Monthly Archives: August 2011

Amazing Photo as Aircraft Slams Into Buildings

From Rick Bruno, 71C

In the words of a reporter at another tragic air disaster….”Oh the humanity, the humanity”.

Just devastating!

Amazing photos show great detail.  The pilot at low level had no Control over his aircraft.  It narrowly misses a crowd gathered for the air show and slams into four buildings. One can only imagine the horror of the occupants inside those buildings.


XXX – Cell Phone Rudeness

From Keith Stanton, 1969

Cell Phone Rudeness

One of my pet peeves is the almost constant use of mobile phones by people while driving, shopping, dining and queuing  at the supermarket etc. Does no one know how to say  ‘I’ll call you back’?  

Well, it has gone beyond that now, with them being used in relaxing getaway places like on the beach.  This is beyond being inconsiderate. While on the beach recently, I had to just sit there and listen to a woman for at least an hour while she talked on her phone and pranced back forth in front of me.  I couldn’t concentrate on my book.

How thoughtless and inconsiderate

I almost got up and moved away!!!

Why Muslims Terrorists Commit Suicide ?

From Rick Bruno, 71C

Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide. Let’s have a look at the evidence: No Christmas?- No television?- No nude women?- No football?- No pork chops?- No hotdogs?- No burgers?- No beer?- No bacon?- Rags for clothes?- Towels for hats?- Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower?- More than one wife?- More than one mother-in-law?- You can’t shave?- Your wife can’t shave?- You can’t wash off the smell of donkey?- You wipe your ass with your hand?- You cook over burning camel shit?- Your wife is picked by someone else?- Your wife smells worse than your donkey ??  Then they tell you that “when you die, it all gets better”??   No shit Sherlock!….. ?….It’s not like it could get much worse!

What’s Happening in Heaven

From Rick Bruno, 71C

All arrivals in heaven have to go through a bureaucratic examination
to determine whether admission will be granted. One room has a clerk
who inputs computerized records of what each applicant did on his or her last day of life.

The first applicant of the day explains that his last day was not a
good one. “I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She
claimed she had just gotten out of the shower.

Well, her hair was dry and I checked the shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our 9th floor apartment and found the SOB clinging to the
rail by his finger tips.

I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flower pot. He let go and fell, but his fall was broken by some awnings and bushes. On seeing he was still alive I found super human strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man and killed him. At this point the stress got to me and I suffered a massive heart attack and died.”

The clerk thanked him and sent him on to the next office.

The second applicant said that his last day was his worst.

“I was on the roof of an apartment building working on the AC equipment. I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th floor apartment but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot.

I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed and was hit and killed by the chest.”

The clerk couldn’t help but chuckle as he directs the man to the next room.

He is still giggling when his third customer of the day enters.

He apologizes and says “I doubt that your last day was as interesting as
the fellow in here just before you.”

“I don’t know” replies the man,
“picture this, I’m buck naked hiding’

in this cedar chest.

VF Grad in Time Magazine

From Tom Zicarelli, 71C

Not sure how many of you are subscribers to Time Magazine, but a VF Grad, Wes Moore, 96A / 98C is pictured on the cover of the 29 AUG 2011 copy.  Wes is also cited in the Time article caled The New Greatest Generation”    The cover and an excerpt of the article appear below (see underlined text):






(Wes is the 2nd Gentleman from the left)


The New Greatest Generation

By Joe KleinMonday, Aug. 29, 2011

Read more:,9171,2089337,00.html#ixzz1W3n23F76

John Gallina and Dale Beatty were best friends.

They joined the North Carolina National Guard while they were still in high school. They served in
Iraq together, and they nearly died together on Nov. 15, 2004, when their
humvee was blown up by an antitank mine. Beatty, a staff sergeant, was riding
shotgun; Gallina, a specialist, was driving. The humvee flew 200 ft. (60 km)
through the air and landed upside down. Beatty realized he was trapped,
crushed, the only one still inside. Gallina had been thrown from the vehicle
and was out cold. When he came to 45 minutes later, his first question was,
Where’s Dale? No one would tell him; he figured Beatty was dead.

He later learned that Beatty had been medevacked to Balad and then on to Walter Reed Medical Center, where his left leg was amputated just below the knee. “I woke up in Walter Reed,” Beatty recalled. “And they gave me a choice: I could spend the next two years in therapy, trying to save my other leg — but I’d never walk without pain again — or they could amputate it. I told them to cut it off the same place they’d cut the other one.”

