Monday, June 21, 2010

Bug's Bleat - - GCF: Wedding Blessing

Volume 12, Issue 24 Friday, June 18, 2010

Hello All,

Too many are trying to be good enough for God. They don't understand that he already loves you as you are. As this song from "Pocket" explains.

He's not mad at you
He's not disappointed
His grace is greater still,
than all of your wrong choices
He is full of mercy and he is ever kind
Hear his invitation, His arms are open wide

You can come as you are,
with all your broken pieces
And all your shameful scars
The pain you hold in your heart,
bring it all to Jesus
You can come as you are

Louder than the voice that whispers you’re unworthy
Hear the sound of love,
that tells a different story
Shattering your darkness and pushing through the lies
How tenderly he calls you
His arms are open wide

Pocket Full Of Rocks
When Annette and I moved home from Dallas in 1972, we bought a trailer (mobile home.) We decided not to get AC because (1) we couldn't afford it. and (2) we'd never had AC till we moved to an apartment in Dallas so we'd just do without again.
Of course, we'd never lived in a metal box before either. We roasted in that oven. It took Annette a short time to build a screened in porch on the front of the trailer so we could survive that summer. Before the next hot weather, Annette traded with a junkyard for an old AC unit to put in our bedroom. It was actually mounted in a ho-made wooden box and only worked after Annette had prayed over it and pounded on it each evening. It made a loud "thunking" noise all night but it blew COLD air so we just learned to "sleep with the thunk."
On Father's day, I thank God for my family. And I pray that the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters serving in Afghanistan are not forgotten by the country they are fighting for. This video was sent to me by Michael Yon. It's worth your time to watch. []
And another link which Michael Yon recommended. If this George Will column doesn’t get your blood pressure up, report to the nearest funeral home, you’re not alive. []
Speaking of Blood Pressure, does anyone else wonder what ever happened to honesty in business and personal relations? Remember when “WE” were in school and they taught us about Honest Abe Lincoln, who walked miles to return 2 or 3 cents he had inadvertently overcharged a customer? []
My how times have changed. Modern businesses consider “mistakes” in their favor honest profit. They wouldn’t entertain the notion of voluntarily refunding your money.
Case in point. ... Annette had an MRI on May 19. I was not pleased with the “bedside manner” of these folks. They bordered on rudeness to her and ignored her pleas that she was in pain due to the way they had positioned her. However, she gritted her teeth and got through the procedure, vowing to never return to that facility again.
Then, I got the bill summary from our insurer and discovered that we had overpaid our deductible to that business. I called them. Oh yes, they agreed, we had overpaid them to the tune of almost $300. Hummm ... did they even consider contacting us? Nay Nay.
Well at least we could get a refund by calling them. Nay Nay.
We had to contact their billing department for the refund. (Who wants to bet that we would have already gotten a collection notice if we had owed them?) So I called the billing department. You’re not gonna believe this, but they are all busy and will get back with me.
I’m Holding My Breath.
Now, some good news; ... SEATTLE, Jun 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE), Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Amazon Kindle, the best e-reader on the market (see this recent press release from the world's leading consumer reporting organization--, is now only $189, down from $259. Kindle is the 3G wireless portable reader that allows you to think of a book and be reading in 60 seconds, from wherever you happen to be. Easy to read even in bright sunlight, the 10.2 ounce Kindle is light enough for one-handed reading. Even though it's a 3G wireless device, Kindle has no monthly fees or annual contracts. The Kindle Store includes over 600,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including 109 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. In addition, over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are available to read on Kindle. Since its release, Kindle has been the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon. Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment at the new lower price of $189. Learn more at
With ATT announcing that they will start charging increased usage fees for their 3G and Verizon hinting the same, here’s a 3G device that you don’t pay ANY fees for. Once you purchase your Kindle, you’re connected for the life of the device at no charge. And, like the news release states, using the 3G connection, you can be reading a book 60 seconds after you order it.
If you like to read, you really should get a Kindle.
And more good news ... Congratulations to Tena and Keith Simpson, proud parents of Hayden Simpson! Hayden was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. By: Houston Taylor, SAU Sports

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – “The hometown boy made good” as the Chicago Cubs selected Magnolia native and Southern Arkansas All-America starting pitcher Hayden Simpson (6-0, 175, JR, Magnolia) with the 16th overall pick in Monday’s annual first-year player Major League Baseball draft.

The selection came as a surprise to many as Simpson was listed by various sources as expected to be taken anywhere from the second through eighth rounds. None may have been more surprised than Simpson.

“I’m just blown away,” Simpson stated. “I had no idea I’d be picked then. A bunch of friends came over just to watch the draft. I was waiting for tomorrow’s rounds.”
The Cubs gave Simpson a 1.6 million signing bonus.
In the midst of the "BP Disaster" rhetoric and opportunism, we should insist that our politicians get to the REAL "Root Cause" of this incident. ... A company whose leadership "doesn't get" safety.
Instead of using this disaster to increase the regulatory burden on all of us, how about filing criminal charges against those who made the decisions to compromise safety. Eleven lost their lives, apparently as a direct result of decisions to save money by compromising safety. That's manslaughter in my book.
Prosecution of management who made those decisions, as well as regulators who “looked the other way,” would do much more to prevent future disasters than all the increased taxes and regulation that are currently being proposed.
Speaking of being unprepared, in yet another unsurprising disclosure, Channel 7 News [] reported that the Weather Radio Tower Near Albert Pike had been out of service for the Past Two Years.

- Glenwood - Channel 7 News has learned a weather radio tower that could have provided critical warnings to the Camp Albert Pike area has been down for the past two years.

Glenwood City Council Member Chuck Voan says he has tried for two years to get the tower replaced, but his requests fell on deaf ears. He has been concerned for the safety of his community since the tower was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. (Chuck Voan, Glenwood City Council Member) "Everybody was big on getting your NOAA Weather Radio; they don't work here. Without that tower being back up to full speed, 1000 watts, we're no good."

