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How Conservation Has Changed
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people shoud see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred."
Theodore Roosevelt as quoted from 'Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter' 1905.
The late great Theodore Roosevelt - Adventurer! Statesman! Leader of Rough Rider Soldiers! Medal of Honor awardee! Father! Intellectual! Outdoorsman! Conservationist! And ...United States President ...was one of the most iconic figures of what being a free and dynamic citizen of the United States of America is all about.
Under the eyes of God epitomized all that is virtuous and noble in being a true man - let me reiterate that - what it is to be a true and free man. (Something a relative bearing his name was the polar opposite of...) 'The Colonel' [As his fabled Rough Riders] was a one man special force unique to our U.S. culture and showed us that a life which we live with vigor; taking a few chances; presenting (with noble respect) to our adversaries a take no-bull-fro- no-one who defies our American interests; while embracing all that our heritage - is on par with the spirit and heroic way of life many U.S. operators like us, choose to live.
T.R's voice in the wilderness was that of a U.S. of A coming of age, embellished values we as citizens and warriors all, live for no mater what stage at life our nation evolves to. His layers of disciplines and pursuits, no matter how varied, never faltered from his uniquely American philosophy which was to embrace and live responsible individualisms - no matter how scared or confident he was with himself.
The following story about the Colonel as a hero is a beyond a worthy footnote to President Roosevelt's heroism and persona and way of life because he is an allegory to that 'all' we as Americans strive to be.
Mark Cole's telling of Theodore Roosevelt's character shows how in today's America, which is testing every traditional image of what the culture of the United States is all about, we should be more concerned with preserving that character in each of us of rather than the machinations or fascinations of our countrymen men driven by fear - Be those fears global warming; how the U.S. is viewed by other nations, or those who today like to crucify any U.S. Citizen with a character like Theodore Roosevelt.
We hope his tale and way of life inspires you as Americans, or anyone reading this around the world, to understand what type of image a great deal of us have been taught to emulate and live up to - what a true citizen hero is made of. More important, T.R. is illuminated to shows how a true citizen warrior/ hunter from the U.S. of A of the United States of America gives of himself to ideals much greater than all of our high speed low drag behinds combined and is a inspriation to every boy and man who has evered wondered just how a man with the natural leadership like "the Colonel" (if he were alive today) might do things in todays United States of America.
Pass it on to every boy and man you know!
A Call to Men to Live a Strenuous Life!
by Mark Cole
Any man would be justly proud to claim even a portion of what Teddy Roosevelt accomplished in just one of his fields, whether politics, hunting, writing, military, or family. He was an extraordinarily accomplished man with an enormous appetite for life. But he is more than that. For us today, he remains a hero, a patriot, an authentic, masculine role model of success, self-improvement, perseverance and courage.
In my opinion, he was the greatest man ever to become President of the United States - and I write that knowing full well that men such as Washington, Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and Lincoln cannot be easily cast aside into second tier status. I doubt if any President of the United States in the future will ever be able to threaten TR's status in that regard. I don't think there will ever be another man like him.
One of the things that makes Roosevelt so remarkable is that he pushed himself incredibly hard to overcome obstacles. And lest we think somehow that he had it easy, we should not forget that he encountered more obstacles than most people. Yes, he was born into a family with enough money to do things like take yearlong European trips. And he had an incredible father who was a great role model for his son.
But Roosevelt's father died when he was only a sophomore at Harvard - that is, just about the time when Roosevelt was becoming an adult, a man in his own right. The magnitude of that loss can hardly be appreciated from our point of view. Roosevelt's near silence about the loss is the best indicator, seeing as he was otherwise never at a loss for words.
Furthermore, shortly after entering the legislature, Roosevelt started his family only to lose his beloved young wife Alice after the birth of their daughter. This tragedy was followed by the death of his mother within a few hours. Later in life, one of Roosevelt's sons would tragically die in World War I. Throughout his life, Roosevelt had more than his fair share of tragedy. Yet, he pressed on, every time.
In addition, Roosevelt's famously poor health as a young boy can hardly be overlooked. Anyone who has ever struggled with a serious childhood illness can attest to the difficulty and suffering it brings, not just physically but also mentally. Can we really appreciate the fortitude and determination it took for him to defy doctors and to basically exercise his asthma out of his system? Extraordinary, indeed. The perseverance and iron-willed determination which Roosevelt would show in building his physical strength would be replicated throughout his life, in his voluminous writing, in his rigorous hunting trips, in his all-night sessions with police on the streets of New York, in his maniacal campaigning, in his play with his children, in giving a campaign speech after he had been shot in the chest, in his charge up San Juan Hill.
As a friend once remarked to me, American boys (and men for that matter) do not need to read about pretend superheroes with imaginary powers. All they need to do is read about the true life of Theodore Roosevelt.
Batman? Superman? Give me a break. These guys would lose a fight every time to TR, a real - life hero.
Many schoolchildren in America no doubt learn today that Roosevelt was a great conservationist and that as President he set aside countless acres for national parks and forests. That is absolutely true.
