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GR8 Christmas Gift - but HURRY!

By: moonlightcowboy, 7:48 AM GMT on November 26, 2007

With all the deals going on on Black Friday with the 'After Thanksgiving' sales, I thought I might take advantage of some of the many deals going on and help out with the global warming issue by buying some carbon units.

Plus, I figured they'd be on sale, figuring that if I was gonna buy some of these things (not sure what I'd do with them); but, I may as well try to find 'em on sale! That way I'd be ahead of the game.

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I had read where the English were selling them at a price of 80 Eureos. Now, as I understand it with the present weak dollar, a Eureo is about the same as 1.50US. So, according to my math that'd make the cost be about $120...kind of on the high side I thought, but what the heck-it's a good cause, right?

I thought it might make a nice new and different Christmas present for my father. I usually give him some new tools or a nice jacket of some kind, but he's a "trendy" kind of fellow, meaning he likes to help people and all. So, I thought this would make a great gift that he'd like, knowing he was helping folks.

So, looking for a deal, I went straight to Wal-Mart, but they looked at me like I was crazy. Plus, they were really too busy to help anyway. So, I just asked to be pointed to the right aisle, but didn't have much luck.

So, while I was there I thought I might buy a few other things-got some oil, fertilizer, charcoal, lysol spray, and a shoulder of beef. I finally got one lady to help me, and she said that she didn't think Wal-Mart carried carbon any more. But, she suggested I try OfficeMax and that they'd likely have it. Shoot, I thought Wal-Mart had everything. So, I left disappointed, but headed to the other store.

When I got there, sure enough, they had carbon and at a such a deal-only $6.50 per pack! I thought it was such a good deal (after all in England they were about $120) so, I bought 20 packs of the stuff! They even gift-wrapped them. How nice I thought. Exciting. Let's see, I could give 10 to my father, some to friends and keep a few myself -- just to be trendy, you know, the first in the area to have some carbon!

Wow, already getting my list done and with some interesting, new gifts! I'm not quite on board yet with all the global warming stuff, but heck I thought this would be a nice way to start!


Hey, so, if you're interested in helping, too, I'd suggest that you just by-pass Wal-Mart and head straight to OfficeMax. At those prices, they won't last too long!!! Hurry, along and get 'em while you can. They'll make a great gift and just think of what you'll be doing to help the planet!

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The Geologic Record and Climate Change is the most interesting, straight-forward, informative and sensible piece I've read to date on climate change.

Tax dollars funding terror

By: moonlightcowboy, 3:45 AM GMT on November 20, 2007

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WASHINGTON — A federal agency that disburses billions of dollars in humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and pro-democracy programs every year, has inadvertently funneled American taxpayer funds to individuals and entities with "terrorist affiliations" and lacks the safeguards to prevent such incidents from recurring, an internal audit has revealed.

In a report entitled "Audit of the Adequacy of USAID's Antiterrorism Vetting Procedures," dated November 6 and obtained by Fox News, U.S. Agency for International Development Inspector General Donald A. Gambatesa concluded USAID's "policies, procedures, and controls are not adequate to reasonably ensure against providing assistance to terrorists."
Complete story

--Monday, November 19, 2007
By James Rosen

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When I read this story today I became livid. The thought of even just "one" of our governmental agencies distributing our tax dollars to terrorists organizations, or organizations that support terrorism is simply inexcusable!

I have NO problem (well, perhaps limited concerns) with USAID or our tax dollars going to help "victims" of disasters around the world. Nor, do I have much problem with tax dollars funding other humanitarian efforts such as health and hunger relief for countries (people) that desperately need help.

But, to have an organization that operates under the Secretary of State's office (and whom ultimately answers to the President and is under Congressional oversight) with a very "loose" control over budgeting and distribution of our tax dollars, is in my opinion-WRONG and ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY!

Of course this is not a singular occurrence. It apparently happens with some frequency with this "loose cannon" organization. And, I'm quite certain there are other governmental agencies that make similar mistakes, however unintentional. No soldier's life, no American's life or non-American's life should be taken at the expense of second-rate spending controls and judgement. I'm not talking about deliberate war here, though some will debate that, too. This is not a war/anti-war blog. There's a complete difference. I'm talking about sub-standard, uncontrolled governmental spending in the hands of agencies and people that are not only not held responsible, but are not even remotely accountable. They are not intelligently equipped or guided to that responsibility.

And, even though this country's bureaucracy is monumental and micro-managing the multi-trillion dollar budget would be nearly impossible, it is quite simply obvious to me that a "spending freeze" should be ordered and mandated. Exceptions could include operational costs, emergency disaster, health and hunger relief efforts. Past that, NO spending allowed! NONE! ZERO! None, until there is a commission that finds out why this and similar instances happened, and new guidelines with ironclad checks and balances are put in place to guarantee how, when and where any tax money is distributed.