However, our investigation revealed far more people than the residents of Glenwood or even Montgomery County are affected by this lack of service. The tower was located on top of High Peak Mountain serving eight counties, which means more than 200,000 residents don't have critical coverage. A temporary tower was erected at Mount Ida, but it only has a broadcast radius of five to six miles.

The National Weather Service (web | news) is responsible for the towers and when Voan says they did not respond to his pleas for help, he turned to his congressional delegation. (Chuck Voan, Glenwood City Council) "I think with Senator Lincoln, Pryor and Ross and all them I think we can, and you guys helping us, too, because a lot of people didn't know it."

(Sen. Blanche Lincoln, (D) Arkansas) "The challenging area that we face there in terms of lots of river valleys, lots of steep terrain, you know putting towers up on a high spot where you can get the best coverage doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to get that coverage deep down into those ravines where the campgrounds are so we've got to figure out a better way to do that."

Channel 7 News' investigation also revealed the weather radio tower in Montgomery County is one of only four in the entire country currently down. A spokesperson for the regional office of the National Weather Service said they would provide an explanation for the delay, which we have been told has something to do with lease agreements. KATV is still waiting for that call.
And a related story. 'We Are Totally Unprepared'
Nine years after 9/11, a chilling complacency about WMD attacks.

The most important overlooked story of the past few weeks was overlooked because it was not surprising. Also because no one really wants to notice it. The weight of 9/11 and all its implications is so much on our minds that it's never on our mind.

I speak of the report from the inspector general of the Justice Department, issued in late May, saying the department is not prepared to ensure public safety in the days or weeks after a terrorist attack in which nuclear, biological or chemical weapons are used. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as first federal responder, in a way, in the event of a WMD attack, but every agency in government has a formal, assigned role, and the crucial job of Justice is to manage and coordinate law enforcement and step in if state and local authorities are overwhelmed.

So how would Justice do, almost nine years after the attacks of 9/11? Poorly. "The Department is not prepared to fulfill its role . . . to ensure public safety and security in the event of a WMD incident," says the 61-page report. Justice has yet to assign an entity or individual with clear responsibility for oversight or management of WMD response; it has not catalogued its resources in terms of either personnel or equipment; it does not have written plans or checklists in case of a WMD attack. A deputy assistant attorney general for policy and planning is quoted as saying "it is not clear" who in the department is responsible for handling WMD response. Workers interviewed said the department's operational response program "lacks leadership and oversight." An unidentified Justice Department official was quoted: "We are totally unprepared." He added. "Right now, being totally effective would never happen. Everybody would be winging it." ...
But being prepared doesn’t mean giving up or no longer trying. Many want us to quit drilling for oil and quickly move to alternative energy sources. Besides the obvious problem that most of the new energy sources are not ready to supply the whole country, we also use oil for more things than energy.
Petrochemicals define all aspects of modern world - - The modern world is created by petrochemicals, with oil and gas behind most things that we wear, eat, drive or use. Kevin Swift, the director of economics and statistics for the American Chemistry Council, describes a bottle of shampoo as the perfect example of how oil- and gas-based products monopolize our world: the bottle, the cap, the label, the ink and glue on the label, even the shampoo itself, are all made of plastic or some kind of chemical. "A bottle of shampoo is about 100% chemistry," Swift says. Google/The Associated Press []
Two thirds of God's name is Go - - Mallory Gonzalez
Brainwashing has really gotten a bad name, but I think that brain-soiling is a much greater problem. I mean, if someone told me that they were opening a new brain-wash at the corner of Airline and Shed, I think I would try it out. - - Jimmy Malone
"I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity." — C.S. Lewis via Jimmy Malone
So far, the most definitive book on raising boys that I have read is the "Calvin and Hobbes Treasury". - - Jimmy Malone
It is easy for Christian leaders to convince themselves that they are doing God's work by opposing everyone who does not agree with them in every respect.
Sadly, not all things that the church expends its energy on are essential doctrines, or even doctrines at all. Often the truths espoused by Christians are points of personal preference or sidelights of interpretation rather than the central teachings of the Bible. ~ David Cartledge
"In wildness is the preservation of the world." Henry David Thoreau via Janet Holiman Dickinson
There are 2 types of Christians. Chameleon Christians are those who blend in, they appear to be just like the world around them.
Kingdom Christians are those who are different, they change the atmosphere. They take seriously "thy kingdom come thy will be done". Kingdom Christians don't conform, they transform. - - Michael Maris
Spend wisely and money could buy happiness - - The Discovery Files - - According to a Cornell University professor of psychology, consumers found that satisfaction with "experiential purchases" -- from massages to family vacations -- starts high and increases over time. In contrast, spending money on material things feels good at first, but actually makes ... []
CALIFORNIA: The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor and attacks his dog.
1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is natural.
2. He calls Animal Control. Animal Control captures coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it to Arizona.
3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.
6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness" program for residents of the area.
7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
8. The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for letting the Governor attempt to intervene.
9. Additional cost to State of California: $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.
10. PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files suit against the States of California and Arizona.

ARIZONA: The Governor of Arizona is jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks her dog.
1. The Governor shoots the coyote with her state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
2. The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke.

Thanks to Gary Foreman
The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet on Diabetes Management
By Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

How can a vegetarian diet that is high in carbs help with diabetes? Isn’t that counterintuitive to the carb conscious frenzy imbedded in traditional diabetes management dogma?

Though a plant-based diet may have more carbohydrates than the typical recommendation for people with diabetes, studies suggest a vegetarian approach makes a pancreas happy and reduces the body’s risk for heart attacks, strokes, and several types of cancer. Most of the studies involved type 2s, yet the importance of reducing risks for complications via improved A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol, and kidney function certainly may be applied to people with type 1.

