Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Oneida Indian Nation honors Veterans and Families. Cookie got blind-sided!

Well Sir, this morning my wife and I attended a popular and solemn event, The Veterans Recognition Ceremony hosted for the past 9 years by The Oneida Indian Nation in Oneida, NY. This beautiful breakfast ceremony is open to all veterans and their families and is free to all.

Cookie and his wife were sitting with about 20 other folks at The Navy Seabee Veterans of America designated table. Just prior to the beginning of the ceremony, a couple that none of us recognised joined us at our table. My wife and I introduced ourselves, as did the other couple in turn. We eventually learned that their son, a Marine, had recently been killed in battle in Afghanistan. They had never attended any events like this before and, since the loss of their son wanted to get more involved in Veteran related affairs. We welcomed this grieving couple into our mix and to our table, thanking them for having honored us by sitting with us. It's when you meet fine folks like this who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country that it really brings the tragedy of war home to you.

Every year there is a guest speaker and this years speaker was Commander Christopher Flaherty of the United States Navy. He is a very accomplished pilot who works out of the Pentagon in Washington, DC and presently flies the Navy P-3 Orion, on Maritime Patrol. I had met Commander Flaherty a little over a year ago when he presided over the opening Ceremony for The Gregory J Harris Military Courtesy Room at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, a project which I had been involved in. A project by the way that many of you reading this article at this moment contributed your hard earned money to. Again, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

During the Commanders presentation he explained the "Missing Man Table" (photo below) and explained the significance of everything on the table and what the items represented. Prior to beginning his very informative presentation regarding the war in Afghanistan and what is being called "The Navy-Marine Team" and its effectiveness in fighting insurgents and terrorists, he began talking about the Military Courtesy Room and how he had been extremely honored to have participated in it's opening ceremony. At this point he mentioned Loren Davies-USMC, Leroy Bowen-USAR, and myself, and informed the folks that the three of us had begun the process of getting the Courtesy Room started and off the ground. He asked us to stand and be recognised. I didn't see that coming.

Later, Commander Flaherty presented me with a beautiful framed picture of the Orion P-3 aircraft that the Commander flies. I was very honored today and was blind-sided by all of this. I just wanted to share my good fortune with y'all.

OK, here are some photygraffs from this mornings event.

The bagpipes being played as both part of the opening and closing ceremonies.

An ugly old grizzly Seabee named Lou!

The "Missing Man Table"

Some of the Seabees and their spouses. The man in the uniform blue shirt is Jim Hilgers, The NSVA Commander.

...another ugly old Seabee accepts an award to be hung in the Military Courtesy Room at the Airport.

Friday, November 06, 2009

"A Pittance of Time."

Every year about the time, just before Veterans Day, I post this short video by singer and song writer Terry Kelley. He was in a store in Nova Scotia on Veterans Day and, via the PA system, the customers where asked to observe two minutes of silence to honor those Veterans who had served their countries faithfully and with honor. One man who was with his young daughter however was too busy to be bothered with this solemn display.

If'n y'all haven't seen this afore, I think you'll enjoy it, and if ya have seen it, I think you'll enjoy it again.

"A Pittance of Time."


Now Sir, tomorrow my wife and myself will be attending a wonderful affair held every years at The Turning Stone Casino in Oneida, NY. Several years back, the Oneida Indian Nation began holding a posh, sit down breakfast to honor all veterans. Best of all, its FREE!! It started small but over the past few years has grown to accommodate and serve over 300 Veterans and their spouses. BTW, during the Revolutionary War, when Washington and his men were starving and freezing to death at Valley Forge, an Oneida Nation woman and several braves made the long cold journey in the dead of winter to bring food and supplies to his starving army. This act contributed greatly to our success to gain our independence.

The event is held in "The Shenandoah Clubhouse", an exceptionally beautiful facility which recently held a PGA tournament featuring Tiger Woods. The event always features a well know and prestigious speaker and, most importantly, lots of great camaraderie between all services, even the Marines. Tomorrow I'll try and take some photygraffs and tell y'all how it turned out.

This is an important topic to me, taxpayer funded abortions in the upcoming 2000 page Healthcare bill which The WSJ has deemed to be "The Worst Bill Ever Written!". It's only a 30 second spot and its YOUR MONEY America. BTW, Obama has a short 4 second sound bite in the ad, and ya know sumthin mates, I wouldn't believe him even if he said he was born in the United, wait a minute. He said that already didn't he...Hmmm. Well, at any rate, like a certain Congressman recently stated, "You Lie!"

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Please, sign the pledge. Support our Nations Veterans.

This won't cost ya a cent (less'n y'all want to), but it will show your support for ALL our Veterans that have fought for our Freedom.

I know you care, and VFW Commander Tradewell doesn’t want to leave out a single friend of the VFW. He’s taking the signed Pledge with him on his travels to VA hospitals, military bases and abroad throughout 2010.

