Sunday, November 30, 2008

Good Sermon -- and Snow!

Old Soldier Tom's Journal.

The wet snow has finally come to South East Wisconsin, and that is when I truly love my Dodge Ram 4 by 4 pick up truck! Actually, I like 'the perfect snow storm' and disasters [that don't hurt people] but just make things inconvenient and troublesome, like 12 inches of snow with cold temps and wind!! Woo Hoo! That is probably because I have been a nature lover and survivalist since I was a young teenager on the farm, and Dad bought me my first .410 shotgun when I was about 14 years old. He taught my brother and I strict gun safety from the get go- the military way. His word was Law and his hands were like steel.

My wife passed me a note in church this morning that she would like to eat out after the service, so we went across town [Kenosha] to a special Mexican place [Taco El Rey] that has great burritos and tacos with extreme hot sauce and pickled peppers. It really cleans out the sinuses! We ordered more so we could have a 2nd meal at home that didn't need cooking on Sunday as we watched the Green Bay Packers football. They just don't have their act together this year... IMHO.

Pastor Jerry Beaver's Sunday morning sermon was about selfishness and how we are all guilty of wanting MORE and BETTER things in our lives that we don't really need. I took that sermon to heart as it certainly applies to me too. He said that is why our nation is in such financial straits now-- because we just whip out the 'plastic' and CHARGE! I should know better. I worked for PFS Investments with the mother company being CitiGroup. My, how they have saddened my heart recently by hurting so many of their clients and stooping to gross GREED and SELFISHNESS! And I used to think that they were better and different then the rest of the financial giants! Well, last week I terminated my last Mutual Fund with one of their Investment Companies, and I will start saving/ investing my money in 'different ways' from now on. They will not go to prison because they are in bed with powerful political entities/ politicians. Ha! What a double standard.

So we also learned about too much complaining these days.
Why are we not more handsome, thinner, richer, have a better spouse, house, car... etc. The apostle Paul said, 'having food and clothing, we hall be content.' I know too many people who attend church who are very steeped in materialism. They already live in palaces but want more to show off and/ or rub their station in life, riches in others, noses.
But these very things I can apply to myself. Application starts with me.

We are supposed to get about 6 inches of snow tonight and I can promise you that there will be a good many traffic accidents with people driving while on the cell phone and with bald tires. It happens ever year up here.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Old Soldier Tom's Journal.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Getting Ready to Kill more of the Unborn!

Great Article forwarded to me from Krissy.


Foreshadowing the immanent escalation of America's war on her
unborn under Barack Obama, the president-elect continues to place
prominent abortion activists in key positions in his new administration.

This may come as a shock to those foolish people who have decided
to take a wait-and-see attitude, to just "wait and see" what Obama
might do about abortion when the issue just happens to come up at
some point in the weeks and months ahead. Sorry, friends! Your
waiting game is over. The president-elect is already making abortion
not just a centerpiece of his administration but its very heart and soul.

Last weekend, Obama selected Ellen Moran to be the White House
communications director.

Moran currently speaks for the abortion establishment as the
executive director of Emily's List, a prominent political action
committee that exists solely to elect female, pro-abortion Democrats.
Emily's List recruits and trains pro-abortion women and then spends
millions of dollars a year getting them elected.

Moran's association with Emily's List began 15 years ago, in 1993.

Obama also appointed Dawn Johnsen as a member of his
Department of Justice Review Team. Johnsen was the Legal Director
for NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) from 1988-1993.

The DOJ Review Team is charged with "assur[ing] continuity in the
faithful execution of the laws and in the conduct of the affairs of the
Federal Government."

Johnsen also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union
Reproductive Freedom Project.

She has published a number of works supporting legal abortion and
decrying even modest abortion regulations. In a 2006 article
published in Slate Magazine, Johnsen wrote, "The notion of legal
restrictions as some kind of reasonable "compromise" -- perhaps to
help make abortion "safe, legal and rare" -- thus proves nonsensical.
(The Outer Shell: The hollowing out of Roe v. Wade, January 25,

Last Monday, Obama announced that Melody C. Barnes had been
chosen as the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council,
making her, as the Washington Post put it, "the president's top
adviser on a wide range of issues."

