Saturday, December 22, 2007

83% Burned Out!

WOW! Maybe I can take a sabbatical and take the loss off my taxes as health related!




You Are 83% Burned Out



You are extremely burned out.

You work too hard, and you're not getting the results you deserve.

It's time for a life change, as soon as you can manage it.

You're giving away most of your energy to something you don't even enjoy.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Gratitude Campaign

This is a great site and a nice video. Please spread the word about the gratitude campaign.

http://gratitudecampaign.org/index.php

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Frivilous Lawsuit!

What a crock, her no good son shoots one officer and later tries to shoot several others before he is shot and killed and now she feels they used exessive force? Maybe they should have just let him run away so he could try to kill someone else or so he could have more time before the next shootout to better arm himself so he could kill more cops. Her attorney should be disbarred for even bringing this suit to the court, 3 separate investigations by The Lancaster County DA, The State of PA, and the Dept of Justice all ruled the shooting justifiable yet she feels it's her turn at a huge payout because she raised a son who was scumbag!


http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/212940

Mom sues over shootout death
Son killed in November 2005 gunfight with police. Federal lawsuit claims authorities used "excessive and unjustified deadly force."

By TOM MURSE, Staff
Lancaster New Era

Published: Nov 27, 2007 11:49 AM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - The mother of a 23-year-old Lititz man shot and killed by law-enforcement officers in a November 2005 gun battle has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the police used "excessive and unjustified deadly force."

Sandra Faust, of Reno, Nev., also claims in the suit that she has suffered financial damages and "severe emotional distress/mental anguish" following what she alleges was the wrongful death of her son, Daniel. And she claims police "intentionally slandered" her son, after his death, by linking him to a June 2005
shooting near a Taco Bell on Lincoln Highway East. She is seeking in excess of $150,000 on each of eight counts against 19 separate defendants.

Faust was shot and killed in a southern Lancaster County farm field shortly before noon on Nov. 8, 2005. He had fled to the farm after
shooting a Lititz police officer who tried to arrest him at home on outstanding warrants for resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding a police officer.

The officer, Jevon Miller, was shot in his right armpit after confronting Faust in his driveway at 63 Heron Road. The wound was so serious, and so close to his spine, the surgeon who operated on Miller chose not to remove the bullet. The officer returned to duty only four months later.

Three subsequent investigations
- conducted by the district attorney, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Pennsylvania State Police - found law enforcement officers were justified in shooting Faust.

And in a later search of Faust's home, police recovered a shotgun, two rifles, several rounds of ammunition and a journal, according to the district attorney's report.

"In that journal, Faust identified a number of 'things to do before I die.' Those objectives included 'shoot up a car,' 'kill a man' and 'get shot,'" Totaro wrote in the report.

This morning, Totaro restated that law enforcement officers were justified in using deadly force.

"The evidence very clearly established that Daniel Faust shot one police officer and was pointing a gun at other officers when those officers discharged their weapons," Totaro said.

"Mr. Faust did not respond to police authority and presented a grave risk of death or serious bodily injury to the lives of others," Totaro said. "Under the law, police were justified in their use of deadly force, and I am confident the county will vigorously contest this frivolous
lawsuit."

"There are so many questions about this case that have the family disturbed, and that's why they went forward on this case," said Mrs. Faust's attorney, Philip J. Berg, of Lafayette Hill. He said the $150,000 is an amount that guarantees the case will be heard at the federal level.

"We're seeking in excess of that. But no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one," he said.

Mrs. Faust filed the suit Nov. 7 in U.S.
District Court in Philadelphia. She is the court-appointed administrator of her son's estate. Among the 19 defendants are eight law-enforcement officers - including Miller - five police agencies, four municipalities and Totaro and his office.

Specifically named as defendants are Lancaster City and its police department; the
Pennsylvania State Police; Warwick Township and its police department; Lititz Borough and its police department; the West Lampeter Township Police Department; Lititz police officers Miller and Stephen Detz; Warwick Township Officer David Burdis; state police Cpl. Joseph Christaldi; state police Trooper Ariel Torres; Deputy U.S. Marshal Alan Stifler; now-retired Lancaster city police Detective Thomas Kiss; and West Lampeter Township police Detective Jere Schuler.

Miller, Detz and Burdis, dressed in plain clothes, surrounded Faust's truck when he pulled into his driveway around 12:45 a.m. Nov. 8. They ordered Faust out of the vehicle and told him he was under arrest, but Faust remained in his truck and locked the doors.

The officers told Faust if he did not comply, they would break a window. Faust still refused to comply, according to Totaro's findings.

"Miller struck the driver window with his ... baton, and as he was clearing the broken glass from the edges of the window, he observed a muzzle flash and heard a popping noise," the report says. "Miller then felt a stinging sensation in his arm and under his armpit. At that moment, he realized he had been shot and saw he was bleeding."

Faust fled, prompting a massive manhunt. Shortly before 11 a.m., police received a tip that Faust was hiding at 1211 Penny Road in Drumore Township. Lancaster city police Detective Kiss and Deputy U.S. Marshal Stifler arrived and staked out the residence.

State police Cpl. Christaldi and state police Trooper Torres saw Faust emerge from a patch of tall grass with a revolver in his hand, the report says. Faust ran, and Christaldi got out of the cruiser and ran after him while Torres pursued Faust in the cruiser.

"Faust then stopped running, turned towards Christaldi, and pointed his weapon in Christaldi's direction. Torres exited his car and gave Faust a number of verbal commands to drop his weapon. Faust refused to do so," Totaro's report reads.

"As Faust was pointing his gun at officers in an attempt to get a shot at them, Torres heard shots being fired by Christaldi. Torres did not know whether Faust fired a shot. However, Torres did recall that when he went to his cruiser for a shotgun, he heard a gunshot that was distinctly different from the others. He then saw Stifler fire a number of shots at Faust. Once Faust dropped his weapon, Torres ran up and kicked the gun away."

An analysis showed that Faust fired two shots. An autopsy found Faust had been struck by five bullets
- all front to back, meaning Faust was facing the guns that were fired at him.

Six months after Faust's death, police in West Lampeter Township said he was responsible for the
shooting of a 2-year-old boy, Pedro Melendez Jr., in June 2005 near a Taco Bell restaurant.

"If Dan Faust was alive today, I would be charging him," Detective
Jere Schuler told the Intelligencer Journal. "He has been identified as the shooter."

