To The Everlasting Glory Of The Infantry . . .

Rodger Young

I remember back in my liberal daze I always felt out of step with my fellow moonbats on patriotic holidays. I wanted to wave the flag while they wanted to burn it. Americans have never been good at mourning. I blame the Irish influence. As my Irish ancestors would tell you, we don’t let a funeral get in the way of a good time.

Here are some people to think about while you get drunk and screw celebrate on this Memorial Day:

Rodger Wilton Young (April 28, 1918 – July 31, 1943) was a United States Army soldier during World War II. An infantryman, he was killed on the island of New Georgia while helping his platoon withdraw under enemy fire. For his actions, he posthumously received the United States’ highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Every Robert Heinlein fan is familiar with Rodger Young.

Young was only 5’2″ and was going deaf and blind. He could have taken a medical discharge but he chose to turn in his stripes and take a reduction to private so he could stay with his buddies.

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division. Place and date: On New Georgia, the Solomon Islands, 31 July 1943. Entered service at Clyde, Ohio. Birth: Tiffin, Ohio. G.O. No.: 3, 6 January 1944. Citation: On 31 July 1943, the infantry company of which Pvt. Young was a member, was ordered to make a limited withdrawal from the battle line in order to adjust the battalion’s position for the night. At this time, Pvt. Young’s platoon was engaged with the enemy in a dense jungle where observation was very limited. The platoon suddenly was pinned down by intense fire from a Japanese machinegun concealed on higher ground only 75 yards away. The initial burst wounded Pvt. Young. As the platoon started to obey the order to withdraw, Pvt. Young called out that he could see the enemy emplacement, whereupon he started creeping toward it. Another burst from the machinegun wounded him the second time. Despite the wounds, he continued his heroic advance, attracting enemy fire and answering with rifle fire. When he was close enough to his objective, he began throwing handgrenades, and while doing so was hit again and killed. Pvt. Young’s bold action in closing with this Japanese pillbox and thus diverting its fire, permitted his platoon to disengage itself, without loss, and was responsible for several enemy casualties.

Now, this next guy is a little bit more well known. Almost every American has seen his picture.

Ira Hayes

No, not this picture.

This one:

Ira Hayes was a dark-skinned Pima Indian at a time when neither one was considered a desirable quality. Nonetheless, Ira enlisted in the Marines to go fight for a country that had not welcomed him and his people with open arms. Sadly, Ira didn’t make it all the way back from Iwo Jima. He was traumatized by his experiences there and remained haunted by them until he died. In 1955 Ira died of exposure after falling into a ditch while drunk.

This next guy is one of the most famous American soldiers ever:

At 5’5″ Audie would have towered over Rodger Young. Audie Murphy was born to a family of po’ white Irish in East Texas. (They could not afford the “or”needed to upgrade to poor.) Audie enlisted in the army at the age of 17 and damn near single-handedly won the war. After the war he went to Hollywood and became a movie star. He was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1971. (Somebody should make a movie about his life.)

Despite his success and fame, Audie had a secret.

But for Murphy, who logged 250 German kills during the war and was awarded the Medal of Honor and dozens of accolades, the toll of combat proved inescapable.

And his rapid career progression from soldier to actor further compounded Murphy’s struggles and led to a path of self-destruction.

For example, Smith explores the impact of Murphy starring as himself in the 1955 silver screen adaptation of his war memoirs, “To Hell and Back.” The role meant re-enacting traumatic moments from his time in combat, including Murphy’s best friend dying in his arms.

“Audie Murphy the actor was suffering from the condition tremendously by the time they made that movie,” Smith said. “When you know his story, when you know his pain and look at him playing himself, reliving his mother’s death, reliving his buddy’s death, and hearing the gun shots, you think, ‘Holy Cow! They made him do that?’

“They thought it would be cathartic. They thought it’d get it out in the open, and he’d confront it and be able to move on past it. And now what we know, PTSD doesn’t let you do that.”

Murphy became addicted to the sleeping pills he relied on to overcome restless nights of terrors and hypervigilance. Smith wrote about Murphy’s thrill-seeking behavior, which including going on police ride-alongs and volunteering to serve as bait for drug sting operations.