But an important element of TR's conservationist philosophy is largely ignored in contemporary education. Specifically, his reasons for his advocacy of conservation were profoundly different from many in the environmentalist cause today. Many greens today seem to put "nature" into a moral category superior to human civilization. For them, conservation is a moral cause which is premised on the idea that man should simply keep his grubby hands off of pristine nature. The more extreme environmentalist even speak in terms which suggest that the earth has "rights."
Roosevelt would have nothing to do with this bizarre philosophy. For TR, men are clearly called to conserve the environment, but not because it has "rights". Rather, we conserve nature because that is where men go to test themselves, to do battle as it were against the elements. And above all, men must go outdoors into nature to hunt and to kill. The importance of hunting as both a means of conservation and one of the chief ends of conservation can hardly be overstated. Though this legacy is ignored in textbooks today, it is alive and well among those who do much of the heavy lifting of conservation. Today, the true environmental legacy of TR is carried on by the Boone and Crockett Club (which TR founded and which today is the definitive arbiter of uncompromising ethics in hunting), the International Safari Club and the National Rifle Association.
For Theodore Roosevelt, conservation, battle, patriotism, masculinity and the strenuous life are inextricably bound. Nature is where boys become men. They learn to survive. They learn to conquer and exercise dominion. In short, TR's conservation philosophy would drive many a squeamish environmentalist today to abandon the cause.
One of the greatest tributes to Roosevelt is to let him speak for himself on the virtue of perseverance:
"Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution. The boy who is going to make a great man, or is going to count in any way in after life, must make up his mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses or defeats. He may be able to wrest success along the lines on which he originally started. He may have to try something entirely new. On the one hand, he must not be volatile and irresolute, and, on the other hand, he must not fear to try a new line because he has failed in another. Grant did well as a boy and well as a young man; then came a period of trouble and failure, and then the Civil War and his opportunity; and he grasped it, and rose until his name is among the greatest in our history. Young Lincoln, struggling against incalculable odds, worked his way up, trying one thing and another until he, too, struck out boldly into the turbulent torrent of our national life, at a time when only the boldest and wisest could so carry themselves as to win success and honor; and from the struggle he won both death and honor, and stands forevermore among the greatest of mankind."
That quote from Roosevelt also reveals that his fundamental reference point for instruction and inspiration was history, and more particularly, biography. Roosevelt was a deep and consistent reader. Countless stories are told of TR reading history and biography in the burning sun as he waited for a perfect shot in Africa, or as he sought some shelter from rain in the Amazon jungle.
From the histories and biographies that he read, Roosevelt extracted vital wisdom and motivation. He learned from the great men who have gone before. Then, he wrote down his thoughts about them. In his astonishingly productive life, he wrote (in addition to scores of other books) biographies of Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Gouverneur Morris. He also co-authored a collection of short biographies titled Hero Tales from American History, a volume dedicated to young men of his day with hopes that they would be inspired by the heroic men of American history.
Roosevelt recognized the power of biography to impart heroic characteristics from the great men of the past to aspiring great men of today. As he constructed his life - his biography - he was constantly measuring himself against the great men of the past. If reading biography was important for someone as great as Roosevelt, would we not do well to follow his example?
The defining value for the life of Theodore Roosevelt was really love for and service to his country. His perseverance and ambition were not merely masculine virties which he exercised for the sake of Theodore Roosevelt. Rather, his character and his mental and physical toughness were consciously developed for the service of his country. Roosevelt continually stressed that learning and physical exertion - even the hunting he loved so much - were really about preparing a man to contribute something to his country. For Roosevelt, that obviously meant service to America.
It was in the defense of his country that Roosevelt coined the famous phrase, "speak softly, and carry a big stick." And in the pursuit of American interests, in each of the offices that he held, Roosevelt was utterly uncompromising.
In a day when roughly half of America's political leaders are eager to let other countries through the mechanisms of international institutions control America's destiny, Roosevelt is an anomaly. Perhaps American political leaders would be wise to revisit Roosevelt's philosophy of American strength and yes, diplomacy, but diplomacy coupled with strength. Diplomacy without strength is cowardice looking for an excuse to display itself. Diplomacy with American strength will get results. Those results will be in the interest of the United States of America, to be sure. But Roosevelt was always unafraid to proclaim that when America is strong, the whole world is better off.
It may have been Ronald Reagan who in 1987 asked Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." But standing just behind Reagan was the memory of Theodore Roosevelt, with his big stick.
And that wall did come down - much sooner than anyone anticipated.
In an age of uncertainty and moral relativism, returning to the spirit of Roosevelt is like a breathe of fresh air. He saw situations clearly and acted boldly, always in the interest of America. If he helped other people and other nations along the way, so be it. But that was not his intent. He always put America first.
It is thus appropriate and probably inevitable that such an amazing man would become not only President of the U.S. - but also that he would eventually grace Mt. Rushmore alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.
What, then, do men like us take from a giant and a real-life hero like Theodore Roosevelt? I think a few things.
First, struggling for self-improvement is a continual goal; but rest, comfort and ease are not worthwhile goals on their own. Yes, we must rest in order to recuperate. But we must recuperate only to come back stronger. We should find our weaknesses, root them out and pound them until they become our strengths. That is the way of the true man.
