June 6

We’ll Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven

Memorial Day 2019 – We Remember

So, the Veteran’s Memorial Park here in Pensacola – home of The Wall South – decided they would love to have a memorial walkway leading into The Wall, and offered bricks for sale. It’s a splendid place, and a wonderful idea.

We got the email that our nephew John’s brick had been laid last Tuesday, and got out there this past Thursday, my next day off. The new sections are overwhelmed by the concrete leading into The Wall, but it made quick work to find his. And, frankly, it was an unexpected emotional hit when major dad said, “I found him!,” tenderly brushing the last of the fine sand from the brick’s face. The tears. Out of nowhere. Oh, John. Dammit.

Things happen for a reason, I guess.
At the very moment we were rewrapped in that cocoon of grief, trying to capture one decent picture through tears and blazing sunshine, a matter-of-fact voice broke into our sad sniffling, “Do either of you know how to run that damn computer?” I had to shake my head a moment, before I could look up, wiping my cheeks with my fingers and drying them on the tail of my shirt. Here stood a whip thin older gentleman in shorts, a blue polo, sunglasses, and straw chapeau, gesturing at The Wall’s locator computer kiosk, and, obviously, wondering why he hadn’t got an answer out of us.
“THAT computer,” he reiterated to the obviously challenged dolts before him.

“Um…no.” I said. “But it can’t be too hard, if it hasn’t fried from being out here all these years. Let’s see what we can do.” Over we trot.

Man. Was that thing cranky. He was looking for a friend he’d served with in Vietnam…who hadn’t come home. He’d plugged in 50 combinations of names, dates, and still no joy. After a 5 or 6 futile attempts using his suggestions – and with him ready to throw in the towel – I said, “Let’s try to strip this down to bare minimums. First and last name.”

Nothing again.
major dad and the fellow started to walk off, when miraculously there was a flicker, and I yelled, “Hey! He’s from Daleville, AL, right?” Back to the screen he came.

There were a number of “Williams” who had suddenly popped up on the locator matrix. And there was his friend, with his wall section and line. “But he was a captain,” the man mused, as the line said ‘major.’ “I’m sure he was posthumously promoted, which is why your searching for a captain couldn’t find him. These old computers are very literal.”
He kept repeating the entry address, and major dad gently said, “Come on. Let’s go find him.” Off they went.

I stayed at the computer while the two of them went down the walk to the 1972 section of The Wall. major dad helped him find his buddy, spent a moment with him, and then left them to visit.

We were just saying goodbye to John’s brick, when the gentleman came back up the walk. As he passed by, in a voice choked with tears, he said, “Thank you for helping me find him,” continuing straight to his car, shutting the door, and sat, head drooped over the steering wheel.

I looked at major dad, and we gave each other a little hand squeeze.
I guess we were meant to be there.
We miss our John every single day.
We remember Maj Robert John Williams, who never came home.

We remember, and thank them all.

God bless America.

Filed Under: Why Is There a 2d Amendment, Mommy?

Exhibit A.

Smug Causes Smog

Well lookee here

Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists.

When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix – in which coal still plays an important role – are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich.

Filed Under: Science

I am also delighted to be post-menopausal.

Let’s Play “Guess That Party”!

Flint mayor diverted water-crisis money to political PAC, suit says

Since, like:

a) if she was Republican, it’d be in the headline

b) you have to go through 10 paragraphs before being indirectly led to assume she’s a Democrat

c) Flint hasn’t had a Republican mayor since the mid- 70’s from what I can find

UPDATE: Well….huh. Knock me over with a feather.

I Mean Every Word of It

Dear. God. Notre Dame

UPDATE:

Hmmm. Confused croissant salesman looking for the exit?

WAHOOWA!!!!!!!!!

The Gods have finally smiled upon us

Layers And Layers Of Fact-Checkers Part MCMLV

Courtesy of MSN, here’s a little historical tidbit that I’ll bet you didn’t know:

General McClellan and Union forces won the Siege of Yorktown in 1862 to win the Revolutionary war!

Boy, that Lincoln guy just didn’t give George all the credit he deserved…

Update: Here’s the link https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/today-in-history-april-5/ss-BBVmP8p?ocid=spartanntp#image=3

On Slide 10 they have Howard Hughes…dying in a plane crash?

Dare I say “Fake News”?

After 50+ Years This Still Never Gets Old

THREE YEARS of CNN’s Life

…spent spooling up lurid RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA spy fantasies, and what did it get them in return?

Bupkiss.

And probably 4 more years of Trump.

😀

Can’t…Stop…

…DANCIN”!!!

And the Mueller Report Is In

Some folks are…upset.

Happy Burfday THS!

Bestest Sister Evuh!!

Cognitive Dissonance

When you hear the WARMING IS APOCALYPTIC AND NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE crowd.

And then you read a little more before you go to bed and stumble on stuff.

Huh.

When Your Sneering Brussels Overlords

…no longer feel the need to manage their contempt for you and revel in it openly, it’s time to leave.

When the thought of your once proud, independent nation brings a snarl to the face of the unelected bureaucrat who holds your identity as British in his hands, it’s time to leave.

When you are nothing but contemptible for wanting the freedom of self-determination restored to you?

GET. OUT.

Brexiteers will have a ‘special place in hell’ declares EU chief Donald Tusk
The EU Council President’s extraordinary speech comes as talks remain deadlocked 51 days before Brexit – with Northern Ireland leaders saying they have “genuinely no idea” what Theresa May’s plan is after meeting her

Brexiteers will have a ‘special place in hell’, EU chief Donald Tusk declared today in an extraordinary, furious speech.

The European Council President lashed out at top Tories as talks remain deadlocked just 51 days before the UK is supposed to leave.

It Had to KILL CBS News

…to put this poll result up.

And if CBS was uncomfortable, heads HAD to have been EXPLODING at CNN with these results.

At the very least, the anguished gnashing of filed fangs had to be music to the ears of God.

The Clever, Edgy, Dressed in White

…Democratic Congresswymmins followed textbook advice from 30 years ago.

#SOTU #BitterSisters

This Will Never Get Old

What an absolute unprepared idiot he is.

But hey, he has a “boo”.

Lemme Repeat Myself

For the record:

I was a 28 year old Marine in 1984.

Never once did I see black face, nor did I expect to, frankly.

My friends and I spent our 20’s shitfaced, not black faced.

#Northam #Racists

As for Homophobic MAGA Attackers in Chicago

…curiouser and curiouser…

?

Oh, I for SURE would have dropped that nasty thing, attack, noose, or no.

Maybe THAT’S what the “bleach” was for.

See: “Schadenfreude”

This is just delicious.

Call it Revenge of the Babies, or whatever makes you feel good. It’s an epic comeuppance.

VURT Da FURK

…does this gibberish even MEAN?!?!

These fresh young Progressive anti-Semites in Congress are just delightful!

At least I can understand the THIS new Congress…PERSON. And well educated, because Israel is EXACTLY like Iran. Ask any gay Israeli man who’s ever been thrown off a roof or hung for simply being gay, for starters.

And don’t EVEN get me started on the baby killing monsters, who are now saying we mis-interpreted the baby killing statements we heard on video, which – also amazingly – were heard by Republican members of Congress, yet NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT.

How…curious.

It’s been a GREAT WEEK for the Left/Democrats/Progressives.

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