Durham, North Carolina in 1940 ... Posted in honor of the last day of Black History month ... Lest we forget.
Remember Us? We're About to Leave the House ... It's safe for you snow birds to come home
Asian beetles tend to be attracted to lighter colored buildings and especially to those that are illuminated by the sun (typically the south or southwest side). Darker colors or buildings in the shade are less likely to have problems.
After spending the winter months tucked away in a wall void or other secluded place, they have simply forgotten how they got in. When they become active in the late winter, lady bugs often find themselves inside the home rather than outside.
This reawakening may take place over several weeks, depending on temperatures and the size of the population. [You heard it here first.]
Spring Fashions ...
Here's the latest fashions from the Milan, Italy, Spring collection ... Now boys, aren't you glad you checked this page?
My Childhood as a Native American
You too can become a Native American; if Ward Churchill can call himself a Native American, we all can do the same. So, this is an image of me just before my newsboy days on the reservation in downtown Waterloo, Iowa ... Circa 1938.
You're An EXTREME Redneck When ...
[Thanks Bob Richards]
Gas gauge for SUV's
[Thanks Anne McCusker]
Vladimir Putin has that constipated look that George Bush had during the debates with John Kerry.
And it looks like the guard behind George isn't real happy to be out in the snow playing "We love the USA."
Mark Niedert on Plantation Course in Hawaii
"Over the past year, the First Cavalry Division has lost 160 men and women, or more than 10 percent of the approximately 1,460 service members who have died in Iraq. It has seen another 100 endure a severe injury like loss of a limb, and a total of more than 1,200 injured. It has battled for Baghdad street by street, trying to stifle a murky insurgency.
"Its men have become so expert in urban warfare they can now hear the spoon come off a hand grenade and tinkle to the floor. For this reason, they refuse to wear earplugs."
... More of a general's comments:
"This American involvement, the general says, now stands “right at the tipping-point.” The election of Jan. 30 was a watershed, a moment when Iraqis defied the insurgency to proclaim their belief in a democracy. It had a shattering effect on General Chiarelli’s forces.
“Soldiers were crying,” the general tells me. “That was payback. They were bawling. We felt the realization among Iraqis that if enough people are out there voting, nobody can kill them all. If I did not have a family, I would stay on here in a heartbeat.”
For complete story NYTimes:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/weekinreview/20cohe.html?
February 19, 1945
60 years ago today, the Marines began fighting on Iwo Jima. On 23 Feb. the iconic image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima was snapped by Joe Rosenthal. This image shows the first flag being taken down in the foreground after flying for three hours.
The famous image is being created in the lower right rear of this film frame, when Joe snapped his camera shutter from the left of these Marines.
[During the battle, six of these twelve Marines were killed, four wounded.]
Twenty-seven Marines and naval medical corpsmen earned Medals of Honor (More than any other battle in history) during the 36-day battle on the 7.5 sq. mile volcanic atoll - 13 of them posthumously.
2,300 Marines were killed or wounded in the first 18 hours. Of the 70,000 Marines assembled for the attack, (most ever in one place) one in three were killed or wounded before it ended. Total Marines killed: 6,821, wounded 19,217, combat fatigue 2,648; total casualties 28,686.
Twenty out of every 21 Japanese were killed ... 216 were taken prisoner out of 23,000 defenders.
"There were no complicated legal issues or questions of 'moral equivalence' on Iwo Jima ... It was kill or be killed," wrote Arthur Herman in the WS Journal on 2/18/05. For his entire article click http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006317
The island was returned to the Japanese in 1968. The last American presence ended when a Coast Guard unit left in 1993. Today, it is a Japanese military installation ... Next to impossible to visit.
My own personal connection to Iwo Jima was (I snapped this image of 546 ft. Mt. Suribachi) when I was making a training landing in February of 1956, 500 miles south of our home base at Mt. Fuji, Japan. The black volcanic ash beach was like walking in talcum powder under 60-70 lbs. of gear. Nevertheless, no enemy was shooting at us.
We made amphibious assaults twice on Okinowa and this one time at Iwo during my 14-month tour with the 3rd Marine Div. I was a Cpl. and squad leader in a 75mm recoiless rifle platoon in an anti-tank company. My entire two years of active duty was all non-combat. The Korean cease-fire was signed the year before in 1953. Lucky me.
Here is an image of our live-fire training at Camp Fuji, and myself 50 years ago ... That hands-on-the-hips attitude got me into a lot of trouble before Beverly domesticated me for good in August of 1956.
Baby Boomers: There will only be two workers to support retirees for your generation ...
You'd be wise to pick these two to support your retirement:
Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground. You can't trust dogs to watch your food. Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly car payment is due.
Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly car payment is due.
"And the Iraqis will build a democratic government.
This is only the start, of course. Much could go wrong. All of the courage and sacrifice might yet end in another classic Middle-Eastern disappointment. But there's more reason to be hopeful about Iraq today than there ever has been before.
And it isn't just Iraq: A new spirit has appeared in the heart of the Middle East, a sense that, just maybe, freedom is a possibility for hundreds of millions of Muslims.
As for all those disingenuous demands for an American "exit strategy"? We have one. It's called "Democracy."
~ Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, US Army, (ret.)
Entire article from NY Post:
[By Dan Balz, Washinton Post]
"But for a party grappling with the question of how it can become more competitive in the red states of the South, Midwest and Mountain West, the decision to elect as its chairman a confrontational New Englander with a liberal identity and a penchant for making controversial statements sends a message in the view of some Democrats that little has been learned from the losses in 2004.