Second, the protection of those within our sphere of influence is one of our highest callings. For Roosevelt, his sphere of influence was (appropriately for a man of his energy level and capacity) the United States.
For us, our spheres of influence are smaller, but no less important. We are called to nurture, protect and promote our families, our businesses and vocations, and our churches and other voluntary associations. We should without reservation boldly promote these interests, protect them from harm and work hard to advance them. That doesn't mean that we should be brutal or unethical or take short cuts. History shows that those methods are the way of the coward and any short term, ill-gotten gains are not in fact in the interest of those we are called to protect. Our call is to be guided by ethics, morality and fair play and within those guidelines to defend, nurture, promote and cherish those in our sphere of influence. Nothing more, nothing less.
We need not save the world; indeed, if more of us would just take care of our spheres of influences with half the energy of Roosevelt, then the world would largely be taken care of. That is an agenda which TR would agree that every man should pursue, and pursue it with might, vigor and desire. Men like that will undoubtedly wear out, not rust out, but TR would have it no other way.
My hope is that the life of Theodore Roosevelt will do for you what he has done for me; that his life will inspire you and bless you as you fulfill your God-given potential. If you are inspired by Roosevelt and his life, then please visit my web site: www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.
Copyright 2005 Mark Cole
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I thought it was one of the best web site e-mail messages I have ever received. I gave alot of it to friends as well. Thank you for the reminder!
I just started reading your posts and I have to say this month's was exceptional. I have forwarded it to several other Warrior types for their review and enjoyment. Keep up the good work
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Excellent, what else is there to say...
Your distinction between impersonal and personal love is one of the most illuminating concepts that I have encountered in quite some time. As a police officer, it is easy to succumb with bitterness to the daily injustices with which one is faced. I think the ability to develope impersonal love is the only way to deal with it and remain emotionally healthy.
Thank you very much and I will read this several times to digest all of it.
Amazing! God is love and He chooses ways of speaking to His servants. God bless you Dave!!
God bless you for printing that article that plainly puts in soldier's terms the meaning of love. Every leader from Squad Leader on up should read... and understand this.
I percieve that you are truly a man of great wisdom and understanding, I also believe you to be a christian although you did not come out and say so directly in this news letter which is my first to read.
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I must confess that your insightful newsletter came as a surprise as I was not expecting such a gem in my inbox but what a welcome gem it was. I just finished reading and have determined to truly work on my "LOVE ARSENAL" to help with dealing with family, friends and strangers as I continue this walk through this life.
Many things are changing on the horizon for me but I know that when we can reach out and help one another with lifesaving teachings such as these life's challenges wont seem so insurmountable when we put them into proper perspective as you have tried to impart to us here.
Again, thank you for giving us something to work on and please, please keep this lifesaving, life changing wisdom from above coming our way.
You got a fan, friend and brother here in Korea!
SSG, US Army
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
John Stuart Mill
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One of my brothers is a LTC. with the Army and Army National Guard, a Huie Pilot and Instructor Pilot, Shot 113 Pilot, BlackHawk Pilot and some other aircraft that I don't know and he's so proud of it that will make anyone think twice before open their mouth.
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GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Awesome word of God in this month's newsletter. I love showing the world that you can serve Jesus and be a hard charging warrior, if they would only look to God's word and see the battles that took place and the warriors God used to win huge battles people wouldn't be so quick to think we're sissies
This is from a Reconnaissance Marine in Afghanistan
It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush mountains along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave.
Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.
I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but them scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod.
Hurts like a bastard.
The antidote tastes like transmission fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.
The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.
It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.
I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me. I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.
Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those 'tent cities of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.
I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of em, are Huns. Actual, living Huns.
They LIVE to fight. Its what they do. Its ALL they do.
They have no respect for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each others barbarism. Cavemen with AK 47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky.
I'm freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.
Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor,
Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban 'smart.' They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is 'cunning.' The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless and, when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart.
They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.
OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice but I'm good at it. Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives.
The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know. We are your military and we are doing what you sent us here to do.
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Love Part II
By Rev G.J. Rako
Last month we discussed two categories of love directed toward people. Personal and impersonal love, both are true in romance, friendship and the casual acquaintance.
Personal love is directed toward only a few people in your life. Impersonal love is (should be) directed toward all the people in your life. Impersonal love requires integrity on your part and is manifested by toleration for all. Even toleration of those people you cannot personally stand. I am sure you have been in an organization where somebody, full of themselves, wishing only to hear the sound of their own voice just made you want to cram a sock in their mouth. However, you demonstrated good manners and decorum, bit your tongue and allowed them to ramble on about nothing. Congratulations, you just applied impersonal love to an otherwise intolerable person who was sucking all the air out of the room. This is a person who offers no redeeming characteristics. There is nothing about him that is attractive to you. In fact, he is very obnoxious.
I don't like you but, I love (impersonally) you. Your character, virtue, integrity, and stability of soul have allowed you to tolerate this pinhead. Personal love on the other hand demands that the object of your love display attractiveness to you. You are inextricably drawn to them. Their beauty, character, thinking, something about them moves you, the way they walk, talk, laugh, or look. You are attracted to them. This is personal love.
