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Date: December 27, 2006

President Ford

I’m sure you have all ready heard the news about President Ford passing away at the age of 93. I just have four comments to make.

1) I remember him fondly as when my third grade class sent him letters — way back in the last century — we received letters back (although, I sure not signed by him) along with a picture of him and his family in the Oval office. I thought this was cool. I have never received a photo from any other president to whom I’ve written a letter.

2) I think he did a good thing when he pardoned Nixon because then we as a country could just move on. I’m sure, however; that’s why Carter defeated him in the 1976 election.

3) Did you know that President Ford was the only President to have served as both President and Vice-President without being elected to either office? He was, also, our longest lived President — according to my mother.

4) Finally, CNN quoted Jimmy Carter saying something nice about Ford and referred to former President Carter as “the former Georgia governor.” (Read Story Here) Shouldn’t it have said, “the former President”?

Godspeed, President Ford. I hope Heaven is all you have hoped for.

God Bless

Soldier’s Remains…

Did you know this, because I didn’t. If a soldier — who served their country with honor — is “convicted of capital crimes and sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole from being interred at military cemeteries” (Read CNN article here). after being discharged, they cannot be buried in the national cemeteries.

I don’t really think that’s fair, do you?

Being buried in a national cemetery is a honor because you served your country, not for anything you did prior to serving your country or after. Apparently, the original bill was signed into law by President Clinton in 1997. However; due to the loophole that stated sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole, Russell Wayne Wagner’s remains were allowed to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was convicted of murdering two elderly people whether he was appealing this, I don’t know. He would’ve been eligible for parole in 2017, but he died in prison of a heroin overdose. Back in January, President Bush removed the loophole that allowed Wagner to be buried in Arlington. Now, the law reads any capital crime. On Friday, President Bush signed the “veterans’ health care and benefits bill” and attached to that bill was the order to remove Wagner’s remains from Arlington. (I should note that Wagner did appeal his conviction — Read that story here.)


Did the man serve his country well? Yes, he did. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969 after serving in Vietnam.

Did he have troubles after Vietnam? Yeah, apparently, he did.

Should we make his family remove his cremated remains because of those problems? No, we shouldn’t.

I feel sorry for Vernon G. Davis (the son of the couple Wagner murdered). I can’t imagine what kind of Hell he must be going through. But, I feel sorry for Wagner as well. A lot of Vietnam Vets fell through the cracks and ended up on the wrong side of the law. It doesn’t negate the good they did while in the military.

But, I guess in today’s world, it does and that’s a shame.

God Bless

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Yesterday, I arrived home from work (I have President’s Day off of work, but NOT the day after Christmas — go figure!) to find two little guys waiting for me.  Yep, da boys are back in town!  They’ll be here until tomorrow, when they go see Grandpa in Illinois and they’ll be back on Saturday to go to my parents.

Apparently, the only person who knew that they were coming was my mom, who is almost never in the loop!  She managed to keep it a secret from me.

So, this am, I was awaken by Danny singing a song and laughing at 6AM.  He managed to wake me and Alex.  I brought him into bed, but he was having no part of going back to sleep, so Cheryl took over and I got ready for work.  Gotta love them boys.

Alex was crying when I went to bed last night, so I brought him into bed with me.  He managed to sleep quite well, but I tossed and turned all night.  Somehow that little bundle of 30lbs of joy can take up most of the bed!  He kicks a lot and makes noises as he sleeps.  He’s, also, fascinated by the ceramic Christmas tree that is in our bedroom.  He kept waking up and pointing at it, making sure to wake me as well, so I could look at the pretty lights with him.

I’m here at work, which means that I don’t get to be home playing with them, which is a bummer, but we have all night. 

We had Christmas last night, but da boys were more interested in the bags and paper that wrapped the presents rather than the presents themselves.  Gotta love kids.  I swear if I gave them an empty box, they would be thrilled with that!

God Bless!

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