Mrs. Faust disputed the allegations, saying her son was at home the night of the child's
shooting. In her suit, she noted that her son never confessed to the crime and claims police haven't linked the bullet exclusively to her son's weapon.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007



Vicki & I attended the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia today. The weather was wondeful with temps in the high 50's to low 60's and plenty of sunshine so it was a perfect day for a parade. This was a change as other years it's been very cold or rainy or both. It was a great day and the only thing that could have made it better was if the few officers from Phila PD had done their jobs w/out racism. We arrived an hour before the parade started so we could get a good seat where Vicki could sit in her wheel chair and still see. It was a great spot and there were others sitting there as well. Once the parade started a few people moved in front of us but the one officer moved them away. Then the officers shifted and another officer moved down to our area. She wasn't paying much attention and more people moved in, so we all moved forward, she and another officer moved us all back and moved a few people so we could see. This went on and as long as white people tried to stand there they were moved but if anyone black stood or sat in the way it was fine. We politely asked them to move then asked her but she did nothing about it. So hopefully she will enjoy the investigation when the complaints are filed against her this week by several people. But we will not let this ruin our holiday.

Today we give thanks for many things, for friends, family, our health, our country, or whatever may be important to us. I am thankful for my family being with me this day, for the wonderful food we will eat, and for the freedom to enjoy it all. I am very thankful that my wife is still here with us, and that my family is in the area this year. What are you thankful for?







Monday, November 19, 2007

Auction Licenses for Ebay?

Once again Big Brother steps on the little guy. PA now wants anyone who sells things for others on ebay to get an Auctioneers License from the state! Their next deal will probably have the state police spending hours scouring ebay for PA based sellers and checking for business licenses! What a joke this is! PA needs to join the 21st century!




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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day 2007

Today, November 11th 2007 is Veteran’s day, a day which seems to mean so little to so many in this country. To most it’s another holiday where the banks are closed and the kids are off from school. To some it’s a chance to pickup bargains at the local big box store or mall. To those of us who have served and our families and close friends it’s another day all together. Veteran’s Day is a time to remember those who have served a greater cause than themselves, a grateful nation, and the freedom of those who seem to appreciate it the least.
This Veteran’s Day has a special meaning for me, having returned in May from a short deployment to Afghanistan I remember those who I served with and those who’s ramp ceremonies I attended. I was proud to honor those fallen warriors regardless of how hot it was on that concrete or how early in the morning it was. I was proud to serve amongst such great people.
So today, please take a moment to thank a Vet for the things that you enjoy, for your ability to decide if you want to go to work or not, for your ability to shop and buy most anything you wish, and for the very freedom that allows you to read this and me to write it without censorship or fear of being hauled off to some secret prison and tortured. The United States may not be a perfect utopia but it’s a whole hell of a sight better than many other places in this world.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

How It's Made

This is a really cool video on how a leather fire helmet is made.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween 2007



We are all decorated for halloween. The pumpkin above is a huge white pumpkin we got for a great price at a local farm market. Here are some photos of our front porch.




Wednesday, October 24, 2007

God Speed Brothers

Today I said goodbye to 28 of my fellow airman who will deploy to the land of sand for 6 months or longer. These members of the 166 Security Forces Squadron from here in DE will be working with our Army brothers in the sandbox and will be in harms way. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Angry Comca$t Customer Smashes Offices!

I think we have all wanted to do this at one time or another!

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071019/NEWS/71019033

Angry Comcast customer smashes offices with hammer
Associated Press
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm
BRISTOW, Va. - It may not have been legal, but a 75-year-old Virginia woman dealt a blow to poor customer service when she took a hammer to her local Comcast office.

Mona Shaw and her husband, Don, waited all day for the cable company to come at the appointed time one Monday in August to install Comcast's heavily advertised Triple Play phone, Internet and cable service in their Bristow home. Nobody came.

A Comcast technician showed up two days later, but left without finishing the setup, the couple said. Two days after that, Comcast cut off all service to the Shaw home.

When the Shaws went to the Comcast office in Manassas that Friday to complain to a manager, a representative asked them to sit outside, saying someone would be right with them. After two hours of sitting and waiting, the same representative leaned out the door to inform them that the manager had left for the day.

Shaw, a churchgoing secretary of the local AARP branch, returned the next Monday
- with a hammer.

"I smashed a keyboard, knocked over a monitor ... and I went to hit the telephone," Shaw said. "I figured, 'Hey, my telephone is screwed up, so is yours.'"

Within no time, the police showed up and Shaw was in cuffs. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for the Aug. 20 incident.

She received a three-month suspended sentence, had to pay a $345 fine, and is barred from going near the Comcast offices for a year.

"Truly a unique and inappropriate situation," said Comcast spokeswoman Beth Bacha. "Nothing justifies this sort of dangerous behavior."

Comcast also disputes Shaw's version of her service record with them.

Contacted Friday, Shaw said she doesn't regret what she did.

"I stand by my actions even more so after getting all these telephone calls and hearing other people's complaints," she said.

Many people have called her a hero, she added.

"But no, I'm just an old lady who got mad. I had a hissy fit," she said.

The Shaws did eventually get phone and television service
- with Verizon and DirecTV.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Halloween Attraction

Last nite we went to The Bates Motel for a halloween scare. It was even better than last year and we took my parents, my stepsister and her son. We all had a great time and will be back next year.

The great thing is the Bate's brothers who run this awesome attraction think alot of our military folks so last nite was Military Appreciation Nite and all military and vets got 1/2 off the ticket price. These guys are the best so if you are in my area please check out The Bates Motel and get the scare of your life!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sell Candles or No Prom for You!

This is wrong. I didn't go to either of my proms but that was my choice, I wasn't into things like that plus I went to Vo-Tech 1/2 day so I could have cared less. This is just poor planning on the schools part, just because there is a record number of students and the venue can't handle it then change the venue! It's not like there were an additional 300 kids who just showed up at school last month! What do you think???

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) - October 16, 2007 - Students at one Lehigh County high school who want to go to their junior prom have more to worry about than getting an outfit and lining up a date. They may also have to sell $60 worth of candles to even get a ticket.

Organizers of the Emmaus High School prom say not all of the record 721 juniors can attend the May 3 prom because there isn't enough room at the venue, the Days Inn and Conference Center in South Whitehall Township.

So, the school is holding a fundraiser to help decide who will be allowed to go. Students who sell at least $60 worth of Yankee Candles by Friday will be able to buy tickets before they go on sale to the rest of the class. The two highest sellers will get a pair of free tickets.

To some students, the plan is about as appealing as a smashed corsage.
"We're juniors, we've been looking forward to this for a long time and it turns out we have to do even more just to get it," said Dylan Swanson, 16, of Alburtis.

Physics teacher Brent Ohl and biology instructor Corinna Kramer-Hinks, the class advisers, said they couldn't find a location that can accommodate everyone at the prom along with a disc jockey, dance floor, appetizer table and enough chairs and tables.

"We don't feel it's fair either, but we're doing the best we can," Kramer-Hinks said.
Michele Grasso of Lower Macungie Township, whose 17-year-old son is a junior at the school, said she understands that the school district is dealing with a population boom, but it shouldn't affect what she views as a rite of passage.

