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August 2010 - Week 1


QUARTER HORSE TREASURY REPORT - 2010

Please pay attention to our Treasury Report and if you have any questions or corrections
voice them at the Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, Aug 27 at 4pm. BB

1/4th Cavalry Association of Veterans BUDGET SHEET FY 2010 Beginning Balance as of 1 July 2009: $11.111.08 INCOME Membership 995.00 Donations 695.00 TOTAL INCOME: $1690.00 EXPENSES SECRETARY/TREASURY Fund $ 496.52 BENEVOLENCE FUND: $ 386.25 REUNION EXPENSES: $ 870.43 BANK MONTHLY DEBITS: $ 120.00 HISTORICAL FUND: $ 77.56 DONATIONS COLLECTED-PAID $ 350.00 TOTAL EXPENSES: $ 2300.76 Balance as of 30 June 2010: $10,500.32 Respectfully Submitted, Bill Baty Sr., Treasurer


QUARTER HORSE HISTORY - WAR IN THE PHILLIPINES

The Untold Story of the Moro Wars

American soldiers posing with killed Muslim Filipinos in the battle
at Bud Bagsak. It was also know as the "Moro Crater Massacre"

Editor's Notes:
The term 'Moro' is a misnomer but it is repeatedly used in the historical sources but for the sake of political correctness, I will use Muslim Filipinos to correctly identify the people involved.

Pacification Plan

In an effort to win the hearts and minds of the people, the Americans divided Mindanao into five provinces, wherein each province is administered by American officials. These provinces include: Cotabato, City Davao, Sulu, and Zamboanga. The Americans took advantage of the existing political system familiar to the Muslim Filipinos wherein major datus became ward chiefs while the minor datus became sheriffs, deputies and judges. Several American-held forts were established to discouraged further uprisings.

Under the Wood Administration

Gen. Leonerd Wood, The Govenorof the "Moro Province"

Under the Wood Administration Leonard Wood, the Governor of the Province Under the governorship of Leonard Wood, the U.S. has assumed direct control of the Muslim areas and demoted the Sultan of Sulu to a purely religious office. Slavery was abolished and the Cedula Act of 1903 created an annual poll registration tax. The legal code was changed as well as the educational and economic system.
Despite some non-violent effort to appease the Muslim Filipinos, military and punitive actions were made to curtail rampant lawlessness and banditry throughout the frontier. During Governor Woods term as governor, there five major engagements between the Americans and the Muslim Filipinos.

The Fort of Zamboanga -- the American headquarters in the Province

The first one was an attempt by Governor Wood to replicate an earlier expedition by Captain Pershing. But Wood's March Around Lake Lanao was aborted. Unlike Pershing'shumane approach, Wood took the expedition by storm with a big stick, he later realized that his war against the Muslims wasnot against the Individual hostile datus but the people themselves.
The second engagement was the Hassan Uprising wherein Governor Wood personally led the Provincial Army against Panglima Hassan of Luuk, the most powerful datu of Jolo. Also involved in the uprising were prominent datus like Datu Andung of Taglibi, Datu Usap of Luuk, Datu Pala of Jolo and Datu of Pata. The flames of war were further heated up because of this engagment. Datu Piang with American officers, 1899.

Daru Piang with American Officers, 1899.