Barnes served on the boards of Emily's List and the Planned
Parenthood [Political] Action Fund

Barnes served as chief counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on
the Senate Judiciary Committee. As Kennedy's chief counsel, she
was responsible for refining Kennedy's pro-abortion policies and
implementing his pro-abortion agenda.

Also a past-executive vice president of the Center for American
Progress (CAP), Barnes helped launch its "Initiative on Faith and
Public Policy," also known, in the words of National Right to
Life News
Editor Dave Andrusko, "as the ceaseless campaign to dupe
people of faith into believing that it's perfectly acceptable to vote for

The president and chief executive officer of CAP, John Podesta, is
currently in charge of managing Obama's transition team.

Other key anti-life Obama appointments include:

Chief of Staff - Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois Emmanuel has
compile a 100% pro-abortion record, voting for partial-birth abortion,
for taxpayer funding, and against parental involvement.

Secretary of Health and Human Services - Former Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle Although Daschle did manage to compile a
14.5% pro-life voting record from 1997 to 2004, he voted to endorse
Roe v. Wade and he voted for a counterfeit partial-birth abortion in an
effort to derail the real thing and supported taxpayer funding of

Head of Obama's "Council on Bioethics Review Team" - Jonathan A.
Moreno professor of "medical ethics" at the University of
Pennsylvania, Moreno is a strong advocate of human embryo-killing
research. In a July 2008 Pew Forum interview Moreno said, "The
important questions now are how much of a leadership role will the
next administration take and how efficiently will the government be
able to push this very promising field of [embryonic stem cell]
scientific research forward?"

Secretary of State - Hillary. Enough said.
Your comments are very welcome! Also, I could use a few more blog 'followers.'
Watch out for all the drunk drivers on the Holiday roads. Woo Woo!

Back to regular business-- and big spending.

Good Day! I must take this opportunity to apologize for bad mouthing my wife and her under achievements/ personality flaws and poor house keeping. Every woman is different, and having been in many relationships in my life -- taught me that fact. The same holds true for men and their evil ways/ ignorance/ bad macho attitude. Nobody is perfect--but we can't use that as an excuse for continually dropping the ball, IMHO. My wife gets SSDI, but a meager amount. It goes according to how much money you earned in your prior life time. I get much more because I have worked ALL MY LIFE. Simple, but I sure didn't write the laws. The double standard is that illegal aliens have managed [with the help of people like Obama and Pelosi] to get a bigger piece of the pie than our own LEGAL Americans, IMHO.

In our case, both of us are disabled to the point where it's hard to do the normal things like cleaning the house, walking any distance, taking care of the garden, chores, but we still do it. I honestly am very embarrassed to say that I depend on my wife to tie my shoe laces and a few other things for me and I would be up a creek if she were not here with me. One hand washes the other and most couples I know help each other. I spoil her with money and gifts-- but all I want from her is respect, love and kindness. Medication helps a little to take the edge off the pain, but then we don't want to be "space cadets" and We are thankful that we have good Insurance from Chrysler and the VA [but who knows what will come down the pike]. Our Gov't has traditionally screwed the Vet's and given the free lunches to the illegal aliens and some cheating welfare recipients. I earned what I have-- I didn't STEAL it! How many folks would work on a moving assembly line for over 30 years, and then retired with a bad back and carpal tunnel in the arms and wrists, hypertension and damaged lungs from the indoor pollution from the fine mists of oils and coolants squirting our of the giant machines? And you can bet your boots that when the Company has hard times from Mismanagement, they insist on cutting our benefits no matter what the contract says!! They recently did that to us retirees last year! Still, I feel very blessed and fortunate and praise the Lord. My mom pays hundreds of dollars every month on meds,and calls me 'lucky.' Not! -- illegal aliens sucking up OUR resources are the "lucky" ones. I heard that in places like the Bahamas--there is no welfare!

