Now our children are not even allowed to pray for our nation because it might offend someone to mention God. It makes me sick.

So now, Steve, it is over to you. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Gunz Up
Salutes Your Sacrifice

A Tribute to Marines

Poster contributed by a Devil Dog Thank you, Greg Maxie
Marine Lance Cpl. James E. Brown, 20, of Owensville, Ind., died Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.

Marine Staff Sgt. Jason D. Whitehouse, 27, of Phoenix, died Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.

Marine Cpl. Kyle W. Powell, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Nov. 4 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine 2nd Lt. Mark C. Gelina, 33, of Moberly, Mo., died Nov. 4 from a non-hostile incident in Anbar province. He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For family or friends interested in building a tribute to your fallen, Windmill Hand, a forever friend from Artesia, NM, has submitted this
Moving Tribute site in appreciation of your sacrifice.

United States Army Sacrifice

And to the Chiefs

Chief Warrant Officer John R. Priestner

, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42 years old
Died: November 6, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.Incident: Died of injuries suffered when an AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed

Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
24 years old
Died: November 6, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Incident: Died of injuries suffered when an AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed.

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Virgie Bell's View

Well just guess who Pelosi threw her weight behind in congress today for some top job…Dah Dum... John Murtha that’s who ...sure they will all work together for the good of the country. None other than good old John...who said our troops kill innocent Iraqis in cold blood...Get ready for the trip home troops. You are on your way.

I am glad that Timothy McVeigh is dead or he could win president and then he could choose John Kerry for his vice president…Way to go Pelosi fans...Now every one can start saving up spit to throw at our troops ‘cause that’s where it's headed.

I am soooo glad Pelosi isn't there because of my vote...I'm still ashamed that I helped Bubba in so we could help Kim Jong Ill get his atomic weapons going with my tax dollars…


Good news is that Fidel Castro may be on his way out…I remember him from when he was on the news when we lived in Odessa, TX. Saw Helen Thomas from White House press conference as I walked through and I still say she is the perfect person to play Cindy Sheehan in the movie about Cindy Sheehan. Can you believe it…a movie about her? I can hardly wait...My world has gone crazy.

I was stunned yesterday when a lawyer said New York is passing a law that enables transvestites to vote as a woman because they are on this planet in the wrong gender. So anyway did God make a mistake or what and I wonder is that in Charlie Rangel’s district or in Hillary's or in all of N Y ??

I'm so glad we are getting these things that are so earth shattering taken care of...I've been in jeans to vote for years…Blah

Anyway, who does everyone else vote for Cindy’s part in the movie? Susan Sarandon has been picked for the part but maybe Barbra can play her in her younger days...let’s live a little troops-- who do you vote to play Cindy?

I'm sure we will see her and hear her at the Democratic Convention...after all, she is John Kerry's secret weapon for his next run for president...If a democrat gets in which according to last night’s polls is a sure thing. I hope Bill Richardson gets the nomination and I am serious about that. He came to Aaron’s Memorial and presented De'on with the New Mexico flag...did two good things right there; to be very honest he is one smart man and has done alright with N M …


Monday, November 13, 2006


During My War: A U.S. soldier grieves over fallen comrades during a memorial service in Panama City Tuesday for American troops killed in the Dec. 20 Invasion. The soldier refused to be identified. from United Press International/Reuters Posted by Picasa

United States Army Fatalities

As of Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at least 2,848 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,279 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. Source

Gunz Up Salutes

Pfc. Kevin J. Ellenburg, 20, of Middleburg, Fla., died Nov. 1 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Spc. Douglas C. Desjardins, 24, of Mesa, Ariz., died Nov. 5 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank during combat operations. Desjardins was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Giessen, Germany

Origin of the 21 Gun Salute

Sgt. Lucas T. White, 28, of Moses Lake, Wash., died Nov. 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces while on patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. Article

SFC William R. Brown, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Nov. 6 in Sperwan-Gar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

This tribute is So Beautiful

God Keep Your Families and Our Troops

Virgie Bell's View

Nearly all of the democrats voted for the war. Maxine Waters and one or two others voted against it. I have failed to see many stand behind their vote and support the troops.