Personal love also demands the application of impersonal love. Stay with me this is where the concept of love gets tricky. The one whom you personally love will eventually display their sin nature. This will happen sooner rather than later. They will do or say something that annoys you. at this point of annoyance you must apply impersonal love. It may be something as simple as leaving the cap off the toothpaste tube, or they may reveal some perceived character flaw. Now if you are going to continue in personal love you must treat them from the integrity or virtue in your soul and overlook or tolerate the things that are annoying.
Most human love is shallow, empty, and dependent on our continued attraction for the object of our love. Once that object displays behavior or thought that is repugnant to us, our disappointment results in ending the relationship.
This is because we are self-absorbed and lack integrity in our own soul, thereby, having no way to tolerate the flaws of the object of our love. Impersonal or virtue love overcomes the shallowness of our personal love, which is virtue dependent. With virtue love, our personal love is not dependent on the attractiveness of the object alone, because we are able to tolerate and overlook the flaws of the one we love.
Impersonal love toward all mankind based on the integrity of our own soul is the key to all true human love. The greater our integrity, the greater our capacity to love will be.
For the believer in Jesus Christ, "we love, because He first loved us." (John 4:19) Without personally loving God, we can never hope to love anyone, personally or impersonally. Moreover, our love will be that shallow, unstable, selfish, fleeting, infatuation that disappears like vapor the moment the object of our love disappoints us in some way. Personal love for God provides the capacity for genuinely loving others both personally and impersonally.
The scripture commands us to love God.
Deut. 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul, and with all your might.
The disciples asked Jesus, which was the greatest commandment. His answer quoting the Old Testament is found in many books of the New Testament.
Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind ."
Mark 12:30 "and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength ."
Luke 10:27 And he answered, " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself ."
You cannot personally love someone you do not know. How can you know someone you cannot see? God is revealed in the Word of God. You can know God through the consistent study of the Bible. This is the only means of knowing and loving God.
Love is maximum concentration; it is thinking and the expression of that thinking. Love is not empty emotion devoid of thought. The thinking of God is revealed to us in the Bible (1 Cor. 2:16). We are commanded to replace our flawed thinking (human viewpoint) with the thoughts (divine viewpoint) of God.
Phil. 2:5 Have this thinking in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
We were born physically alive but spiritually dead. When we received the free gift of eternal life at the moment of faith in Christ we became born again. At that moment of faith in Christ God gave you forty things. One of those things was His very own life. God imputed to you eternal life. You were born again and given a new life. You were physically born helpless, a baby that needed nourishing, nurturing, instruction and discipline so you could mature physically and mentally. So it is with the new spiritual birth you were born spiritually a baby in need of spiritual growth so that you may mature spiritually.
God, in His never-ending grace toward us has a plan and system whereby we can mature spiritually. We can never love God without fulfilling His plan for our lives. Furthermore, without loving God we can never genuinely love anyone else. God has a perfect plan for your life. It is an individual plan that consists of blessings designed specifically for you. Before you were born, in eternity past God saw you through the corridors of time and created abundant blessings for your life. These may include all the things associated with happiness in time. Things like; friends, family, spouses, houses, cars, jewelry, money, professions, promotion, approbation, etc The things God has prepared for you are not the same things God has prepared for me. Our lives are different and unique, so also our blessings are different and unique. These blessings are given to us as we gain capacity for them. We gain capacity for things and love by growing spiritually.
Ephesians 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature ; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature , who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of false doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Luke 2:40 The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There is one part of His plan that is the same for every believer; the means by which we attain spiritual maturity and the resultant capacity for life, love, and happiness.
God's plan for man:
- God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9)
- Once a believer in Jesus Christ we are to grow spiritually (Luke 2:4, 2 Peter 3:18).
- God has given to each of us at least one spiritual gift (one of forty things we receive at the moment of salvation). That spiritual gift is given for the edification (building up) of the church (universal). Ask yourself if you are edifying the church.
- One of these spiritual gifts is the gift of pastor-teacher. The purpose and function of this gift is to study and teach the Word of God so that the church may grow to spiritual maturity and in doing so their spiritual gifts will begin to function and benefit the church. God then is able to use these prepared believers. He can bless them because their spiritual growth produced capacity for life, love, and happiness. God is glorified when He is able to bless us. The more you grow spiritually, the more you love God. The more you love God, the more capacity you have, the more God can bless you. The more God blesses you the more God is glorified by your life. I have heard Christians say "oh, no blessing for me, I am happy to be a worker for God." Well awe, shucks, if God doesn't bless you He is not glorified by your pathetic, insignificant life and you are not fulfilling His plan but have decided in arrogance that your flawed plan is better, which only leads to discipline (Heb. 12:6) and misery. God uses prepared believers. He gave you a spiritual gift to build up the church. If you are not being used and blessed by God, then there is a breakdown in your spiritual life. It is time to get back on track.
- Find a Bible church where the pastor studies and teaches the Word of God. Avail yourself to the accurate teaching of the Word in fellowship (filling of the Holy Spirit 1John 1:9).
John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit(filling of the Holy Spirit) and truth(doctrine)."
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing , and hearing by the word of Christ
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God .