This column will review basic definitions, a few studies showing rather spectacular health benefits of a vegetarian diet for the person with diabetes, protein food choices, and further resources for consideration.

Types of Vegetarians
A true vegetarian enjoys a rich diet based on fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains and nuts, and will not eat meat, poultry, or fish — period! Subsets include:

Lacto-ovo: also consumes eggs, dairy products, and honey.
Lacto: also consumes milk and honey.
Vegan: excludes all animal products and honey.
Strict vegetarian: avoids any product that uses animal ingredients or products during manufacturing. These are not always listed on the food label (some cheeses use rennet, an animal stomach enzyme; gelatin is made from animal skin/bones/connective tissue; cane sugar may use bone char in the whitening process; some alcohol is clarified with gelatin).

Those who eat mainly vegetarian and add fish are called “pescatarian;” those who add meat are “semi-vegetarian.” []
Corporations press senators for climate legislation - - The top executives of General Electric, Dow Corning, Honeywell and Applied Materials met with nearly 20 senators Thursday to press their case for legislation to cap greenhouse-gas emissions. The executives said such a measure would spur the development of renewable energy and generate employment. "They've been very vocal in saying there needs to be a price on carbon," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (6/17) []
~~~~~ - - Happiness is on mind today. Especially in places you might not expect to find it--at your job or while you're out of work. I have more thoughts on this in today's blog [].

Company's Secret To Success: Happiness - - Go behind the scenes with, one of the most successful online retailers. Their CEO shares a simple secret--make employees and customers happy. Wow! What a concept! Watch Video >>[]

Unemployed Man Is Giving Away $10 A Day - - Reed Sandridge has taken his unemployment in a direction few would. He's spending a year giving away $10 a day to strangers with no strings attached. See why giving has been the key to one man's happiness.. Watch Video >> []
America is not at war. The military is at war. - - America is at the mall, or watching the movie stars. []
Each week the Defense Department highlights military personnel who have gone above and beyond in the war. [] - - Scott Woodring - - Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with Valor

U.S. military units in Tikrit, Iraq aren't strangers to engaging the enemy in open fields, but they use the fields' tall grass as cover whenever possible. Air Force Technical Sergeant Scott Woodring had no choice but to abandon his cover on April 25, 2008 when his unit was under attack by six insurgents and he needed to reassess whether they should bring in air support.

As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller for the Air Force, Woodring was embedded with an U.S. Army ground unit. It was his job to strategize with the Ground Commander about how to use the Air Force helicopter assets overhead.

Between firing at the approaching enemy, Woodring and his Ground Commander weighed the risks of using their air assets. But when a Soldier in their platoon was shot, Woodring knew they needed to reassess the situation.

When Woodring reached up from his cover of grass to pull down his Commander so they could talk, he was immediately shot in the left forearm.

"My buddies now joke with me, saying ‘be careful when you're grabbing your Ground Commander,'" said Woodring.

With the enemy strengthening their presence and U.S.
helicopters waiting overhead to engage at the ground unit's command, Woodring had no choice but to continue his mission and maneuver the armed helicopters.

During the next 15 minutes, while a Soldier bandaged his arm, Woodring coordinated the close air support from the attack helicopters, which ultimately eliminated the six insurgents.

Through outstanding combat leadership and sound judgment, Woodring ensured the safety of his team, prevented further casualties and guaranteed the successful completion of their mission.

Woodring and the other wounded Soldier were safely removed from the fight and flown to Balad, Iraq. Before he knew it, Woodring was en route to Andrews Air Force base to be treated for his injuries and reunited with his family.

For his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty, the U.S. Air Force awarded Woodring with a Bronze Star Medal, with a Second Oak Leaf Cluster, with Valor.
The pinnacle of accomplishment came in November 2009 when he received the prestigious Sijan Award. []

The Sijan Award annually recognizes Airmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities in honor of the late Captain Lance P. Sijan. Capt. Sijan's mother and sister were in attendance at the award ceremony held at the Pentagon, and presented Woodring, among three other Airmen, with the award.

"Having Capt. Sijan's family there really made everything come together," reflected Woodring. "It was a very special moment for me."

Woodring's own wife and family have been an important part of his career as well. "Without the family a lot of this doesn't happen for us," Sergeant Woodring explained. He noted support from his family "reaches pretty deep."

Born in Tulane, Ohio, Woodring enlisted in the Air Force in 1997 directly after high school. His combat leadership and action in support of special operations task forces has directly contributed to measurable success in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After serving overseas in 12 four-month deployments to date, Woodring is now based in Georgia.
"I hope to follow in the footsteps of some of my Air Force role models and I look forward to a long career in the military," said Woodring.
The latest from Michael Yon, the foremost “milnews” blogger on the web.

Took an interesting trip on Sunday with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva. Like many leaders during difficult times, PM Abhisit is both loved and hated. Personally, I like him, for what that's worth. More on the Thailand situation soon. Meanwhile, I have picked up a tremendous readership/viewership here in Thailand. (Strange chain of events since getting the door from combat embedding in Afghanistan.)

Gobar Gas Part II (Unabridged) is just published []. Part of this dispatch will be familiar, but most is new. This is interesting stuff!

Please read Gobar Gas Part II [].

Please see this short entry on Face book:
Espionage on U.S. Bases, and OPSEC []

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If you would like to encourage US Troops overseas, but are not sure just how to begin, visit for ideas.
We’ve Watched:

The House of Eliott: Series Rating: 8

To Be or Not To Be - - I Rated This Movie: 8
Woman in the Moon - - I Rated This Movie: 6.5
People Will Talk - - I Rated This Movie: 10
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - - I Rated This Movie: 7.5
Kung Fu Magoo - - I Rated This Movie: 5.5
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring - - I Rated This Movie: 4
Godzilla: The Seaweed Monster - - I Rated This Movie: 4
Kate & Leopold - - I Rated This Movie: 9
Going My Way - - I Rated This Movie: 9
Garfield's Pet Force - - I Rated This Movie: 4
Love Affair - - I Rated This Movie: 8
My Man Godfrey - - I Rated This Movie: 9.5