High-stakes gambling on race horses also served to replace the adrenaline rush he’d felt while fighting in the war and eventually left him in financial ruin. Murphy would declare bankruptcy after earning millions through the 44 films he appeared in during his more than 20-year movie career.

Murphy was killed in 1971 while riding in a private plane during the weekend leading up to Memorial Day.

Shell shock and battle fatigue take place during the war. The symptoms of PTSD may not manifest themselves for years.

As I am sure y’all have figgered out by now, I can sound authoritative on a diverse* group of topics. Sometimes I even know what I am talking about. But it occurs to me that maybe we should go directly to the equine’s face portal.

* This fulfills our diversity quota for the year)

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159 Responses to To The Everlasting Glory Of The Infantry . . .

  1. Mothy67 says:

    Wow
    Le Pen
    Orban
    Salvini
    Farage
    Modi
    Bolsonaro
    Guaido
    TRUMP

    NONE of this would be if not for cankles.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I blame the Trump card 😀 People want to be first in their countries……

      • Mothy67 says:

        I wonder if Trump would have run if hilla the hun and ¡yeb! Had not been the presumptive nominees. He started the entire thing by punching back hard. Something unheard of by rethugs. Sarah tried, but no one had her back.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Nice tributes on this Memorial Day 2019. Now here’s our WW2 foe playing our National Anthem, because they want to 😀

  3. Anthony says:

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I noticed this too.

  5. DeniseVB says:

  6. DandyTIger says:

    Great post! To Hell and Back might be the best book title about war. Didn’t know about that. Regarding the elections: still not tired of winning.

  7. DandyTIger says:

    Today is the day the prog media struggles with pretending not to hate American so much. It’s kind of awkward to watch.

    • lateblum says:

      I wonder if John Cusack will stand for the National Anthem at the Cubs game today.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Let us know 🙂 Reminds me of the great saying, those who disrespect the flag have never been handed a folded one.

        I noticed on twitter, all the NFL and MLB teams are trying to out patriotic each other showing who’s got the bigger flag, flyovers, best National Anthems, which is lovely, but we don’t forget jerks like Cusack and Kaepernick.

        • lateblum says:

          Never forget.
          That saying holds many meanings now. Doesn’t it? ❤️🇺🇸❤️

  8. Dora says:

    Wonderful post this morning. Thank you.

  9. Mothy67 says:

    I am having a brain fart. My great uncle Jim was on that road in Asia during the war. He seldom spoke of it except around the campfire on Memorial Day weekend. Large extended family that summered in W V. He told of eating insects and barbarism. Cannot remember the name. Damn. He was always a bit “haunted”. Hard working successful, but often very distant like he was somewhere else.

    • elliesmom says:

      Bataan Death March?

      • Mothy67 says:

        My mom said Burma Road. Not what he called it though. It’s been 35 years. It’ll hit me at some point today.

        • 49erDweet says:

          The only other thing I can think of is “Old Burma Road”. It was in the news all the time during WWII. Tough place, but it saved China from being crushed to death.

    • helenk3 says:

      My dad was a motor sgt in the CBI theatre. Do you mean the LEDO road later changed to the Stillwell Road? The English were building the Burma Road and the Americans were building the LEDO road to join it to get supplies to the Chinese. You Tube has some videos about it. While we were trying to help them the Chinese were attacking our convoys stealing the supplies and killing our soldiers. Several times he was in a plane and flew over the hump. He came home on a hospital ship and nightmares for life.
      You very rarely ever hear about that part of the war.

    • lateblum says:

      Dora, That was beautiful. I am a sucker for this music.
      I also keep forgetting what a really beautiful voice Elvis had.

      • Jadzia says:

        It was retro night at the summer dance hall yesterday—the orchestra was playing so much Elvis, and the cute little retired couples sure did know how to dance!!! Why was my generation not taught to dance properly? I couldn’t join in at all.