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No life should be lost to this kind of irresponsibility.

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Here are a few links for voicing dislike and to suggest that a "spending freeze" takes place.

Select and write to your Congressman here.

Select and write to your Senator here.

Write to Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice here.


Write to the White House here.

Write to USAID here.

KEEP THIS IN MIND: The agency called USAID, DOES NOT MEAN "AID" as you would think the name implies!
It stands for the United States Agency for International Development. Although, the agency does supply aid to other countries, its mission is far broader than "disaster relief." Please take the time to go to their website and look at their mission. This agency has a very broad mission along with a very loose control of your tax dollars.

It is a shame that our own tax dollars can simply be given to terrorists and to other organizations that support terrorism! It's senseless to wage a war, and at the same time furnish our enemies funding to harm us! It MUST stop!

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........"Scarlet Billows"

By: moonlightcowboy, 3:52 PM GMT on November 13, 2007

In order to begin viewing this blog, you MUST CLICK HERE FIRST!

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SHARK ATTACK! (lol) Hey, no one ever sees it coming. Just a little metaphor play on the viciousness that lurks among us in the blogs and in life sometimes! Usually, the bark is worse than the bite, but it does hurt sometimes. The thing is -- WEAR SHARK REPELLANT! LMFO! (lol, I crack me up!)

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...got a lil something needs "dealing" with, come see Mack - he's back in town!


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FUN BLOG: But, hey, don't let it get bloody! ONE BITE and you can be GONE!
Admission Price: No Cover Charge, Come as You Are. Have a good time, post a shark picture, or some other sea life. The ocean's beautiful and mysterious. Dress up like a movie star!. Hey, and some ocean music is always a good thing, too!

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...the only bait in town?

I love this "Scarlet Billows" Bar!

DISCLAIMER: In no way is this blog intended to make fun of the "real" shark bites, injuries and deaths that occur each year. If anything, maybe some awareness may be presented. Safety and awareness are always a good thing!

Tropical, too, isn't it, heh? Be good ya'll!

...THE HAND, a Veteran's tribute

By: moonlightcowboy, 8:04 PM GMT on November 11, 2007

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...THE HAND


A few years ago I saw a black and white picture of an old man with his right hand draped over his heart in salute of the flag. The photo was only of his torso as you could neither see his face or legs, nor even the width of his shoulders.

His hand was against the backdrop of a dark-colored dress jacket. And, pinned to the jacket over the pocket were his medals-three or four at least. One, the Purple Heart.

The hand was noticeably old and withered, wrinkle laden with deep cracks and memories of the years. Still, it was gladly lifted in respect and admiration to the flag and all that it meant to him. A raised hand from a man whose eyes had undoubtedly seen battle and a soul that knew all too well, the sacrifices that come with love, honor and duty for country.

His fingers may have squeezed a trigger to take life, or they may have been used to place bandages on a wounded comrade. They could have held fallen brethren, or donned a shovel to bury them. Whatever they did, I’m certain it was done with the highest degree of integrity, loyalty and compassion!

A hand lifted in honor and respect. A hand lifted with a sense of responsibility for many. A man highly decorated for bravery and for injuries. But more so, a heart-a heart of a man devoted to the love of God, country and family and the principles implored to duty in which he proudly served and defended.

It is a hand that I would love to clasp and shake firmly, and look into his eyes and say, "Thank you, sir!"

For it is the Veterans that allow us to enjoy this great country. And even though our country has got problems, it is still a great and beautiful country like the video shows below and John Wayne recants. And, it is the Veterans' hands and hearts that have and do hold us, today!

God bless all of our Veterans and their families! God bless America!


AMERICA - Why I love her, by John Wayne
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Something cool that Xerox is doing for the TROOPS!

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!

This is a great site.

Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them ...



I know it's not Memorial Day, but I'm proud to show honor to all of our veterans: those fallen, those inactive and those still serving. The only whole name you can read in the above photo is of my Uncle James Roy who was killed in Vietnam. I took this picture back in April this year at the Vietnam Memorial wall on the mall in DC. I wish I could say I was that good of a photographer, but it's ironic in the photo that his is the only full name you can read. But, they're all heroes! Every ONE of them!

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PURPLE HEART


Paragraph 2-8, Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards)
25 February 1995
The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, on 7 August 1782, during the Revolutionary War. It was reestablished by the President of the United States per War Department General Orders 3, 1932 and is currently awarded pursuant to Executive Order 11016, 25 April 1962, Executive Order 12464, 23 February 1984 and Public Law 98-525, 19 October 1984.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force or any civilian national of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded.

