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17
Oct
09

A Lesson Learned

A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . . . and colleges.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson   High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.  On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
‘Ms. Cothren, where’re our desks?’
She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’
They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’
‘No,’ she said.
‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’
She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period.  Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren’s classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all=2 0the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.’
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.  The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.  By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you.  They placed the desks here for you.  Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.  They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.   Don’t ever forget it.’
By the way, this is a true story.

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17
Oct
09

Total Bull Crap

Fireman Suspended Over US Flag Decal

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(Oct. 17) — A Pennsylvania firefighter who put an American flag sticker on the front of his locker has been suspended without pay for refusing to take the Old Glory decal down.

James Krapf, along with nearly a dozen other Chester, Pa. firefighters, were ordered to remove personal items from the outside of their lockers — a violation of department policy, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.

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Krapf refused to do so and the department suspended him Thursday. So far, he’s the only one on forced leave.

"I shouldn’t have to remove the flag of the country I believe in. I love my country," Krapf told the Fox affiliate.

The department directed firefighters to keep the outside of their lockers undecorated after some employees took offense to a racially-motivated cartoon posted last summer.

Department officials told The Philadelphia Inquirer that banning any decor from lockers was the only way to prevent fighting among employees.

"The directive says ‘everything,’ " Capt. John Barbato, vice president of the department’s union, told the newspaper. "I never would’ve thought the American flag would be included in that."

For the full story, visit MyFoxPhilly.com.com and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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2009-10-17 16:24:08

This just pisses me off ESPECIALLY since we lost os many FDNY personnel on 9/11

27
Sep
09

Fall is Here

The leaves are starting to turn and you can TOTALLY tell by the temperature change that winter is not far off . I’ll post some pretty pictures soon! 🙂

20
Aug
09

There Are No Words

To best explain how I feel right now. I found out yesterday that a soldier I had the pleasure of corresponding with, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and for our freedom.  I knew that when I joined SA it could quite possibly happen, but as they say ignorance is bliss.

My heart goes out to his friends and family in this most difficult of times, for they’ve lost a son and a brother and our military has lost another true American patriot who chose to so selflessly serve a cause greater than that of himself.

You have my deepest respect brave one, may god welcome you with open arms and may your brothers in arms be blessed with a guardian angel to watch over them while they complete their mission.

04
Aug
09

Prelude resheduled to Sept 9th-To Benefit Military Charities

LONG POND, Pa. — Prelude to the Dream has been rescheduled for Sept. 9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. HBO Pay-Per-View again will broadcast the event.

Now known as the fifth annual “Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream,” the all-star dirt Late Model race was washed out by rain on June 3.

Headlining the driver lineup are Gillette Young Guns Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. All will join Tony Stewart, a two-time Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway, in a battle for dirt supremacy that will be presented live to the entire nation on HBO Pay-Per-View, with proceeds from the telecast going to support four military-themed charities:
• Wounded Warrior Project
• Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
• Operation Homefront
• Fisher House

The four charities all cater to severely injured military personnel or fallen heroes and their families.

The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET, with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View’s racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes.

“We’re grateful for Gillette’s support and the participation of nearly all the drivers who originally committed to the June 3 race,” said Stewart, whose four previous Prelude to the Dream events have collectively raised more than $2 million for charity. “Without Gillette, its Young Guns and all the other drivers who reconfigured their schedules, the fifth annual Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream would not have been possible.

“And more important than just staging a race, Gillette’s support allows us to continue to show the race live on HBO Pay-Per-View,” he added. “It’s the proceeds from the broadcast that will allow us to make a sizeable donation to four very deserving charities. And in light of what’s going on in our world today — with our troops engaged in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world — we felt it was time to do something for those who came back from serving their country with severe injuries, and for those families whose loved ones never made it back. Thanks to Gillette and all of the Prelude’s drivers, we’re able to make this happen.”

In addition to the aforementioned drivers joining Stewart in this year’s Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Robby Gordon, David Reutimann, Bill Elliott, Dave Blaney, Aric Almirola, Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, Marcos Ambrose, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Ray Evernham and David Stremme have also re-committed.

Drivers from all types of disciplines, some with lots of dirt track experience and others with hardly any, will participate in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the 30-lap feature on the half-mile clay oval, all of which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

04
Aug
09

Marines Ban SNS

  • Story Highlights
  • U.S. Marine Corps bans Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites
  • Order, issued Monday, states that information on the sites poses a security risk
  • The Marines’ ban is effective immediately and will last a year
  • U.S. Army recently ordered all U.S. bases to provide access to Facebook
By Noah Shachtman

(WIRED) — The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

The Marine Corps fears that social media sites such as Facebook could pose a security risk.

The Marine Corps fears that social media sites such as Facebook could pose a security risk.

“These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries,” reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday.

“The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise.”

The Marines’ ban will last a year. It was drawn up in response to a late July warning from U.S. Strategic Command, which told the rest of the military it was considering a Defense Department-wide ban on the Web 2.0 sites, due to network security concerns.

Scams, worms, and Trojans often spread unchecked throughout social media sites, passed along from one online friend to the next.

“The mechanisms for social networking were never designed for security and filtering. They make it way too easy for people with bad intentions to push malicious code to unsuspecting users,” a Stratcom source told Wired.com.

Yet many within the Pentagon’s highest ranks find value in the Web 2.0 tools. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has 4,000 followers on Twitter. The Department of Defense is getting ready to unveil a new home page, packed with social media tools. The Army recently ordered all U.S. bases to provide access to Facebook. Top generals now blog from the battlefield.

“OPSEC is paramount. We will have procedures in place to deal with that,” Price Floyd, the Pentagon’s newly-appointed social media czar, said.

“What we can’t do is let security concerns trump doing business. We have to do business… We need to be everywhere men and women in uniform are and the public is. If that’s MySpace and YouTube, that’s where we need to be, too,” Floyd said.

The Marines say they will issue waivers to the Web 2.0 blockade, if a “mission critical need” can be proven. And they will continue to allow access to the military’s internal “SNS-like services.” But for most members of the Corps, access to the real, public social networks is now shut off for the next year.

27
Jul
09

This one’s to the Hero’s

Here’s to the heroes

Those few who dare

Heading for glory

Living a prayer

 

Here’s to the heroes

Who change our lives

Thanks to the heroes

Freedoms survives

 

Here’s to the heroes

Who never rest

They are the chosen

We are the blessed

 

Here’s to the heroes

Who aim so high

Here’s to the heroes

Who do or die




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