So, back to 'normal' life and back to reality today after Turkey Day. And if all possible, I want to stay home and off the streets as all the crazed shoppers spend money with their plastic cards.. Woo Hoo! See what I mean, below:

Nassau County police said the 34-year-old worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m., an hour after the store opened. The cause of death was not immediately known.
A police statement said shortly after 5 a.m., a throng of shoppers "physically broke down the doors, knocking (the worker) to the ground." Police also said a 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospitals.
The dead worker's name was not released.
"Local authorities are looking into the situation," said Wal-Mart representative Dan Fogleman. But he said it would be "inappropriate for me to share any additional information" until authorities investigate further. Shoppers around the country lined up early outside stores in the annual bargain hunting ritual known as Black Friday. Many stores open early and stay open late. The Valley Stream Wal-Mart usually opens at 9 a.m.
I have bought some nice things for my wife, but told her that we REALLY have everything we need and want right now. I asked her repeatedly NOT to buy me anything. We are jubilant and thankful that God sent His only begotten Son to earth, but we personally don't need or want to make a big 'to-do' about the commercial Christmas thingy, please. Anyway you cut it, MOST of Americans support abortion, the Gay agenda and other extreme Left things-- or they would NOT have elected Obama. Go figure -- how can Americans say they love and celebrate Christ's birth-- and still support and vote for people and bad laws that offend God Almighty?? Hello! God is not one to be mocked! Now we shall all reap the whirl winds and I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop...Ha!

Being a Baptist [but I confess that I don't agree with EVERYTHING they teach and enforce...], I was interested in reading another Blogger's documented claim about a Texas town having forced religious views and rules in a PUBLIC school a few years ago, and thugs actually burning his house because he voiced his opinion!
I feel bad about this tragedy and will post more about it latter. Remember, "absolute power corrupts- absolutely." No one should be above the Law, yet we all know that there exits a double standard in America.


Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 1968-1970.
"Uner taglich Brot gib uns heute" --Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. 6:9
Heaven doesn't want us... Hell's afraid we'll take over.

From my friend, Sheila and your husband:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Give back to the Veterans.

Jeremiah 9:23 "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches."

I have made all these sins/ mistakes in my life-- and was 'corrected' by the Lord, in the Winter of 1994-95and learned this hard lesson. At that time I only had two friends: God, and the VA. God was patient with me and merciful. The VA had to be cornered, taken to task and squeezed. Below is a good read just about this time of the year -- "Thanksgiving." Remember the Vet !! Most people in the U.S don't have enough below their belt to join, take the discipline, and fight for our Freedom.

Los Angeles Times November 25, 2008 Pg. 21

Give Back To Vets Who Have Given Their All
By Mike Mullen

The Joint Chiefs chairman urges Americans to show gratitude to those who
have sacrificed so much.

During a recent visit to the veterans hospital in Los Angeles, I ran
across a young man fresh out of the Army. He had fought in Afghanistan
and was recovering from some of his wounds. He was also homeless and,
quite frankly, a little frustrated by what he saw as cumbersome and
inefficient layers of bureaucracy between the departments of Defense and
Veterans Affairs.

It had taken weeks to finish his separation paperwork, months to get his
disability rating (which determines his compensation), and it will
likely take years before he can be completely self-sufficient. Simple
things like holding down a job and owning a home seem anything but
simple to him right now.

"I gave my country 100%," he said. "All I ask for is 100% in return."

Maybe I'm biased, but that doesn't seem like too much to ask.

It's not too much to ask that we bind the wounds of war. And we are.
More than 35,000 troops have been injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom, many of whom might have died had it not been
for the excellent medical care they received at field and military and
veterans hospitals all over the world.

But I worry a lot about the wounds we don't see, the ones we don't yet
fully understand. Recent studies suggest that nearly 20% of Iraq and
Afghanistan veterans have incurred traumatic brain injury, and a like
number suffer from post-traumatic stress. Many have both. And it doesn't
help that there is still a stigma attached to mental health problems.

We have to move past that. We have to change our culture. Leaders at all
levels need to step forward and seek for themselves and their people the
counseling they all deserve.

Asking for help is not asking for too much.

It's also not too much to ask that we look after the families of the
fallen. Not everyone makes it home from war. For each of the more than
4,800 servicemen and women who have been killed since 9/11, there are
mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and children who
suffer unspeakable loss. These families, too, have sacrificed so much --
everything really -- and we can't forget our obligation to stand by them
for the rest of their lives.

The rest of their lives. That's a long time. But that's the debt we
incur -- to help our veterans and their families move on with the rest
of their lives.

The truth is that they want the same things every other American wants.
They want to own their own homes, find good jobs, send their children to
good schools.