"Everybody I told said they've never heard anything as ridiculous as this in their life," Grasso said. "There should be room for every single kid to go."

Grasso also said it's unfair to ask the students to sell $60 worth of candles, especially since they aren't guaranteed a spot even if they do meet the quota. But Emmaus Principal David Piperato disagreed.

"I think it's fair to ask kids to demonstrate their commitment to their class and to fundraise for the class," he said. "And those who demonstrate that commitment should have the first opportunity."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

Monday, October 15, 2007

Awesome Read!

Not surprisingly most of the media outlets have not picked up on the story of Lt Murphy receiving the Medal of Honor.  I guess receiving the countries highest award for valor in action against an enemy force is not as important as Al Gore, Brittney's kids, Lindsey's addiction, or other crap! This guy is from Long Island and even the NY Times hasn't picked it up because the war isn't PC anymore!

President Bush will present the medal to Lt Murphy's parents on Oct 22nd @ 1430.

Also to my fireservice brothers this man carried a patch from 53 Engine & 43 Truck in his pocket while deployed as a symbol of why he was there and what he was doing.

http://www.newsday.com/news/specials/ny-murphy-seal-sg,0,6675676.storygallery

Navy Time Article - http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/10/navy_seal_moh_071011w/


Friday, October 12, 2007

Stellar Parenting!

This is some stellar parenting skills! Mom buys the 14yo boy 3 firearms and he is allowed unrestricted access to them! I am very pro gun but only for adult, children need to be supervised when handling guns and other dangerous devices! I hope mom gets the same sentence then kid gets on this. She obviously just takes the easy way out and lets him do whatever he wants. The sad thing about our laws is if you are arrested for abusing an animal they will take away your privledge of owning any animal for 10 years but if they take your children you can get pregnant the next day and start all over again! Also, in PA you need a license to cut hair but anyone can have a bunch of kids and screw up their lives!

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=5703381

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Teen Amassed Weapons Cache


I think Mom should be locked up on this one!

Threat at Local School Thwarted
by The Action News Team
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - October 11, 2007 - A home-schooled teenager is accused of plotting a Columbine-type attack on a local high school. Authorities said he felt bullied, amassed a cache of weapons and tried to recruit another boy for the attack.

During a late morning news conference, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor displayed the weapons that were taken from the teen's home.

The weapons included a 9 mm assault rifle that the teenager's mother had recently bought for him, Castor said. Prosecutors are reviewing her actions.

Police also found about 30 air-powered guns, plus swords, knives, hand grenades, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said. The weapons were plainly visible in the boy's bedroom, Castor said.

The search did not turn up any ammunition for the most dangerous firearm, the assault rifle. Authorities said one grenade was operable and three others were still being assembled.

"I do not think an attack was imminent," said Castor. "I am not certain that an attack was going to occur at all."
"It could have simply been big talking by a kid who thought that he was bullied previously and he was going to exact his revenge," Castor added.

Also on display were two books that the boy had, a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook" and a copy of "Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf."

While Action News crews were at the school, dozens of students left the school this morning. Parents came to pick up many of them, but school officials say classes were never formally dismissed at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

The teen previously attended middle school in the district but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school, Castor said.

Plymouth Township police searched the home after getting a tip Wednesday from a high school student and his father.
The teen was charged as a juvenile with solicitation to commit terror and other counts and was being held at a youth facility.

The following is the text of an e-mail alert that was sent out from the school district Thursday morning:

    " Plymouth Township Police have a 14-year-old boy in custody who was reportedly planning a "Columbine" type event at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS). The youth was not enrolled at the school. Police acted quickly on the tip of a current PWHS student and his father. Police further indicated that the school and its students were never in danger.

    Police went to the residence of the student and received consent to search the home. Officer's found various weapons and the juvenile was taken into custody.

    Police are confident that the incident is isolated to this individual and no threat to the school and/or students exists.

    School District administrators continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all Colonial School District students and staff.

(Copyright 2007 by 6abc and Action News. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Halloween Decorations

We are getting ready for halloween even though we don't get trick or treaters down our way. We still enjoy decorating especially since we are on a main road w/ lots of traffic. We got a mask free on Freecycle and bought a tube of fake blood for a buck a Wallyworld. So we have a grand total of a buck invested in a really cool decoration which is sure to turn heads! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dude, You Stepped In It!

So yesterday while running errands we came across an accident. No EMS or Police were there yet so I turned around and stopped to render assistance. One young woman had cut her knee and was shaken up from the whole incident. He car was probably totalled as well. I walked up with my crash bag to check on her and she was talking to her boyfriend or husband on the phone (I am not sure I didn't look for a ring). She was telling him that she had totalled her car and hurt her knee but he wasn't going to come to the scene or to the hospital so she called her mother instead! I kept thinking, "Dude, you stepped in it big time" He won't live that down for a long while and if I was her I'd dump his butt!

Things are still crazy here so I'm not blogging much but keep watching and maybe even commenting now and then to let me know that people are still reading my blog!


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Rest Easy Brother




On Saturday September 29th 19yo Firefighter Mike Regan on the Sharon Hill Fire Company in Delaware County PA died from injuries he sustained while operating at a garage fire in Sharon Hill on the night of Wed Sept 26th. Mike was serious injured by a collapse of a wall after the fire had been brought under control. His brave fight lasted several days but his injuries proved too severe. A full firefighters funeral will be held on Friday Oct 5th.

Condolences may be offered Here

Information on his death is Here Here and Here

Information on the fire is Here

Sharon Hill Fire Company Website


REST EASY MY BROTHER!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 Six Years Later


It's been 6 years since that fateful day in 2001, in those six years we have seen a lot of changes in our country and the world. Many of those changes have been good, many have been bad, but change is an inevitable thing. One thing that has changed is that most people have gone back to their normal lives and most only think about September 11th in passing and most have forgotten the significance of the events of that day on our country, our families, and our way of life.

To those who lost family and friends on that day, it will never be just another day, to those of us in the fire service and in the military will never ever forget that fateful day. While our memories will fade, they will not forget the tragedy of that day and the loss of our brothers and sisters in uniform.

It seems to me that many people in America have forgotten the real events of that day; they have forgotten that it was a blatant and unprovoked attack on America, our people and our very way of life. Today we are no better off than we were before that day. Many people still go about their daily business with blinders on and are more concerned with the latest on Lindsay Lohan or Brittney Spears, than they are about the war on terror, the well being of their neighbor, or the events in the Middle East.

In the days following September 11th 2001 our citizens stood proud and strong, they displayed the flag, they helped each other, and they gave of themselves without expecting anything in return. They acted like our grandparents generation did. That spirit quickly subsided as most went back to being the self centered jerks that they were before 9/11. Today, you don't see many flags flying from peoples homes, you don't see much support for anything unless it's a chance to look good in front of the neighbors or co-workers, and we have people who blatantly disrespect our flag, our country and the lives of the men and women who defend it on a constant basis.

