Some good news

Jay Price of The News and Observer has a well-written story today about the return of a North Carolina National Guard unit from Iraq yesterday. In a world where so many things are going so wrong on so many fronts, the dedication and commitment of our National Guard is a bright and inspiring light.

If grief and numbness could be squeezed out of a soldier, the homecoming that the 1132nd Military Police Company got Tuesday would have erased its 10 months in Iraq.
Everywhere, people were bawling and hugging harder than they had ever hugged. Wives, husbands, moms, dads, kids and then soldiers started embracing each other.

Photo from the N&O. Click to find other great images of the homecoming.


Great piece!

Either that got to me or I'm catching a cold. Or both.
Thanks James!

Not too Important

This isnt that important according to McCain

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Nothing says "safe"

like leaving them all in a manufactured warzone.

I honestly can't remember the last time Sen. McCain said something that even resembled a complete and rational thought.

McCain's on something.

First of all, let me state that I have no problem with someone taking prescription medication for psychological reasons, and I even admire them for accepting that they have a need.

That being said, I have noticed a drastic change in the attitude and behavior of John McCain in the last few years, and it ain't just growing old. Gone is the powerful orator who could capture and keep your attention. This new guy is smooth as Jiffy peanut butter, even if he goes totally off-track and/or butchers the English language in the process. He's like a f**cking pod-person. And that little smile isn't really a "smug bastard" smile, it's an I feel AWESOME! smile.

Whatever it is, I want some, but I've got a few more diaries I need to crank out before retiring to lalaland.

Welcome Home

"... glad to ... see you."

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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A project for someone with more time and inner-government-working knowledge than me...

I was reading in VFW Magazine (like ya do...) that each state is entirely different in their "flags to be flown at half-mast" policies. It seems, in many states, the governor has the power to order flags flown at half-mast, even at federal buildings in their respective state. Some states do just the U.S. or a combination of U.S., state, POW/MIA flag.

My question is this: What power does the NC governor have to order flags flown at half-mast? Does it include federal buildings? Which flags does this power include?

Why does any of this matter?, you may ask. B/c, as the state of North Carolina, isn't it quite literally the LEAST we could do to order flags be flown at half mast in this state for a day (or even a few days) every time a NC citizen is killed as a member of the armed forces?

Just a thought...

It's a good thought.

A very good thought.

I'd say email Easley and ask him to do it, but I'm afraid the email would get deleted. (ha-joke, folks). How could we make this happen?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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