Punitive expeditions were sent against hostile datus in Maguindanaom, and in 1903, the Ali Rebellion broke out and all-out war was waged in the areas of the Rio Grande. The uprising was the open collective defiance of the Maguindanaoans, who followed the earlier movement of Datu of Buayan -- who fiercely resisted Spanish incursions into Rio Grande and Pulangi Uttu's son, Datu Ali, continued his crusade against the Americans even though he lacked the support from his father-in-law, Datu Piang "the Lame". Because of Piang's cooperation with the American authorities, Ali's rebellion was brutally suppressed. The last uprisings in the Maguindanao region ended in 1913 with the defeat of Datu Alamada of Buldon, Datu Ampatuan of Manganu and Datu Ingkal of Kidapawan.
In the Lanao region, Lt. Col. Lloyd M. Brett's troops with the help of Piang's men defeated the Datu Udasan of Malabang in a bloody battle in April 1903. Udasan's men were accused of cattle rustling and horsestealing. The conflict between the Maranaos and Maguinadaons intensified after the death of Datu Amirul Umbra and 14 of Udasan's men. The Maranaos blamed the American authorities for taking side with the Maguindanaoans. The Maranao attacks on U.S. patrols were attributed to Maranao resentment for the resentment for the killing of Datu Umbra and two kinsmen of Datu Dacula, Umbra's father.
The third engagement was the Battle of Taraca in present-day Taraka, Lanao del Sur. General Wood invited Datu Ampuanagus to consult with him, but was met with refusal. The Muslim Filipinos then began extensive preparations in fortifying the Datu's fort. The fort was assaulted and captured by American forces, resulting in the death of two hundred of the Muslim Filipinos warriors. Datu Ampuanagus surrendered along with six other datus and 22 warriors. The Americans lost two killed and five wounded.

A typical kris-wielding juramentado

The fourth engagement involved a series of battles against Datu Ali because of his defiance of Governor Wood's anti-slavery policy. These battles were the Battle of Siranaya and the Battle of the Malalag River. The Battle of Siranaya was an interesting one because of the fact that there were some Americans defected to the other camp and battled their own "comrades".

The fifth engagement, and the bloodiest so far, was the First Battle of Bud Dajo where in an estimated 800 to 1,000 Muslim men, women and children had taken refuge in a volcanic crater, and after a bloody battle. (American casualties, 18) only six survived. Although a victory for the American forces, Bud became a public relations disaster.
The First Battle of Bud Dajo

Sultan of Sulu: "It will be a very good idea if there is any more trouble among the Moros to let the chief and head-men get together and have a conference, and put it down themselves".
Wood: "That is a very good idea indeed. I think that the sight of the sultan carrying out the law would have a fine effect here".
-- The Wood Papers, Stenographic report, 13 April 1906

Some Muslim tribes on Sulu island continued resistance against American rule for over a decade of fighting. The Americans used a lot of ;soft power through markets and religious influence to calm the population. In particular, the U.S. relied on the Sultan of Sulu as a spiritual leader of the Muslims. The U.S. even contacted the Ottoman Empire and received the Turkish Caliph authorization to rule over Muslim people.
The bloody road to the battle began when a certain Pala ran amok in British-held Borneo. The Muslim Filipinos differentiate between the religious rite of the juramentado and the strictly secular violence of the amucks, Pala's rampage was of the latter. Pala then went to ground at his home cotta near the city of Jolo (the seat of the Sultan of Sulu), on the island of Jolo. Colonel Hugh L. Scott, the governor of the District of Sulu, attempted to arrest Pala, but Pala's datu opposed this move. During the resulting fight, Pala escaped. He avoided capture for several months, setting up his own cotta and becoming a datu in his own right. Wood led an expedition against Pala but was ambushed by Muslim Filipinos from the Bud Dajo area with the help of Pala. Wood beat off the ambushers, and many of them found refuge in the crater of Bud Dajo. Wood determined that the Muslim Filipinos held too strong of a position to assault with the forces at hand, and so he withdrew.

Bud Dajo, the site of the bloody engagement

Bud Dajo lies 6 miles (10 km) from the city of Jolo and is an extinct volcano, 2,100 feet (640 m) above sea level, steep, conical, and has thickly forested slopes.  Only three major paths lead up the mountain, and the thick growth kept the Americans from cutting new paths. However, there were many minor paths, known only to the Muslim Filipinos, which would allow them to resupply even if the main paths were blocked. The crater at the summit is 1,800 yards in circumference and easily defended. The mountain itself is eleven miles (18 km) in circumference, making a siege difficult.
Over the months that followed, the Bud Dajo rebels were joined by various outlaws, bringing the population of the crater up to several hundred. Water was plentiful, and the rebels began farming rice and potatoes. Scott sent the Sultan of Sulu and other high ranking datus> to ask the rebels to return to their homes, but the rebels refused. Wood ordered an attack in February 1906, but Scott convinced him to rescind the order, arguing that the opposition of the surrounding datus would keep the rebels isolated. Scott was worried that an attack on Bud Dajo would reveal just how easily defended it was, encouraging repeats of the standoffin the future. Unfortunately, the Bud Dajo rebels were embolden by American inaction, and began raiding nearby Muslim settlements for women and cattle. Although the datus of Jolo continued to condemn the rebels, there began to develop popular support of a general uprising among the Muslim commoners of Jolo.

