Tuesday, December 23, 2008


 The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
 I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. 
 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
 My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
 Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

 The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. 
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
 Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

 The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. 
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
 sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

 Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. 
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Just a young man, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

 'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
 'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! 
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

 To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
 Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right, 
 I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
 'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times.

 No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. 
 My Gramps died in France on a day in December,'
 Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
 My dad stood his watch in the Korean cold,
 And now it is my turn to try and be as bold.

 I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. 
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red and white flag... the Union flag.
 I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home.

 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. 
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'

 'So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
 'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
 'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you've done, 
 For being away from your wife and your son.'

 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 'Just tell us you love us, and never forget. 
 To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, 
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'

 PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many  people as you can?

 Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.

Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.




Sheriff JoeGotta love this guy............He has my vote
You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb.  Well.........

Oh, there's MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!
Maricopa County was spending approx.  $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs.  Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.
The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. 
They feed and care for the strays.  Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily.  He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior.  They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal.  He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.
The best part?  His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.  Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago.  He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. 
Cost us $78.
The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. 
Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc.  He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.
I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas.  He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.
He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer.  It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later.  We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.
Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.
Now he's in trouble with the ACLU again.  He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens.  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border.  He's kind of a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ' Tent City Jail':
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails.  Took away their weights Cut off all but 'G' movies.
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn't Get Sued For Discrimination.
He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.
When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It's Gonna Be While They Are Working ON My Chain Gangs.
He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.
When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/ Carlton......If You Don't Like It, Don't Come Back.' More On The Arizona Sheriff:
With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports:
About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued Pink Boxer Shorts.
On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached
138 Degrees Inside The Week Before.
Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.
'It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,' Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In The TENTS for 1 year.  'It's Inhumane.' Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.  He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear, But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!' 

Way To Go, Sheriff!
Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders.  Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.
If you agree, pass this on.  If not, you must have been aquainted withe the Sherrif

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

UK's biggest ever property competition

Great Ormond StreetHospital Children's Charity has teamed up with London
property developers MIA Developments Ltd to launch WinALondonPad - the biggest free prize
draw in the UK.
The competition is aiming to raise enough money to fund the construction of

a purpose built four bed ward in the Cardiac Daycare unit.

Great Ormond Street Hospital has established one of the largest paediatric heart-lung

transplant centres in the world, and was the first centre in the world to
replace pulmonary heart valves without open heart surgery.

However, the world class cardiac and respiratory team have

to work in some of the most difficult and cramped facilities in the hospital.

A strategic priority for the hospital is the creation of a new Heart and Lung
Centre for children, on which the four bed ward will be located.

The new ward will be used by children who are admitted to have essential
same-day heart procedures or investigations. They will be using the beds prior
to their procedures as well as during their recovery period immediately after.

Every year Great Ormond Street receives more than 150,000 patient

visits from the youngest, most vulnerable and seriously ill children in the UK and overseas
- over 40 per cent are under three years old and over 60 per cent require
intensive care or have high-dependency needs.
Tickets for the competition - backed by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's
Charity - will go on sale on Wednesday October 29th this year with MIA Developments aiming to donate
£600,000 to the world famous charity to re-develop the hospital's cardiac ward.
The face of the campaign, one of Britain's most popular celebrities,
will be announced when the competition launches.
Visit www.winalondonpad.com to
When entrants purchase a 4GB MP4 player for £60 complete with full warranty,

they receive free entry into the prize draw. Entrants have a one in 200,000
chance of winning - and never having to work again.
Limited to 200,000 tickets available at www.winalondonpad.com,
the winner will scoop an entire development consisting of eleven luxury serviced
apartments worth in excess of £8 million.

York House on Myrdle Street
in E1, London
is a block of 11 service apartments that is undergoing refurbishment works. It
contains two one-bed apartments and nine two-bed apartments, all with Italian
design kitchens with stone worktops, hard wood floors, remote control lighting,
jacuzzi baths and en-suite to master bedrooms and steam rooms.

