I’m just going to keep this simple and succinct…
Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain died yesterday. Unlike today’s “heroes” like LeBron James and the NFL Divas that disparage this country’s Leaders and disrespect this Nation, John McCain was a true hero. He honorably served his country as a Naval Aviator. He endured years of unimaginable, horrific mental and physical torture as a Prisoner of War serving his country. Afterwards, he continued to serve his country as a Steward of the People, selflessly dedicating his life to this Nation’s ideals.
I don’t pretend that John McCain was a perfect man. Like all of us, he had his faults. Senator McCain could at times be stubborn, temperamental, and incorrigible. Yet one thing is for certain…unlike the NFL Divas of today, John McCain never knelt in the face of adversity. He faced adversity with equal vim and vigor. Unlike Edward Snowden and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, John McCain never sold his country out. Even as a Prisoner of War. This…this…is what makes Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain a true hero.
Damn right, snowflake…it’s called RESPECT
A True Hero
So in today’s day and age we are led to believe that Police Officers are shit-bags. We are led to believe by the uninformed masses, that Police Officers are the enemy.
This military Veteran disagrees.
The Women and Men, that choose to put their lives on the line for us, on a day to day basis, are truly heroes. They get paid shit…to do some pretty amazing things. We are truly fortunate for them.
Don’t think so…that’s fine….
This is what true heroes do….
Damn right, snowflake :o)
*** I actually wrote this four years ago, but i really couldn’t come up with anything better. As Americans, we really owe so much to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Patriotism isn’t anything to be ashamed of…peace to those families that have lost a loved one in the name of this country***
As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, it is only fair that we take a moment to commemorate its purpose. Memorial Day “commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.” This rather plain, stark explanation of Memorial Day doesn’t do justice to its significance. The reality is we, as a nation, enjoy the quality of life that we enjoy due to the ultimate sacrifices of those that died while defending our country’s values.
Memorial Day is the day that we put aside our political ideals and differences. It is the day that we stop fighting amongst ourselves. It is the day that we pay tribute to those that answered their nation’s calling….obeyed their orders…and died for doing so. It is the day we thank…and embrace…those that lost their loved ones. The wives….the husbands. The daughter and son that never met their mother or father. The parents that raised their son and daughter to do the right thing…only to die doing the right thing. Memorial Day is the day that we stop…to remember that we are Americans.
As a Veteran, I stand tall, and salute those who fell…and to those who lost their loved one. Thank you for your sacrifice!
America…because of you
Damn right snowflake :o)
It was with heavy heart that I awoke today to learn that the legendary B.B. King passed away last night. I knew that he was in hospice care and the inevitable was near. However…that knowledge didn’t make reading of his passing any less heart-breaking.
I had the honor and privilege of seeing B.B. King live in concert a few years ago. He was traveling with Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus. The venue was relatively small…outdoors…the perfect setting for an amazing show. The atmosphere light…lively. Everyone was in good spirits, audience and performers alike. Seeing two icons on stage together…B.B. King and Peter Frampton…playing and laughing together like it was more a jam session than a concert. It was one of those moments you just stop and soak in for a minute or two because you know you will never see and experience anything like it again.
There was no doubt that B.B. King was in the twilight of his career at that time. While he didn’t sing a lot, his voice was strong and lusty when he did. “Lucille” never sounded so true…so sultry…as made her sound that night. B.B King may have been in the twilight of his career. However, there was no doubt as to who was on that stage that night preaching the gospel that is the Blues.
The most memorable moment occurred when B.B. King broke out into one of one of the most simple, yet popular songs ever created. A soulful rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” wafted across the air. The audience started singing with him and somewhere into the second chorus he stopped singing as we kept going. I was close enough to the stage that I could clearly see his him as he listened…a big smile on his face. With each chorus, we became surer of ourselves and you could feel this unexplainable synergy sweep across the crowd. He sat there, smiling, taking us in as he encouraged us to keep singing. At one point he said we sounded beautiful. As I sit here now and think about that moment I can’t help but realize how surreal that was…the King of the Blues…telling US…that we sounded beautiful! That’s how I will always remember Mr. B.B. King.
B.B. King was known for his song “The Thrill is Gone”. It’s by far my favorite. In honor of Mr. B.B. King, I’d like to share my favorite rendition. It is one he performed live with Gary Moore…an icon all in his own right who passed away seemingly way too soon. It’s a long rendition but worth every minute watching and listening to. Without further ado…Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. B.B. King…
The Late Greats B.B. King and Gary Moore:
You may be gone, but the thrill lives on…thank you Mr. B.B. King!