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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year's End

Well, 2009 is almost over. Personally, it's been a great year for the Boyd family. We've learned alot, we have many "Providences to note", and we are very grateful to the Lord.
On a national level, it's been very interesting. Obama has completed his first year in office. Many very bad people have died, and many good people have died. I expect 2010 to be just as interesting if not more so, in terms of where the Health Care bill will end up. Another thing I wonder about, with all these failed terrorists attacks going on, is when will one succeed? It's bound to happen through the law of averages.
The upcoming year will be full of challenges, victories, joys, and sorrows for the cause of Christ. I am looking forward to what He has in store, knowing that He holds the future and all things will work together for his glory.

I just hope those liberals understand what they're going up against, because the gun counter at the local Academy Sports and Outdoors was very crowded just a few days before Christmas. :)

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Hypocrisy

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed an act that admitted West Virginia into the union as a state. The north western part of the state had been long time northern sympathizers. These people were mountaineers, quiet folk, who didn't want to have to fight a war. Ironically, Stonewall Jackson was born near the town of Clarksburg in West Virginia, and his sister sympathized with the union. After the Wheeling Conventions in 1861, where West Virginians refused to allow the earlier secession of the state of Virginia to represent them, they seceded from Virginia and established their own government.
Ironically, when Abraham Lincoln signed the document allowing West Virginia into the Union, he was allowing something he had decided was illegal. The whole point of the war was to establish Lincoln as the ruler of every state in the union. He was not allowing the Southern states to secede from the Union, but if a state wanted to secede to join him, well that was alright by him.
To this day, the people of West Virginia have been extremely liberal. Heavily involved in labor unions, they decided that the security of slavery was better than the danger of freedom.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Portrait Of A Man: Robert L. Howard

(Robert Howard, on the left, with fellow SOG member)

Many of our most decorated military servicemen are well known. Most of you have heard of Audie Murphy, the most highly decorated WWII vet. Names like Alvin York are also easily recognized.

But who has ever heard of Robert "Bob" Howard, believed by many to be the most highly decorated American soldier in history? Although the Medal of Honor is strictly a political award, some men have won it that ought not to have won it, and some who ought to have won it did not. Despite this, some men have won it who richly deserved it. Howard was the only soldier in US history to be recommended for the award three times, for three separate actions, within a 13 month period.

He was born in Opelika, Alabama, on July 11, 1939 and joined the military at Montgomery in 1956. After going through Ranger school, Howard qualified for the Special Forces and was assigned to the famous 5th Group. During Vietnam, he became involved in the super secret MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam- Studies and Observation Group). As a member of the recon team at Kontum, he led classified missions into Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. These were extremely dangerous. Special Forces soldiers gained a fiercesome reputation and were generally looked down on by the conventional army. The undersized sixty man recon team at Kontum was the most highly decorated unit of it's size, with 5 Medals of Honor. These, you can be sure, were not awarded for political reasons, but soley on the soldier's merit.

On December 30th, 1965, Howard, then a Sergeant First Class, went on a rescue mission into enemy infested Cambodia to find American soldier Robert Scherdin. They encountered enemy fire while landing their helicopters and as they began to clear the landing zone, they were attacked by about 250 NVA. Sergeant Howard was knocked unconscious by an exploding mine. When he came to, his eyes were bloodied and his hands injured by shrapnel that had also destroyed his rifle. He heard his lieutenant groaning in pain a few yards away. He then saw an enemy soldier with a flamethrower burning the bodies of American and South Vietnamese soldiers who had just been killed.

Sergeant Howard was unable to walk, but he threw a grenade toward the soldier with the flamethrower and managed to grab the lieutenant. As he was crawling with him toward shelter, a bullet struck his ammunition pouch, blowing him several feet down a hill. Clutching a pistol given to him by a fellow soldier, Sergeant Howard shot several North Vietnamese soldiers and got the lieutenant down to a ravine.

Taking command of the surviving and encircled Green Berets, Sergeant Howard administered first aid, encouraged them to return fire and called in air strikes. The Green Berets held off the North Vietnamese until they were evacuated by helicopters.

Having gained an officer’s commission after that exploit, he received the Medal of Honor from President Richard M. Nixon on March 2, 1971. The citation credited him for his “complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life.”