I stand up for that freedom every day that I put on my uniform and I have sworn an oath to defend everyone's right to criticize our President, to peacefully assemble in protest, and to have their voices heard. That does not mean that I have to like it, or that I can't provide my voice to the mix as well. The anti-war protests solve nothing and only serve as ammunition for our enemy to show the world how wrong we are for being involved and to reduce morale amongst the brave men and women fighting to give the very freedom we take for granted to a group of people who have known nothing but oppression for their entire lives. Yet, still the people show up and the media makes it big news. Yet each day a mother and father miss their son or daughter who is deployed or a wife misses her husband and he misses seeing his son's first steps or hearing his first word because he is once again deployed in harms way.

Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are accomplishing extraordinary fetes every single day in the war. They are saving lives, removing very bad people from areas where they intend to harm anyone and everyone who do not agree with them 100%, and who seek only to enslave those under them. They are providing stability and training the local people to standup and take care of themselves. Yet they are supposed to accomplish this monumental task in a couple of years with only a handful of resources and a single mistake. The people of Afghanistan and Iraq have not known freedom or self governance for their entire lives, yet those who have no experience in this sort of thing want it to happen overnight. Governing a country which has been controlled by militants and religious fanatics for the past  40 years and where these people still exist and still wish to take back the power which has been stripped away is not for the faint of heart or for the inexperienced. It's not so easy a Caveman can do it!

In America if you are elected Mayor of your city or town and you totally mess things up, maybe the town will lose some money, maybe a few people might even lose their jobs depending on the size of the city or town. In Afghanistan or Iraq if you are mayor of your particular town or village you stand a good chance of being assassinated, if you fail to control your town then militants move in, kill as many of your citizens as necessary to accomplish their goal of instilling fear into the hearts and minds of everyone else in the town, take over, and establish a base of operations where they can do the same thing to surrounding villages and where they can plan for and stage before conducing terrorist operations against anyone who disagrees with them or who they see as the enemy. To become an elected official and to implicate peaceful change in these countries is an act of faith and courage that few if any politicians in this country would be able to do.

So I ask that you take a moment on this day and reflect on what happened on this day in 2001 and ask yourself one simple question. Am I living a life that is worthy of the sacrifice that so many American's made on that day?

Please take a moment to read this letter to the NY Daily Time From Dennis Smith. Dennis is a retired FDNY Firefighter, a gifted author and the founder of Firehouse Magazine.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2007/09/10/2007-09-10_the_anger_never_dies.html

Friday, September 07, 2007

This is Why They Call it Dope!


Outside court, two arrested on cocaine charges
By TERRI SANGINITI, The News Journal
Posted Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:54 am
A traffic stop in Hares Corner led to two drug arrests, New Castle County police said Thursday.
Police arrested Christopher Martin, 20, and Larry Harris, 22, on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for keeping a controlled substance, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police stopped Martin after he drove his vehicle out of the Hares Corner Justice of the Peace Court into Parkway Circle at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Martin and his passenger, Harris, were taken out of the vehicle and a police dog alerted officers to possible drugs in the front wheel area, said agency spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro.
A search of the vehicle uncovered multiple packages of crack cocaine hidden in the car's engine compartment, Navarro said.
When the officers took the two into custody, police learned that Harris had just left a meeting with his probation officer.
A search warrant was issued for Harris' home in the 200 block of Guilford Street in Bear, where police found additional drug paraphernalia, Navarro said.
Arraignment and bail information were not available.


WOMAN FACES DRUG CHARGES: A 35-year-old Maryland woman was arrested on drug charges early Tuesday after she was found sleeping in a stolen car in the parking lot of the Delaware Service Plaza on I-95 near Newark. State police charged Danah Sayers, of Bel Air, with receiving stolen property, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. Sayers was committed to the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution after failing to post a $5,500 bond. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh said a trooper stopped at the service plaza about 1:20 a.m. to check for suspicious activity. As the trooper conducted routine registration checks of the vehicles parked there looking for stolen vehicles, he came across a 1994 Dodge Intrepid with a New York license plate that was reported stolen Friday. When the trooper approached the car, he saw a female sleeping inside. She was identified as Sayers. Syringes, razor blades and heroin were found in the vehicle, Whitmarsh said.

MARIJUANA ARREST: A Bear woman was arrested Tuesday after police seized more than 450 grams of marijuana hidden in her car. Angela Wilkins of the Fairwinds Trailer Park was charged with receiving a stolen car and possession of marijuana after New Castle County police spotted a 1999 Mazda 626, which had been reported stolen, in front of her mobile home. When an officer searched the car before calling a tow truck, he discovered a gallon-sized plastic bag containing 455.25 grams of marijuana in the trunk, said New Castle County police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. The officer then asked the resident of the mobile home, Wilkins, 28, whether the car was hers. Wilkins said it was, but she had not had a chance to register it, Navarro said. When the officer said he had found marijuana in it, Wilkins said she had purchased the car the night before, but would not say from whom, Navarro said. Wilkins was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Awesome Video's

Here is a great video. He talks a little fast so you have to listen well but what this Marine says sums it all up!



This awesome video is of USAF Pararescue members doing a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump from the back of a C-130 Aircraft. As I have said before, these guys are the quiet professionals, at least the ones I had the pleasure of spending time with on my trip over and back from the big sandbox.



Enjoy the weekend folks!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Injured Firefighter Update

Below is a press release from the Parkside FD from Delcofirerescuenews.com

Obviously the prayers are working, please keep them coming.

Sunday, August 12, 2007- PARKSIDE FIRE COMPANY NO. 1

***** PRESS RELEASE ****

Date of Release: August 12, 2007
Time of Release: 5:00 P.M.

Injury Update
Firefighter Dan Brees is currently listed in critical condition with burns and an inhalation injury, but he is responsive.

Firefighter/EMT Chase Frost is currently listed in critical, but fair condition and is sedated for comfort.

Both firefighters have been encouraged by and responsive to visitors. However, due to the increase in visitor traffic the CCMC Burn Unit has asked that visitors be restricted to family and PFC personnel who are pre-approved for visitation.

Donations
A number of concerned citizens have expressed an interest in making donations to the fire company to assist with Chase and Dan’s needs as well as those of the company. Anyone interested in making a donation can mail a check to the Company at 107 W. Roland Rd, Parkside, PA 19015. Checks can be made out to Parkside Fire Company with Frost/Brees in the note section.

Displaced Families
The four families displaced by the fire are being assisted by the Borough of Parkside. All inquires as to their status should be directed to Tom Dietman through Borough Hall at 610-876-3659.

