Sunday, November 10, 2019

Facebook Post by
Frank Martinez is with Arianna Huffington and 3 others.
January 17, 2013


A must read

And think of the media circus, flags at half-staff, and all the things that were said of Whitney Houston when she died and Michael Jackson when he died. This hero died with barely anyone's notice.

"Shifty" By Chuck Yeager

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. 

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 ..." at which point my heart skipped. At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . do you know where Normandy is?" 

At this point my heart stopped. I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero ...and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day. I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes... And it’s real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." 

My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say. I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach. 

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this. 

Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer. There was no parade. No big event in Staples Center. No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24x7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that's not right!

Let's give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.

Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.

Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]

P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...
Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & the like.

"SHIFTY" - an incredible American hero.

Please do me a favor and pass this on so that untold thousands can read it.

We owe no less to our REAL Heroes.

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” -Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, November 3, 2019

17 Inches

Facebook post by
Brock Moore
October 23, 2019

I promised myself years ago, every time I saw this I would re-post. Happens about twice a year. Rings true EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.... Here goes!!!

Most people won't take the time to read this all the way to the end. I hope that you will. 17 INCHES" - you will not regret reading this.

An excellent article to read from beginning to end.

Twenty years ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA's convention.

While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy to be there.

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.

Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally …

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”

After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer.

“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause.

“Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”

“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.

“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”............“Seventeen inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?

“Seventeen inches!”

“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'”

Pause. “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate? "

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline.

We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We just widen the plate!”

Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.”

“And the same is true with our government. Our so-called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate! We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable.

From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: "If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”

With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “…We have dark days ahead!.”

Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches."

And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and now go out there and fix it!

"Don't widen the plate."

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Made in the USA ....OR NOT

Sharing an email 
from a very good friend
Bruce Klein

Made in the USA
ACE HARDWARE - Made in the     
USA - Very Encouraging


sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost
half the price that you will pay
on the outside and they are made in
the U.S.A. Read and do the following.

Unfortunately our     
politicians and top CEOs have
pushed for trade to China and Mexico
for years so Americans are now out of
Did You Know that there is no     
electric coffee maker
made in the US and that the only
kitchen appliances made in the US is
Viking? This information came from
the a report by Diane Sawyer. Hopefully this has
changed or will soon!!

That's why I don't buy
cards at Hallmark anymore, They are
Made in China and are more expensive!
I buy them at Dollar
Tree - 50 cents each and made in USA

I have been looking at     
the blenders available on the
Internet. Kitchen Aid
is MADE IN THE USA. Top of my list

Yesterday I was in     
Wal-Mart looking for a
wastebasket. I found some Made
In China for $6.99. I didn't want to
pay that much so I asked the lady
if they had any others. She took
me to another department and they
had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are
just as good.. Same as a kitchen rug I
needed. I had to look, but I found some Made in
The USA - what a concept! - and they were $3.00

We are being     
brainwashed to believe that everything that
comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so.

One Light Bulb at A Time.

I was in Lowe's the     
other day and just out of curiosity, I looked
at the hose attachments. They were all
Made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose
attachments there. They were made in USA

Start looking, people     
. ...In our current economic
situation, every little thing we
buy or do affects someone else - most often,
their job.

My grandson likes       
Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is
now marked "Made in Mexico." I don't buy it

My favorite toothpaste     
Colgate is made in Mexico I
have switched to Crest.

You have to read       
the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed
60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer
sheets. I was in the light bulb
aisle, and right next to the GE
brand I normally buy -- was an
off-brand labeled,
"Everyday  Value." I picked up both types of
bulbs and compared them: they were the same
except for the price . .. .the GE bulbs
cost more than the Everyday Value
Brand, but the thing that surprised
me the most was that that GE was
Made in MEXICO and the Everyday
Value brand was made in - you guessed
it - the USA at a company in
Cleveland, Ohio.

It's way past time to start     
finding and buying products
you use every
day that are made right Here.

So, on to the next       
aisle: Bounce dryer sheets. Yep,
you guessed
it, Bounce cost more
money and is made in Canada. The
Everyday Value Brand cost less, and was MADE IN
THE USA! I did laundry
yesterday and the dryer sheets performed
just like the Bounce Free I have been
using for years, at almost half the price.

My challenge to you     
is to start reading the labels when
you shop for everyday things and
see what you can find that is Made
In the USA -
The job you save may be your own or your

If you accept the     
challenge, pass this on to others
in your address book so we can all
start buying American, one light bulb at a

Stop buying from       
overseas companies - you're
sending the jobs there.
(We should have awakened a decade

Let's get with the     
program and help our fellow
Americans keep their
jobs and create more jobs here in the

I passed this on.. ..Will you???    
If you care about
American workers, you will pass it on

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy 94th Birthday Dad

Found this beautiful piece during my Google search - sincerely hope owner allows me the post it here. ~ Thank you.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Time for Congress to Pay it's Debt's

Shared Post from Facebook

Do not forget the interest!!!