During that same trip to Los Angeles, I spent some time at a facility
called New Directions. The staff there offers a wide variety of services
for homeless veterans, including job training and placement, parenting
and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling
and remedial education.

Residents leave the program with a job, housing, a savings account,
computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and

The need is real. California has the largest population of homeless
veterans in the nation, nearly 50,000 -- about 13,000 are in Los
Angeles. And some experts believe we are producing homeless vets faster
than we ever have. Programs like those at New Directions are a good
start for these men and women, as are the Labor Department's "Hire Vets
First," the VA's "Stand Down" counseling and assistance events, and
numerous other grass-roots efforts. But so much more needs to be done.

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving -- with hundreds of thousands
of troops still deployed around the world and many others preparing to
leave the service -- we need to remember that important point.

We live in a country that doesn't force our young men and women to pick
up arms and go fight. We don't have to. They do it willingly, even
eagerly. Not because they enjoy danger or killing or sacrifice, but
rather in spite of those things. They serve and they work so hard so
that someday -- maybe -- our children and grandchildren might not have

All they want in return is our gratitude, 100% of it. It's not too much
to ask.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

|Mykind of dog!

Be sure to read a pet's 10 commandments at the bottom....

My kind of dog!

The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord. He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did. Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.
~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

Economic Crises and the Bible.

Even the 'worldly' unbelieving heads of State and Gov't people say that this economic crises stems from gross, big time GREED ~! But of course there is that double standard. If a small taxpayer like me would commit such greedy crimes of driving huge companies and Corps into the ground and defrauding all the stock holders of their life savings/ investments -- I would surely go to prison for ever!!

This article is really HEAVY, TRUTHFUL and Scary !! Please force yourself to read it and share. You will be as wise as a tree-ful of Owls... and probably much safer!

November 26, 2008

Economic Crises and the Bible

Martin G. Selbrede / The Covenant News:
The Bible ties a nation's monetary policy to the concept of justice. To God, the two are inseparable. You see how just a society is by examining the foundational nature of its money. People were forbidden to possess false weights on their person or in their home. Every measure of value (particularly monetary value) was to be just and perfect. They were either a delight or an abomination to God (Prov. 11:1, Prov. 16:11). We live in an age where “the law is slacked” (Hab. 1:4). Posted by Editor at November 26, 2008 06:16 AM

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

An Old Thanksgiving.

Hello Folks!
Here it is, 5:52 in the afternoon and it's dark out side... Ha! I miss the great Summer we had already.

Many years ago, I was advised to read a multitude of special books about how the mind is 'triggered' to summon up thoughts, times and events related to Combat PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder]. Something as innocent as a scent, smell, or certain noise/ sound could trigger a major event that blew up/ lighted up your world long ago! And these things catch combat Vets off guard so that we sometimes embarrass ourselves in public, like quickly seeking cover from gun fire, getting into a defensive posture or looking for our weapon... But most of the time it's all going down inside our brains, just as the inner ticking's and clicks of our home computer. Sometimes we Vet's curse or cry or pray that this 'Disorder' would just leave us and not come back! Once in a blue moon some troubled Veteran goes over the top and shoots a few people or himself [more likely] and then the 'News Media' gets a hold of it and slaps a broad, general label on ALL OF US, making us out to be certified 'CRAZY', and then we have a 'bad name' forever. When a news media person gets stopped for DUI or something, I rejoice [in my wicked heart] to see them brought to justice -- for just a little 'pay back.' And some day [and I hope soon] there will be a big 'back lash' in the U.S. for all THEIR crimes!

I know that I have been repressing certain things that I want to keep 'under wraps.' I just figured that the reason was, when I finally came home in 1970, I had dreamed of meeting the right lady to start my own family and settle down.
But to do that, I had to present myself as a 'normal', level headed guy with good humor. Why these intrusive thoughts just pop into my head and then vanish--bedevils me!
I wanted to talk about THANKSGIVING... hello Terrible Tom~! My concentration is way these days and that frustrates me too. But it I wanted to take a vacation -- I would NEVER travel at this time of year... lol. OK -- Thanksgiving.... Go for it!