Many Thanks
The Officers and Members of the Parkside Fire Company would like extend our many thanks for the massive outpouring of support and assistance we have received from the Borough of Parkside, surrounding communities and our brother and sisters of the Fire Service. Your support, positive thoughts and prayers have made this incident that much easier to endure.

Parkside Fire Company will update this press release as new information becomes available.

Thomas Cubler, Public Information Officer
610-874-3456

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Prayers Needed

2 of my brother firefighters from Parkside Delaware County PA were seriously burned this morning in a house fire. They were inside searching for possible trapped occupants when there was a collapse which trapped 3 firefighters. Other firefighters at the scene extricated them from the burning dwelling and they were taken to the Crozer Burn Center for treatment. One is listed in serious condition and the other is in critical condition. Two other firefighters also recieved burns as a result of the collapse.

Story Here & Here

Photos Here

Audio Here

Discussion Here

Parkside Fire Company

Please pray for these two firefighters, they are both young men in their 20's and were very seriously burned.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Home Invasion Shooting Justified

OK, so this family is outraged because the DA isn't going to try this man? These people need to get a reality check, it's a shame that because he was intoxicated and did something stupid this young man lost his life but the man who did the shooting was entirely justified. It's a shame that we as a society have failed to take responsibility for our actions anymore that it's always someone elses fault.

Shooting of home invaders was justified, Pa. jury says
Associated Press
Posted Friday, August 10, 2007 at 9:01 am
SOMERSET, Pa. - A man who shot two drunken men - one fatally - after they kicked their way into his apartment was justified in shooting them, a coroner's jury ruled.

Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler dropped criminal homicide and other charges last year against Matthew Eperjesi, 29, of Indian Lake.

Perry Zimmerman, 33, of Indian Lake, was killed and Terry Mostoller, 33, of Berlin, was critically wounded in the April 2006 shooting.

A third man, Keith Custer, was not injured, but evidence at the coroner's inquest which ended Thursday showed all three men were extremely drunk when they arrived at Eperjesi's apartment. Custer said he, Zimmerman and Mostoller mistakenly believed Eperjesi's apartment was where a party was being held.

Eperjesi shot the men because he feared for his safety and only after warning the men he had called police and had a weapon.

"I thought at the very least they were going to come in and try to fight us," Eperjesi said. "If somebody kicks your door in, they're not coming in to say, 'Hi."'

But an attorney for Zimmerman's family vowed to press for criminal charges in Zimmerman's death.

"The Zimmermans are disappointed and disillusioned at a DA who's the most pro-criminal DA in the state," attorney Noah Geary said. "They are also, as am I, bewildered by the state police in this case who obviously don't know what murder is.



Monday, August 06, 2007

Heart Walk




I have signed up with Team SPF (Shawn Paul Fry) in the Heart Walk in Dover DE on Sept 15th.

I am doing this for a number of reasons. I joined Team SPF because it is in memory of a member of my Air National Guard unit who died very suddenly and very young from heart disease. Also, heart disease took my mother in her early 40's and took both of my Dad's parents as well. Also as some readers of my blog know I nearly lost my wife to a heart attack in Jan of this year and she is still working to recover fully.

So I ask that you consider helping me reach my goal of $200 in donations for this worthwhile cause. My webpage for the walk is Here

So please support me in my quest. If you do not wish to donate online please e-mail me @ chuckman23@comcast.net for my mailing address.

Thanks

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is a mess!

I guess this is what some of our young people have become. One 16yo trys to rob another of his motorcycle at gunpoint. The rider refuses and tries to ride away so he is shot in the back and killed! The bike was a present for his 16th Birthday.

I hope this man rots in hell for what he has done!

More Here

Sunday, July 29, 2007

God Speed Cpl Brandon Craig

Brandon Craig of Earleville MD died 19 Jul 07 in Husayniyah Iraq. He was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division(Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

Cpl Craig gave his life in service to our great country and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Until we meet again on Fiddler's Green, God Speed, Rest Easy Brother.

Memorial Page

Patriot Guard Forum

Stryker News

TAPS
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Today's News Bites

A Florida Fire Dept Captain has been reprimanded for placing his county issued polo shirt at a memorial for the 9 fallen firefighters in Charleston SC. He wrote the words "God Bless you" on the shirt and left it at a memorial while he and others from his department were attending the services for the fallen brothers.

More Here

Canal Day in nearby Chesapeake City MD is too rowdy! We thought about going this year but we know the setup of the town is a little rough for the wheel chair.

Also, Michael Vick is an a$$hat! Check this blog out.

That's all for today, if you get a chance to watch "The Last King of Scotland", it is excellent! I have always liked Forest Whitaker, I hated his character's in ER & The Shield but he is a wonderful actor. He does a fantastic job as Idi Amin in this movie.

Article


This is an excellent article, Dean Barnett says it very well and gives some great examples of the caliber of the men that are fighting this war. -Chuck

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/904pffgs.asp

Summer Time

Once again it's time for the fairs etc of summer. This Sat we went to the Cecil County Fair in MD. A real bargin @ $5.00 to get in which includes all the shows and exhibits. All you have to pay for is the rides and food, which are both reasonable. We wandered around taking in the exhibits and looking at the livestock then we found a place to sit for the Antique tractor parade and got some dinner. After the parade came the tractor pulls. We know a couple of the pullers so it's fun to watch. Check out the video below.



Sunday found us doing yardwork, it wasn't as warm as it has been so it was a good time to get it done. We finished up around the pool and under the steps so things look pretty good now.




I hope to blog more and hopefully some of you are still reading this and haven't given up on my blog yet.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Message of the Day



"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from your safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain."


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

5 Years Later Rest Easy Brothers




It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since the tragic fire in Gloucester NJ. It was a difficult day for many fire fighters in our area. I awoke for a day of fun with my family, as was my habit I checked the overnight news on my fire pager. I went nuts when I saw that several members of a Camden County FD had been killed in an overnight job. I immediatly started calling my brothers cell until I got an answer he was OK, or as OK as he could be that 2 of his close friends had died in a fire. It was a tough day for him and for every other firefighter from Gloucester City & Mt Ephriam and the surrounding departments. The days that followed showed what true brotherhood was and amazed many in the small working class towns of suburban Camden NJ. Firefighters from all over made their way to Camden County to pay their respects. Fire departments from Delaware & Pennsylvania provided crews and apparatus to staff the stations at Mt Ephraim & Gloucester City for several days after the tragic fire to give the members of those departments time to mourn. The days of the services many more arrived to staff not only those stations but those of the surrounding departments so nobody would have to miss out on paying tribute to their brothers.

Chief James Sylvester & Deputy Chief John West of the Mt Ephriam Fire Dept and Firefighter Thomas Stewart gave the ultimate sacrafice that day trying to save 3 little girls trapped in the blaze. Collette, Alexandra, & Claudia slack also perished in that fire. One person made the statement that God needed 3 strong men to bring those little girls to heaven so he chose Jim, John & Tom to do that job.

