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Wednesday Hero – Sgt. Kelly Keck (US Army)
February 18, 2009, 3:18 pm
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Sgt. Kelly KeckSgt. Kelly Keck
34 years old from West Liberty, Kentucky
U.S. Army

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren congratulates Sgt. Kelly Keck after presenting him the Purple Heart.

On September 13, 2008, Sgt. Kelly Keck, a combat medic serving in Afghanistan, was wounded while trying to aid his fellow soldiers who’s truck had just been struck by an IED. “I stepped off the road to try to get to the side of the truck, and the next thing I know I hear a loud boom, and I’m laying on the ground,” he said. Sgt. Kelly had stepped on a land mine. He was flown to a field hospital in Jalalabad where he ended up loosing three fingers on his left hand and his right leg below the knee. “It was quite an ordeal,” the soft-spoken soldier said.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Timmy fall down da well. (The prequel)
February 18, 2009, 3:14 pm
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funny pictures of dogs with captions

Later, we find out Timmy didn’t heed Lassie’s warning.



Wednesday Hero – Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch (USMC)
February 4, 2009, 10:18 pm
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Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch

Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch
USMC

In 2003, Sgt. Popaditch, along with 1st Tank Battalion, rolled into Baghdad from Kuwait at the start of the Iraq War. They had just taken the city and the tank that Sgt. Popaditch was in had rolled up to a 40-ft statue of Saddam. I think we all remember that statue. Popaditch was given a cigar by a fellow Marine and as he smoked it an AP photographer snapped a picture of him.

Fast forward to April 7, 2004. Sgt. Popaditch’s wife was vacationing with their son when she received a phone call informing her that her husband had been injured in an attack. The turret of his tank, that he was situated in, had taken two direct hits from RPG’s. He fell through the hatch to the floor of the tank. As he struggled to his feet, he began to shout orders to his men but go no response. He then realized that the attack had caused him to go deaf in both ears. But that was only temporary. He then reached up and felt that his head was wet and knew it wasn’t good.

In the aftermath of the attack, Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch had lost his right eye. And because of that he now proudly wears a prosthetic eye with the Marine Corps. logo embossed on it. On November 10, 2005 Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for heroism in combat. He also has a book out titled Once A Marine.

You can read more about Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch here and here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Promises. Promises.
February 3, 2009, 3:15 pm
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Some notable quotables with names withheld to protect the innocent.

“Even the toughest rules require reasonable exceptions,” said White House Press Secretary “X”.

“Sometimes you can over-promise,” – Senator “X’

“It was probably a mistake to come down so hard on lobbyists. I think [sic] (President X’s) folks’ intentions were great here,” she said. “But sometimes you realize you can’t actually govern on just what you campaigned on.”

“A few waivers will not undermine it,” he said, provided they are justified and limited.

Promises.  Promises…