1 John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
God's perfect plan for our lives will unfold like a flower when we make the Word of God a priority in our lives. The blessings He will pour out on you are unimaginable.
1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written, " Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him ."
Rom. 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God , which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The many blessings of God include true love in your life, both your understanding of love and the function of true love in your life.
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UDT Duck Feet fins are used at Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training
The most highly acclaimed and coveted swim fin since its inception is back. The molds have been returned to American soil and the VOIT UDT Duck Feet are now made in the USA by people who understand not only fin design and function, but by people who value the responsibility of inheriting, improving, protecting, and perpetuating the tradition of greatness that this product is known for. UDT Duck Feet always have been strongly preferred by U.S. Navy SEALs, big wave bodysurfers, kneeboarders, scuba divers, skin divers and professionals in the lifesaving community, and with their re-release have quickly become the most sought-after swim fin to be included in the water athletes product arsenal.
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The following is an excerpt of how a very competent U.S. Body surfer and waterman and aficionado of the UDT FINS. His Name is Greg Deets. Deets was very influential in getting these reintroduced to the Military and Sport markets. After a wild adventure in international politics, all operators have him to thank for being a one man special force to get these prized bi-pedal propulsion units back in the market place. SF GEAR now proudly carries, these most awesome milspec fins back to the SOF community who infils or exfils under, or in the sea... read on -
...But there was trouble in paradise... my UDT Duck Feet were getting cracked and old, and they could no longer be found in the stores. Voit had left the business of actually producing sporting goods and was just selling the license to various companies that wished to produce a given product. The molds had been shipped down to a molding plant in Baja and the product began to suffer, that is if you could find them.
The Navy SEALs were still being supplied from a dive store near Coronado, but the fins were often either too soft or at times rock hard, neither extreme being really functional. The fin was falling from grace. Because of my bodysurfing heritage, my academic background in marine biology, and years of experience with this fin I was asked by the then current VOIT licensee to team up and re-introduce the UDT with an improved look and a more Biomimetic material regime.
This coincided with new co-ownership from a Houston based company of the molding plant in Baja. It was interesting times going to Baja and linking up the new manager who was an ex-marine and ex-Dallas PD cop and we hit off like brothers on the same wave length with regards to practically everything in life. The first few sets or runs of fins were made with different material and loading patterns and good god, i began re-learning everything I thought I knew. It was amazing how extremely different a fin can function coming out of the exact same mold by just a few subtle changes in material and placement. This is where the academic background really helped. But there was trouble in paradise.
The original co-owners of the plant decided not to pay a very large amount of taxes and back taxes to the government and in came the "military" and shut the plant down, preparing to auction off everything inside in order to reclaim the "dineros dued." Luckily, the good people from Houston had already severed legal ties and returned home safely. We moved quickly to try to regain ownership of the UDT molds... But it wasn't easy.
One attempt by my cohort then was to meet with a lawyer and proceed though the legal channels. A meeting was set up and he went down and met the lawyer in a bar in Tijuana!!! The bar was very, very dark I was told and the lawyer was so drunk that he supposedly kept nodding' off and from what I understand he didn't remember the meeting even took place. After a few months the auction opened and upon entering the facility yet another unbelievable turn or twist occurred... the molds had been stolen! People had disappeared. My heart sunk.
Years of darkness followed. Then in May of 2002, a head popped up in Baja and offered to sell the molds to my business cohort and I. All he had to do was take a stake bed truck from his surf and sport company down to... yes... Tijuana with pockets and pockets of money and he can buy the molds back. He drives down and meets this person. This person says follow me, they are at mi rancho. So down this old dirt road they drive about 10 miles east of Tijuana. They drive and drive and soon they pass an old cemetery... my partner is sure this is where the trip ends... he expects to hear the click of a pistol and his head blown off and buried there with his pockets emptied... but no, they drive on. Then as they drive a horrible smell is upon them... the dump... they are at the dump, yes this must be where it ends, no one will ever find or smell my body he thinks... but they drive on. Finally, they come upon an even worse smell... its a hen house!!!
Yes this is where he thinks it will all end, and this time, they pull over. "Welcome to my rancho," the person says. Indeed it is his place and a chicken coup and they walk behind the barn and there is this old huge rustic shed shackled with huge chains and locks. He unlocks the shed... and lo and behold there they are as are the original 1944 UDT FIN molds.
All are purchased, and the first run in years kicks off in Corona, California, October 2002. The fins function wonderfully, the softer rubber in the blade allows for quicker kicking, yet the outer ribs are composed of stiffer material functioning as struts and maintaining the power of the fin that the UDT was always known for.
Additionally, the foot pockets are atypically firmer than other fins allowing all power to be delivered to the blades flexible tip.
Interestingly, this was exactly the same fin concept George Greenough (a born again UDT user now) had been touting independently and unbeknownst to me across the pacific in Australia. I receive e-mails from his cadre of fellow mat-fringies (and my new friends too), namely Warren Pfeiffer and Boyd Kellner, and before long, I receive a call from GG... and Christ almighty that mf'r can out talk me and may be just as aberrant as I!
