Feb 192011

~Amazing, my brother was but five days old. And he served in Korea in the ‘Nam era. Under reported what the DMZ was like for him there. R.I.P Big Brother …JP

Sixty Six years ago, on February 19th, 1945, three Marine Divisions landed on a barren, rock strewn, volcanic island, barely two and a half miles at its widest point and about five miles from one end to another. The island was well named – Iwo Jima, Japanese for Sulphur Island. In a matter of minutes the Marines huddled in the open on the volcanic sand under intense enemy fire had another name for this evil strip of a black sand – Hell!

Over 25 thousand tough, hardened, fanatical Japanese soldiers held the island, concealed in the hundreds of caves that honeycombed the landscape. Among the Marines facing them were the men of D Company, 2nd. Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. In the weeks of bitter fighting to come, this unit would suffer so many casualties the Division history would single it out to illustrate how deadly the battle for Iwo Jima had been.

To readers of that history, the casualty list is an interesting statistic. To me, it is a mournful dirge – these men were my fellow Marines, men I’d trained with, gone on liberty to Los Angeles and San Diego with when we were training at Camp Pendleton, sailed off with into the Pacific theater – and from whom, through the grace of God, I was separated before they made their one way journey into Hell. Hardly any of them lived to see the end of the battle. The casualty rate for the 2nd Battalion was 95 percent of the officers and 98 percent of the enlisted men.

It was of these men and the other Marines who fought and died there that Admiral Chester Nimitz said “Uncommon Valor was a common virtue.”

There was sixteen year old Paul Pugh from Salt Lake City Utah—a sweet tempered kid we called Chicken. My closest friends, Leo Oster from Ohio and Byron Lindsley from New Orleans. Byron Lindsley never left Iwo. Nor did one of the Crabtree twins. His brother crawled out into the face of heavy fire to drag his dead twin’s body back.

Marty Gelshannan, a 2nd Lt. And a kind mentor died there—but not before earning a Navy Cross, the Navy’s second highest decoration.

And there was the Marine who replaced me when I was brought back to the States to attend the Naval Academy Prep School – I don’t know what his name was, but I know he died alongside Byron Lindsley . It shouldn’t bother me that another man was my proxy in death—but it does.

It shouldn’t bother me that I was not there, sharing the horror of that unspeakable battle with my friends and fellow Marines, but it does.

There’s nothing I can do about it, but remember those men. 5,000 Marines, fathers, sons, husbands, who died on Iwo Jima 66 years ago. Please say a prayer for them.


Iwo Jima: Memories in the Sand

Feb 192011

Another hottie from the Conserv side…

Feb 192011

“The violence has come only from the Left. . . . The country cannot afford for public-sector unions to be in control of the budget. . . . I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m more nervous for the country if we don’t stand up to this form of collective bullying.”

Feb 192011

Is this a good-lookin’ senior or what?!

Feb 192011

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is investigating whether some of its doctors wrote fake sick notes to people protesting the governor’s plan to strip public union employees of the right to collectively bargain.Over the weekend, FOX News reported that doctors from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine were manning a doctor station to write medical notes excusing those protesting at the Wisconsin State Capitol from work.

Physicians were seen standing on a street corner wearing lab coats and giving out medical notes.”This involves a few individuals out of the nearly 1,300 physicians at UW Health,” Lisa Brunette, Director of Media Relations for the school said in an email.”These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health, she continued. “These charges are very serious and in response the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, two of the entities that comprise UW Health, will immediately launch an investigation of the reported behavior.

The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules.”

Many protesters could be in violation of their work contracts if they call out sick without a medical excuse. But a fraudulent doctor’s notes could protect them from punishment by their employers even though they weren’t sick and were out protesting.

FOX News Chicago Bureau Chief Todd Ciganek contributed to this story

[Madison, WI] As tens of thousands of public employees skipped work this week to attend protest rallies outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, many wondered if they would face any disciplinary action for unexcused absences.

On Saturday, a group of men and women in lab coats purporting to be doctors were handing out medical excuse notes, without examining the ‘patients.’

This was announced at the very end of the Live stream event, a person from the TP was looling around enemy camp and tadaski…

As thousands of protesters on both sides of an epic budget standoff in Wisconsin faced off Saturday at the Capitol, alleged doctors were handing out ‘fake’ sick notes to protesters — allowing them to call in sick while the budget impasse continues.

FOX News’ Mike Tobin reports that according to protesters, both on the pro-Governor and anti-union sides, they obtained the notes from alleged doctors standing on street corners handing them out to whomever asked.

They added that doctors did not examine or inquire about their current health condition before passing the notes away.

~ NOTE: There are even websites for JUST this . Here’s JUST one, DOCTOR’S NOTES CHEAP!

Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker gathered on the east side of the Capitol, surrounded by a much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who since Tuesday have filled the Capitol with chanting, drum-beats and anti-Walker slogans. Walker has proposed requiring government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminating their collective bargaining rights. He insisted there was no room for compromise.

Pro-labor groups chanted, “Kill the bill,” while supporters of Walker shouted back, “Pass the bill.” Police separated both sides.

Arndt and the other conservative backers of Walker had their faith rewarded shortly before the start of the noon rally, when Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald reaffirmed that Republicans — who took control of both the state Senate and Assembly in November — have the votes needed pass the measure.

“The bill is not negotiable,” Fitzgerald said inside a heavily guarded Senate parlor at the Capitol. “The bill will pass as is.”

Fitzgerald said the Senate is ready to act on the so-called “budget repair” bill just as up as soon as 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state on Thursday and remain in hiding return to the Statehouse. The missing Democrats have threatened to stay away for weeks unless Walker agrees to negotiate.

Northwoods Patriots leader Kim Simac, of Eagle River, says the Tea Party group will meet Sunday to discuss recalling Sen. Jim Holperin after they return from Madison where they planned to rally at the Capitol Saturday.

Simac, a small business owner, says “it’s embarrassing for the state of Wisconsin” that half of the Senate has “gone AWOL.” Tea Party member Dan Hunt says a similar effort is under way in Kenosha where an exploratory committee will consider recalling Sen. Robert Wirch.

The Capital Times says a recall effort would require the exploratory committees to collect 15,000 to 20,000 petition signatures.


Fake Doctor’s Notes “Fraud Of The Day” By Bob Parks

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play one on television, but isn’t this fraud?

As tens of thousands of public employees skipped work this week to attend protest rallies outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, many wondered if they would face any disciplinary action for unexcused absences. On Saturday, a group of men and women in lab coats purporting to be doctors were handing out medical excuse notes, without examining the ‘patients.’

Based on an examination of the signature and medical license number provided, one of the men handing out these notes was purporting to be James H Shropshire MD, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University Wisconsin Madison.

I figured the teachers would have their absences excused because Democrats are seldom held accountable for their actions. I just didn’t think those excuses would be delivered.

–Bob Parks

Feb 192011

Blowhard Trumka…

Feb 192011

Fox Business Network’s Dagen McDowell reports live from Florida ahead of season-opener at the Daytona International Speedway. Organizers have struggled with sluggish ticket sales and attendance, but are hoping that the recovering economy and relaxing some of the cooler restrictions will provide a bit of a boost.

Feb 192011

As protests continue in Bahrain, Libya, Iran and Jordan, the White House is scrambling to adjust the United States’ diplomatic strategy. Doug McKelway gave Jenna the full report from Washington