    • Island Girl says:

      🥰

  10. elliesmom says:

    My dad received a Bronze Star. He was in the Signal Corps. His overseas duty took him to North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany in that order. We never had a whistling teakettle as long as he was alive. He downplayed his time in the Army. We didn’t know about the Bronze Star until he was rooming at the hospital with a retired newspaper reporter. He got Dad talking, and once he started, he didn’t stop. I found the medal when I was packing up his things in the weeks after he died. I have a lot of my dad’s things. The American Legion buried my father with full honors at the local National Cemetery. I was surprised when an honor guard of active duty soldiers showed up, too. They presented me with his flag. I let my brother have the medal. Shortly after Dad died my brother’s wife moved him out onto their lawn. She kept anything she thought had monetary value. Fortunately, it didn’t include the medal. That was in the trash bag with the rest of his things.

    • DeniseVB says:

      One of my husband’s biggest regrets is not having engaged my Dad about his WW2 and Korean war experiences. I don’t think our Greatest Generation wanted to talk about any of it. As myiq mentioned above, Audie Murphey wrote about his story then acted it out, but it didn’t help him. 😦

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Your best chance of getting a vet to talk about his war experiences is to get another vet to ask him. The American Legion and the VFW have often served as group therapy for vets.

        And unlike most group therapies, they serve booze.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Similar with my dad. Army Air Corp in Europe. Never talked about it. Then some program of collection audio of WWII veterans got hold of him. Had no idea. I noticed it was similar with uncles and others that were in the war about not talking about it much.

      • lateblum says:

        My dad was in the Army Air Corp, but remained in the States. He was very quiet about anything war-related. But made it very clear that he was opposed to war. Period. End of story.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    WoW, this is pretty impressive for lefty Boston.

  12. Cisco says:

    Very melancholy today.
    Ill be back and forth.
    Ira Hayes by Johnny Cash.

  13. DandyTIger says:

    My prog FB friends are having a hissy fit over the European elections. So fun to watch.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Not FB as I quit years ago, but similar reaction via emails. Orange man bad. They are so smart everyone else so stoooopid. Good news is they are not learning because they will not listen. The global swing left was promulgated on lies. Diversity has a cost. Flooding nations with young able bodied men has tremendous costs. The bill is being paid by the elites along the beltway. It’s the average citizen paying for their utopian socialist dreams. How did they not anticipate a backlash.
      Something I found striking recently. Dr. Carson speaking before Congress messed up an acronym. Those fools slip up all the time. Guam flipping over? Instead of allowing a casual error they blew it out of proportion. Called an actual brain surgeon stupid to gain some odd points. Well instead of proggie points they made it national news that thousands of illegals are living in government housing while hundreds of thousands of Americans wait in line. Worst gotcha ever. Especially since they are always trying to say illegals cost us nothing.

    • Jadzia says:

      You have no idea how much I wished I was still teaching at the university today!!!!

  14. Dora says:

    Wow!

    • Mothy67 says:

      To be fair I think that’s a Boy Scouts of America gathering. Trump was well rec’d but that’s not one of his rallies.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Love these guys …..

    • Cisco says:

      The opening scene of A Few Good Men with a Marine Drill Team is awsome too.
      🇺🇸🌟🌟🌟🌟🇺🇸

      • DeniseVB says:

        I remember the first time I watched a silent drill team in person, I couldn’t breathe until it was over. those bayonets are killer sharp. 😀

  16. Mothy67 says:

    Please tell me this is a parody account

  17. taw46 says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I remember this coming out around the height of the NFLers kneeling for the anthem kerfluffle. It’s a powerful message to send those aholes.

  18. Cisco says:

    🇺🇸Arlington National Cemetery.🇺🇸
    Tomb of The Unknowns
    I was privileged to see the Changing of The Guard.

  19. Mothy67 says:

    She turned down a plea deal with no time. I hope she goes to jail.

    • taw46 says:

      I’d like to think she will serve time, but what are the chances of a jury in Massachusetts convicting her?

      • DeniseVB says:

        I just hope she’s never allowed to be a judge again. We can’t put them all in prison, but I favor destroying their careers 😉

        • swanspirit says:

          I hope she virtue signals her way into prison, with some of those illegals she thinks she is protecting. Because they are going to be so considerate of her, not.

  20. Myiq2xu™ says:

    It looks like the pendulum is finally swinging to the right again. For years the Left has warned of dire consequences if the Right regained power. When Trump was elected a lot of people held their breath waiting for the world to end.