American officials meet the surrendering datus

The crisis at Bud Dajo occurred during a period of transition in the leadership of the Moro Province. On February 1, 1906, Wood was promoted to the position of Commander of the Philippine Division, and was relieved as commander of the Department of Mindanao- by General Tasker H. Bliss. However, Wood retained his position as civil governor of the Moro Province until sometime after the Battle of Budd Dajo. Colonel Scott was absent during part of the crisis, and Captain Reeves, the deputy governor of the Sulu District, served as his substitute.

The US 4th Cavalry Regiment's coat-of-arms features a reference to
the Bud Dajo campaign: a green volcano is seen at the crest with
an inverted kris symbolizing the Muslims' defeat. The
unit's victory is symbolized by a yellow saber at the charge

On March 2, 1906, Wood ordered Colonel J.W. Duncan of the 6th Infantry (stationed at , the provincial capital) to lead an expedition against Bud Dajo. Duncan and Companies K and M took the transport USS Wright to Jolo. Governor Scott sent three friendly datus up the mountain to ask the rebels to disarm and disband, or at least send their women and children to the valley. They denied these requests, and Scott ordered Duncan to begin the assault.

The US 4th Cavalry preparing to assault Bud Dajo

The assault force consisted of 272 men of the 6th Infantry, 211 [dismounted] men of the 4th Cavalry, 68 men of the 28th Artillery Battery, 51 Sulu Constabulary, 110 men of the 19th Infantry and 6 sailors from the gunboat Pampanga. The battle began on March 5, as mountain guns fired 40 rounds of shrapnel into the crater. On March 6, Wood and Bliss arrived, but left Duncan in direct command. Captain Reeves, the acting governor of the District of Sulu, made one last attempt to negotiate with the rebels. He failed, and the Americans drew up into three columns and proceeded up the three main mountain paths. The columns were under the command of Major Bundy, Captain Rivers, and Captain Lawton. The going was tough, with the troops ascending a 60% slope, using machetes to clear the path.

A mass grave of dead Filipinos

At 0700, March 7, Major Bundy's detachment encountered a barricade blocking the path, 500 feet (150 m) below the summit. Sharpshooters picked off Muslim Filipino defenders, and the barricade was shelled with rifle grenades. The barricade was then assaulted in a bayonet charge. The Muslim Filipinos staged a defense, then charged with kris and spear. Two hundred Mulsim Filipinos died in this engagement, and Major Bundy's detachment suffered heavy losses. Captain Rivers' detachment also encountered a barricade, and took it after several hours of fighting, during which Rivers was severelywounded. Captain Lawton's detachment advanced up a poor path, so steep in places that the Americans proceeded on hands and knees. They were harassed by Muslim Filipinos hurling boulders and occasionally rushing with krises. Lawton finally took the defensive trenches on the crater rim by storm.

The Americans have camped at the foot of the mountain

The Muslim Filipinos retreated into the crater, and fighting continued until nightfall. During the night, the Americans hauled mountain guns to the crater's edge with block and tackle. At daybreak, the American guns (both the mountain guns and the guns of the Pampanga) opened up on the Muslim Filipinos' fortifications in the crater. The Muslim Filipinos, armed with krises and spears, refused to surrender and held their positions.  Some of the defenders rushed the Americans and were cut down. The Americans charged the surviving Muslim Filipinos with fixed bayonets, and the Muslim Filipinos fought back with improvised grenades made with black powder and seashells. The defenders were wiped out.
Out of the estimated 800 to 1,000 Muslim Filipinos at Bud Dajo, only 6 survived. Corpses were piled five deep, and many of the bodies had multiple wounds. According to Hurley, American casualties were 21 killed, 75 wounded. According to Wood's biographer Herman Hagedorn, one-fourth of the troops actively engaged had been killed or wounded. By any estimate, Bud Dajo was the bloodiest engagement of the 'Moro Rebellion.