You can read more about this tragedy at the following links

Courier Post Article

Photo Gallery

The Fireman's Prayer



REST EASY BROTHERS

July 4th 2007


Today we celebrate the 231st anniversary of our freedom. In May we celebrated the hero's who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Today we celebrate the freedoms that we have, we are free to criticize our government, our neighbors, or even our family with out fear of Government retribution. We are free to travel anywhere in the US on this wonderful day, we can gather with friends and family or we can spend the day alone. We are free to chose what we do and how we do it on this wonderful day because 231 years ago some very brave men decided they had, had enough of the dictatorial rule of England and signed a document which established the United States of America. If you look at it, there is huge meaning in that name, we are a group of States united to form one country, while the states, and the people retain their liberties we are united in our defense, in our governing, and in our helping each other out. It is really an awesome thing to consider just what we really have and what we have given for it. Today, take a moment to consider this and to consider that many miles away there are men and women on the front lines putting their lives on the line to bring this type of freedom to people who have never known it!

This morning we went back to my hometown for their local parade, it was fun to see old friends and to be back home again for a short bit. My parents met us there and it was a nice time to sit and watch the parade together. The local fire companies were out showing off their apparatus and there were floats from many organizations as well as antique cars, bands, and lots and lots of candy for the little ones. The parade was a sucess and fortunatly the clouds held back the rain and kept it a bit cooler than normal to make for a very nice day.







We would like to wish everyone a Happy July 4th.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fire Wacker!

You are a 86% wacker!!!!!!!!

You are a TRUE FIRE WACKER!!!!!!!!!!! You need to get out into the real world more often.Your auto mechanic wanted me to tell you that you are nearing the maximum load rating on your car's electrical sysyem from all of the flashing and revolving lights and radios.

Are you a "fire wacker"
Make Your Own Quiz



I guess I am mostly a retired wacker now! LOL! If you are confused on what a "Wacker" is check out the Urban Dictionary

Friday, June 29, 2007

Computer Crime?

Is this a computer crime? LOL!
Safecrack lesson on Web fails to click
Interrupted search halts robbery try, police say
By TERRI SANGINITI, The News Journal
Posted Friday, June 29, 2007
Branden Tingey was charged after being arrested near New Castle Airport.
A man's plan to rob his former employer was was foiled early Thursday after he tried to look up safecracking instructions on the Internet -- in the employer's office, police said.

According to Delaware River and Bay Authority police Cpl. Joseph DiStefano, at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Branden M. Tingey walked into the men's room of the Polidoro Italian Grill near New Castle and hid in the ceiling until the restaurant closed.

When he decided the place was empty, Tingey went into the manager's office where he tried to break into the safe.
The problem was, DiStefano said, Tingey apparently didn't know how, and turned to the restaurant's computer to search for instructions. The search was interrupted when the restaurant's two managers, who had been in another part of the restaurant doing paperwork, walked in, police said.

Tingey, 28, of Delaware City, was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a short time after fleeing the rear of the restaurant, on North Du Pont Highway, near New Castle Airport.

After a brief struggle with the managers, Tingey escaped out the back door. A Delaware River and Bay Authority officer discovered him on the grassy area in front of the airport terminal and arrested him, DiStefano said.

DiStefano said Tingey had been a manager at the restaurant but was fired three years ago.
"This was not a grudge," DiStefano said. "This was a burglary. He meant to rob the safe."
When officers returned to the restaurant about 10 hours later, they asked the general manager to show them the computer.

"The manager moved the mouse on the darkened screen, and 'How to Crack a Safe' came up on the screen on the Yahoo page," DiStefano said.

Police later charged Tingey with first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree burglary, carrying a concealed deadly weapon during a felony, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, menacing, and three counts of resisting arrest.

He was being held in lieu of $24,501 bail.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Drama

I apologize to my 3 readers for not posting lately. Have a few things going on and have been busy around the house too.

We have done some landscaping, a new storm door, plus the usual day to day cleaning. I hope to be back posting soon so I can continue w/ the Afghan Chronicles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rest Easy Brothers

Today I mourn the loss of 9 of my fire service brothers. The Charleston SC FD lost 9 brave men yesterday. They responded to a fire in a furniture store and while at least 2 victims were rescued 9 firefighters gave the ultimate sacrifice when the roof of the store collapsed on them. Story Here
One person today asked me why they would go into a store like that when it would be safer to fight the fire from the outside. While I was not there and don't know all the details I can sum things up a bit. Given the time of the day, 6:30pm and the fact that the store was occupied by at least 2 employees there really wasn't much choice in the matter. At that time of the evening there was a very good chance that a number of people could have been trapped inside. The choice was clear and the brothers responded.

So please keep the families and friends of the fallen brothers in your prayers.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Not A Nerd

I guess I am not much of a nerd. I don't know if that's good or bad!


I am nerdier than 16% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day 07

Happy Father's day to all the Dad's today. Speaking of Dad's Rick Hoyt is a great dad!


I haven't posted much lately, I've been busy and had somethings going on. Today I will post a few news links from my area.

This is totally messed up! What drives a 16yo to kill a friend and classmate and both his parents?

On Thursday we celebrated 160,000 accident free flying hours for the DE ANG. That's a lot of time in the sky and a good bit of our time in the sky is in high threat and high stress enviorments. It is a tribute to the professionalism and skill of the men and women I work with that we accomplished this milestone. Check out the story Here

Powerball is at an estimated $76 Million so I guess I need to play. I could use a little cash right now!

My blog buddy Spc Stanley finally got a helicopter ride. Good Job!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

This is too funny. All I did was put in my name & DOB in and it spit this out.





QuizGalaxy!
'What will your obituary say?' at QuizGalaxy.com



The real funny part is I joined the local VFW and have been razzed by guys at work about being an old guy sitting around the VFW swapping war stories!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Afghan Chronicles Vol 3



The movie "Groundhog Day" is referred to alot in deployed locations. Most of us can relate to Bill Murray's character who keeps reliving the same day over and over. The only difference is that our days are occasionally punctuated by moments of terror or violence. My days started around 0530 everyday, I walked about a 50 yards to the shower then back to my hooch. Then after putting on my uniform, and my battle rattle I headed to work. The battle rattle (helmet & vest) were not mandatory at that hour but it was easier to wear it than carry it. After dropping my stuff off at work I would usually head over for a quick breakfast before starting work aroun 0645. My days were filled with various networking chores including creating new user accounts and troubleshooting problems. Most things could be handled in the office either by talking the user through something or remotely operating their PC. Other times though we had to head over to the other side and handle the problems. Of course we usually tried to time this around lunch time so we could eat over there. They fed us close to the same thing on our side but it came in plastic containers and was at times luke warm, plus there wasn't much selection. Work ended around 1900 or so but most of us hung around for a bit playing computer games or chatting w/ folks back home via e-mail. Then it was off to bed to do it all over again the following day.