York House is situated close to the Square mile and is conveniently placed

for getting around London. The
development is a short walk from Aldgate and Aldgate East stations while the
Docklands Light Railway at nearby Tower Gateway provides easy access to Canary Wharf,
The Docklands and City

Nearby Aldgate East and Tower Hill tube stations put you minutes away from

dozens of London's favorite destinations: Houses
of Parliament, Buckingham
Palace, The London Eye,
Tate Modern, Oxford Street,
King's Road, Regent's Park, and Madame Tussauds.

The Thames side Queen's Walk, the Tower

of London, Tower Bridge
and the shops and marina at St Katharine Docks are also close by.

The total rental that can be achieved on the block will be in excess of

£500,000 a year.

The winner will be given full financial advice on how to manage the property or
you could sell it.

Thnks to The Move Channel for this info.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

One of the good stories

One of the good

This needs to make
headline news...not some of the other junk that makes the news these days!!!

It's a tough, but
heart-warming story...with a picture of John Gebhardt in

Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was
executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot
her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's
hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said
John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last
four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is
coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and
represents what the Western world is trying to do.

my friends, is worth sharing with the WORLD! Go for it!!

You'll never see
things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if
you don't, but the public needs to see pictures like this and needs to
realize that we're making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

cannot direct the wind but we can adjust our

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

A new budget computer aimed at schoolchildren is about to be launched. Our correspondent tries it out

Read the article from the Sunday Times HERE

and see the specs HERE

Looks like the One could be a rebadge of a Fontastic A-View ultra-cheap Chinese "simple PC".

Monday, January 28, 2008

Parent Trap

Parent Trap

A new web warning for families. More and more parents are getting burned when their kids spill family secrets online.

year old Shannon knows the drill: Anything she posts on social
networking sites can come back to haunt her when she applies for
college or a job.

Now, there's a new twist to the warning.

"I had no idea that things I post on the internet could come back to hurt my family, not just me," Shannon admits.

Many families are getting hurt according to internet safety expert Parry Aftab.

represented a lot of parents who've come to me when they have been
fired, they've been demoted, or they've been called on the carpet
because of what their kids posted online," Attab said.

Aftab says many teens still don't get it, that their posts on networking and blogging sites aren't private.

always warn kids never to post anything that parents, principal,
predators can't see. Now, I have to warn them not to post anything that
their parents' boss or anybody in their neighborhood shouldn't be
seeing either," Attab said.

Sgt. Corey MacDonald agrees. He
tours the country speaking about internet safety, and says police and
employers are watching. They look for, and find, all kinds of dirt.

"Whether we're talking about dad's work secrets or problems between mom and dad with their relationship," Sgt. MacDonald said.

We asked him to show us just how easy it is to find incriminating posts. It didn't take long.

only do I have to live with my nagging mom, my dad does drugs. This
person, Tara, says her parents are lazy alcoholics," reads Sgt.

He says it's not hard for police, or employers, to uncover the identity of teens from the details in their profiles.

they have to do is narrow down who this person is that's posting this.
And then, it's relatively easy to search their name on one of the
online search sites and find out who their family is," Sgt. MacDonald

They're also getting a lot of anonymous tips. Some
posts are leading to arrests like the case of a boy who boasted online
about his mother buying a keg for his underage friends!

"This is a much bigger problem than people are aware of," Aftab points out.

Aftab says even innocent-sounding news can do damage.

may be talking about how their father is losing a job, and perhaps a
neighbor who's the mortgage broker for the father isn't aware that the
father's job is in jeopardy," Attab said.

Experts say it's
critical for parents to talk to their teens about the repercussions of
revealing family business, and make sure they turn on all privacy
settings. Shannon does that, and is careful.

"I use social networking sites to connect with my friends. I leave my family life at home," Shannon says.

A good thing, says mom Margaret who checks Shannon's posts from time to time.

important to know what they're doing and to be able to help them if
they get into trouble. And to keep them safe and, apparently, now we
have to have them keep us safe as well," Margaret says.

than 12 million kids ages 12 to 17 used social networking sites in
August. That's up 15% from the same period last year. Many admit that
have online friends that they've never met. Those friends could, in
fact, be police officers or even their parents' employers!

note about privacy settings: Even if your kids turn their's on when
they send messages and pictures to friends, they have no control over
whether those friends keep their page private. So the images and info
may still get out there.

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