...more about the Purple Heart

Military Order of the Purple Heart and their mission.

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Every single one of our Veterans are important, every one. I mentioned the Purple Heart here because these soldiers have been wounded in the line of service. And, while I dare not take anything away from that, I believe in my heart, that all of them are "wounded" in some way if they've served, and especially in the battlefield arena. But, they all have circumstances in which they are away from their loved ones, their families, and their homes; and, to me that's injury, too! So, I remove my hat and pay respect to those that serve and I'm grateful and very proud of all that all of you do for all of US!!!

H E R O E S - every single one of you!



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ALSO, I want to thank each of you here that either posted a blog, or made a post in a blog, or did something else in honor and respect for our Veterans! Much obliged! Have a GR8 Sunday and week, too!

A prayer from Portals of Prayers for Veterans

Lord, we lift up all the veterans and the loved
ones left behind who have answered the call
of duty on land and sea and in the air. Because
of Your kindness toward us, we live in freedom
today through the sacrifices our veterans have made.
We thank You for letting us live in this land, where only
love of You and family take precedence over love of
country. We thank You for the victories that have been
given to us and the liberty we now enjoy because of the
courageous service of our veterans. Bless us and bless
our land, that we always may be "the land of the free and
the home of the brave."

In Jesus' name. Amen


W A N T E D

By: moonlightcowboy, 5:23 PM GMT on November 03, 2007

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. WANTED: dead or alive!




or here is the link My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys!


As far back as I can remember, "cowboys" were always the "real thing!" Day after day we'd play "cowboys and indians." We dreamed of wearing cowboy hats and strapping a six-gun on our waists. And, of course riding the ponies!

We watched Roy Rogers and Gabby, the Duke, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, 'Adam, Hoss and Little Joe', Matt Dillon and Festus, Lucas McCain (was almost named Lucas at birth-lol), Trampus and the Virginian, Jason McCord, and Cimmaron Strip with Marshal Jim Crown. There was Wagon Train, Rawhide, Paladin (have gun, will travel), Trinity (that guy was fast), Josey Wales, the Wild West, Jeremiah Johnson, and even Cochise, Sitting Bull and Geronimo. There was Laramie, Laredo, Cheyenne, High Chapparal, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral.

There were great movies and wow, to see one of them on the big screen with some fresh popcorn - well, it just didn't get any better than that! It was larger than life itself, and so were we.

We stood tall in the saddle with the likes of Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and John Wayne. We wanted to be just like them! We wanted to ride and shoot, have round-ups, cattle drives, and campfires. We'd take our ropes and make lariats and lasso a fence post pretending we had roped a steer. We built forts and teepees. Our bows and arrows were fierce, too(sharp and deadly-lol). We painted our faces, and held war dances, complete with all the "indian" language we could muster in song - mostly a lot of "hi-yas" and "woo-woos" with our hands wavering over our mouths!



Sure, there were good guys and bad guys. Inherently, you knew why they were good and bad, and you rooted for the wrongs to be righted! I'm not sure we knew what we were learning, but I think somehow we knew it was good.

Our boots were heavy, but they were the "real thing" like our hats. We usually broke our "fake" spurs, but we just chaulked that up to being "tough" and that was ok by us.
We hated running out of caps to shoot, because it made our six-guns sound real. We'd get hot and sweaty. My gosh, I haven't heard the term "Caesar's beads" in years!!! (anyone know what they are? lol) We played for hours, got dirty and tired, but we had fun!

Those were the days! We dreamed of conquering the wild west with great adventure and fame. A trip to the 5 & 10 cent store for new caps was something we looked forward to. Afterall, we just "had" to have them. Wow, I can still smell them and hear them!

Our days were full of fun and imagination and it catapulted us into believing that we were just as special as our heroes on tv. Somehow, I know, that was an integral part of my life and who I am today. I hate to think of what kind of person I'd be without them, without those days!

Wayne tells Martin what he wants in life for his daughter. - a gotta see! And, imo, hits the nail right on the head! And, something we need more of these days!

Eventually, us cowboys became more interested in other things: cartoons, football, other music, cars and of course-cowgirls! Still, I'll always be a cowboy at heart. And one day I know I'll ride off into the sunset of my life with the bruises and the joys of the years!



"DUST" by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers

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So, there you have it. A "toast" to the cowboys! If you'd like to share a picture, a story, a memory, a song, a great adventure, please do! I've tons of favorite episodes, clips, music and in-general good thoughts on the subject. (I may change it up some, but just wanted to get the blog going.)

So, saddle up and take a "cowboy" ride in this blog's tribute to the cowboys!

Yippee, ki, yay! Meet you at the Longbranch afterwards!

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