Beatty’s wounds were obvious; Gallina’s, less so. “When I wear shorts, it gets people’s attention,” Beatty told me recently. “People are more aware of me
than of John. He just got off the airplane and was out of the National Guard,
with not much support.” Gallina had suffered a traumatic brain injury,
multiple cuts and bruises, a damaged back and severe posttraumatic stress

The local homebuilders association in Statesville, N.C., offered to build Beatty a house on his family’s land. It wasn’t a fancy house, but it was designed with a double amputee in mind. Beatty helped build it, and he found that the days he spent hammering nails were better than the days he didn’t. He called Gallina and
asked him to join in — and Gallina, who had a background in construction,
experienced a tremendous satisfaction, a sense of peace, building the home.
When the construction was done, their next step seemed obvious. “We were
trained in the military never to leave a fallen comrade in the field,”
Gallina says. “But do we bring them home just to leave them alone? That
didn’t seem right.”

The two men decided to form an organization to do handicapped-access projects for other veterans. They called it Purple Heart Homes. Their first project was to build an extension and wheelchair ramp for a Vietnam veteran named Kevin Smith. “He had been crawling in and out of the house for 40 years, relying on the help of a neighbor to go shopping,” Gallina says. “Those Vietnam guys represent
around 32% of all veterans, and they didn’t get anything like the support we
get. You know, for someone like me to have something to focus on, to have a
reason to be here, makes all the difference, and there are so many people who
need help.”

The story of purple heart homes is extraordinary but not unique. It may not even be unusual, even though most of the news we seem to hear about the veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan is pretty bad. It is all about suicides, domestic violence and posttraumatic stress disorder. It is about veterans who are jobless and homeless. All of which is true, but there is another side of their story that has not been told: the veterans like John Gallina and Dale Beatty, who have
come back and decided to continue to serve their country. They are a tiny
proportion of the population, and probably a small proportion of returning
veterans, but they are beginning to make a real difference. A pair of Marine
sergeants named Jake Wood and William McNulty started Team Rubicon, which sends elite teams of former noncoms to organize logistics in areas like Haiti after
the earthquake and Joplin, Mo., after the tornado. An Army captain named Wes Moore has started a mentoring program for first-time offenders between the ages of 8 and 12 in Baltimore and travels the country giving motivational speeches to high school kids. A Silver Star recipient and former Marine captain named Brian Stann has become an ultimate-fighting champion and, in his spare time, runs an employment agency for veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan war vets have gone to work in other parts of the government, like the State Department, where they’re having a major impact on the field-level conduct of foreign-aid programs. Some are running for office, as Republicans and as Democrats; others are getting graduate degrees at places like Yale Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and will likely enter politics or public service before long. “They’re incredible, some of my best students,” says Dr. Elaine
Kamarck of the Kennedy School. “Two things set them apart: they’ve very
disciplined, and they’re really, really serious about their work.”

Read more:,9171,2089337,00.html#ixzz1W3nALFKo



Jetman !!! A DREAM!!!!

From Denny Bell, Friend of the Forge

Thank to  great friend I can share this person’s dream to fly the Grand Canyon with-out a plane. Click On the Link Below and live a Dream!****

this is a must see!!!

I guess the Grand Canyon was selected for the flight due to the great scenery. Seems risky though if he had any real problems. Great to watch.

Political Comment

From Rick Bruno, 71C

[These words were at one point attributed to Bill Cosby.  Although that attrubution is not valid, I thought the words were interesting anyway…..TZ]

Four Boxes…

Four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: Soap, Ballot, Jury and Ammo. …Please use in that order.




(1). Any use of the phrase: ‘Press 1 for English’ is immediately
BANNED!!!. English is the official language; speak it or wait outside of
our borders until you can.

(2). We will immediately go into a two year isolationist attitude in order to
straighten out the greedy big business posture in this country. America will
allow NO imports, and we’ll do no exports. We will begin using Wal-Mart ‘s
policy, ‘If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.’ We’ll make and sell it here!

(3). When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it coming in

(4). All retired military personnel will be required to man one of the many
observation towers located on the southern border of the United States (six
month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTH

(5). Social Security will immediately return to its original state.  If you
didn’t put nuttin in, you AIN’T getting nuttin out. Neither the President nor
any other politician will be able to touch it.

(6). Welfare. — Checks will be handed out on Fridays, at the end of the 40
hour school week, AFTER the successful completion of a urinalysis test
for drugs, and passing grades.

(7). Professional Athletes — Steroids? The FIRST time you check positive you’re
banned from sports … for life
(8). Crime — We will adopt the Turkish method, i.e., the first time you
steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more ‘life sentences’. If
convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for
the victim you killed: gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9). One export of ours will be allowed: wheat; because the world needs to eat.
However, a bushel of wheat will be the EXACT price of a barrel of oil.

(10). All foreign aid, using American taxpayer money, will immediately cease
and the saved money will help to pay off the national debt and, ultimately,
lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we’ll ask The American
People if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the
decision as to whether, or not, it’s a worthy cause.

(11). The Pledge of Allegiance will be said EVERY day at school
and every day in CONGRESS.

(12). The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies,
sporting events, outings, etc.

My apology is offered if I’ve stepped on anyone’s toes …. nevertheless……


Please forward this to everyone you know, no matter which side of the fence they’re on.