Many generations, have taken you for granted. Because of your sacrifice we were raised in a country of extraordinary prosperity and peace. The freedom you give us allowed all who live in this country great opportunity to attend schools the ability to pursue careers, to live where we choose, to embrace the religious faith and values we choose, to raise families and pursue our dreams.
You did this for us and more. You allowed us to give our children, gifts that yours went without. Because of you, all who live here enjoy the freedom to pursue their dreams, and the blessings of living in the land of the free.
We have received these great gifts down through the ages, purchased with blood, and for the most part, little or no appreciation has been shown, some were put away and forgotten, left to die in building that were paid for with tax dollars making some feel like we had made a contribution to your efforts, yet you were shielded by the walls so that no one had to see you broken or in despair.
We get days off to honor you and those that have gone before you. But most Americans do not go to the bases, the hospitals or the cemetery. Maybe it is because most of the citizens in the US have not had to hear the cries of pain on the field of battle, or watch those who struggle with broken bodies when they return.
No they stayed behind and pursued their dreams. Some even pounded their chests calling you names, used their fame or position to side with our enemies, and some passed resolutions to dishonor you and your sacrifice. Yet there is not one person who has served or who continues to serve that has any regret for standing in the gap for their countrymen.
Some Americans have not thought much of , the sacrifice that was given in blood, time away from home, scars that will never heal bodies that will never mend or the ones who gave all, their life.
So today, on behalf of myself, my family, and many thankful Americans that I met or have contact with each day. I submit these words to my fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children who have and continue to serve in our United States Military. Your bravery and sacrifice have and continue to purchase our freedom, and not only ours, but the freedom of hurting and forgotten people living abroad, fighting the threat to our freedom and the freedom of people who can not fight for themselves.
May God continue to bless you and may He never let us forget those who have gone before you. You are in my prayers.
Steven L. Doran
WASHINGTON (May 24) — Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives, according to an evaluation of those products released today. Read more
Cottonwood Tree’s in arid country indicate a river bed. Whether that bed turns out to be wet or dry is another question. But if it’s dry, examine the ground by one of the largest and most ancient of the cottonwoods, on the inside bank of the old river’s curve; you will usually fund a small pool of water in the wet season and a good place to dig in the dry. There should be enough ground moisture so that if you really need water you can dig down a foot or so and find seepage. However keep in mind, that it usually does not pay to dig for water. With the amount of energy used the moisture lost in sweat usually far exceeds that gained from the hole you have dug. But if you are far away from civilization and desperate you do not have much to lose. Read more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor gear maker Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. – which helped create an industry in Utah – will join a publicly traded company and buy Sacramento, Calif.-based Gregory Mountain Products Inc., a manufacturer of specialized backpacks. Read more
This is heart breaking, but this is not the first incident this year of persons being killed by dogs they thought they could trust. If it is not your dog leave it alone. If one comes after you be prepared to do what it takes to break contact. We have a article that will help you in our articles section. BERLIN (AP) — Four attack dogs killed a 3-year-old toddler in eastern Germany and badly injured the girl’s great-grandmother, who had tried to rescue the girl, police said on Saturday. Prosecutors opened an investigation for negligent homicide against the dogs’ owner, the girl’s aunt, police spokeswoman Jeanette Schwahn-Witzenhausen said. Read more
BEIJING (AP) — The youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest hugged his tearful companions and told them he loved them. Then 13-year-old Jordan Romero took the satellite phone and called his mom. “He says, ‘Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world,’” a giddy Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press from California, where she had been watching her son’s progress minute by minute on a GPS tracker online. Read more
While the state of the economy is currently foremost on the minds of most Americans, Walp’s revelations, in Implosion at Los Alamos regarding the security breaches in our country’s nuclear defense secrets pale in comparison to our financial woes. Security breaches which reportedly continue to this day. Read more
A 22-year-old who climbed her first mountain last year has become the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Everest. Bonita Norris, a Royal Holloway student from Berkshire, scaled the world’s highest peak with Kenton Cool, who broke his own British record with an eighth successful climb. At 21 she had ascended her first mountain — Manaslu, another Himalayan peak. Read more
Tension or Pressure cutting with a knife is fairly easy to master. The key is the wood you are cutting can not be to hard, and your knife has to be really sharp. My Granddad religiously used this technique to cut limbs, saplings and such. The technique is fairly easy, you bend the tree or branch you want to cut, take a firm grip on the knife, and cut straight down and away from yourself at the top of the bend. As with all good knife craft, if it is not working the wood is probably to hard or you are not cutting at the right angle. What ever you do, do not force it. If you are doing it right your knife will move through the wood fairly well. You may need to take a second slice depending on the thickness of the wood. But it will not be a major chore to get it done. Read more
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wildlife experts say cougars are returning to Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources will work to come up with a plan on dealing with the powerful predator that hasn’t lived in Wisconsin for a century.University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point wildlife researcher Eric Anderson and DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven recently traveled to South Dakota to learn more about how the cougars. They got experience in darting and putting radio collars on the big cats.
While there have been three confirmed cougar sightings in the past two years in Wisconsin, the DNR says its received many more unconfirmed sightings. Wydeven told the State Journal that it will be interesting to see how wolves and cougars interact. Both rely on deer for food. The wolf population in Wisconsin is now about 700.
Locals in a small Canadian town have been stumped by the appearance of a bizarre creature, which was dragged from a lake. The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous ‘Montauk monster’. The creature was discovered by two nurses in the town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib in Ontario, Canada, while out on a walk with their dog. Read more
I guess the forest service considers taking pictures bad for the environment. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is butting heads with the U.S. Forest Service after it denied an Idaho Public Television crew access to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to film an “Outdoor Idaho” program, claiming it is a prohibited commercial activity in a wilderness area. “If Ansel Adams were alive today and wanted to bring his camera into the Frank Church wilderness, would the Forest Service let him?” asked Peter Morrill, IPT general manager. Via AP.