This is how things went day to day, but occasionally things changed and of course there was always the fun of the unexpected rocket attack to bring things into perspective. I was fortunate to experience 6 such attacks while there, including one while we were all in the middle of a urinealysis! We were all waiting in line in a test for our turn to give a sample for drug testing, all of us had been drinking water for at least an hour to prepare for the test. Of course someone joked that it would be a funny time for a rocket attack! Well that person almost got lynched because it wasn't 5 minutes later that one took place. We were stuck in the tent for over 40 minutes before the all clear was given! Then we could continue our testing! Needless to say most of us had no problem by then giving a sample!

That is all for now, tommorrow I will try and post some more of my trip and some more photos.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Awesome!

This is awesome! my blog buddy Army Wife Toddler Mom set some moron straight at the Infantry Museum @ Ft Benning.

Check it out!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Job!

This is what being a firefighter is all about.

Good Job Brothers!

Way back when I had the occasion to spend a nite w/ the brothers from Engine 50 & Ladder 12 and the 8th Battalion in the city. They were all spectacular guys who treated us very well and were true professionals. At the time Ladder 12 lead the city in working fires and in rescues. Looks like not much has changed.

Traditional Memorial Day



Yesterday I had to honor of attending the Traditional Memorial Day ceremony at a a local memorial. It was a great time, chatting with so many vets, many with Purple Hearts from WWII & Korea, these men are truly American Hero's. While the politicians tried to turn it into an Anti-War ceremony (Yep, you Joe!), there were plenty of others who were only there to recognize those who have given their lives for the freedom of others.

Many of the vets seemed genuinly surprised when we thanked them for their service. They in turned were thanking us for ours as well. It was a nice occasion and the weather even cooperated.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007



Today we remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may remain a free people. That sounds cliché but in reality there are many who are currently putting their lives on the line to maintain the free world as we know it today. While I was deployed to Kandahar I had to sad opportunity to witness several ramp ceremonies. These solemn occasions are when all of the military personnel gather on the flight line and form a long line many rows deep behind the aircraft in which a military member will take their final flight as they are taken back to the states to be buried. I stood in the darkness and in the heat of the day to honor my brothers in arms from the US & Canada while there. Today I will remember those hero’s and the others who have given their life for my freedom. My flag will fly proudly from my porch and Vicki & I will attend a memorial day parade in our area. I know that I will leave there frustrated by those who fail to stand when the colors pass by and those who seem to have forgotten the real meaning of this day is not the unofficial start of summer, but the day we remember those who have died to preserve our freedom.

Please take a moment today to remember those who have gone before us to protect us. As the Marine’s always toast, “A Toast my friends, to absent companions.” Those in attendance reply with “Absent Companion” then drain their glass and turn it over on the bar or table.

So I will toast my absent brothers and sisters today, and remember that Freedom Is Never Free!

Please check out the following links

Project Never Forget

Blackfive’s Fallen but not Forgotten

Blackfive’s Bagpipes Crying Post – Check out the Video Below



Our rememberance should not be limited to only those who have served under the US Flag in this war, I remember a particularly sad day in Afghanistan when we stood to honor 6 of our Canadian Brothers who gave their lives in support of freedom. Please join me in remembering.

Corporal Brent Donald PolandPrivate David Robert Greenslade
Private Kevin Vincent Kennedy
Corporal Aaron E Williams
Corporal Christopher Paul Stannix
Sergeant Donald Lucas

They gave the ultimate sacrifice to defeat those who would rule the world by terror and fear on 08 April 2007 in a IED attack just west of Kandahar City in the Sagin District.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Afghan Chronicles Part II

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program. Vicki is home now and doing better so hopefully I can continue with my trip info.




Arrival at Kandahar was interesting, we were met by one of my guys from DE and our commander. They helped us get out luggage and stuff and took us over to Camp Palamino where we would live and work. We moved our luggage into our hooches in our tents. I ended up with a small one on the back end of the tent but it was only temporary, once the guy I was relieving returned home I took over his hooch. It was much more spacious and even had a fridge in it.

After putting our stuff in we got the lay of the land, got our ammo and got something to eat. Then we settled into our ground hog day routine for the next month.



The following day I started working and started to do some of my paperwork to get a restricted area badge and other stuff I would need to do my job each day. We visited our headquarters area named Camp Samek named for Airman First Class Jesse Samek a flight engineer on an HH-60 helicopter assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron. A1C Samek died during a medevac mission on Oct 21st 2004.

At Camp Samek we met the various people in charge and took care of some of our paperwork etc. Once this was done we enjoyed a nice lunch and took some time to shop at the BX. Then it was back over to Palomino for more work.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Vicki Update

I guess the hospital you go to makes a huge difference. This morning the Doc’s at Christiana looked at her films from the cardiac cath done @ Chester County, they decided to do another cath to look around and see what could be done before making a decision to do a bypass. They had trouble with the artery in her leg so they ended up going into her other arm so now she has big bruises on both arms. They found some blockages of several arteries and did confirm that the original stent was 95% blocked. So they put in a new stent in that location and another in the other artery that was blocked. Vicki is doing much better, there will have to be some serious lifestyle changes for us both, but she is doing much better and she didn’t need bypass surgery after all. While I really like my cardiologist and I respect the crew that works with him I am glad we decided to change hospitals and go back to the folks who originally took care of her heart attack. She most likely will be released tomorrow morning sometime then will be resting at home. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and concerns.

Vicki Update




Vicki is back in Christiana hospital. We started out Tues at the Cardiologist for a routine echo cardiogram. When they heard she has been having occasional chest pains they were concerened, this combined w/ some things they saw on the echo had them admit her to Chester County where they are affiliated with so they could do a cardiac catheterization. They did that this afternoon, and found that the stent they put in back in Jan was nearly completely blocked already and the other artery which was about 60% blocked in Jan was now over 70% blocked. Their plan was to do bypass surgery on Tues after getting her off of the Plavix. Well the folks at Chester County are nice and I really like my cardiologist who is now seeing us both but we didn’t feel comfortable with such a serious procedure at Chester County, we both felt that Christiana was a better choice and that our experience there when she initially had the heart attack was very favorable. They are a Trauma center and a teaching hospital so they have docs on staff 24/7 and their cardiac care is much better. From our experience before they have a cardiologist, not a resident but a fully fellowed Cardiologist on site 24/7, so we had her transferred there this evening by ambulance. So I will keep everyone advised on where we will go from here. The docs there have all of the video from the cardiac cath so they will determine their plan of care.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Time Out

I will be taking some time off from writing about my adventures in Afghanistan.