The Aftermath

Bud Dajo is comparable to the My Lai Massacre in the Vietnam War. It marked the high point in the U.S. Anti-Imperialist movement. Mark Twain even criticized American conduct in the battle and went on to ridicule Medal of Honor awardee 1st Lt. Gordon Johnston
Apparently Johnson was the only wounded man on our side, whose wound was worth anything as an advertisement. It has made a great deal more noise in the world than has any similarly colossal event since Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall and got injured.
Heretofore, the Moros have used knives and clubs mainly; also ineffectual trade-muskets, when they had any.
To pen six hundred helpless and weaponless savages in a hole like rats in a trap and massacre them in detail during a stretch of a day and a half, from a safe position on the heights above, was no brilliant feat of arms.
President Theodore Roosevelt congratulated Governor Wood for their victory but on March 9, 1906, the New York Times put WOMEN AND CHILDREN KILLED IN MORO BATTLE PRESIDENT WIRES CONGRATULATIONS TO TROOPS on its headlines.

The press' lurid account of the Moro Crater Massacre fell on receptive ears. There were still deep misgivings among the American public about America's role during the Spanish-American War and the stories of atrocities carried out during the Philippine Insurrection. The public had also been largely unaware of the continuing violence in the Moro Province, and were shocked to learn that killing continued. Under pressure from Congress, Secretary of War William Howard Taft cabled Wood for explanation of the wanton slaughter of woman and children. Despite not being in command of the assault (although he was the senior officer present), Wood accepted full responsibility. By the time the scandal died down, Wood had assumed his post as Commander of the Philippine Division, and General Tasker H. Bliss had replaced him as governor of the Moro Province.
In response to criticism, Wood's explanation of the high number of women and children killed stated that the women of Bud Dajo dressed as men and joined in the combat, and that the men used children as living shields.
Some of Wood's critics accused him of seeking glory by storming the crater rather than besieging the rebels. Wood did show some signs of being a glory-hound earlier in his tenure as the governor of the 'Moro Province,' taking the Provincial Army on punitive raids against cottas over minor offenses that would have been better left to the district governors. This heavy-handedness jeopardized relations with friendly datus, who viewed the encroachment of the army as a challenge. Wood badly needed military laurels, since he had gone through an uphill United States Senate battle over his appointment to the rank of Major General, which was finally confirmed in March. Although Wood had served as an administrator in Cuba, he had seen only a hundred days of field service during the Spanish-American War. Wood had been promoted over the heads of many more senior officers, bringing charges of favoritism against President and fellow Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt. Even though his promotion had been confirmed, Wood's reputation still suffered. Wood's willingness to take responsibility for Bud Dajo did much to improve his reputation within the army.
Wood argued that besieging Bud Dajo would have been impossible, given the ample supplies of the rebels, the 11-mile circumference of the mountain, the thickly forested terrain, and the existence of hidden paths up the mountainside. During the Second Battle of Bud in December 1911, General Black Jack Pershing (the third and final military governor of the Moro Province did succeed in besieging Bud Dajo, by cutting a lateral trail which encircled the mountain, 300 yards downhill from the crater rim. This cut off the Muslim Filipinos in the crater from the hidden mountainside paths. However, the tactical situation facing Pershing in 1911 was far different from that facing Wood in 1906.

The Colt .45 handgun was used by the Americans to repel attacks by juramentados

In response to the casualty rates of American soldiers from repeated attacks and ambushes, the then-standard .38 Long Colt revolver was found to be unsuitable for the rigors of jungle warfare, particularly in terms of stopping power, as the Muslim Filipinos had very high battle morale and 'frequently used drugs' to inhibit the sensation of pain.  The U.S. Army briefly reverted to using the M1873 single-action revolver in .45 Colt caliber, which had been standard during the last decades of the 19th century; the slower, heavier bullet was found to be more effective against charging tribesmen. The problems with the .38 Long Colt led to the Army shipping new single action .45 Colt revolvers to the Philippines in 1902. It also prompted the then-Chief of Ordnance, General William Crozier, to authorize further testing for a new service pistol.

