Reality finds a way to present itself.
Yesterday I was testing a new telephoto lens about 70-80 meters off I-35 outside my town.
My attention was quickly drawn to this old veteran in cammo, bearing the outward signs of long and arduous service.
After I got home and started running my shots through my photo software I was surprised to learn that this up-armored six-by (although The Ninja reports: “We just called 'em five tons. I guess they could pull five tons or something. Globalsecurity.org calls 'em M939s.”) had seen its share of recent combat and as a result was headed to destinations unknown.
Neither of the shots appeared to have penetrated the bullet-resistant windshield,and there were other battle damage on the frame and hood.
Thanks to the free market and American ingenuity, 42-pound multilayered glass and polymer laminate barriers are installed as side window kits on the workhorse military transports, which requires four per vehicle. Humvee windshield sections, for example, weighing 260 pounds each.
This type of increased protection has saved an untold number of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So… even on a quiet, hot, muggy morning in North Texas there are reminders of the sacrifices of our servicemen and women now in harm’s way… most of them unknown, unheralded and sadly, largely unappreciated.
Take just a moment to study the photos, remember, and give thanks for those who stand between us and death and slavery.
Today I’m reminded of the man twirling the plates on sticks…. most often seen on the Ed Sullivan Show or a circus.
Barack Obama is that man; he is obviously out of his depth and experience, yet he maintains a flurry of activity that is “all hat and no cattle” as they say down here in Texas. He insists on twirling an enormous number of foreign and domestic plates and 90% of them are wobbling, yet in response, he adds more plates or one of our foreign enemies throws another at us.
The disaster is obvious and near upon us.
Where are the results from the near-$800 billion stimulus which to not just important, but critical to our very economic survival?
Better yet, where is the damned money…?
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.
The number who strongly disapprove inched up another point to the highest level measured to date and the overall Approval Index is at the lowest level yet for Obama.
“President Obama is growing government outrageously, and it's immoral and it's uneconomic, his plan that he tries to sell America. His plan to "put America on the right track" economically, incurring the debt that our nation is incurring, trillions of dollars that we're passing on to our kids, expecting them to pay off for us, is immoral and doesn't even make economic sense. So his growth of government agenda needs to be ratcheted back, and it's going to take good people who have the guts to stand up to him, stand up to him and debate policy, not personalities, not partisan politics, but policy to effect the change that we need there.”
Where are the Republicans—especially male GOPers—when it comes to calling a spade a spade…?
Clearly, the best man in the Republican Party is a woman.
And here are Jackson Five who actually deserve our respect:
“The cause of Mr. Jackson's death was obvious to anyone who saw him.
Really, no autopsy was necessary.
It was cardiac arrest. Caused by a roadside bomb.
I'm not talking about Michael Jackson, the supposedly drug-addled entertainer whose death has dominated every waking moment these past few days.
Instead, as we head toward Independence Day, I found a few other Jacksons whose deaths didn't receive the attention they should have….”
Read the rest here: They died for us: A Jackson Five you never knew
May God bless them and their families.