In honor of lives lost and those who remain

In honor of lives lost and those who remain
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73 years ago today, the relative serenity and calm of a Honolulu morning was interrupted by the sound of incoming enemy aircraft from the Empire of Japan. Soon to be followed by the sounds of one shipmate after another yelling “Incoming!” and warning each other of both the Japanese planes and their ordnances, it was undoubtedly one horrific day.

U.S. Navy folks surveyed the damage once the attack was over and the cowards who’d sucker punched us had departed, and the toll was grim: 2,403 lives lost and another 1,178 were wounded and would never be the same.

The U.S.S Arizona is the most famous of the ships whose crews lost lives that day- and many of the 1,177 lives lost aboard her remain forever entombed on the ocean floor beneath the memorial. Oil from the ship still leaks to the surface this very day.

Lives lost aboard other ships was widespread, as follows:

U.S.S. Oklahoma, 429 U.S.S. West Virgina, 106
U.S.S. California, 100 U.S.S. Nevada, 60
U.S.S. Tennessee, 5 U.S.S. Maryland, 4
U.S.S. Pennsylvania, 9 U.S.S. Utah, 64
U.S.S. Helena, 20 U.S.S. Curtiss, 19

Each of those lives was valuable- each one lost was someone’s son, father, brother, uncle or nephew with a great deal of their lives ahead of them. Far too many shipmates were lost that day- and far too many families who once envisioned a storybook pier-side reunion instead saw their loved ones return home in a flag-draped box.

May God bless the memory of those who died at Pearl Harbor. May He bless the thinning number of Pearl Harbor survivors who have lived with and suffered from the memories of that day- each hero’s circumstance somewhat different, yet each one exactly the same.

May we as a nation never forget lives lost in our defense. Whether they perished when the savages attacked us that 1941 day or died at the hands of our enemies in Viet Nam, Korea, Iraq or Afghanistan, each one remains in death the heroes they’d been well before they departed this world for the next.

May we remain ever vigilant… for we know not from where tomorrow’s surprise attack may originate. In that spirit, let’s honor the sacrifices of every hero we’ve lost by remembering that there are still some in Viet Nam who have yet to return home- and resolve to continue pressing for answers to unresolved Benghazi questions.

Once again, may we remain ever vigilant, ever mindful.

In honor of lives lost and those who remain

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Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

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Thanksgiving 2014

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name”- Psalm 100:4 (KJV)

On this Thanksgiving Day and every day, let us give thanks unto the Lord- for He will provide.

We’re all different- occupying many different positions in life.  Some of us have soared to heights once beyond our wildest imaginations- while others among us may have fallen to depths which also seemed beyond our wildest and more tragic imaginations.  Today, one and all should give thanks equally- for God knows each of us and placed us exactly where we are.

May the healthiest and wealthiest among us- both in finance and family give thanks in appreciation for their good fortune.  May they pause to remember those in lesser circumstances.

May the least among us give thanks today as well- for we are the children of a mighty God.  He knows our needs and our wants- and it’s through trying times that He instructs us and reminds us of the difference.

I thank God for America today and urge everyone to do the same.  Despite any of our faults, we remain the greatest nation the world’s ever seen.  A rare country that’s both prosperous and charitable- our greatness is evidenced by the masses who seek to leave their home countries and come here.  Regardless their country of origin, they come to America because our nation is better than theirs- else they’d stay where they are.  It’s my hope the Lord will continue to bless and keep America- the light of the world.

Being the envy of the world comes at a price, though- and we must remain ever mindful of those who seek to do us harm.  Enemies both foreign and domestic despise America’s success- and they see no greater reward than the destruction of our way of life.  We must continue to trust in God’s will- but we must do our part in heeding His voice as He leads us into battle whenever and wherever conflicts arise.

Thank God for our military serving both stateside and abroad in order to keep us free.  Whether aboard Navy vessels underway, high above us in the clouds or in foxholes deep within areas whose names have few vowels and are all but impossible to pronounce, our servicemen and women are owed a debt which we can never re-pay.

Lastly, I thank God for America’s police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, firefighters, EMT’s and other first-responders.  May God bless and keep them- and allow them to arrive home safely to their families each night. They are our friends- not our enemies.

I specifically salute and support Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson- whose record prior to this August was without blemish and in light of a recent grand jury’s decision remains so.

May God bless each and every one of us as we enter the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw – 2014 NL Cy Young Winner

Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw – 2014 NL Cy Young Winner

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Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw – 2014 NL Cy Young Winner

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I’ve never been an L.A. Dodgers fan. Growing up in Alabama, one tends to gravitate toward the Atlanta Braves- and I did for the most part as I cheered them on through a number of poor seasons where being able to watch a true professional in Dale Murphy was each year’s saving grace.

That said, I’ve never been a Clayton Kershaw fan, either- until yesterday. Kershaw was awarded his 3rd National League Cy Young Award yesterday- alone a rare feat, and might very well add a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to his trophy cabinet when this year’s winner is announced at some point today.

My becoming a Kershaw fan isn’t owing to any of his awards, though- nor to any of his 70+ wins on the mound over the past few years. Rather, my becoming a fan of his can be solely attributed to his words upon his winning his latest award.

“It is humbling to receive the honor of the National League Cy Young Award again this year… The significance of this award is not lost on me. I consider it a privilege to even be considered in the same category as Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright, two remarkable pitchers and relentless competitors.”

“It seems fitting to share this recognition with my teammates and coaches – I couldn’t do my job without their own dedication to excellence in their roles. Today is a special day. To be associated with the men who have won this award before me is something I will not take for granted. But even more, it serves as a reminder that I’m blessed to play the game I love for an organization I greatly admire.”

Rarely are we afforded the opportunity to witness a talent such as Clayton Kershaw- for only a few others on the mound or elsewhere are as physically gifted and as mentally driven. Fewer and even farther between are the chances to observe an athlete so gifted and yet so humble.

It’s that seldom-seen combination of ability and humility that has me pulling for Kershaw to take home that National League MVP award today- and will have me following him and pulling for him to snag another Cy Young Award next year.

Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw- 2014 NL Cy Young Winner

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