The Juramentados

Before the Americans faced the fury of fanatical suicide bombers in Iraq they faced the kris-wielding juramentados

Despite the defeat of various Muslim uprisings, another form of resistance took another form. The other means of resistance was attacks. Individuals would take a religious oath to become suicide warriors who would ambush Americans or Filipino Catholics in crowded markets, at night, or in the jungle. Juramentados fought almost like commandos in small teams. They would try to ambush Americans from concealed positions, or attempt to raid American camps at night. Official juramentados needed religious leaders to give the oath, and in the absence of actual attempts to Christianize the populations, few religious scholars and jurists were willing to give it. American encounters with juramentados were quite rare compared to the frequency of attacks on Spaniards in the previous century.


TROOPER DATA CHANGES

Hey Bill, The new e-mail I sent you did not work so I got a different one which is:
williamjourdain@ymail.com
Let me know if this one works. Thanks, Bill


TROOPER PRAYER REQUEST

Please keep Trooper Rob Ferguson in you prayers.


TROOPERS THEN and NOW

Here's a photo of our latest member, Ron Brauer, C Troop-3rd Plt, 65-66.
Ron was also a member of the LRRPs in D Trp(Air).


REUNION 2010 ATTENDEES

Below are the names of the troopers who have already signed up or plan on attending. I will update this list weekly and post it on the Weekly Newsletter. Jim Skillings was making out his reseveration when he received news that he is scheduled for surgery and won't be able to attend. BB

FORTH CAVALRY ATTENDEES

HHT, 1/4TH CAV

Davidson, Ronald
Wilemon, Jimmy
Kenneth J Costich II
Esquilin, Jorge and Wife
Wilemon, Jimmy


A Troop, 1/4th Cav

Sturgis, Ralph
Friday, Jerry
Humphrey, Richard
Miller, Paul
Baty, Bill
Snyder, Duke
Warne, Gary
Joe and Barbara Dabney
Valentine, Terry
Corbin, Robert and Wife
Empey, Terry
Jones, Charles
Empey, Terry
Kampfert, Elke
Kintz, Gerald
Novak, Edward
Row, Nancy
Bob Bowling and Wife


B Troop, 1/4th cav

Kramer, Jeff
Keech, James


C Troop, 1/4th Cav

Baker, Daniel
Benoit, Alan
Brigance, Charles
Seibert, Wilmer
Karl Listl and wife
Capps, Jimmy
Jones Jr, James


D Troop (Air)

Smith, James and Wife


TROOPERS SOUND OFF!

Smokey sends us this report of a judges descesion on Stolen Valor.BB

Now this pisses me off.

Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional

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Source: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15532591

Charge dismissed in fake hero's case, Valor Act ruled unconstitutional
By Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post

A federal judge in Denver has ruled the Stolen Valor Act is "facially unconstitutional" because it violates free speech and dismissed the criminal case against Rick Strandlof, a man who lied about being an Iraq war veteran.

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn issued his decision this morning.

"The Stolen Valor Act is declared to be facially unconstitutional as a content-based restriction on speech that does not serve a compelling government interest, and consequently that the Act is invalid as violative of the First Amendment," Blackburn wrote in his opinion.

Strandlof, 32, was charged with five misdemeanors related to violating the Stolen Valor Act - specifically, making false claims about receiving military decorations.

He posed as "Rick Duncan," a wounded Marine captain who received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. Strandlof used that persona to found the Colorado Veterans Alliance and solicit funds for the organization.

Actual veterans who served on the board were suspicious of his claims and the FBI began investigating.

Robert Pepin, Strandlof's attorney, the ACLU of Colorado and the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties group, all filed briefs with Blackburn contesting the Stolen Valor Act.

They argued that simply lying is not illegal.

The Stolen Valor Act prohibits people from falsely claiming they have been awarded military decorations and medals.