Yes, I know you are a journalist and used to disagreement but saying the troops are not allowed to voice their thoughts and then to say what they think is a stretch for me to comprehend and I feel most journalists have done more to hurt our war efforts than to help. If the first thing we want to do is hold someone accountable-- for what?...that’s what I can't understand, that is what I just don't understand. It’s as if we go on and on about what is fair. You said you understand that there is collateral damage...ok…you said that here in my living room when you were here...right? A lot of those are mistakes, so who exactly do we hold hearings on that about? The military that’s who.

There will always be the John Kerrys and Murthas with their political aspirations and then the ones like Timothy McVay who God only knows where that kind of thing comes from. It makes my blood boil to think we will have Murtha, Kerry, and Ted Kennedy setting in judgment on anything. I can't wait to see what happens now that they are in power as you call it, but power is still with our Commander In Chief whom I have always supported regardless of party affiliation. As I said I stood behind Clinton. It was the Mark Rich pardon that blew that forever, just for money, for a library and a gold saxophone.

I have heard so much pure crap from the Hollywood liberals that I am prone to jump anyone who agrees with them on anything but you would have to admit the journalists have played that for all it was worth.

Did we know at the time that Saddam was using his claim of having weapons of mass destruction to hold his poor people in line? No, we did not just as we can't know Iran wants them for peaceful purposes, and then we have dopes like N Korea, so go figure airing our dirty laundry for the world and our Commander In Chief, in hearings, in front of good old Congress, foremost among them the ones I've already mentioned, and I think of what a nightmare this will all become.

You are a very decent and warm human being Steve and I'm sorry I went off on you; I have been a political junkie for so long and I wonder how I can overcome this but I realize I must but think as long as there is one American soldier anywhere we should just all pull together.

I relish James Baker being back in with Gates. I had respect for him during Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

I will always be angry that we were hit on 9/11 just as I will always be about Pearl Harbor. Uncle Lewis was overseas where he served in World War II and Aunt Pearlie was wondering why there were not more of their folks visiting when he reminded her that generations were buried with them.

I just finished reading Flags of our Fathers and we lost 85 percent of our troops in Iwo Jima. I guess what it all boils down to is I wish those in the Congress and Senate could just shut up.

My Uncle Lonnie could certainly weigh in here having fought in Iwo Jima, Bougainville, and Guam. But he has got too much sense so he will leave it to the hatch jobs like me to spout off.

I have never served in the military but I come from a long line who did and I know that I will never be as mild and understanding, and I literally can’t stand the thought of John Kerry questioning our President about anything nor Ted Kennedy for that matter. So when you mention hearings and accountability I just want to throw up.

You and I are in for a long relationship if you and my daughter write together so we are going to have to be more tolerant of one another…

You go first, OK ha

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Rest In Peace

Gunz Up holds in loving memory two more Texas Marines

Marine Cpl. Jose A. Galvan, 22, of San Antonio, died Nov.5, 2006 in Anbar. He was assigned to the1st Combat EngineerBattalion, 1st Marine Expeditonary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.

I know our words fall short during these times...but they do lend some comfort.


Cpl. Galvan


Lance Cpl. Luke B. Holler, 21, of Bulverde, Texas, died Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, San Antonio, Texas.

Click for Taps.

"Fading light dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night, Till the light of the dawn shineth bright, God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

Entombed Eternally

Seaman First Class Howard E. Ortega never returned to his home in New Mexico. He was one of eighty-six sailors aboard the USS Lagarto, a submarine conducting patrol in Thailand during WW11.

The submarine was never heard from again after May 3, 1945--until it was recently discovered 150' off the coast of the South China Sea by a British Research Diver.

Memorial services were attended by friends of his who are still living. Joe Sims, his best friend, attended the ceremony. Ortega's sister, a retired nun, is currently in a convent in Indiana and mourns for him just as much today as she did sixty-one years ago.

If this video doesn't touch you...well then...

Under videos, click on the title, Family learns fate of NM sailor lost in 1945 after first clicking on KRQE's home page.

God comfort the families and friends of the eighty-six sailors "entombed eternally."