Desk Set - - I Rated This Movie: 9.5
Fraggle Rock - - I Rated This Movie: 6
Bolt - - I Rated This Movie: 6
Seventh Heaven - - I Rated This Movie: 5
It Happened One Night - - I Rated This Movie: 10
The Red Baron - - I Rated This Movie: 7
Robinson Crusoe - - I Rated This Movie: 5
Paper Books We’ve recently read:

Don't look twice : a novel / Andrew Gross. - - I Rated This Book: 8.5
"Magnificent Failure Free Fall from the Edge of Space" / Craig Ryan - - I Rated This Book: 9.0
Kindle books we recently read:

Treason / Don Brown - - I Rated This Book: 8.0
A Colder War / Charles Stross - - I Rated This Book: 7.5
Stoker And The Stars / John A Sentry - - I Rated This Book: 7.5
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Recipe(s) of the week - - Grill Mates® Baja Citrus Marinade flavors shrimp and vegetable kabobs with citrus, chili peppers and cilantro. - - • Low Calorie • Low Carbohydrate • Low Fat • Low Sodium

Makes 8 servings. - - Prep Time: 15 minutes - - Cook Time: 8 minutes - - Refrigerate Time: 15 minutes

1 package McCormick® Grill Mates® Baja Citrus Marinade
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
5 cups assorted fresh vegetable pieces, such as yellow squash, zucchini and red bell pepper

1. Mix Marinade Mix, oil, vinegar and water in small bowl. Place shrimp and vegetables in 2 separate large resealable plastic bags. Pour half of the marinade into each bag; turn to coat well.
2. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Remove shrimp and vegetables from marinade. Discard shrimp marinade; reserve vegetable marinade. Alternately thread shrimp and vegetables onto skewers.
3. Grill over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning frequently and basting with reserved vegetable marinade.

Test Kitchen Tip: If using wooden skewers, soak thoroughly in water for at least 30 minutes before threading with shrimp and vegetables. This prevents them from burning when on the grill.

Nutrional information per serving
Calories: 137
Fat: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Cholesterol: 168 mg
Sodium: 336 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 19 g

Copyright © 2008 McCormick & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. |
Schoolmaster of the Republic
Noah Webster's Inspiration
By: Chuck Colson

So much of our nation’s history was shaped by the Christian worldview, and by extraordinary people who lived it out.

Chuck Colson - Like millions of other Americans, you may have watched this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee on television. The Bee is a tradition dating back to 1925, and has participants from around the world. This year there were 273 spellers speaking 102 different languages besides English.

As John Murray wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, “Given this amazing diversity united under one language, the author of America’s first dictionary and the originator of uniform spelling in America (which makes the Bee possible!) would be proud.”

Murray is of course referring to Noah Webster, “to whom the [spelling] Bee owes its official dictionary, ‘Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary.’”

You may never have given Noah Webster a thought while watching the spelling bee, but Murray (who, by the way, is a graduate of our Centurions program) is right to credit him with making it possible—and with so much more than that.

The thing worth remembering about Noah Webster is that, unlike many today, he wasn’t interested in learning just for learning’s sake—or even for the sake of having a good career and achieving prosperity. Over the course of his life, Webster came to believe that education had a higher, nobler purpose.

When Webster created the American dictionary, one of his foremost goals was to help create “a national language” as “a band of national union.” It would help teach the new nation self-respect. And in addition to helping to shape the United States Constitution, he also helped set up the country’s educational system and fought against slavery.

But Noah Webster wasn’t just a patriot. In his 50th year, he became a devout Christian. And from that time on, he was dedicated to furthering the cause of moral and spiritual education as well as academic education.

For many years, copies of Webster’s dictionary actually contained an account of his conversion to Christianity. Whereas his Blue-Backed Speller, published in 1783, had been devoid of sacred references, his 1828 dictionary was full of them.

As Murray writes in his article, “The context sentences used for his word entries were more often than not taken straight from biblical verse. For example, one of his definitions for ‘truth’ stated: ‘Jesus Christ is called the truth. John xiv.’” The former freethinker had come to believe that education was “useless without the Bible.”

As a result, Webster’s work had an eternal impact upon generations of students. As John Murray tells us, “Of the man known as ‘The Schoolmaster of Our Republic,’ editors often wrote above his picture, ‘He taught millions to read, but not one to sin.’”

You couldn’t ask for a better epitaph than that.

So the next time you watch a spelling bee, or use a dictionary, or help a child with his or reading, take a moment to think about the true purpose and value of education.

As Webster knew so well, though many of his countrymen have forgotten it, we learn not just to benefit ourselves our even our country, but to better understand and serve our God.
Further Reading and Information

Noah Webster and the Bee []
John A. Murray | The Wall Street Journal | June 4, 2010

Cleveland's Anamika Veeramani wins Spelling Bee
USA Today | June 5, 2010 - -

Noah Webster, Writings and Biography

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Residents of Columbia County, Arkansas are represented in Congress by:

Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D_ AR)
Phone 202_224_4843
FAX 202_228_1371
Senator Mark Pryor (D_ AR)
Phone 202_224_2353
FAX 202_228_0908
Representative Michael A. Ross (D _ 04)
Phone 202_225_3772
FAX 202_225_1314

Other states congresspersons can be found at: []
Words of the Day:
juggernaut: any large, overpowering, destructive force.
vernacular: the plain variety of language in everyday use.
quintessential: being the most typical.
festoon: to adorn with hanging chains or strands of any material.
indemnity: security against damage or loss.
oscitant: yawning, as with drowsiness.
hegira: a journey to a more desirable or congenial place.

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." - James Baldwin

"How often in life it is a truth that we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies." - Leon Uris

"The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment not of sentiment, but of history." - Woodrow Wilson

"I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work." - Neil Armstrong

"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer

"Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second - and best - in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes." -

Italian Singer, Andrea Bocelli, Offers Pro-Life Personal Anecdote
Aimee Herd (Jun 14, 2010)

"…the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born. That woman was my mother, and I was the child."

...Read Full Story []

16-year-old Sailor, Abby Sunderland, Speaks Out about Her Journey and Rescue