The act, signed into law in 2006, carries a punishment ranging from fines to six months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sibert had argued false statements made by Strandlof are not protected speech because they damaged the reputation and meaning of military decorations and medals.

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Don Kalahar sends us a very strong argument against gun control. BB

Why I Might Carry a Gun

My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.'
I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world..
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government..
I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

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Steve Rager wants to remind us of a good way to stay in touch with each other.BB

Hey,
A great way to connect everyone would be facebook. Many older vets can be in touch with younger ones.
Here's the facebook link to the Veterans of 1-4 Cav group page. Everyone would love to see all these vets sharing photo's and experiences.
http://www.facebook.com/editalbum.php?aid=17657&add=1&flash=1#!/group.php?gid=41308943998&ref=ts
Or go to facebook and search veterans of 1-4 CAV
Thank you for your newsletter I read everyone.
Stephen J. Rager

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Here's a good one from Tom Heckman.BB

ANN ARBOR, MI – Jesse Nieto is one of those many unsung patriotic Americans. He served 25 years in the Marine Corps, including two combat tours in Vietnam . His youngest son, Marc, and 16 of Marc’s shipmates were killed on October 12, 2000, by Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole. Nieto has worked as a civilian employee at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina since 1994. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard delivered good news to Mr. Nieto. He ruled that Camp Lejeune officials violated his free speech rights when they ordered him to remove decals attacking Muslim terrorists from his vehicle. Judge Howard enjoined Marine officials from further enforcing the ban against Nieto.

Check out the licence plate

The rest of the story on political correctness run amuck follows.
Beginning in 2001, to show his anger toward the Muslim terrorists who killed his son, Nieto displayed various decals on his vehicle expressing anti-terrorist sentiments, such as "Remember the Cole, 12 Oct 2000, " "Islam=Terrorism, " and "We Died, They Rejoiced." Based on a complaint from a Marine who is married to a Muslim, on July 31, 2008, two military police officers (MPs) issued Nieto a ticket for displaying "offensive material."
After Nieto refused to remove the "offending" decals from his vehicle, the Base Magistrate issued Nieto a written order, ordering him to remove his vehicle from the base until all decals were removed and banning his vehicle from all other federal installations. The order in effect prevented Nieto from driving his vehicle to Arlington National Cemetery (a federal installation) to visit the grave marker of his fallen son.
As a result of the Marine Corps’ unlawful action, the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit against the Camp Lejeune Commanding Officer and the Base Magistrate on behalf of Nieto in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The civil rights lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the military’s ban on Nieto’s speech.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, "Political correctness is destroying our military. 9/11 was caused by Islamic terrorists, and our troops are being killed by Islamic terrorists overseas and on our very own military bases; yet, our commanders are more concerned about ‘diversity’ and not offending the Muslim community. And here, the military re-victimized a father anguishing over the murder of his son by Islamic terrorists because they don’t want to offend Muslims." During sworn testimony taken in the case, Marine officials admitted they would allow speech that favored Islam, but not Nieto’s speech because they considered it "extremist, indecent, and offensive."
In his opinion, Judge Howard responded to the government’s argument as follows: "Defendants argue that the regulation is reasonable and necessary because it is aimed at preventing speech the sole intention of which is to inflame the passion of those within the Base command. However, defendants fail to recognize that pro Islamic messages, such as ‘Islam is Peace, ’ and ‘Islam is Love, ’ may be just as incendiary to individuals like plaintiff as anti-Islamic messages are to the individual who complained about plaintiff’s decals."
Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel for the Law Center who handled the case, commented, "As Judge Howard’s well-reasoned opinion makes plain, political correctness and ‘diversity’ do not justify violating the Constitution. As a former Marine, I am ashamed at the way the Marine Corps treated this grieving father and war veteran. When I told him of the good news yesterday, he was elated. He plans to be back on base with his vehicle early next week."
The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America ’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America . The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities. It does not charge for its services. The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.

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Wow! I really like these educational pieces. I'm getting smarter everyday. Thanks to Danny Horn for helping. BB

Education for the day!

