Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I know my posting has been sluggish, but I ask that the 4 people who read this site bare with me as I get the pre-deployment stuff out of the way. There is a million things to do and just a few days in which to do it.

Go Cowboys!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I just got done watching TCU beat Utah in overtime when I was struck with an amazingly profound thought, Texas is better than anywhere else. Simply amazing. This is to say nothing of the Longhorns giving the business to Ohio State. My beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders also beat
FLORIDA international by an amazing score of 56-3, proving that Mike Leach will run up the score on anyone and everyone. Yes I do love him so, beloved Coach Leach. He'd go for it on 4th and 50 and if he had his way the run play wouldn't be allowed in football. And then of course the Aggies of A&M lost but nobody cares because despite the sheer kick-assness of the state of Texas, nobody likes the Aggies and Kyle Field sucks. Stick it Aggie fans. And speaking of TCU, how about them Sooners. Yeah they're headed to the national championship again.....err.....no.

Ray Nagin should be arrested. He is personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of NO residents. The man was over in Atlanta, Georgia when the storm destroyed his city. Shameless.
Well dont worry folks I'm still alive. As I said in my post on Aug. 19 I went on leave and Time Warner was kind enough to shut my internet off while I was gone. So today I found out my bill wasn't auto-drafting like it was supposed to, so after some appologies and my money (which is what they wanted instead of appologies) we are up and rocking again.

For those of you that have left comments, I appreciate it. While I was browsing them I noticed this gem.

"FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA'S SOLDIERS. MANY ARE PRACTICING SATANISTS, WICCANS, PAGANS, AND ATHEISTS. THEY RESEMBLE THE ARMY OF SATAN FAR MORE THAN THE ARMY OF GOD. THE TRUTH HURTS. http://antichristiantroops.blogspot.com.IN JESUS' GLORIOUS AND HOLY NAME,DEAN BERRY -- REAL AMERICAN"

I was born and raised a christian (Episcopal) and I hold my beliefs dear, yet one of the beauties of our country is that people are allowed to live their lives and conduct their religious practices how they choose. I've served with many who either do not believe in the Lord or choose simply not to worship him. While it is my sincere hope they accept the gospel one day, my main concern as a soldier is they cover my ass while someone is trying to blow it off. You call yourself a real American, which you may indeed be, but in my view a REAL American is one who holds dear the concepts this country was founded upon. Freedom being the most important.

free┬Ědom
1. The condition of being free of restraints.
2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
3. A - Political independence.
B - Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.

4. Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
5. The capacity to exercise choice; free will.


To my knowledge no person has ever claimed that American military forces are an army of God. In my opinion, Americas military is rather an Army of GOOD, that carries out just works to give the people of the world the gift of freedom and justice, the things that we as Americans enjoy every day and at times the things we even take for granted.

Let me be clear on my next point Mr. Berry, NO army has ever been an "Army of God." Armies belong to nations, thus carrying out the will of the persons in control of that nation. For years kings, emporers, sultans, princes, armies, rebels, terrorist, extremist, etc. have hid behind the lies that they carry out their acts in the name of our Lord. In reality my friend, they carry out their own wishes and beliefs. Though they may be a spiritual or religious person, it is the human being, not the divine that conjures wars and battles and then cloaks them in the name of the Lord to make their cause seem just.

America has never claimed to carry out the work of God, instead as I stated earlier the work of good. Our country is a super power, and because of this I believe we have a certain obligation and responsibility to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

I don't presume to have the mental or religious capacity to imagine or guess at the intentions of God, but it is my belief that we as Americans standing up for the weak in the world would please the Lord. And even though they do not believe in him, I believe God would be pleased in the contributions of the "SATANISTS, WICCANS, PAGANS, AND ATHEISTS" to the cause that our nation struggles with every day.

FREEDOM

God bless ALL our soldiers.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Well we had a company picnic today, basically just sitting around for 3 hours in the inferno-like sun that floats over Georgia. Our 1SG was kind enough to remind us that this is the last time all the families will be in one spot for the next year, thanks for the pep talk top, 'preciate it.

One of the heavy equipment guys brought his wife and his 2 dogs. Wife gets the thumbs up and the dogs get the thumbs down. During a three hour period this dog attacked another soldiers' pet and snapped at a small boy. Not needed.

In 24 hours I'll be in Texas with boots on, country music jamming, and a cold Coors in my hand.
Life is good.
Well here goes nothing, my feeble attempt at blogging. My reasons for blogging are murky at best, mostly just an attempt to let friends back home know about life in the military and pass on bits of wisdom(doubtful) to anyone out there interested in joining the military medical corps.

I was born and raised in Texas, went to Texas Tech for a year, then left and drifted for a few months before enlisting in the Army. When I walked into the recruiter I did not need a bonus or any type of school to convince me, I was the easiest recruit the Army has ever had. In a decision that seems silly, I asked to be a Medic only because my grandfather had been a medic in WWII. I had studied political science in college, so this was kind of a 180 for me. It was, and still is, the best decision of my life. In my short time in the military since that day, I have been promoted 3 times and have attended airborne school. If you haven't jumped out of an airplane, do so as soon as possible, it's the biggest rush you will ever experience. I am currently serving with an Engineer company in Georgia and will deploy at the end of this year.

I go on leave tommorow for 2 weeks, but I'll attempt to post random thoughts while I'm away (not that it matters now, I'm the only one who knows about this site.) I hope if you stumble upon this site you'll stop by again, someone needs to read my rambling thoughts.

-Doc Tex