Dan Wooding (Jun 15, 2010)

The 'born-again' American teenager who had been attempting to sail solo around the world defends herself against the critics of her young age.

...Read Full Story []

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GCF: Wedding Blessing

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At a wedding ceremony, the minister raised his hand to give the final blessing.

The bride misunderstood the gesture and surprised him with a high-five.

Not wanting to exclude the groom, the minister offered him a high-five, too.

He was finally able to get the blessing in, amid the laughter of the guests.
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GCF: First Job

"That's a great place to work!" shouted my 16-year-old brother after coming home from the first day at his first job. "I get two weeks' paid vacation."

"I'm so glad," said my mother.

"Yeah," he added. "I can't wait to find out where they send me."
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GCF: Weddings and Funerals

Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next."

They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.
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Found at The Shark Tank (Computerworld) -Tom

GCF: Aha!

This tech goes on vacation -- something his co-workers dread, reports another tech on the scene.

"Problems always arise when he leaves," the tech says. "And so it happened: We have a computer gathering data on all outgoing phone calls in our company. The operator noticed that there were no new records that week, and called us.

"We went to the room where the computer stood amidst a jungle of cables, without knowing what their use was.

"After a half-hour of fighting with it, we had to disturb our friend on his vacation. Luckily he answered and told us that the solution was simple: We just had to plug the dark gray cable to the computer.

"We took a look, but found no 'dark' one, but simply a bunch of equally gray cables.

"After scratching our heads and telling him that we could not find it, we noticed a lonely red cable. We plugged it in and voila!
Everything was back to normal.

"That's when we remembered that he was color blind."
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Emailed to me from another humor list (Daily Humor) -Tom To subscribe to Daily Humor, send a blank email to:

GCF: Father's Day Card

Father's Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.

When I looked back, he was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots every which way. "What are you doing?" I asked. "Haven't you found a nice card for Daddy yet?"

"No. I'm looking for one with money in it."
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GCF: Ammunition Dump

At one time, the ammunition dump at Nellis AFB, Nevada, was commanded by a colonel whose strict rule was no matches or lighters in the ammo area. To test the men, he would occasionally walk among them with an unlighted cigar between his teeth, stopping now and then to ask an unsuspecting airman for a light.

One evening the colonel paused to watch a sergeant and his crew unpack bomb fuses. "Would any of you gentlemen have a light?" he asked.

"Yes, sir!" an airman piped up. The sergeant and crew stood braced for the colonel's wrath. But the deathly silence erupted into guffaws.

"Thank you, airman," the colonel said and strutted away. With a flourish, the airman switched off his flashlight and returned it to his pocket.
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1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
10. Why are they called " stands" when they are made for sitting?
11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?
15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?
16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?
21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?
24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
25. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
27.Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?
28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? I dunno, why do we?

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Dad at the Supermarket

My father was completely lost in the kitchen and never ate unless someone prepared a meal for him. When Mother was ill, however, he volunteered to go to the supermarket for her. She sent him off with a carefully numbered list of seven items.

Dad returned shortly, very proud of himself, and proceeded to unpack the grocery bags. He had one bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three hams, four boxes of detergent, five boxes of crackers, six eggplants, and seven green peppers.

Received from Joan Flood, Reader's Digest.


Cowboy Insurance

A cowboy was trying to buy an insurance policy. The insurance agent was going down the list of standard questions. "Ever had an accident?"

"Nope, nary a one."

"None? You've never had any accidents?"

"Nope. Ain't never had one. Never."

"That's hard to believe. No accidents at all?"

"Well, a rattler bit me one time."

"Wouldn't you consider that an accident?"

"Nope! The varmint bit me on purpose!"

Received from Doc's Daily Chuckle.


911 Dispatcher

Part of my job as a 911 dispatcher is to interrogate callers who are in various states of panic so I can send the appropriate emergency equipment.

One day a woman called to say that a family member had fallen and needed to go to a hospital.

After finding out where she lived and assuring her that the paramedics would arrive shortly, I asked her, "Do you know what caused the fall?"

"No," the woman nervously replied. "What?"

Received from Thomas Ellsworth.


Start a Flood

A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the sunny Caribbean. They were discussing their great vacations when the lawyer said, "I'm here because my house burned down, and everything I owned was destroyed by the fire. The insurance company paid for everything."

"That is quite a coincidence," said the engineer. "I'm here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything."

The lawyer, quite puzzled, asked, "How DO you start a flood?"

Received from ArcaMax Jokes.


The Effectiveness of a Tennis Ball

A college professor had the mysterious habit of removing a tennis ball from his jacket pocket as he walked into the lecture hall each morning. He would set it on the corner of the podium. After giving the lecture for the day, he would once again pick up the tennis ball, place it into his jacket pocket, and leave the room.

No one ever understood why he did this, until one day ...

A student fell asleep during the lecture. The professor didn't miss a word of his lecture while he walked over to the podium, picked up the tennis ball, and threw it, hitting the sleeping student squarely on the top of the head.

The next day, the professor walked into the room, reached into his jacket, removed a baseball ...

No one ever fell asleep in his class the rest of the semester!


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Madeleine Begun Kane Latest Column - - As a recovering attorney, I feel it's my duty to write the occasional lawyer spoof. Wherefore, I hereby offer "That's What The Law's About." Feel free to sing it to "The Hokey Pokey," using this midi link which opens a second window:

You have to dot those i's.
You've got to cross those t's.