Vicki is back in the hospital. We went to the cardiologist yesterday for an Echocardiogram. It has been scheduled for a while but she has been having chest pains off and on since the heart attack. Nothing serious in our eyes though. When we told the staff this they said we had to see the doc, he read the echo data and took and EKG then decided he wanted to do more to be sure she didn't have another heart attack so we were off to the ER. Well like every other hospital in America they have no bed space. So we sat in the ER from about 1:15 yesterday afternoon until nearly 9pm. She is now in a room and they plan on doing a cardiac catheterization sometime today. Hopefully if all goes well she'll be back home in a couple of days. Once we are back up and running again I will resume my regularly scheduled program.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Afghan Chronicles Vol 1




Well now that I am back home I will try and recap the trip and it’s highlights for everyone. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, prayers, and comments during my incredibly short time overseas.

I left BWI late on April 1st on a large commercial jet, we stopped twice before reaching our final destination of Ganci AB which is near Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. There we got more goodies from Uncle Sam (chemical suits, body armor, etc), and waited for some military transport. After a bit we were lined up on a C-17 to Bagram Afghanistan. It was not a long ride, which is fortunate because as you can see above we were cramped in there pretty tight.

Once we arrived in Bagram we had to find a ride onward to Kandahar. I was traveling with a group of folks from a Rescue Squadron from Patrick AFB FL. They were great to hang with and were able to quickly secure us a ride on a C-130. the only problem would be the room on the C-130 for our luggage. They could only take one pallet and we had two. So the amazing folks at the Aerial Port set to work and consolidated all of our stuff onto one pallet which would fit on a C-130! I still have no idea how they did it but it was amazing to watch.

It took a bit to get airborne though as there were a flock of birds at the end of the runway creating a hazard so we had to wait for someone to clear them away. Then were were airborne and off to our final destination, Kandahar AFB Afghanistan, our home for the next 30 plus days. I’ll include more of that later though. For now I hope you enjoy the photos.

Settling In

Good day,
I am settling back into the routines of life and making up for some lost time. Sat we went to a wedding reception for a good friend, Sun was a nice welcome home party, and Monday found us running errands. Tues we headed for our favorite farmers market in Lancaster PA, where we spent an enjoyable day then had a nice anniversary dinner at the Bird In Hand Restaurant. It was an enjoyable day and a nice meal.

I am working on compiling some thoughts from my trip and some photos for a future blog post. I know that some of you are waiting for info and I promise it will come soon.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

My World Tour Continues

I am in Turkey now and hopefully will be returning to Dover AFB soon. It's been a long strange trip and I even got to experience my first inflight emergency which is why I am here now. Everything worked out well but I hope to never have to do that again.
 
 

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Heading Home?

            I am hoping to be heading home in the near future, however travel issues may delay me a bit. So far this has been an interesting trip, I have experienced rocket attacks, dust storms, and many other events. I have witnessed the military brotherhood in full force and have had the pleasure of working with military folks from Canada, Australia, and the UK. I have taken a load of photos and gotten many more that others have shared. Unfortunately I haven't been able to put them up here, because I can only e-mail my posts to the blog. I will put some up whenever I get home and also plan on doing a video with a number of photos on it.

 

            I truly appreciate the warm comments, e-mails, etc that I have received wishing me well over here. While it has only been a short trip compared to many others who are here or in other garden spots of the world, it has not been the easiest trip for myself or my wife. We have managed though and I think it has helped us on several levels. My sacrifices for this trip pale in comparison to her's. She has taken on the entire management of the household, the pets, and anything else under the sun while at the same time completing a couple of projects including repainting & recaulking the shower stall so that it would be ready for me when I return home.

 

            This trip has allowed me to see that our job over here is important, regardless of what many in our country will tell you we are doing it right and we are making a difference. There are a few thousand less bad guys on the face of the earth because of our efforts, but we are far from finished. Until the people here are free to govern themselves and are free from terrorist scumbags who do things that even Hitler would probably find disturbing, our job will not be complete, we owe them that much at least. For those who say this isn't our job, than who's job is it? At the very base of it all, it's not about politics, countries, or religions, it's about helping a fellow human being realize the dream of being free to live their life w/out fear of armed men dragging them from their homes simply because they are there, or of having their pr operty taken from them for no reason other than someone with a guy and a bad attitude wanted it. Many of the information I have seen I cannot share, however I will say this, you can take me at my word, we are winning and there are a number of men and women out there in harms way every single day living in absolute crap conditions who would not trade places with anyone on this earth. They know the real reason behind the job we do and they take comfort in the fact that they are making a difference so they will not have to fight the bad guys on the streets of smalltown USA. Many of these men and women are not even old enough to legally drink in the US but they are putting their lives on the line so others in this world may know the freedoms so many of us take for granted everyday. Before we started this fight to elimina te the Taliban and other assorted a$$hats from this country they ruled it with an iron fist, if you didn't follow their religion to the letter, if you didn't do exactly as they said, or if they just didn't like the way you looked, it was over. You were killed, no trial, no judgement, nothing, just Bang or Slice and you were dead, if your family was there to witness it so much the better. If your family complained or attempted to stop you, well they received the same fate or worse. So, the next time someone tells you that we have no business over here or that it's not our problem, just tell them to google Taliban and see for themselves some of the things that we have saved these people from. The Afghan people are good hard working people and all of those who I have had the occasion to meet have been friendly, courteous and appreciative of our efforts here.

 

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Media Lies Exposed!

It's sad that in today's world the majority of the news you read/hear/watch is a mere shred of the actual truth. I am sure that many of the stories from Iraq & Afghanistan are only what the MSM wants us to believe and are a figment of a liberal dominated media who want nothing more than to show how bad everything is in the war. Has anyone heard of US Military members giving school supplies to the children of Afghanistan's soldiers? Well it's true I have seen the proof and worked with someone who has done it. Have you heard about the wheelchair that a DE Army G uard unit got for a young Iraqi boy with no legs? It's true, I have seen the photos from those who were there. There are countless stories such as this that never see the light of day because they don't fit into the "George Bush is Evil and this whole war thing is wrong" category of the MSM. If you are reading my blog or getting this in an e-mail from me, then I am probably preaching to the choir here but feel free to forward this on to your more liberal friends, co-workers and enemies.

 

This story is a glaring example of that. Everyone heard about or read about the capture of Pvt Jessica Lynch in the early days of the war, there were several full hour news shows dedicated to this important event. Most chose to try and blame the Bush Administration, The Army, and anyone else they could think of for her capture. Most failed to give credit to the many who bravely sacrificed their lives on that night in Iraq.

 

Richard Lowry has the real story Here. He also tells much more of this story and the daring rescue of Pvt Lynch in his book "Marines in the Garden of Eden"

 

In other news, I have to agree with Uncle Jimbo @ BlackFive that the actions of Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid are nothing short of Treason and they should be tried in court for their actions. Check it out Here