Where did Piss Poor come from? Interesting History

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ..... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus,someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !


NOTICE! - TROOPER JOKE AREA - SOME JOKES MAY BE EXPLECIT!

Tom Heckman gets us started this week. BB

A man was sunbathing naked at the beach.

For the sake of civility, and to keep it from getting sunburned, he had a hat over his privates.

A woman walks past and says, snickering, "If you were a gentleman you'd lift your hat."

He raised an eyebrow and replied, "If you weren't so ugly it would lift itself."

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Our latest new member, Ron Brauer sent this one in. BB

Kneeling High Jump Record

Are you aware that a new world record has been set for the HIGH JUMP from a KNEELING position?

The record is 0.757 meters or a little over 27 inches (remember, this is from a KNEELING position), was set recently on a beach near Montpelier in Southern France .

This photograph was taken a split second before the jump -- but it gives you an idea as to how it was achieved. . .

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Rob Ferguson found the quiz for you helicopter Pilot types. BB

Most of you are fairly intelligent folks please answer the question below without looking at the picture. Answer first, then look...

 

 

Aircraft Quiz 


What is the biggest advantage of rotary-wing aircraft over fixed-wing aircraft ? 

 

 

 

Damn, sure guessed wrong on that answer.
Wasn't even close!

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John Vanerio has found a Rat's Ass checker! BB

Just checking to see if you give a rat's ass about anything today.


V V V V V V V V V V V
Nope!
Barely moved for me either.

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Howard Greenfield checks in with this one? BB

RETIRE WHERE???? Here are your choices:

You can retire to Phoenix , Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade. 2. You've experienced condensation on your hiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl. 3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town. 4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door. 6.. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

OR

You can retire to California where... 1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house 2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway. 3. You know how to eat an artichoke. 4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party. 5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is. 6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.

OR

You can retire to New York City where... 1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan. 2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map. 3. You think Central Park is "nature." 4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual. 5. You've worn out a car horn. (ed. note if you have a car). 6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

OR

You can retire to Maine where... 1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco. 2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas. 3. You have more than one recipe for moose. 4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons. 5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

OR

You can retire to the Deep South where... 1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store. 2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural. 3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense. 4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc. 5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.

OR

You can retire to Colorado where... 1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car. 2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center. 3. A pass does not involve a football or dating. 4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

OR

You can retire to the Midwest where... 1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name. 2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor. 3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day. 4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?" 5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"

OR

AND You can retire to Florida where. 1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon. 2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars. 3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist. 4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state. 5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

SO MANY CHOICES . . .


Medical News and Information

Provided by Dr. Edmund Hays.

Disappearing Needles: Vaccine-Delivery Patch with Dissolving Microneedles Eliminates
"Sharps" Waste and Improves Protection
Would you believe microneedles dissolving into pig skin before, one minute after and five minutes after pressing into the skin.
A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines - while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza.
Patches containing micron-scale needles that carry vaccine with them as they dissolve into the skin could simplify immunization programs by eliminating the use of hypodermic needles - and their "sharps" disposal and re-use concerns. Applied easily to the skin, the microneedle patches could allow self-administration of vaccine during pandemics and simplify large-scale immunization programs in developing nations.
Details of the dissolving microneedle patches and immunization benefits observed in experimental mice were reported July 18 in the advance online publication of the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, the study is believed to be the first to evaluate the immunization benefits of dissolving microneedles. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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NIH Scientists Advance Universal Flu Vaccine
A universal influenza vaccine-so-called because it could potentially provide protection from all flu strains for decades-may become a reality because of research led by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. In experiments with mice, ferrets and monkeys, the investigators used a two-step immunization approach to elicit infection-fighting antibodies that attacked a diverse array of influenza virus strains. Current flu vaccines do not generate such broadly neutralizing antibodies, so they must be re-formulated annually to match the predominant virus strains circulating each year.
The research, led by NIAID scientist Gary J. Nabel, M.D., Ph.D., appears online ahead of print July 15 in Science Express.