Well, something I read or heard reminded me of a Thanksgiving scene long ago when I was in grade scho0l, by my Grand parents' house in Milwaukee near Lake Michigan. My goofy city cousin, Scott Erner and I went out side to play 'catch' with a hard ball, and he thew a fast 'pitch ball' to show off and it hit me square in the mouth, so that I couldn't even enjoy the great feast Grandma prepared that day [and she was a great cook trained in the Old Country of Hungary [although she was German by birth]. A few years latter that tooth became abscessed and I passed out from the pain in the waiting room of the doctor. The doctor and nurses came out to help me and he balled out my mom for not taking me to a dentist and getting help for me sooner! And then I had a 'root canal' --and finally had to have that upper front "show tooth" extracted in the Army, at age 19, while in Aviation school at Ft. Rucker, AL, in late 1967. But here is the kicker-- my mom doesn't even remember that initial event-- that day!! Even at that Thanksgiving dinner table where my Aunt Lucile [the wicked witch of the West.. always hurting feelings and picking on] reprimanded her son, Scott, for showing off and throwing that hard ball so hard and at my face... Ha! Ouch!
I know that many will try to say that mom is growing too old to remember that stuff... but then again, the doctors in America just love to keep their patients doped up and under tons of medication... and even I get spacey from meds and dislike that side effect.
I just wondered what 'triggered' that thought and event from the past...
Who else has memories like mine ?? Comment?

I know, and have confidence that this year's Thanksgiving will be great-- and it always it! Sharon is a great cook and I help her out in special big events-- even if no body shows up. My nephew, Steve Schuckman, son of my brother, Albert, just called me to say that he already has a commitment to be at his in-laws on Thanksgiving.
That's OK, I just didn't want him to be alone on that day as my brother flies the coop for other places when he has a day off... and I like company too.

On a sad note, it seems like my wife's illness is progressively getting worse, as predicted and is the nature of the beast. SARCOIDOSIS is a killer disease that, unfortunately, many doctors never heard of. Sarcoidosis tears up and consumes the soft tissue in the lungs and other vital organs, and make the person tired, pained and depressed before an early death.

I have come to love my wife and depend on her house work, cooking, etc., and I am NO Saint and hard to live with... that I know. I regret saying anything harsh and judgmental about Sharon. Please forgive me.

Nursing homes are a terrible nightmare for me [as I remember my Grandpa being forced to live in one --and that smell of human excrement all the time] and I would rather just die peacefully in my own house that I bought before I met Sharon. I can only afford to hire a cleaning lady once a month for $100, and she is a great woman from Racine named Suzanne! Now I am worried about myself as I can hardly walk and just bought a power scooter out of my own pocket, not wanting to fight with the VA for years to get their cheap junk model brand. I guess I will sit down with my wife and write out a list of things that we can agree on to do on a regular basis.

Satan uses things like arguing and division in the family to 'get to' the hearts and minds of believers so that they leave Christ! If the devil can fracture more marriages-- he can succeed in tearing down our moral fabric and that is one reason that our country is falling apart! Heck, we already know that he has pretty much done that if the nation voted in a man who loves abortion and the Gay agenda.. Ha! And watch out for Obama's new 'brown shirts' -- 'Youth Corps !
Thanks for putting up with my tirade and venting today. I promise everyone that I will try to be HAPPY for a while.

So, I realize that I will soon have to take over more work even as I can barely walk [it's my back and knees mostly-- and the VA wants to give me a 'bionic knee' -but I refuse to do that after hearing my friends tell me the truth about that surgery and consequences . If this post sounds gloomy, please remember that: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD! 'Resist the devil and he will flee from you.' ~ James 4:7.
I just need to try harder and apply Proverbs 3:5.

The turkey is thawing out on the kitchen table. Woo Hoo! I will help with the cooking --if she lets me.

PS Our turkey and all the trimmings came out PERFECT and my wife is an expert cook!! I could only eat one helping and I was full! Thank you, Sharon, for all your hard work and prep!

I've posted a rebuttal to a comment made in my entry about Obama's Youth Corps. This is the first rebuttal I've done since being drop-kicked by AOL over to Blogger!

Thanks for reading!

Great Post !!

Monday, November 24, 2008

"God cannot Lie" --Titus 1:2

My favorite Psalm is: 37:25 -- 'I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging for bread.' ~KJV.

Simple equation: Titus 1:2, says that 'God cannot lie.' There fore all of God's promises in the past were fulfilled-- and all the promises in our future will see their completion! What puny human 'leader' can even come close to that ??