You have to seem so wise.
You must justify those fees.
And if you're smart and lucky
You will turn your case around.
That's what the law's about.

You have to file those claims.
You've got to sue those stiffs.
You have to shift the blame,
With no ands or buts or ifs.
And if you're bright and plucky
You will turn your case around.
That's what the law's about.

You've got to prep those briefs
And make them long and dense,
And prove your clients' beefs,
Even if they make no sense.
Be sure to play your cards right,
And a winner you'll be found.
That's what the law's about.

You have to seem real smart,
As if you know it all.
Recite Fed Code by heart.
Always make good judgment calls.
And if you do your homework,
Your opponents will be trounced.
That's what the law's about.

Must keep that meter on.
And never turn it off.
Yes even in the john,
Or they'll think you're going soft.
Your client might just pay you,
If a winner he is crowned.
That's what the law's about.

So keep that Lexis near,
Right on your 'puter screen.
And soon you'll have no peer.
What a genius you will seem!
And if you're most convincing,
Your opponents you will pound.
That's what the law's about.

Go tell the judge you're right.
Show where and why and how.
And be prepared to fight.
Let them never see you cowed.
And if you argue sharply,
Other lawyers will be wowed.
That's what the law's about.

You've got to win, win, win,
With logic, brains, and clout.
To lose is such a sin.
Let there never be a doubt.
In deals and litigation
You must rub the en'my out.
That's what the law's about.

© September 13, 2003 Madeleine Begun Kane. All Rights Reserved.

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Meet the Very Technical, Highly Engineered Dromedary Camel.
(From Moody Press)

When I'm hungry, I'll eat almost anything- a leather bridle, a piece of rope, my master's tent, or a pair of shoes.
My mouth is so tough a thorny cactus doesn't bother it.
I love to chow down grass and other plants that grow here on the Arabian desert.
I'm a dromedary camel, the one-hump kind that lives on hot deserts in the Middle East.
My hump, all eighty pounds of it, is filled with fat-my body fuel-not water as some people believe.
My Mighty Maker gave it to me because He knew I wouldn't always be able to find food as I travel across the hot sands.
When I don't find any chow, my body automatically takes fat from the hump, feeds my system, and keeps me going strong.
This is my emergency food supply.
If I can't find any plants to munch, my body uses up my hump.
When the hump gets smaller, it starts to tip to one side.
But when I get to a nice oasis and begin to eat again, my hump soon builds back to normal.
I've been known to drink twenty-seven gallons of water in ten minutes.
My Master Designer made me in such a fantastic way that in a matter of minutes all the water I've swallowed travels to the billions of microscopic cells that make up my flesh.
Naturally, the water I swallow first goes into my stomach.
There thirsty blood vessels absorb and carry it to every part of my body.
Scientists have tested my stomach and found it empty ten minutes after I've drunk twenty gallons.
In an eight hour day I can carry a four hundred pound load a hundred miles across a hot, dry desert and not stop once for a drink or something to eat.
In fact, I've been known to go eight days without a drink, but then I look a wreck.
I lose 227 pounds, my ribs show through my skin, and I look terribly skinny.

But I feel great!

I look thin because the billions of cells lose their water.
They're no longer fat. They're flat.
Normally my blood contains 94 percent water, just like yours.
But when I can't find any water to drink, the heat of the sun gradually robs a little water out of my blood.
Scientists have found that my blood can lose up to 40 percent of its water, and I'm still healthy.
Doctor's say human blood has to stay very close to 94 percent water. If you lose 5 percent of it, you can't see anymore; 10 percent, you can't hear and you go insane; 12 percent, your blood is as thick as molasses and your heart can't pump the thick stuff. It stops, and you're dead.
But that's not true with me.
Scientists say my blood is different.
My red cells are elongated. Yours are round.

Maybe that's what makes the difference.
This proves I'm designed for the desert, or the desert is designed for me.
Did you ever hear of a design without a Designer?
After I find a water hole, I'll drink for about ten minutes and my skinny body starts to change almost immediately.
In that short time my body fills out nicely, I don't look skinny anymore, and I gain back the 227 pounds I lost.
Even though I lose a lot of water on the desert, my body conserves it too.
Way in the beginning when my intelligent Engineer made me, He gave me a specially designed nose that saves water.
When I exhale, I don't lose much.
My nose traps that warm, moist air from my lungs and absorbs it in my nasal membranes.
Tiny blood vessels in those membranes take that back into my blood.
How's that for a recycling system? Pretty cool, isn't it.
It works because my nose is cool.
My cool nose changes that warm moisture in the air from my lungs into water.
But how does my nose get cool?
I breath in hot dry desert air, and it goes through my wet nasal passages.
This produces a cooling effect, and my nose stays as much as 18 degrees cooler than the rest of my body.
I love to travel the beautiful sand dunes.
It's really quite easy, because my Creator gave me specially engineered sand shoes for feet.
My hooves are wide, and they get even wider when I step on them.
Each foot has two long, bony toes with tough, leathery skin between my soles, are a little like webbed feet.
They won't let me sink into the soft, drifting sand.
This is good, because often my master wants me to carry him one hundred miles across the desert in just one day. (I troop about ten miles per hour.)
Sometimes a big windstorm comes out of nowhere, bringing flying sand with it.
My Master Designer put special muscles in my nostrils that close the openings, keeping sand out of my nose but still allowing me enough air to breathe.
My eyelashes arch down over my eyes like screens, keeping the sand and sun out but still letting me see clearly.
If a grain of sand slips through and gets in my eye, the Creator took care of that too.
He gave me an inner eyelid that automatically wipes the sand off my eyeball just like a windshield wiper.
Some people think I'm conceited because I always walk around with my head held high and my nose in the air.
But that's just because of the way I'm made.
My eyebrows are so thick and bushy I have to hold my head high to peek out from underneath them.
I'm glad I have them though.
They shade my eyes from the bright sun.
Desert people depend on me for many things.
Not only am I their best form of transportation, but I'm also their grocery store.

Mrs. Camel gives very rich milk that people make into butter and cheese.
I shed my thick fur coat once a year, and that can be woven into cloth.
A few young camels are used for beef, but I don't like to talk about that.
For a long time we camels have been called the "ships of the desert" because of the way we sway from side to side when we trot.
Some of our riders get seasick.
I sway from side to side because of the way my legs work.
Both legs on one side move forward at the same time, elevating that side.