    We are now almost halfway thru the third year of Trump (03 DT). The world has not ended. America is prospering. The Left has tried and failed to hold back the tide. A preference cascade is starting as people begin to realize that the Left has been lying to them. The Left told them that only a few racists opposed massive immigration and open borders. Anyone who tried to tell the truth was attacked.

    The pace of change is picking up.

    Media criticism of Trump often reminds me of an incident from about 20 years ago. I was working my weekend gig in event security at the Merced Fairgrounds. I was in charge of a crew of 10 security guards. It was a concert by a Mexican band. There were maybe 1000 people attending.

    We had only recently begun providing security at these concerts because the previous security company had failed to maintain good order and discipline at the concerts.

    Some underage gangster punk from Winton with the unlikely nickname of “Ruffles” wasn’t pleased with my refusal to allow him into the beer garden without proper ID. He flipped me off so I told him he was 86’d and would have to leave. When he refused to leave on his own I began the process of assisting him in reaching the nearest exit.

    Apparently, Ruffles was the leader of a gang of punks in Winton. When they tried to prevent me from ejecting Ruffles I did my best Oprah imitation and announced, “You’re getting ejected, and you.re getting ejected. YOU’RE ALL GETTING EJECTED!”

    The rest of our security crew came to my assistance, and after a brief scrum Ruffles and his pals were relocated to outside the event. Nobody got hurt and the only guy who actually got arrested was the guy who threw a beer on me.

    When I returned to my post at the entrance of the beer garden, a young woman (who had been a guard with the previous security company) came up to me and said, “You can’t throw somebody out just because they flipped you off!”

    “Sure I can,” I said. “I just did.”

    “But you can’t do that.”

    “But I just did.”
    **********************************
    In the past couple years were have frequently heard bloviating gasbags saying “Trump can’t do that!” when what they meant was “We never did it that way before.”

  21. lateblum says:

    Please copy the message and tweet…

  22. votermom says:

    woke up without headache but it’s back again
    eff eff eff

    • Jadzia says:

      Ouch. I feel your pain.

      • Mothy67 says:

        Do you realize that an ocean away and for some a continent you crossed everyone’s mind here over the last 24 hours. Hope it brings you some great karma.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hubby and I just recovered from the worst spring killer pollen/rainiest mold producing outbreak in our area. Not the migraine level, but the death coughs, wheezing and sneezing. Since you guys are about a month behind us, wonder if your headaches have been triggered by pollen? I know seasonal allergies take on many forms. Feel better !

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      You are not alone. Although now after two days the headache is gone but the after migraine system disruption is in play. Better than feeling like a jack hammer splitting one’s skull but I know better than to venture far from home for the rest of the day. This has been a extra bad spring for me with allergies sinuses and migraines all acting up in tandem much like the crazy koolaid groupies that hang out in the d.c. swamp causing mayhem but never actually accomplishing anything of worth.

      Hope your’s eases.

  23. Mothy67 says:

  24. Mothy67 says:

    What is going on with the census. Has the decision on the citizen question been appealed?

  25. 49erDweet says:

    In my earlier life I met and talked with “Murph” several times whilst he was filming in Garner Valley in Riverside County. Or should say talked to. LOL. He WAS a man of few words. He steered me away from the Army into the Air Force, which was great advice.

  26. Dora says:

    • Cisco says:

      “Muslm Power”?
      Well folks, the true goal of the muzz.
      Couldn’t be any clearer.
      Americans better wake the F’K UP!

      • Mothy67 says:

        Remember how the Pulse nightclub muderer’s father sat behind hilla the hun weeks after a masacre. No accident. He was making a statement. A normal person would have hid in shame having reared a mass murderer! And don’t tell me secret service, fbi, nsa were not fully aware of who he was. You keep an eye on the family of someone who killed 49 in cold blood.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m starting to understand why China is bulldozing Mosques and Japan doesn’t even allow them.

    • Constance says:

      I tried to comment that there IS a protest planned to the Bellevue event, The group of Conservatives I just met have been messaging about it for a month. I got my gallbladder out a few days ago and I’m not up to a protest yet or I’d go (I am better each day though!). So when I hit post comment, my whole computer went down! ODD.