...and while you are at paying back, please payback our Medicare and STOP giving these funds away to folks who did not contribute!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Remembering that Day

Sharing a post from Facebook

Remembering that Tuesday morning at 9:47 EDT on September 11, 2001


These are the 184 victims killed in the Pentagon attack on 9-11. The youngest victim being 3, the oldest was 71. Included are the crew and passengers from American Airlines Flight 77. (NOT included are the scumbag terrorists onboard the flight)

1. Paul Wesley Ambrose
2. Craig S. Amundson
3. Melissa Rose Barnes
4. Max Beilke
5. Yemen Betru
6. Kris Romeo Bishundat
7. Carrie Blagburn
8. Canfield D. Boone
9. Mary Jane Booth
10. Donna Bowen
11. Allen Boyle
12. Bernard Brown
13. Christopher Lee Burford
14. Charles Burlingame
15. Daniel Martin Caballero
16. Jose Orlando Calderon
17. Suzanne Calley
18. Angelene C. Carter
19. Sharon S. Carver
20. William Caswell
21. John Chada
22. Rosemary Chapa
23. David Charlebois
24. Sarah M. Clark
25. Julian Cooper
26. Asia Cottom
27. Eric Allen Cranford
28. Ada Davis
29. James Debeuneure
30. Gerald F. DeConto
31. Rodney Dickens
32. Jerry D. Dickerson
33. Eddie Dillard
34. Johnnie Doctor Jr.
35. Cmdr. Robert Edward Dolan
36. William Howard Donovan Jr.
37. Charles Droz
38. Patrick Dunn
39. Edward Thomas Earhart
40. Barbara G. Edwards
41. Robert Randolph Elseth
42. Charles S. Falkenberg
43. Dana Falkenberg
44. Zoe Falkenberg
45. Jamie Lynn Fallon
46. James Joe Ferguson
47. Amelia Fields
48. Gerald P. Fisher
49. Darlene ‘Dee’ Flagg
50. Wilson ‘Bud’ Flagg
51. Matthew Flocco
52. Sandra Foster
53. Richard Gabriel
54. Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred
55. Cortz Ghee
56. Brenda C. Gibson
57. Ron Golinski
58. Ian J. Gray
59. Diane Hale-McKinzy
60. Stanley Hall
61. Carolyn Halmon
62. Michelle Heidenberger
63. Sheila Hein
64. Ronald John Hemenway
65. Maj. Wallace C. Hogan Jr.
66. Jimmie Ira Holley
67. Angela Houtz
68. Brady Kay Howell
69. Peggie Hurt
70. Lt. Col. Stephen Neil Hyland Jr.
71. Robert Hymel
72. Sgt. Maj. Lacey Ivory
73. Bryan C. Jack
74. Steven D. ‘Jake’ Jacoby
75. Lt. Col. Dennis Johnson
76. Judith Jones
77. Ann Judge
78. Brenda Kegler
79. Chandler Keller
80. Yvonne Kennedy
81. Norma Khan
82. Karen A. Kincaid
83. Michael ‘Scott’ Lamana
84. David Laychak
85. Dong C. Lee
86. Jennifer Lewis
87. Kenneth Lewis
88. Samantha Lightbourn-Allen
89. Stephen Vernon Long
90. James T. Lynch
91. Terence Michael Lynch
92. Nehamon Lyons IV
93. Shelley Marshall
94. Teresa Martin
95. Ada Mason
96. Dean Mattson
97. Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude
98. Robert Maxwell
99. Renee A. May
100. Molly McKenzie
101. Dora Menchaca
102. Patricia E. (Patti) Mickley
103. Maj. Ronald D. Milam
104. Gerard P. ‘Jerry’ Moran
105. Odessa V. Morris
106. Brian Anthony Moss
107. Teddington Hamm Moy
108. Patrick Jude Murphy
109. Christopher C. Newton
110. Khang Nguyen
111. Michael Allen Noeth
112. Barbara K. Olson
113. Ruben Ornedo
114. Diana Padro
115. Chin Sun Pak
116. Jonas Martin Panik
117. Clifford Patterson
118. Robert Penniger
119. Robert R. Ploger III
120. Zandra Cooper Ploger
121. Lt. J.G. Darin H. Pontell
122. Scott Powell
123. Jack Punches
124. Joseph John Pycior Jr.
125. Lisa Raines
126. Deborah A. Ramsaur
127. Rhonda Sue Ridge Rasmussen
128. Marsha D. Ratchford
129. Martha Reszke
130. Todd Reuben
131. Cecelia E. Richard
132. Edward Veld Rowenhorst
133. Judy Rowlett
134. Robert E. Russell
135. William Ruth
136. Charles E. Sabin
137. Marjorie C. Salamone
138. John Sammartino
139. Lt. Col. Dave Scales
140. Cmdr. Robert A. Schlegel
141. Janice M. Scott
142. Michael L. Selves
143. Marian H. Serva
144. Cmdr. Daniel F. Shanower
145. Antionette Sherman
146. Diane Simmons
147. Don Simmons
148. George Simmons
149. Cheryle Sincock
150. Gregg Harold Smallwood
151. Lt. Col. Gary Smith
152. Mari-Rae Sopper
153. Robert Speisman
154. Pat Statz
155. Edna L. Stephens
156. Norma Lang Steuerle
157. Sgt. Maj. Larry Strickland
158. Hilda E. Taylor
159. Kip Paul Taylor
160. Leonard Taylor
161. Sandra Taylor
162. Sandra D. Teague
163. Karl W. Teepe
164. Sgt. Tamara Thurman
165. Otis Vincent Tolbert
166. Willie Q. Troy
167. Lt. Cmdr. Ronald J. Vauk
168. Karen J. Wagner
169. Meta Waller
170. Sandra White
171. Staff Sgt. Maudlyn White
172. Leslie A. Whittington
173. Ernest M. Willcher
174. David L. Williams
175. Maj. Dwayne Williams
176. Marvin Roger Woods
177. John D. Yamnicky Sr.
178. Vicki Yancey
179. Shuyin Yang
180. Kevin Wayne Yokum
181. Donald McArthur Young
182. Edmond Young
183. Lisa Young
184. Yuguang Zheng