Archive for June, 2011

What I’ve been up to . . .

Now that my better-half and I have been in this “new” home of ours for nine months now, our efforts are finally beginning to show around the homestead. Particularly the shrubs and plants found in our yard! Here’s a dozen to sample.

And this doesn’t even include the four varieties of plum trees and the taller fauna! I hope like me, you’re all staying busy and enjoying the beautiful weather we’re having now!

God bless.

SparkChaser4

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Vietnam War airman’s remains identified

Missing Vietnam War airman’s remains identified

This article from CNN in full print found here.

By the CNN Wire Staff – June 8, 2011 5:53 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — The remains of a U.S. Air Force pilot listed as missing in action since his plane crashed in Laos in 1967 have been identified, and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Department’s POW/Missing Personnel Office said Tuesday.

On June 21, 1967, Capt. Darrell J. Spinler was piloting an A-1E Skyraider — a propeller-driven, single-seat aircraft — attacking enemy targets along the Xekong River in Laos when villagers reported hearing an explosion before his aircraft crashed. The pilot of another A-1E remained in the area for more than two hours but saw no sign of Spinler.

In 1993, villagers who witnessed the crash told a joint U.S.-Laotian team led by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) that Spinler’s body was on the river bank after the crash, but that it likely washed away during the ensuing rainy season. The team surveyed the location and found wreckage consistent with Spinler’s aircraft.

Note:  During my time over in Asia as an aircraft electrician, I worked on many of the A1-E Skyraiders there. They were referred to by the call-sign of “Sandy” by the men on the ground and we repair crews, and were thought of highly for their ability to loiter for long periods of time while providing necessary ground cover to the men. Please welcome home at last another “lost brother”, Capt. Darrell J. Spinler.  And may God bless him and his family, and give him the peace he’s rightly earned. Amen.

Hand . . . Salute!

SparkChaser4

The Brits took notice and our media didn’t!

So why is it that the British took notice of this atrocity and yet our news media didn’t even mention it?  What, you might ask?  Well try this headline for an opener:  “Barack Obama’s decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential”.  This headline was spotted at The Telegraph and the article goes on to tell us about how the Prez after laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns, also didn’t waste any time getting out to the course on that day either.  Funny thing is that neither incidence of his prioritizing his golf game over a very solemn and patriotic occasion to our nation was deemed newsworthy to this nation’s liberal news media. Now about the other sixty-eight times he taken off to play golf . . .!

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White Tee-Shirts a new uniform?

I come across this article on “The Blaze” and I couldn’t help but wonder what is next. Maybe classifying students as racists or even terrorists because they wear white tube-socks? Enough people! This over-sensitivity to race and the resulting paranoia has to stop! Enough said.

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