A Hero comes to rest, Honor another, Vista SUCKS still, rules for civilians

Today there was a motorcade brining the body of Cpl. Jason Karella to Fairhill Christian Church. My heart goes out to his family, and my thanks to all the folks who have helped this family during this time. My prayers also for the family and friends of Spc. Heath K. Pickard who was stationed here out of Ft. Wainwright with the 1-25 SBCT.

Lyrics to "The Soldiers Song" in the video by the band Demon Hunter (my personal favorite song of all time...)

Through the clouds of fallen ash, a lonely mothers cry
Among the fields of broken glass the loyal few will arise
Faith now regained
Finding strength within the void, a raging fire ignites
A spark of everburning power and conviction to fight
Pride be your name
They will spit upon the honor that you guard with your life
And run to hid in selfish fear when threat of death is in sight
Lay down your shame

Armed with resistance and blind to the cost
They say your purpose is mindless and lost
But we don't adhere to the slander they spill
We mourn with you losses and stand by your will

These tears we spill
They haunt us still
The cries of the weak lie quiet in sleep
Beneath our feet

We are the sons of holy wrath, a shining light in the dark
The ones who walk amongst despair, no sign of fear in our hearts
Stand in deaths way
Shut out the voice of mindlessness, open your eyes to the truth
Believe the words that stand the test and not the slurs of the youth
You're not what they say

Turn over the tables and watch them run
You'll be the weapon they can't outgun

Well, on the 17th of October, I went out and paid for a brand new Acer computer from Office Max in Fairbanks. The computer works great, and I got a good deal for a factory standard non-custom computer. Kudos to Office Max for carrying it! Its a slick little Acer Aspire with a Dual Core Intel E2200 processor that cranks out at about 2.2 GHz and is the fastest computer I've used to date. What the big selling point for me more than processor speed was the 4.0 GB of RAM that I really need for doing my artwork digitally! The on-board video graphics aren't too shabby either, they are NVIDIA GeForce 7300! Not the greatest, I still need a video card later on down the road (when I get the money!), but its a start. There ends the good stuff.

I'm still having trouble. Yes, I can't chat on the KFAR 660 AM page with my new computer because Java doesn't seem to install properly on either MS Explorer 7.0 or Mozilla Firefox 3.3... In VISTA... However with my good ol' reliable IBM Think Pad and Windows XP Pro, I cans still access the chat rooms. Funny how that works.

I've also got game compatiblity issues I'm trying to over come. So, my transition to a 64 bit OS is going rather bumpy, and rough, and painful. I'm missing the action at the KFAR chat site. Its just fun to get involved that way. All well... I'll just have to run both computers at once. What a shame!

Interesting email going around, Vets stand proud and pass on the info:
Rules for the Non-Military

Dear Civilians, 'We know that the current state of affairs in our great nation has many civilians up in arms and excited to join the military.

For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand.

Here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:

1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the National Anthem - kick their ass.

2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in protest - kick their ass.

3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans.
If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second.
Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great.
Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.

4. (GUYS) If you were never in the Military, DO NOT pretend that you were.
Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others that you used to be 'Special Forces,' and collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old. Now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.

5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask them, 'Do you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot.
Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).

6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard 'non-military', inform them of their mistake- and kick their ass.

7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your
heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking.

8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran.
We are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party affiliation.
Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-Chief (CinC).
The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC regardless of political party.
We have no inside track on what happens inside those big important buildings where all those representatives meet. All we know is that when those civilian representatives screw up the situation, they call upon the military to go straighten it out.
If you keep asking us the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get your ass kicked!

9. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me -stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore could kick your ass!

10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop saying 'Let's go kill those Commies!' And stop asking us where he is! Crystal balls are not standard issue in the military. That reminds me- if you see anyone calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know, so I can go kick their ass!

11. 'Flyboy' (Air Force), 'Jarhead' (Marines), 'Grunt' (Army), 'Squid' (Navy), 'Puddle Jumpers' (Coast Guard), etc. are terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them could get your ass kicked.

12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families.
Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families.

Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day.
Without them, our country would get its ass kicked.
'It's the Veteran, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
'It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
'It's the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
'It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

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