Warm Regards,

Tom Tom
Christian Warrior, and Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70.
I am not afraid to display MY email address:
Your Comments and Constructive Criticism are Welcome.
Promises of God Almighty:

The steps of a man are established by the Lord; And He delights in his way. When
he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because the Lord is the One who holds
his hand. PSALMS 37.23,24

I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread. PSALMS 37.25

For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are
preserved forever. PSALMS 37.28a

. . . God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we
will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into
the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains
quake at its swelling pride. . . . PSALMS 46.1b−3a

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brother John Faukner turned age 80 yesterday!

Poor old Sharon said she had trouble breathing this morning [from nasty fumes and smoke a few doors down yesterday, and we complained to the authorities] -- but she stayed up all night doing whatever...and didn't sleep... so I don't know what makes ladies/ wives

So I ended up going to church by myself, and we had a guest speaker that was here about 37 years ago when Victory Baptist church first started in a 'farm building' in a corn field. God made it grow, and He used some special faithful men, like Brother John Faukner, who just turned age 80 yesterday! He has always been the back bone and 'key holder' of the congregation, and very kind and supportive to me. We missed his 'secret' birthday party at church yesterday, but I gave him a 'clean' camouflaged Army kerchief and $20 today, belated gift. There were a few tears shed this morning as the guest pastor/ speaker related the 'good old days' when John Faukner and him used to wrestle and hang out, preach and build this congregation. He also talked about death, departing to heaven and strong friendships this morning. At least one of John's son's was over in Vietnam, in an Army Airborne Division-- I met him once and told him, "Welcome Home!" It seems like our congregation is well represented by combat soldiers and Vets, past and present, and we always keep them in our prayers. We truly celebrate stuff like Veteran's Day, 4th of July and other Patriotic stuff.

We are commanded [in the bible] to pray for our President, Congress, etc, [the bible uses the term, 'King'... and other 'rulers'] -- that they may keep us safe and uphold the laws and freedoms of the land that still give us Liberty and Freedom to worship, gather in groups, worship, our 2nd and 1st Amendment. That is not to say that we agree with, or like the Gov't 'servants'-- but we must show respect for their 'rank and 'station in life,' as they [according to the Bible- according to Romans] are "appointed by God to rule over us" {TEMPORARILY} until Jesus returns in Glory with His mighty Army of angels and Saints/ servants... to 'Shepard the worldly humans/ unbelievers with a rod of iron.' Not to worry-- because God will surely judge them for their actions.... pro-abortion, greed, supporting and promoting of the Gay agenda, corruption, etc. So.. Christians don't have to get all heated up with high blood pressure, anger, worry, stressed out when all these big national and world tragedies, extreme bad news about the economy, war and aggression hit the news!! Many times Christians/ God's servants are commanded to just stand still while God does all the fighting. Sometimes that takes just as much courage and faith as grabbing the sword!

All WE want is to continue our low key, peaceful, law abiding, simple lives, in praising our Lord, Jesus Christ, and sharing this 'Good News' [Gospel] with others in a firm but gentle way-- truthful, respectful way. If they say 'no', we just move on. Is that simple or what ?! Woo Hoo! As a history buff and serious bible student most of my life-- that has been the way of Christians for ever! When enemies of the State/ Nation, Home and Hearth threaten us-- we don't have a problem with picking up a rifle [or sword] and defending our American way of life. Many of us carry the "Good book" in our inner pockets [sewn- in pocket on the left side of our BDU's or shirts] to protect us from harm-- in 'more ways than one'... lol. My wife just happens to be an excellent seamstress and I bought her two fine, well made, sewing machines a few years ago. My lady is never in want, and I keep her supplied in fresh fruit, fine clothes, transportation, bread [$$], and goodies all the time! My fault is that I 'spoil' her too much! We have a special, nice, cordial lady friend who is a professional house cleaner, and I paid her $100 yesterday to clean most of the house! I can't afford that except maybe once a month! I like her, and we have had her and her daughter over this past Summer for a steak cook out in our back yard. Nice woman, and friend.