  27. Mothy67 says:

    Some jackass in Germany warned Jews not to wear a kippa. Richard Grenell said fuck that all the more reason to wear it.

    • lateblum says:

      Every man,woman, and child in Germany should wear a Kippa tomorrow!
      Maybe they can wear yellow stars on their shirts as well. ✡️ 🇮🇱 ✡️

  28. DeniseVB says:

    I didn’t realize Alyssa was quoting Jon Voight’s criticism of her to attack his support of PDJT, lol, I stand by my response. She’s all that 😉

  29. Mothy67 says:

    The 46th President of the United States is paying tribute

  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I meant to mention that the Band of Brothers video is nearly 20 years old, and the men featured in it are now gone.

  31. Dora says:

    She must be running.

    • lyn says:

      Democrats want a do over.

    • Mothy67 says:

      She is so hideous.

    • taw46 says:

      I will not be shocked if she does. She has given every indication of doing so since 11/9/16.

    • Anthony says:

      Love the “Merlin” coat lmao. Pose her next to Melania next time

    • Cisco says:

      Run again in 2020 and I use the word run loosely.
      HRC doesn’t have the strength or stamina to campaign.
      She was stumbling and being tossed in a car last time.
      Can’t win a election by just giving free concerts, ya’ gotta go and press the flesh, you know, like President Trump.

      • mothy67 says:

        Last time around bill was here with bon jovi right before her loss. They could not fill the venue on Pitts campus for free. To be fair bj was only playing two songs. It was a rally with a guest. No Hillary just bill. Still a former president on a college campus. How many 19 year olds want to hear an 80s hair band?

    • jeffhas says:

      Matt Yglesias, “Benghazi wasn’t really that big a deal”

      What about the 4 people that died? At our Embassy? Where was security? – or a response? How did a US AMBASSADOR GET KILLED?

      … and why is it that our Ambassador is dead (the first time in 40 years that an Ambassador has been lost), but Matt Yglesias thinks it’s not really a big deal”?

      The ‘Gap’ inside that ‘Hack’s’ head is the only ‘Hack Gap’ that exists.

      • taw46 says:

        Not to mention the people that were injured. Not only were we not allowed to hear from them, neither was Congress.

  32. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Mom was watching The Shrieking Harridans this morning. From what I could make out, 2 1/2 years ago America was a great country but Trump has taken us to the brink of collapse.

    I walked out of the room before Whoopie told us how she planned to make America great again.

    • Anthony says:

      As long as it involves a cliff and a banana peel, I’ll listen

    • DeniseVB says:

      Whoopi has benefited from our great country’s freedoms. If she were a Harridan on a Cuban channel, that socialist state would have taken over half her money, which would be about $25 dollars a week or less. True story. Whoopi even has a freedom to speak her nonsense, I also have the freedom not to watch her. #Winning

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        She would likely never had the life she does anywhere else. In many countries had she acted out the way she does she would be confined to a mental institution or in prison. If she was lucky.

  33. lyn says:

  34. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Mom says Bart Starr has died. Then she told me the same thing she has always told me whenever his name has infrequently come up over the past 50 years.

    “When you were born, Bart Starr’s father was your father’s 1st Sgt.”

  35. blowme0bama says:

    Curiously absent from Twitter “trending” topics is any mention of ANY results from the Brit and French elections. Hmmm

  36. Cisco says:

    A little cadence for any of you joggers out there.

  37. DeniseVB says:

    Watching on TCM now, Red Badge of Courage (1951), I had no idea Audie Murphy starred in this, WoW !

  38. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Who is giving Democrats money ? Gah.

    • taw46 says:

      Well, Philip, may he continue following Hillary’s playbook, it worked so well for her.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Wasn’t that Jeb! Bush’s plan in 2016? Lay low and let the upstarts and wannabees play Flavor of the Weak with the media until the voting starts. Last man standing wins.

        That’s not a bad strategy for someone as gaffe-prone as Joe Plugs.