We hit it off well, and of course he has many ideas on how to improve the fin as do I and we talk concept, Crystal Voyager stuff etc. Then he starts talking about mat riding, I politely pretend I didn't hear him (I mean, I'm a big tough bodysurfer I can't entertain pool toy talk!), and he just comes out of the blue and says "Deets you're a phckn fool, if you don't at least give the Neumatics a try built by Dale Solomonson."
...So where are we now? People who have their fins love their fins...The future of the UDT looks bright safe and secure. Not one to sit in one place for too long of a time, I now find myself overly interested in the most contemporary work regarding hydrodynamic function and aquatic propulsion with regard to the production and generation of optimal vortex rings. This will lead I hope to the next best thing in fin design and efficiency.
In closing, the various tacks in life and efforts and people are the inside reforms in the wave of life; they breathe new life into you when you least expect it. Diversity truly is the Segue to Resurrection, be it of ones own being or pursuits, or a product with such incredible heritage and importance such as the UDT Duck Foot.
From : 'Greg Deets - A Natural Water Brother' by Greg Deets March, 2005 - Courtesy of Greg Deets
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A Few Quotes...
from Theodore Roosevelt
"Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."
"The New Nationalism" speech, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910
"A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals."..."What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man."
"The American Boy," St. Nicholas Magazine, May 1900
"There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."
Letter, Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."
San Francisco, CA, May 13, 1903
"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility."
Abilene, KS, May 2, 1903
A cowboy, who is visiting Wyoming from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, 'You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.'
The cowboy replies, 'Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona, the other is in Colorado . When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.'
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, 'I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.'
The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
'Oh, no, everybody's just fine,' he explains, 'It's just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking.'
'Hasn't affected my brothers though.'
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Special Operations Seaplanes: bring back the good 'ole days
Most people assume that we are better off today than we were in the past.
This assumption also plays itself out in the world of military affairs. Contrary to public feel-good assumptions that they are being best protected, the truth is that the chore of national defense has been relegated to existentialist egotists who squabble over roles and missions not how best to serve the common good. The 9/11 attacks should have been a "Pearl Harbor" resulting in whole-scale firing of incompetents and replacement by some mechanism where non-careerist citizens get involved personally in national defense while in uniform so common sense (do what works best all the time regardless of ego) can return to the U.S. military. During WWII, America had to fight across long oceans and since combustion-fuel aircraft cannot fly forever, they need to land and refuel. One solution is to float a runway/airbase for small wheel equipped planes to land on the top; the aircraft carrier. However, this is NOT the only or most efficient solution. Another solution is the seaplane--a fixed-wing aircraft often with a boat hull shape or floats or skis that can land on water to refuel, switch crews, receive maintenance etc. when linked up with a supply ship/submarine. As you will soon see, this common sense solution deemed necessary to meet war-time needs would not last long after the crisis passed and the can-do WW2 "Greatest Generation" draftees were replaced by weak economic and ego-narcissist "lifers".
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AP Exclusive: Secret Service wants more money
By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer
The Secret Service has asked for an extra $9.5 million to cover unexpected costs of protecting the presidential candidates during what has turned into an historic year for the agency's campaign security job.
Among other things, the extra money would be used for the added costs for the candidates' international travel and a late-in-the-game decision by Barack Obama to accept the Democratic nomination at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High - an open-air, 76,000-seat stadium - instead of the 20,000-seat Pepsi Center, which is the site of the party's national convention.
Presidential candidates are traveling overseas with Secret Service protection more than ever before.
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Justice, 64 years later
By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It was a crime so improbable that many had trouble believing it could have happened at all: Three black soldiers stood accused of lynching an Italian prisoner of war, found dangling from a wire on an obstacle training course at Ft. Lawton in the middle of World War II.
The subsequent trial of the three men, along with 40 other black enlistees charged with rioting, became the largest and longest Army court-martial of the war, and the only recorded instance in U.S. history in which black men stood trial for a mob lynching.
By the time it was over, 28 men had been convicted on rioting charges and two of them were also found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the 1944 hanging.
Despite their protests of innocence -- and the government's own secret investigation showing the prosecution's case was poisonously flawed -- the men were sentenced to hard labor and forfeiture of military pay and benefits, and were given dishonorable discharges.
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PSCs in America: 400 Years and Counting
By J. Michael Waller
The soldier-turned-private-contractor arrived in Virginia in shackles and leg irons. A war hero who fought an Islamic army, he had left the military with a sense of mission and adventure. Now he was part of a private, government-chartered company to lead security operations in an inhospitable part of the world.
Some of the spoiled, pasty-faced civilians in the venture saw him as a threat. Perhaps overly impressed with their own high posts and fancy titles, or maybe simply out of snobbery toward a man of such a rough background, they accused him of flouting the law and betraying his government. They thought him too dangerous to be trusted with weapons. A few even wanted him executed.
The officer in charge dismissed the unproven allegations, and a government-backed secret order, unsealed in Virginia, showed the leadership's confidence in him. Falsely accused, the private soldier was freed.
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War on terrorism loses ground in Pakistan
By Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Although the "war on terrorism" remains a consuming focus of the U.S. government, the Bush administration appears poised to leave behind a situation not unlike the one it inherited nearly eight years ago: a resurgent Al Qaeda ensconced in South Asia, training new recruits, plotting attacks against the West, and seemingly beyond the United States' reach.