My "left, right left, right" motion makes my rider feel like he is in a rocking chair going sideways.
When I was six months old,special knee pads started to grow on my front legs.
The intelligent Creator knew I had to have them.
They help me lower my 1000 pounds to the ground.
If I didn't have them,my knees would soon become sore and infected, and I could never lie down.
I'd die of exhaustion.
By the way, I don't get thick knee pads because I fall on my knees.
I fall on my knees because I already have these tough pads.
Someone very great thought of me and knew I needed them.
He designed them into my genes.
It's real difficult for me to understand how some people say I evolved into what I now am.
I'm very technical, highly engineered dromedary camel.
Things like me don't just happen.
They're planned on a drawing board by Someone very brilliant, Someone very logical.

Thanks to Waneta
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Concentrate on this sentence "To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did" When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
Concentrate on this sentence. "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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TOURBUS - - Vol 15, Number 57
14 JUN 2010
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries

Merchant Accounts / Cheap Hard Drives / Satellite TV / Online Converters / Facebook Privacy / Geekly Update In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn about Credit Card Merchant Accounts. If you'd like to sell stuff online, find out how to accept plastic. And what about Cheap Hard Drives -- does low cost mean inferior quality? I've also got the scoop on Free Satellite TV. Yes, you really can get satellite TV for free, and it's completely legal.

And just in case you ever need to convert foot pounds to newton meters, or Spanish to Swedish Chef, I've got a roundup of awesome Online Converters that will convert almost anything to its equivalent in another format. You'll also find two new editions of the Geekly Update, guaranteed to help you impress the alpha geek in your office. And finally, have you checked your Facebook Privacy Settings lately? Bits and pieces of your online social life might be up for sale. Read on!

Credit Card Merchant Accounts - - If you want to sell anything, online or in a brick and mortar store, you really need to accept major credit cards. Few people carry much cash these days, and check fraud has become so widespread that many merchants have stopped accepting checks altogether.
To accept credit or debit cards for payment, you need what's called a merchant account. Here's the scoop on getting a merchant account for your online business venture...

Cheap Hard Drives - Are They Worth the Money? - - Would you pay five million dollars for a 500GB hard drive? Hard drives are the workhorses of mass storage, and virtually every computer has one. There are dozens of hard drive manufacturers worldwide. So it's not surprising that competition and technology improvements have driven hard drive prices to all-time record lows. That's good news.
But are cheap hard drives truly a bargain? Read on for some tips on buying a hard drive, and some things to watch out for...

Free Satellite TV - Is it Legal? - - A reader asks: "I've heard about 'free-to-air' satellite TV channels you can receive if you have a satellite dish. Is this true? If so, what channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?" If you're paying for satellite TV service, it may surprise you to learn that there's a free version, too.
Free to air (FTA) satellite TV delivers thousands of channels of broadcast content via satellite to consumers all over the world. Read on to learn more about how to tune in free satellite TV programming...

Free Online Converters - - How many acres are there in 124 hectares of land? The answer might not have mattered often in the past, but today's global economy often requires conversion of measurement units from one country, culture or discpline into another's.

If you ever need to convert miles to kilometers, dollars to euros, or almost anything else, here's the scoop on the best free online conversion tools...

Geekly Update - - Is it true that the new iPhone 4 can actually levitate? Are people tiling their bathroom floors with spare iPads? And is there a secret way to make the Google home page less boring?
Get answers to these burning questions, and permission to unfriend 3 Facebook friends you don't really like anyway, just by reading the most recent installments of the Geekly Update...

Facebook Privacy Settings - - Facebook faces a mutiny from its millions of users. The company has outraged, exasperated, and frightened almost every user who has paid any attention to recent changes in his or her Facebook connections and privacy settings.
If you're not paying attention to your Facebook privacy settings, you should. Here's why, and what you need to do...

That's all for now, see you next time!
-- Bob Rankin
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An Inconvenient Truth - Respirators Needed in the Gulf Cleanup

Category: BP • Chemicals Policy • OSHA • Occupational Health & Safety

by Eileen Senn, MS

It seems obvious to many that respirators are needed to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf from inhaling air contaminants that are making some sick now and may make many more chronically ill in the future. I will describe a combination of political and scientific issues conspiring to prevent the needed respirators from being provided. They include:

*Lack of focus on the adverse health effects of airborne contaminants
*Limited air sampling
*Outdated exposure limits
*Oil company protocols for limiting respirator use
*Concerns that respirators will worsen heat stress to workers
*OSHA requirements for respirator use
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Weekly Toll _ _
Death In The Workplace w/News & Updates
John Donne _ ...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Former ECC President Killed in Farm Accident - - June 12, ROCKY MOUNT, NC - 67 year old Hartwell Fuller died after an accident involving a tractor at his Dortches farm on the 5900 block of Brake Road. Fuller was a longtime educator and former Edgecombe Community College president. Since the late 1960s, Fuller had remained a key figure in the community college. Relatives have said Fuller was attempting to change out lawn mower blades so he could mow the farm’s grass. It later was reported that his tractor was not secure and that it flipped over and fell on top him around 9:30 a.m.

Springfield Man Dies in Farm Accident - - June 12, SPRINGFIELD, KS - 61 year old Mark Falkenstein died Thursday when his tractor overturned, pinning him underneath.Falkenstein was driving a tractor that was towing another tractor uphill about 4 p.m. when his tractor overturned, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

Two Men Killed On The Job in Valley - - June 12, VALLEY, AL - 53 year old Clemmie Dawsen and 43 year old Lorenzo Hodge of Opelika died while doing their jobs this morning. Dawson and Hodge work for a cleaning company out of Opelika, Top Notch Cleaning. They were at their last cleaning of the night at the O.D Alsobrook Center of East Alabama Mental Health. It is an outpatient counseling center. Valley Police said the two men were buffing the floors with machines that use propane gas. A worker found the men when she came into work this morning and immediately called 911. Both the worker and the police smelled gas when they walked in.