Well, I just wanted to let you know about our happiness and celebrations these past couple of days-- and the close comraderie at church and close personal friendships and strong bonds. I promote these sort of things, and try hard to instill strong friendships in or small congregation. I am not in any big leadership roles anymore. Those were my old [younger] days of many years ago. I think my role now days is one of support and kindness... and maybe teaching down the road.g
Turkey shopping tomorrow~! Making a list and checking it twice-- and getting 'strict instructions' from my wife , what she needs to make the dinner and specialty items for HOME MADE COOKIES for Christmas!! She knows what I love... 'pecan fingers' cookies, and she is a GREAT cook! I guess that I will phone my 2 nephews to see if they have a place to eat turkey on Thursday, and they are welcome at out humble hovel anytime. So are my own precious grown up children.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another letter from Combat Veteran, Honolulu Dick.

I love to get letters from my good friend, Dick
[who also served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam].
He has a knack for ferreting out my inner feelings
that I usually keep hidden deep inside my inner heart.
We speak a special language that only combat Vets
who have been in Vietnam understand. Thank you, Bro. Dick.

Aloha TERRIBLE TOM, the DEADLY DoorGunner,

Way you go my brother, baptized in the blood-bonding brotherhood of close,
deadly combat. Tell it like it is!!!!

Living in the stressful environment of a combat zone and sharing the hardships
in common, we all bonded and generated pet names for each other. Even though
some of the names may not have been fit for mixed company, they expressed a
measure of respectful affection. Back then, about all we had going for us was
each other and our weapons. There were many nights out in Charlie country when
my rifle stock served for a pillow. Addressing a combat-buddy with a "cute"
name always brought smiles all around, while helping to lighten the deadly
seriousness of our situation.

A number of your good readers may never have experienced endless weeks of living
in the oppressive, sweltering heat of the tropics of Vietnam, being bone weary
tired, constantly hungry and always sweat-soaked dirty, with the ever-present
biting bugs at your eyes, nose and ears. After all, they are the protected and
sleep peacefully in their beds at night while rough men stand at the ready to do
violence on their behalf. We may forgive them, for they know not what they

Our brotherhood of mutual understanding in our willingness to suck-up hardship
-- DUTY -- HONOR -- COUNTRY -- extends far and wide. And it shows up when we
least expect it to do so. I always wear one of the newer digital camo BDU
patrol caps. It is decorated on the right side with a MACV patch pin and a US
flag pin. The left side displays a Combat Infantryman Badge, an Airborne
Paratrooper Wings and a black and gold Ranger Tab. Every so often, a fellow Vet
will comment about my cap and start a conversation about his contribution to our
wonderful nation. Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, A-stan
Freedom, it matters not. We are instantly bonded by our love of country and our
willingness to serve Her needs. "we all gave some, but some gave all."

Yesterday afternoon, while in the grocery store, I saw a GI dressed in his camo
BDUs and said, "That's a good looking uniform, Trooper, wear it with pride."
When he turned to face me, I saw that his rank was that of a an O-7, Brig
General. Having just addressed a General as a Troop, I felt so SMALL that I
wanted to crawl away in complete shame.

As it turned out, he is the Deputy Adjutant General of the Hawaiian National
Guard. He asked about my service in Vietnam, gave praise for my Combat Grunt
experiences and presented me with one of his personal AG challenge coins. I
tried to tell him I didn't do anything to deserve this honor. His reply was
that to have survived multiple tours as Combat Grunt was enough. That we
Vietnam Vets never received the recognition that we had earned the hard way,
through our gift to our nation of our sweat, blood and guts. I became so
choked-up by this exchange that I could hardly thank him properly. We were
generations apart, but the brotherhood of brothers-in-arms was instant and
mutually deep. I thank God we have this going for us as part of our American

OK, TERRIBLE TOM, just felt it necessary to pass along my support for whatever
term you select to address yourself. Some day I may even start calling myself
ROLLER THE HORRIBLE FROM HONOLULU. After what we have been through! We have
fought for the right to play-around and be light-hearted about the use of our
"cute" names. I find TERRIBLE TOM to be highly amusing. Because I was good
natured and did not get instantly angry over the usual SNAFUs and FUBARs we
experienced with the locals, my team members named me HANGFIRE. I didn't
explode when dropped down the tube. I knew where they were coming from, the
name fit the situation, it was deserved and I enjoyed the humor it implied as
much as the others did.

Onward Christian Soldier, Onward.