In dozens of interviews, senior U.S. national security, intelligence and military officials described a counter-terrorism campaign in Pakistan that has lost momentum and is beset by frustration.
CIA officers pursuing Al Qaeda fighters are confined largely to a collection of crumbling bases in northwestern Pakistan. Most are on remote Pakistani military outposts, where they are kept on a short leash under an awkward arrangement with their hosts -- rarely allowed to leave and often left with little to do but plead with their Pakistani counterparts to act.
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Water Cooler - Words of Wisdom From Dennis Miller
For those of you who don't like Dennis Miller, who is not Jewish, you may want to re-consider as this is one of the most brilliant things he has ever done. Pass it on to all your friends.
For those who don't know, Dennis Miller is a comedian who has a show called Dennis Miller Live on HBO. He is not Jewish He recently said the following about the Mid East situation:
"A brief overview of the situation is always valuable, so as a service to all Americans who still don't get it, I now offer you the story of the Middle East in just a few paragraphs, which is all you Really need.
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These Soldiers Are Olympic Hot Shots
By Ann Scott Tyson
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- U.S. Army sharpshooter Pfc. Vincent Hancock raises his shotgun and fluidly traces the arc of two clay targets hurtling across the range before him at 55 mph, breaking each one with flawless accuracy.
The 19-year-old skeet competitor, headed to his first Olympics next month, knows that he must sustain that perfection to clinch a gold medal. But after setting a world record at the World Cup Italy championship in Milan in June 2007, the young marksman is confident that target is within reach.
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"Kids in Congo were being sent down mines to die so that kids in Europe and America could kill imaginary aliens in their living rooms"
Written by John Lasker
In the rugged volcanic mountains of the Congo the conflict known as Africa's World War continues to smolder after ten grueling years. The conflict earned its name because at the height of the war eight African nations and over 25 militias were in the combatant mix. But more recently the conflict was given another name: The PlayStation War. The name came about because of a black metallic ore called coltan. Extensive evidence shows that during the war hundreds of millions of dollars worth of coltan was stolen from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UN and several NGOs claim some of the most active thieves were the Rwandan military, several militias supported by the Rwandan government, and also a number of western-based mining companies, metal brokers, and metal processors that had allegedly partnered with these Rwandan factions.
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A friend of mine is dating a woman from Bristol, England.
She just returned from there and said it is no longer English, the Muslims have taken it over, and the trend continues. While we want them to assimilate it looks like they would rather annihilate.
View the pictures below and decide how you really feel about the future of the Western World.
These pictures are of Muslims marching through the streets of London during their recent 'Religion of Peace Demonstration.'
Why would anyone think that we should be at war with such nice, peaceful Moslems?!
Americans need to know - You need to forward this one to everyone!
These Pictures tell it all!
Muslims have stated that England will be the first country they take over!
These are pictures not shown on American TV or in American Newspapers (as they might help Bush's war on terror), but were forwarded to me by a Canadian friend who thought Americans ought to know!
Irena Sendler Story
There recently was a death of a 98 year old lady named Irena.
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an ulterior motive...
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German). Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids).
She also had a dog in the back, that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in, and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, and arms, and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out, and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family.
Most of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes, or adopted.
Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize...
She LOST. Al Gore won, for doing a slide show on Global Warming.
Check it out Irena's story at : http://www.irenasendler.org/ or http://www.irenasendler.org/team.asp
Also check out this link to snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp
By Col. Oliver North
New York, NY - Pawleys Island, S.C. - Here in the Carolina "Low Country," there is considerable consternation about this week's meeting in Switzerland between U.S. and Iranian diplomats. Such confusion is understandable given the longstanding Bush administration policy against such meetings, recent events in that part of the world - and the way in which the State Department and White House announced the July 19 get together. In short, what has been happening in that part of the world and what Washington is now saying just doesn't match. That's a very dangerous combination.
Last summer, the government of Israel began making significant improvements in measures to protect their civilian population. Civil-defense enhancements include new bomb shelters, stockpiling food and water, distribution of upgraded chemical-biological protective equipment, radiation detectors - and drills so civilians know where and when to go in the event of an attack. Though these preparations have been openly discussed and debated in the Israeli press, they have been widely ignored by the mainstream media in the U.S.
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A Shocker at Ft. Bragg
Written by Amos Hykes
The main entrance to the Ft. Bragg Mosque located in the Soldier Support Center.
You have just spent a year in Iraq and the day has come to pack your gear and go home. What you have seen and experienced during the past year can only be appreciated by your fellow soldiers. You know it will be virtually impossible to even try to explain what you experienced to your civilian family and friends. The constant heat, the blistering sand, the constant stress of looking and listening for the next shot or explosion and seeing your friends die.
You spent a year in country trying to figure out the Muslims, their religion and trying to stay alive. Growing up a Christian was pretty easy - You went to church on Sundays and sometimes on Wednesday evenings; you tithed and helped your fellow man. However, this past year has not only made you appreciate your Christian roots, but it also made you think about the religion of the people who were trying to kill you. On the surface, their religion seemed rather simple to understand. KILL THE INFIDEL! Unfortunately, you just happen to be the infidel they want to kill.