  39. lateblum says:

    Right now I am sitting in a little diner waiting for a huge storm to blow over. I think I’ll have a very long wait. Every time I look up, the rain is coming down harder and the wind is blowing it everywhere. People with umbrellas are coming in here and are completely drenched. There is seemingly no way to stay dry – at all. I hope picnic-ers were able to take cover somewhere. It is a really big storm.
    And just like that !!! The rain stopped. I’m gonna run to the car now, before it starts up again.
    Never mind… it’s back.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Our summer starts around Mother’s Day. It isn’t unusual for it to rain here in late May, but when it does it is usually a single quick storm. For the past couple weeks it’s been raining here every 2-3 days and when it rains it pours.

      I think it is because we had a late Easter.

      • lyn says:

        May has been a rainy month in southern Oregon.

      • lateblum says:

        As it turns out… nearly 3inches fell this afternoon in a very brief time. It was accompanied with tornado warnings, and sightings. The winds were brutal. Trees were torn out of the ground, some smaller buildings like garages and large work and tool sheds were blown up and blown out. Streets were/are flooded. There are stories of neighborhoods and large areas that were so flooded that people are unable to leave to go home or navigate to return to. I was fortunate that, nearly an hour after it began, I could get to my car. It was still raining, but not a deluge. More is anticipated in the next three days.
        The storm continues eastward and doesn’t sound any better in Dayton, OH. I hope it lessens in strength as it moves to the north and east.

  40. Mothy67 says:

    So worth repeating. I tried to post Dan Crenshaw’s posts. It gives one and the comments not the string. He pays tribute to several men who gave their lives on his timeline people he knew.
    I do not cry. Seriously I buck up. This man had me close to tears with his recognition of his friends.

    Skip the comments and read how he appreciates his brothers.
    Wow!

    • Mothy67 says:

      The above link let’s you scroll though many of his tweets click on the down arrow. Just wow. The only person to follow Trump in my opinion.

  41. Cisco says:

    So the anti-2nd Amendment Dem’s in Illinois want to reduce the time from 10 years to 5 years that a FOID card is valid. Firearm Owner’s ID, need one to purchase or own a firearm.
    Be fingerprinted for the card, paid for by the applicant, increase the cost and a bunch of other crap.
    All a burden on lawful gun owners.
    But meanwhile, the lawless just keep up the mayhem amoungist themselves.
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-met-memorial-day-weekend-violence-20190526-story.html
    34 people shot, 5 dying of their wounds.

  42. Cisco says:

    And in Cubas Socialist paradise reaping the benefits of Bernie’s “breadlines are good”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-economy/shortages-plague-cuba-as-u-s-sanctions-sharpen-economic-woes-idUSKCN1SX1P1

  43. elliesmom says:

    Well, today got off to a great start. My granddaughter wanted one last swim before she headed home so we went for a dip in the lake. She was so excited she was jumping up and down in the water and ended up landing on a snake. The snake took a bite out of her ankle. We don’t have any venomous snakes in our area, but it was painful. I got her cleaned up. My neighbor was there, too. If he’d had his gun, I think he would have shot the snake. I hope I can get her to go swimming again. My grandson and I are scheduled to do a biome count in a park in Providence next weekend. He’s looking for some assurances there won’t be snakes. It’s a promise I can’t make. We had a great weekend, otherwise. Ellie is exhausted. And now we have a teenager again.

    • votermom says:

      eek!
      poor kid!

    • Somebody says:

      OMG, poisonous or not, YIKES!

      I hope she’s OK. You’d never get me in that water again.

      • Miranda says:

        Yep. Glad your granddaughter’s ok. Snakebites are no fun. My neighbor texted me yesterday that she killed a copperhead in her yard. That’s the type that damaged my hand 5 years ago.

        PSA: Anyone with little kids/grandkids, snakes find plastic cars (like the ones kids pedal aorund) and other toys to be nice warm beds. If they’re left outside, check them before you let the kids play in them.

        • elliesmom says:

          We have a lot of snakes around, but there are no indigenous ones that are venomous. I find them under things a lot. They eat a lot of bugs and small rodents so I’m OK with having them around. After I got her cleaned up, she “investigated” the bite mark herself. It was small. I think she’ll be a little more aware of her surroundings, but I hope it won’t keep her from going swimming. She was excited about telling everyone about it at school. My neighbor has lived here for decades and this was the first time he’d heard of anyone getting bitten. I saw the snake and started to tell her to watch out when her next jump landed her on top of it. The bite was defensive not aggressive.

