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Month: July 2009

Happy Birthday Christopher!

Happy Birthday Christopher!

Today my big brother is celebrating his birthday in Austin TX, where he and his wife have lived since 1984. We certainly never get to see enough of them, or of their daughters.

Chris is five years older than me, and consequently we never played with the same toys, only ball. Also, Chris went to the Berkley School For The Deaf, and was gone during the school week to return on Friday nights. So growing up, there was a good deal of separation.

As is true with most older siblings, ‘stuff’ rolls downhill. And Chris rolled enough stuff down to us.

It is also true that absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Like me, Chris lives in a house with three women. I call this, la Casa de Estrogen. And we are, sufferers united. We ought to start a group…

So on this day, in sympathy, and in love, I wish a very happy birthday to my bro – a very good man!

J. R. Salzman. American. Inspiration. Champion.

J. R. Salzman. American. Inspiration. Champion.

I remember reading about J.R. Salzman before he was injured in Iraq in 2006. The Six Time Logrolling Champion went to Iraq, spurred on by what we all saw on September 11, 2001, determined to make a difference. And he did. I found his story inspirational, and it made me grateful that such young men existed in our country. What makes our country great is not the things we can do, or the money we have, or even our history. It is quite simply, citizens like this. His attitude following his injuries is breath taking. Now, he’s just won his 7th championship

Just about everything from Dec. 19, 2006, when he was in the lead truck of a tanker convoy in northwest Baghdad, is lodged in Salzman’s mind. That includes what he thought when he realized he would not die: I’ve still got my legs. I can still logroll.

And that explained why Salzman cried when he won his seventh men’s logrolling title at the Lumberjack world championships on Sunday, his first with a prosthetic arm.

“It’s what I do,” he said in the quiet shadows after a lengthy standing ovation. “This is my life in the summertime.”

Image Credit: Justin Maxon/The New York Times Story by By JOHN BRANCH
Image Credit: Justin Maxon/The New York Times Story by By JOHN BRANCH

I doubt you can find a more sterling example of an American Inspiration.

Well Done J.R.

Who Knew?

Who Knew?

As a child  in the 70s we watched a lot of TV. One of my all time favorites was Hogan’s Heroes.

Who knew that there were lyrics to the theme song?

Heroes, heroes, husky men of war,
Sons of all the heroes, of the war before.
We’re all heroes up to our ear o’s,
You ask the questions,
We make suggestions,
That’s what we’re heroes for.

All good heroes love a nifty fight,
Open up the bomb bays, brighten up the night.
We earn laurels solving your quarrels,
You throw the roses,
We punch the noses,
That’s what we’re heroes for.

What’s a hero do?
We’re never gonna tell ya
Cause we wish we knew.
That’s why we heroes are so few.
We’ve got a slogan,
From Colonel Hogan,
And Colonel Hogan’s a hero too.

Never flinch, boys, never be afraid,
Heroes are not born, boys, heroes all are made.
Ask not why, boys, never say die, boys,
Answer the call, remember we’ll all be heroes forever more.

A Tax Payer, “Voting With His Feet”

A Tax Payer, “Voting With His Feet”

Over at Shot In The Dark, Mitch Berg documents one Minnesota Business owner who has had enough of the state spending his money for him:

"Our politicians somehow feel entitled to
continually spend money they don’t have because the can simply stick
their hands in our pockets whenever they want more. The taxes in this
state are incredible, yet we are continually expected to keep paying
more and more in order to redistribute the wealth of the productive
working class.  The stream of social and welfare benefits never seems
to end. Somehow, those of us who continually struggle to get ahead; to
get a good education, and work hard to support our families are deemed
as being “blessed by opportunities” and therefore somehow owe something
back to society.  I am not buying into this nonsense."

Go read it all.