Brothers

Brothers
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Book

So I went ahead and hammered out the first three pages of my first book. In a nutshell it will be about our time leading up to, in, and returning from Iraq.

Over the next year or so I'll be attempting to recall memories both unpleseant and unwanted, but they are necessary for the process. This is something I feel I need to do.

Just thought I would throw that out there. I know I have had several request and questions regarding a book, or if I was even going to write one. Up until recently I would sit down to write and nothing but anger and hate would come out. I have overcome this by embracing it. I will dedicate one chapter to all the things that I hate and get it out once and for all. Then I will be able to place it appropriately within the pages of a bigger tale.

I leave you all in breathless anticipation. (Don't hold your breath, it will probably be a year or so in the making).

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Justice IS blind

I'm shaking in a rage right now as I type this. The old saying that Justice is blind has taken on a new meaning. I always knew our court system was broken, but this is outragous.

I don't know how many of my readers are familiar with the attempted murder of Christopher Dewy, a Mahnomen county deputy. Synopsis is that Dewy was on duty, two men shot him. One distracted him while the other shot him twice, once in the abdomen, once in the head. Dewy has since been in critical condition and is still not functional after multiple surgeries.

So now the accomplice of the shooter, the guy who distracted Dewy while the other shot him, just got a plea bargain. Instead of being charged with accomplice to attempted murder or even assault, his plea baragain allows for a charge of "failure to render assistance!!!!" With a maximum jail time of 24 months (and you know he'll never do that much time). This is an outrage not only for Dewy, but to honest citizens and especially Law Enforcement everywhere.

I don't even know what else to say. I can't imagine what those who are close to Dewy are feeling. I feel sick.

You can read the Dewy blog, updated by his wife Emily at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisdewey/journal/2

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Independence

Though cliche' comes to mind when I think of it, I know the term, "Freedom isn't free" can never be over-used. It can, however, be taken for granted. This phrase always comes to mind on the 4th of July, as well as the other 364 1/4 days of the year.

I went to the gas station today to pick up some ice. As I flopped the ice on the counter I looked at the guy working the till and said, "Isn't it good to be free? Happy Independence day!" He muttered something back that might have been "ya." But the look on his face was...hard to explain. In any case, I'm sure one doesn't get asked if it's good to be free every day.

We sure do have it easy in America. Even amidst the "economic downfall," and the multi-trillion dollar catastrophe that is Barrack Hussein Obama. As I took a shower, I acknowledged that I have hot water at my disposal 24/7. As I drove to the lake I noted nicely paved roads. No one is overtly trying to kill me, and I can go to Walmart anytime I want to get whatever I want. On top of all of that, if I suddenly lose everything I have, and my world goes completely crap, I can walk a matter of so many blocks (probably get a ride from a passer-bye if I so chose) to the human services department, and be on full blown welfare within a matter of days.

Yes, despite what the world thinks of us, it is good to be an American, and unlike Michelle Obama, I have always been proud to call myself one. It is good to be free.

As I glance down at my keyboard I can't help but notice one of two memorial bracelets for two of my friends that were KIA. They have never left my wrists in over two years. I weigh the terrible cost...(nods head) and know that it will never be a cliche' for me to say, "Freedom is NOT free."