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NEVER FORGET! We're listing the names of our soldiers killed since our last Bleat was published. These records can be found at

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died June 11 at Forward Operating Base Bullard, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Connellsville, Pa. Killed were:
01. Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Fike, 38, of Conneautville, Pa.
02. Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Hoover, 29, of West Elizabeth, Pa.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Killed were:
03. Sgt. Israel P. Obryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and
04. Spc. William C. Yauch, 23, of Batesville, Ark.

05. Spc. Christian M. Adams, 26, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died June 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

06. Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, 24, of Smithville, Texas, died June 11 in Powrak, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to the 264th Clearance Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.

07. Spc. Brian M. Anderson, 24, of Harrisonburg, Va., died June 12 in Za Khel, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his vehicle using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

08. Spc. Christopher W. Opat, 29, of Spencer, Iowa, died June 15 in Baquah, Iraq of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device June 7 in Konar, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed were:
09. Sgt. Joshua A. Lukeala, 23, of Yigo, Guam;
10. Spc. Matthew R. Catlett, 23, of Houston, Texas;
11. Spc. Charles S. Jirtle, 29, of Lawton, Okla.; and
12. Spc. Blaine E. Redding, 22, of Plattsmouth, Neb.

13. Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest, 23, of St. Clair, Mich., died June 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, IIIMarine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

14. Lance Cpl. Michael C. Bailey, 29, of Park Hills, Mo., died June 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, IMarine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

15. Spc. Benjamin D. Osborn, 27, of Queensbury, N.Y., died June 15 in Shigalwashheltan district, Konar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Air Force MIAS from Vietnam War are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are Capt. Peter H. Chapman, II, Centerburg, Ohio; Tech. Sgt. Allen J. Avery, Auburn, Mass.; Tech. Sgt. Roy D. Prater, Tiffin, Ohio; and Sgt. James H. Alley, Plantation, Fla., all U.S. Air Force.

Prater is to be buried in Columbia City, Ind., on June 19. Other burials are being scheduled individually by the families of the airmen.

On April 6, 1972, six airmen were flying a combat search and rescue mission in their HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter over Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam when they were hit by enemy ground fire and crashed. Joint U.S. – Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) field investigations from 1989 to 1992, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), yielded evidence leading to an excavation at the crash site in 1994 as well as two reported burial sites. Team members recovered human remains and personal effects as well as aircraft debris. As a result of these recoveries, all six men on the aircraft were accounted-for in 1997 and buried as a group at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Three were individually identified at that time. Recent technical advances enabled JPAC to identify additional remains to be those of Prater.

Previously, in 1988, the S.R.V. turned over remains they attributed to an American serviceman, however, the name did not match anyone lost or missing from the Vietnam War. The remains were held by JPAC pending improved technology which might have facilitated an identification later.

In the mid-2000s, JPAC’s laboratory gained increased scientific capability to associate the 1988 remains to the correct loss. The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) tested these remains against all those servicemembers who were MIA from the Vietnam War with negative results. In 2009, AFDIL expanded its search to make comparisons with previously- resolved individuals. As a result of AFDIL’s mitochondrial DNA testing, JPAC scientists determined that these remains were associated with four of the six airmen from the 1972 crash.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at or call 703-699-1169.
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"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." __ Franklin D. Roosevelt
"There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of one candle."
Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. _ _ George Carlin
"Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!" _ _ Queen E. Watson
“A political class of Republicans and Democrats that look after themselves, not the Nation. A media hostile to the very precepts of this nation. A generation of Americans who see morals as vices, and are ignorant of America's Actual History.”
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life." - - Theodore Roosevelt
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Scheduled Activities
Men's Prayer Breakfast held every Tuesday morning at 6 AM in Miller's Cafeteria. If you aren't a regular participant at the Men's Prayer Breakfast, you're missing some great food, fellowship and inspired teaching of the Word. Hope to see you there.
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Emergency Phone Number 911
(Fire, Police, Ambulance, Sheriff, etc. )
Central Dispatch 234_5655
(Non _ Emergency Number)
Direct Numbers
Ambulance _ 234_7371 (24 Hour)
Jail _ 234_5331 (24 Hour)
Poison Control _ 800_222_1222 (24 Hour)
http://www. aapcc. org/
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circulation@bannernews. net To start, stop or cancel newspaper delivery or for comments about delivery.
outfitters For Office Outfitters, the office supply division of the Banner_News.
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"Laugh whenever you can and cry if you need to." __ "Bug"
"I read the end of the book. We win!" __ "Bug"
"We may not be able to cure the world, but we don't have to make it sicker." __ "Bug"
"There just ain't enough fingers for all the holes in the dike." _ _ "Bug"
"It's no big deal doing what God tells you to do. A big deal would be NOT doing what God tells you to do. Just ask Jonah." _ _ Paul Troquille
“Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.” Knowledge is power. _ Francis Bacon
"The problem is here and now. The time for talk is past. The time for action is now."
Comments on the first Earth Day _ James F. McClellan via John "Fuzzy" Thurman
Hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Again, thanks to all our contributors this week.
"Remember Pearl Harbor? Remember 9/11!" __"Bug"
God bless and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Gal 1:15-18 Prov 3:27-30 Acts 11:15-17 Micah 7:5-7 Rom 2:28-29
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