Take good care -------------


Narrow Seadog Two Two


I'm a former war criminal.


"Having been led by love of country"


Friday, November 21, 2008

I Ordered some more Guitar Music.

It's just a good feeling to be active and learning again with my buddy, Marvin Ellis, and I stuck a few bucks into my guitar, Amp, and music that I figure is something wholesome and worth while. I intend to start taking guitar lessons like Marv to learn from the bottom -up, even though I played in 2 small rock groups when I was a teenager on the farm. I already know many chords but want to learn how to read music the right way. I have asked many people at church to teach me how to read, learn music and feel that I have a good singing voice [Bass]-- but they all said 'no' and 'didn't have the time'-- even though I said that I would bring my wife along and pay them what ever they wanted. Seems like they are too full of themselves, into their little circles/ cliques, or don't want to share the 'lime light' of singing and playing at church... Ha! No matter where you go- you are going to find such insecure people, selfish ... lol. There is no perfect church, so we have to continue to love and put up with each other, and leave things in God's hands.
As for me, I never let small or big 'bumps in the road' stop me, in fact that kind of business always spurred me on!
Being relatively new in the biblical Christian church [coming out of a terrible JW cult- 'church of the poisoned mind' after 22 years] I have had to learn all new hymns and Christian songs so that I felt that I was at a disadvantage some what. Sure, it's easy for some people who have studied music in college for many years to know all the right notes and songs, while the rest of the new people have to play "catch up." Singing praises to the Lord is part of our worship, and I believe that we should give it our best shot and be happy in their worship and serve to God! I don't ever want to 'compete' at church -- just be a part of the congregation of praise.

So much to learn, but I start with putting the first foot forward.

Thomas G. Schuckman
Heli-gunner Tom.
"Life is a Vapor" -James 4:14

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Indigo plant may treat chronic skin disease

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Indigo naturalis, a dark blue plant used in traditional Chinese medicine, appears to be effective in treating psoriasis, a study in Taiwan has found.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease for which no cure is known, though some therapies bring about a remission. It causes red scaly patches, or plaques, which take on a silvery-white appearance and often occur on the arms, elbows, knees and legs.

A study of the findings of a clinical trial involving 42 patients who had had the condition for at least two years was published in the latest issue of Archives of Dermatology.

The researchers found that indigo naturalis in the form of an ointment was safe and effective in treating psoriasis.

"Current steroid-based medication may cause side effects like thinning of the skin, but this (indigo naturalis) has much less side effects," lead researcher Yin-Ku Lin of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Taoyuan, Taiwan, told Reuters by telephone.

None of the patients in the trial had serious adverse effects, though some experienced a mild skin allergy.

They applied indigo naturalis ointment on one side of their bodies and a placebo, or non-medicated, ointment on the other.

Doctors checked on their condition at the start of the treatment and after two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12 weeks.

"The indigo naturalis ointment-treated lesions showed an 81 percent improvement, the (non-medicated) ointment-treated lesions showed a 26 percent improvement," the authors wrote.

For 25 of the patients, plaques that were treated with the indigo were completely or nearly completely cleared.

Indigo naturalis has long been used, externally or ingested, to treat various infections and inflammatory diseases in China and Taiwan, such as mumps, pharyngitis and eczema.

Long-term systemic use has been linked to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and liver problems, the researchers said. They called for more studies on ways of improving absorption of the ointme


More...I FINALLY got a chance to finish up this journal entry! I've been working on it for since the 13th, but time has been at a premium here lately. This entry is about a civilian national defense force that Obama wants to put into place. It would be a mandatory three months of "training" for everyone 18-25 years of age. I also touched on Rahm Emanuel's position on Israel - not so pro-Israel as many be

Check it out and thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

God's Pharmacy.

God's Pharmacy!

A friend sent this to me. It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... all before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners...

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!

God's Pharmacy! Amazing!
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows
tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans
actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
elery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb
and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears
target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (mo dern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes
look like the pancreas and actual ly bal ance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
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, and other Citrus fruits look just l ike the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Psalm 46:19
'Be Still and Know that I AM GOD'

Please don't break this even if you only send it to one person. Look at the date when this was started. Thanks



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This candle was lit on the

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Someone who loves you has helped

Keep it alive by sending it to you.

Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope
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May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning.

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