On the flight back to the states your thoughts turn to going home, seeing family and friends and reporting for duty at Fort Bragg.
The Ft. Bragg Mosque entrance for women. Only men may enter through the main entrance.
The reporting date comes too soon. You are instructed to report to the Soldier Support Center. "Where is the SoldierSupport Center?" you wonder. Finally, someone tells you: "It's in the old Womack Hospital."
As you walk through the seemingly endless corridors of the Soldier Support Center you are startled by a doorway with a sign over it indicating it is a Mosque.
"Is this a flashback? This is Ft. Bragg, not Baghdad," you think to yourself. Your first thoughts are that this must be some type of museum, because no one in the US Army would be stupid enough to allow a mosque in the US Army Soldier Support Center. This is the place where everyone reports in, where active duty personnel, retired, and dependents get their ID Cards, and register their vehicles.
You are informed that it really is an Islamic mosque. You just spent a year of your life battling the radical Islamic Muslims and the first day back at Ft. Bragg, you literally run into a mosque. What a cruel hoax. What a slap in the face.
What makes the entire absurd scenario more surreal is that the active duty types and civilians who work there are very reluctant to discuss the mosque with strangers. They fear that expressing their opinions about the mosque in the official US Army facility would be very detrimental to their careers. Most would like to see it removed from Ft. Bragg. If it can't be removed, as seems to be the case, then put it in another location on Fort Bragg.
How does a 19 year old soldier, who has spent a year watching his friends fight for their lives and some, killed by radical Muslims, justify in their minds their government locating a mosque in his Soldier Support Center at Ft. Bragg?
WWII hero earned Medal of Honor for protecting his men
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael J. Daly, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism as a 20-year-old lieutenant in World War II, died of cancer Friday at his home in Fairfield, Conn. He was 83.
President Truman presented Daly with the medal for valor in combat for his actions on April 18, 1945, in Nuremberg, Germany.
According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website, Daly engaged in four single-handed firefights to protect his men, killing 15 Germans, silencing three enemy machine guns and wiping out an entire enemy patrol. He was later promoted to captain.
"I'm no hero," Daly often said, according to the Connecticut Post. "The heroes are those who gave their lives."
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Robert M. DeHaven, 86; WWII ace became Hughes test pilot
From a Times Staff Writer
Robert M. DeHaven, a World War II fighter ace who downed 14 enemy planes in the Pacific and later became a test pilot and executive with Hughes Aircraft, died July 10 at a hospital near his home in Encino after a long illness. He was 86.
DeHaven was born Jan. 13, 1922, in San Diego. He graduated from North Hollywood High School and attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia until he joined the Army Air Forces in early 1942.
In 1943 he was assigned to the 7th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group stationed at Dobodura, New Guinea. According to the Seattle-based American Fighter Aces Assn., on Dec. 10, 1943, DeHaven shot down 10 Japanese aircraft in offensives over Buna, Lae, Markham Valley, Hollandia and Biak islands and officially became an ace, the term used in military aviation circles to designate a pilot who destroys or disables several enemy planes during combat.
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World War II veteran dies hours after Army apology
By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Samuel Snow, an 83-year-old black World War II veteran who had traveled across the country to receive an apology from the Army for being unfairly convicted on rioting charges, died early Sunday just hours after the ceremony honoring him and 27 of his fellow soldiers.
Snow had been admitted to a hospital on the eve of Saturday's ceremony at Ft. Lawton in Seattle. He died hours later -- after his son had read to him the certificate that exonerated him and converted his discharge to an honorable status.
"He had talked incessantly about how important this weekend was going to be, and while I'm tremendously sad -- more than you know -- that this man is no longer with us, I do have the sense that he had a tremendous amount of fulfillment," said Jack Hamann, who in his book "On American Soil" exposed serious flaws in the 1944 prosecution of 28 black soldiers on rioting charges during a night of violence that left an Italian prisoner of war dead.
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Jo Stafford, 90; singer, recording artist entertained GIs during World War II
By Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Jo Stafford, a singer who was a favorite of GIs during World War II and whose recordings made the pop music charts dozens of times in the 1950s, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Century City. She was 90.
According to her son, Tim Weston, she had been in ill health since October and had been hospitalized several times since 2002.
Stafford had a long career but enjoyed most of her success from the late 1930s to the early '60s. Her skills were apparent from the beginning, when she sang as a teenager in a vocal trio with her two older sisters, Pauline and Christine.
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Bud Browne, 96; father of surf-film genre
Alexander Gallardo / Los Angeles Times
Bud Browne, a onetime Venice Beach lifeguard who became known as "the father of surf films" after he began showing his 16-millimeter surf movies commercially up and down the California coast in the early 1950s, has died. He was 96.
Browne died in his sleep Friday at his home in San Luis Obispo, said his close friend Anna Trent Moore, daughter of surfing legend Buzzy Trent.
"Bud created the genre of surf films," Steve Pezman, publisher of the Surfer's Journal, told The Times on Monday. "What was unique about Bud and his films was the water footage, and the fact that he lived with the surfers he was filming.
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