Happy Veteran’s Day

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Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, when on 11 November 1921, the remains of an unknown World War I American soldier were buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in recognition of WWI veterans and the official cessation of WWI hostilities “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918. President Warren Harding requested that “All … citizens … indulge in a period of silent thanks to God for these … valorous lives, and of supplication for His Divine mercy … on our beloved country.” Inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are the words, “Here lies in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

In 1954, Congress was determined to additionally recognize the sacrifice of veterans before and since WWI, and those of future generations, and thereby proposed to recognize 11 November as Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in WWII, signed legislation establishing Veterans Day.

Insight into the sacrifice of our veterans and their families can be gained by noting that, since the American Revolution, tens of millions of Americans have served our nation with honor, and almost 1.2 million have died in defense of it. Another 1.4 million have been wounded, many gravely. The numbers, of course, offer no reckoning of the inestimable value of these Patriots’ lives or the anguish borne by their families, but we do know that their sacrifices defended a most precious gift — the gift of Liberty that we cherish to this day.

America stands proud and free because our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen have stood bravely in harm’s way — now and for generations. For their steadfast devotion to duty, honor and country, we, the American People, offer our humble gratitude and heartfelt thanks.

On this Veterans Day, and every day of the year, may God bless our men and women in uniform, those who have served before them, and their families. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-14)

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Golden Eagle Award Winner: Jamie Hinton, volunteer fire chief of Magnolia Springs, Ala.

Magnolia Springs, a sleepy small town of 1,000 residents along the Gulf Coast, doesn’t have beaches or a fishing industry.

As far as the rescue effort goes, it’s gotten short shrift from government officials and the BP workers hired to clean up and protect at-risk coastal areas. When workers visited the town last month, they simply laid one strand of containment boom around the bay, which floated away the very same day.

While Magnolia Springs isn’t a tourist mecca, its waters contain 19 federally-protected species, and marshland which marine species need to thrive. As the oil spill approaches the town, it could prove devastating to the marine life along the Coast.

Luckily, the town has Jamie Hinton, a volunteer fire chief, who came up with a plan of his own to protect Magnolia Springs. He came up with a defense system consisting of nine spud barges to prevent the oil from entering Weeks Bay—even though he could face jail time for putting the non-government-approved strategy into play.

County officials told Hinton that the oil was “just sweet crude,” and that he shouldn’t make such a big deal about it.

“I don’t care if it’s sweet, sour, light, or black,” he told the Christian Science Monitor. “I don’t want it in my river.”

You Have Got to Love this Kid

I wonder if this young lady is going to run for political office?
This young lady makes more sense at 13 then all the current administration personnel. Makes me wonder who the kids really are. For this magnificent speech Lia Mills wins this months Golden Eagle Award

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Paint the Town White For the Environment

WARNING: What follows is ignorance on display. Be warned that what you are about to read may make you fall out of your chair laughing so hard you may hurt yourself. Be sure to fasten your seat belt before traversing any further down this page. If you do happen to hurt yourself remember you have been WARNED!

The DODO bird is back, the once thought extinct bird showed up at the climate change symposium in London.

US wants to paint the world white to save energy

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London.

The Nobel laureate in physics called for a “new revolution” in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

But he warned there was no silver bullet for tackling climate change, and said a range of measures should be introduced, including painting flat roofs white.

Making roads and roofs a paler colour could have the equivalent effect
of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years, Chu said.

It was a geo-engineering scheme that was “completely benign” and would
keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use from air conditioning, as
well as reflecting sunlight back away from the Earth.

For people who found white hard on the eye, scientists had also
developed “cool colours” which looked to the human eye like normal
ones, but reflect heat like pale colours even if they are darker shades.

And painting cars in cool or light colours could deliver considerable savings on energy use for air conditioning units, he said.

Speaking at the start of a symposium on climate change hosted by the Prince of Wales and attended by more than 20 Nobel laureates, Chu said fresh thinking was required to cut the amount of carbon created by power generation.

College educated, Chu believes that if we just paint all our cars and house roofs white we could effectively reduce climate change the equivalent of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 yrs. I think he should get his money back from the college he went to. Apparently he did not learn any “real knowledge” at that University. Yup sounds like one flew over the cuckoo’s nest on that one. Can I hear anyone say LOONIE TUNES? Cuckoo cuckoo. Me thinks this guy is too smart by half. Not a very good advertisement for University either. What say you?

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This Weeks Golden Eagle Award Winner: McKay Hatch

On June 1st, 2008, almost one year after starting the No Cussing Club, 15
Year Old, McKay Hatch, received a “Well Done Award” from Kingdom
Assignment.  KA’s founders, Denny and Leesa Bellesi, gained
national recognition for their work on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

For the complete story, click on the Orange County Register links below:

1. “Quit your cussing!”

2. “Syesha slips into Anaheim award show”

Kudos to this young man for making his school a better place and actually making the students at his school better students.

McKay says: “Our members take the No Cussing Challenge,
which is a commitment to themselves to use better language.  This
commitment not only improves their lives but also the world around
them.  Through our motto, “Leave People Better Than You Found
Them” our members are also looking for opportunities everyday to
help people and lift them up through their words and actions.”

Love the idea McKay, I think us adults may wish to join your club. So for this McKay becomes this weeks Golden Eagle Award winner. Way to soar like an eagle McKay!

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