Category Archives: Personal thoughts

Support and defend…Veterans Day 2017

wethepeopleWhen I enlisted on January 4th, 1984, I took an oath…
“I…do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

And when I later became an officer on May 8th, 1992, a slightly different oath…
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. ”

I didn’t always agree with the officers appointed over me…nor the presidents…and I feel that the Founders couldn’t predict the post-Enlightenment decline and made a few things too vague and not explicit enough, but I always obeyed the orders and always well and faithfully discharged the duties of my office.

The services have different Core Values and the People should see what we held each other to:

  • Navy and Marines – Honor, courage, commitment.
  • Army – Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage.
  • Air Force – Integrity, service and excellence.
  • Coast Guard – Honor, respect, devotion to duty.

And…I always supported and defended the Constitution. I read it. I understand it. I embraced it.

To all who have served, are serving, and will serve…

Happy Veterans Day, comrades!

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Books that stuck with me

 

Eight years ago, there was a Facebook thing going around about 15 Books in 15 Minutes – write down within 15 minutes 15 books that have stuck with you. I saw it pass through my Memories and started thinking (I didn’t look at what I wrote back then…perhaps I’ll visit after I write this and see…) about what books I would choose, 2017 version. But I’m not playing the time limit, nor, apparently, the 15 limit. Here are books that have stuck with me – mostly fiction, and some background as to why. The first five are in preference order, the rest are sort of fungible…and this has been a chore to format…Wordpress seems to have a hard time with a lot of images, links and whatever… Continue reading

In My Life – My Beatles Story

31868677I got an advance, pre-publication look at In Their Lives – a book in which the editors asked people to write stories about their favorite Beatles songs. As I read it, I reflected on my own Beatles experience. As with many things, I don’t have a favorite. I think “favorites” are self-limiting.

But I do have stories (surprise!) of how I came to know The Beatles. Continue reading

What book do you want for the apocalypse?

I posed a hypothetical question to Facebook on April 4th, 2014:

Imminent global catastrophe…nuclear/comet/meteor/Yellowstone volcano eruption/Rush Limbaugh gets elected President/whatever…

You are able to get to a shelter that theoretically should keep you safe and can take one book (there will be no internet/wiki when you come out), and one book only.

What book do you take? And why?

I’ll reveal mine later.

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