Please sign the VFW Pledge today. Your commitment will mean more than you know to every veteran and service member who sees it.

We need your help to spread the word about the true meaning of Veterans Day. Here are some other ways you can honor our heroes:

Make a donation to VFW to support programs that help veterans, service members and their families.

Please sign the VFW Pledge to honor our heroes so we can include your signature in honor of Veterans Day. Together, we can let America's veterans and service members know we respect their sacrifice on Veterans Day and every day of the year.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wednesday Wanks, plus a breaking UPDATE!!!


This was sent to me by "The Chief". I hope you are sitting down:

I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his "Obama phone." I asked him what an "Obama phone" was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and lo and behold he was telling the truth.


This program was started earlier this year. Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it's sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was built on are being shaken. The age old concepts of God, family, and hard work have flown out the window and are being replaced with "Hope and Change" and "Change we can believe in." You can click on the link below to read more about the "Obama phone." What next from this administration? Who is going to pay for this, and how much will it cost? Are you ready to pay for this, like you did the ‘cash for clunkers’ tax dollar giveaway?

Since I don't trust "Snopes" anymore, I checked this with "Truth or Fiction", and damned if it ain't true. I provided the link below fer Y'all!

Now Sir, all the drug dealers can conduct their business literally on OUR DIME!! WTF!!!

AMERICA, WAKE THE FUCK UP!! This man and his czaristic, corrupt Socialistic administration must be stopped and put in check.

BTW, I was at the VA Hospital yesterday fer my six month check up and my blood pressure was running high in spite of all the medications I'm taking for it. When I read this, I could literally feel the old BP go through the roof and is still on the way to the moon as I type!!

Do Y'all think that, heaven forbid, he might be buying votes fer the next Presidential election...Nawwww. He wouldn't do that...would he?

Grumpy Bear

How True, How True. From what I been a read'n, our beloved Speaker of the House, Pelosi, is going to try and ram this up our butts in a day or so by by-passing certain committee's and discussions. Get out the Vaseline America, here it comes!!

Next, my blonde daughter (whom I won't mention her name) told myself and the Mrs. that on Halloween, she went to a corn maze near a pumpkin patch, and got so lost she couldn't get out. She took a photygraff of it and here t'is.

Hey, remember those two Northwest Airline pilots that went over a 150 miles past there destination airport. Well, investigators for the NTSB think they may have found what caused them to get way-laid...

This here is a photygraff of the Christmas decorations of my good neighbor "Clem's" house from last year. Clem is sorta on the lazy side, but I do like his think'n.

Ya Gotta love Texans!!

Gotta give big H/T's to "The Chieftain", Sue Gertson, "Charlie The Cop", "MightyMom" and John Keating fer share'n these goodies with us all. Hmmm, now that I reflect back, I might just have one a these frum "the Chieftain".

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


I'm sure y'all will get a laff or two outta this.

BTW, having been a Homicide Detective and having to spend long amounts of time at the County Morgue, myself and a feller detective pulled the Morgue stunt on a brand new rookie cop, and got roughly the same results as in the video, except he kept going after get'n to the door. I'd say that he literally turned white from the experience, except he was an African-American officer. He was a little pale though. Thought our sides were gonna split from laughing so hard.


Surround yourself with intelligent people

Barack Obama meets with the Queen of England. He asks her, "How do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?"

"Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."

Obama frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?" he asks.

"Oh, that's easy," says the Queen. "You just ask them to answer a simple riddle."

Just then Gordon Brown walks into the room.

"Gordon, your mother and father have a child," says the Queen. "It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"

Brown answers, "Oh. That would be ... me, your majesty?"

"Yes! Very good," says the Queen.

Upon his return to Washington, D.C., Obama asks Joe Biden the same question. "Joe. Your mother and your father have a kid. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"

"I'm not sure," says Biden. "Let me get back to you on that one." He goes to his advisers and asks every one, but no one can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up in the men's room and recognizes Robert Gates' shoes in the next stall. Biden asks Gates, "Robert! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Gates responds, "That's easy. It's me!"

Biden smiles, and says, "Thanks!" Then, he goes back to speak with Obama.

"Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Robert Gates."

Obama gets up, stomps over to Biden, and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's Gordon Brown!"

Monday, November 02, 2009

A couple a "toons", and some "Red Green", love this guy! Fred Thompson on Hoffman!

Well Sir, my buddy "The Mohawk Chieftain", being the independent voter and thinker that he is, sent me a few "toons" I'll share with Y'all.


Ah Yes! Red Green. Always shows back country ingenuity.


Now Sir, this is happening all over the country! Folks are fed up with what's been happening in our great country. Watch Fred Thompson talking about where I live, the New York 23rd Congressional District is VOTING CONSERVATIVE!!! Now, if only the damned RNC would wake up to this and change back to the way things were!!