Fellow SOG operative John Plaster later wrote:"The day that President Nixon draped the Medal of Honor's pale blue ribbon around Howard's neck, I sat before the TV in my parents' living room watching the evening news. Coming on top of his previous decorations - the Distinguished Service Cross and multiple Silver and Bronze Stars, plus eight Purple Hearts - Howard's combat awards exceeded those of Audie Murphy, America's legendary World War II hero, until then our most highly decorated serviceman. At last, Howard would get his due. I flipped station to station, but not one of the networks - not CBS or NBC or ABC - could find ten seconds to mention Captain Robert Howard or his indomitable courage. I found nothing about him in the newspapers. Twisted by the antiwar politics of that era, many in the media believed that to recognize a heroic act was to glorify war. They simply chose not to cover the ceremony. It might as well not have happened."

Howard passed away a week ago today in Waco, Texas. There is an excellent tribute site to him here.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Little Announcement!


Yesterday, our cow gave birth to a healthy little bull calf! We are thankful to the Lord for this newest addition to the farm.He doesn't officially have a name yet, but we have been batting around a few suggestions.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Off-Grid

While Obama and other terrorists tyrants from around the world are trying to solve a problem that doesn't even exist, another angle on the subject of "going green" has come to the front that might surprise some folks.

Unplugging.

In other words- not dependant on anyone else for electricity or water. Despite the fact that a lot of folks in my circle of friends have a tendency toward it, this CNN article notes examples from all over the world of this becoming a growing trend. I think it's very interesting that CNN is even acknowledging going off the grid because this seems to go against their communistic tendencies.
As mentioned in an earlier post on this subject, it is not unbiblical to live on the grid, God has obviously called some people to this.

However, living an urban lifestyle shouldn't be the first choice.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Hey, White Liar...



....Truth comes out a little at a time. And it spreads like fire, Slips off of your tongue like turpentine. And I don't know why white liar...

Sixty-eight years ago, as a result of Adolf Hitler's quest for power, the Japanese launched their attack on Pearl Harbor, an event which would bring United States participation in World War II.
Adolf Hitler, who was a major proponent of survival of the fittest, was a student of Charles Darwin, the famous Evolutionist who wrote "Origin of the Species". In fact, Darwin's theories were the basis for Hitler's Axis of evil.
Today, the battle is much bigger. Global Warming, the logical progression of Darwin's beliefs, is still just as big a lie as Evolution. Despite the Biblical evidence to the contrary, and the recent unveiling of hacked emails, which disclose the stupidity of Global Warming, most so-called Christians refuse to address this issue.
They have compromised by not acknowledging God as Sovereign.
It began when Christians began to believe the lie that they could choose God by their own free will (Armenianism). This opened a loophole to allow the suggestion that perhaps God didn't "create all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good."
This domino effect has left America with a bunch of heathens who believe in God, but don't believe that He is in control.

As my mother said this morning:
Darwin begat Origin of the Species begat Hitler begat World War II.
Darwin begat Origin of the Species begat Global Warming begat ?

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Friday, December 4, 2009

It's True!

This song says it all!



These guys did the twelve days of Christmas that I linked to last year.

I found this one here.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Letter From The USO...

Has anyone ever told you something or have you ever read something that had the opposite of the intended result?

That happened to me the other day when I received this letter:

Dear Mr. Boyd:
This Holiday season, will you help me bring a few moments of joy to a lonely soldier overseas? A few miles outside Kabul, a young Marine is aching to hear her daughter's voice say "Merry Christmas, Mommy!" for the first time.

A few lines further down...

And two time zones to the west, an Army Sergeant is hoping to connect, somehow, with her younger sister's bridal shower. She was supposed to be the maid of honor... but now it looks like she'll be stuck in Iraq till spring, and won't get home for any shower, or even for the wedding.

The letter goes on to ask for my money to help pay for pre-paid phone cards so military personnel could call home over the holiday... but my mind had already been made up.

Things like this make me very mad. They're trying to make me feel sorry for two women, who have volunteered for the military and have stepped out of their God given role as keeper's at home. I am sorry that they have forsaken their role in God's economy, but war and battle are specifically delegated for men to fight. This is not to say that women can't fight and in some instances kill, but that is not their purpose.
If we were fighting according to biblical principles: a) we wouldn't be there in the first place, or b) we'd have been in and out of the Middle East so fast that our troops wouldn't be spending Christmas over there.

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