  44. Cisco says:

    Can’t find the words, just a killing and toture of a American by illegal alien.https://www.theblaze.com/news/homeless-houston-murder-grandmother
    75 years old. What kind of savage could do this?

  45. gumsnapper says:

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row…

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      I originally intended to open this post with In Flander Fields, but when I started writing the post took control and went a different direction.

  46. Cisco says:

    To my fellow veteran brothers and sisters from all branches of service and to those currently in uniform.
    My favorite passage from Shakespeare’s “Henery V”
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother;
    Sent with greats respect and admiration.
    Boy from Benning ’67 aka Cisco
    Goodnight all, calling it a night.

  47. lyn says:

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  50. Mothy67 says:

    I am such a pushover. The brat wanted airpods. I said i am never ever buying you 200 dollar earphones. Hell will freeze over first. Well slugger kicks ass at softball and hell froze over.
    This coach freaked out on her in front of the team. I was not there but he decided to belittle her. The kid is a very good player. I had to buy another trophy case. This is summer girl’s softball. It is not the world series. Coach pays 500 a month to send his child to private training. He was on a farm team. I raised the brat. I could not walk to the end of the block as a child without turning blue. I have had the crud in sports since she was knee high to a grasshopper. My father her great grandfather was on a scooter with an oxygen tank coaching her teams. She is an all star. Literally I have trophies lots of trophies. This guy freaked out on her like no adult should. The tears. Hyperventilating. She never does anything wrong. I think in almost 13 years I tried to raise my voice once. She laughed at me. Authoratative i am not. It burned my soul to watch her cry about the coach being mean.
    I said if you choose to not play I understand. This dude was ruthless. Shay has natural talent. It’s everything. At this level she wins. Who knows what high school will yield, but right now she soars. The father was angry with his kid. She has a weight issue and an average player. My imp is so kind, but middle school girls are demons and she attends a small school. I do not know how to talk to her about envy. She started ballet at 3. Has a blackbelt. Knows how to handle a gun and archery is for fun. I am dedicated to her. Sometimes I attend her friends things because single mom’s cannot. She insists i go. She opens my house up on snow days so no child with a working momhas to worry. She takes it on herself. The child is annoying but she expresses gratitude. WTF her mom threw her away but kept three other kids. No bitterness. She texts her mom. Twerp has never gotten a B. We have a deal – she gets one year back iphone 700 dollar phone. I do not give ten dollars for an A. She wants a great phone with unlimited she gets A’s. I am fine with B’s but she will get a flip phone from 1992. Trust me she ain’t gonna slip.
    Anywho I said babe no one is allowed to abuse you. I am not even close to done. She pleaded to let it go. I said fine your decision not mine. She did not quit. She was shaking but she played. Pitched and hit a triple twice. I was so proud. Little girl no one wanted got stuck with her great gay uncle who had multiple open hearts.
    Still don’t know how to talk to her. She has a teeny waist but dancer’s caboose and calves. I had to spend 300 on sports bras. Not yet 13 and hitting a D. It’s dna. All my aunts had reductions. She can eat an entire large pizza. No weight gain. Some girls already hate her because she is built, athletic, smart. She is so kind. They act like she got too much. Really? Her mom discarded her and her dad has frequent flyer miles for prison. She didn’t get an uncle she got a great gay uncle from New York City. Who gives a flying fuck my monster stood up to adversity. I caved because I am so proud. 200 freaking dollars for ear buds. Ugh. I did use vmoms portal. I think she should periodically post it. I forget about it.

  51. Dora says:

    I could weep. 😦

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  53. Dora says:

    Not much of a singer either.

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  54. DeniseVB says:

    Video from Dayton. How scary, especially when these things strike in the middle of the night 😦

    • lateblum says:

      Very scary. This destruction came from the same line of storms that hit Illinois yesterday. Isn’t it something to see the destruction in an area with a pristine and untouched neighborhood only a few football fields away?

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