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Beware The Smell Of Bitter Almonds - Why Do Many Food Plants Contain Cyanide?
Could lima beans kill you? Probably not. Lima beans commercially grown in the United States are restricted to two varieties with low cyanide levels.
In murder mysteries, the detective usually diagnoses cyanide poisoning by the scent of bitter almonds wafting from the corpse. The detective knows what many of us might find surprising - that the deadly poison cyanide is naturally present in bitter almonds and many other plants used as food, including apples, peaches, apricots, lima beans, barley, sorghum, flaxseed and bamboo shoots.
There's a reason that cyanide exists in all these plants, and it is - to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes - evolutionary, suggests Kenneth M. Olsen, PhD, an assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Olsen, who studies white clover, cassava and other plants that produce cyanide, says the plants have an ingenious poison delivery system, one that evolution has designed to discourage herbivores from feasting on them.
Due to proper food processing techniques and strict regulations, cyanide-wielding plants pose little threat to the American food supply. But, in Africa, where cassava root has become a major part of subsistence diets, many poor people suffer from a chronic form of cyanide poisoning known as konzo.

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Valproic Acid Shown To Halt Vision Loss In Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) believe they may have found a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a severe neurodegenerative disease of the retina that ultimately results in blindness. One of the more common retinal degenerative diseases, RP is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells and affects 1 in 4,000 people in the United States. RP typically manifests in young adulthood as night blindness or a loss of peripheral vision and in many cases progresses to legal blindness by age 40. In the July 20 online edition of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology and associate professor of ophthalmology and cell biology at UMMS, and his team, describe a potential new therapeutic link between valproic acid and RP, which could have tremendous benefits for patients suffering from the disease. In a retrospective study, valproic acid-approved by the FDA to reduce seizures, treat migraines and manage bipolar disorder-appeared to have an effect in halting vision loss in patients with RP and in many cases resulted in an improved field of vision. Results from this study, in conjunction with prior in vitro data, suggest valproic acid may be an effective treatment for photoreceptor loss associated with RP.
UMass Medical School will be the coordinating site for a $2.1 million, three-year clinical trial funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness/National Neurovision Research Institute quantifying the potential of valproic acid as a treatment for RP. The clinical trials will build upon Kaushal's work in the retrospective study in which patients were treated off-label with doses of valproic acid ranging from 500mg to 750mg per day over the course of two to six months. Treated at a time when patients normally experience rapid vision loss as a result of RP, five of the seven patients in the study experienced improvement in their field of vision.

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Viagra For Muscular Dystrophy
As a family doc in practice for over 30 years I have been always tried to conceptualize disease states beyond the standard text book parameters.
Thus I was elated by the prospect of discovering a new beneficial treatment for muscular dystrophy when 5 years ago I gave some Viagra to a 57-year old patient of mine with limb girdle muscular dystrophy for the usual purpose. In June, 2005 he returned to tell me that for 2 to 5 days after he took Viagra he felt substantially stronger in all his muscles.
He had better balance; he could get out of a chair easier; he could now do standing push-ups against a wall for exercise. Over 3 days this would gradually wear off and he would return to his base line state. This phenomenon was reproducible with additional doses.

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Hopkins Team Discovers Sweet Way To Detect Prediabetes
Having discovered a dramatic increase of an easy-to-detect enzyme in the red blood cells of people with diabetes and prediabetes, Johns Hopkins scientists say the discovery could lead to a simple, routine test for detecting the subtle onset of the disease, before symptoms or complications occur and in time to reverse its course.

Pilot studies, published online April 22 in Diabetes, show the enzyme O-GlcNAcase is up to two to three times higher in people with diabetes and prediabetes than in those with no disease: "That's a big difference, especially in an enzyme that's as tightly regulated as this one is," says Gerald Hart, Ph.D., the DeLamar Professor and director of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Building on their previous research, which showed how an abundant but difficult-to-detect sugar switch known as O-GlcNAc (pronounced oh-GLICK-nack) responded to nutrients and stress, the Hopkins team knew this small molecule was elevated in the red cells of patients with diabetes. "The question was whether the elevation happened in the earliest stages of diabetes and therefore might have value as a diagnostic tool," Hart said.

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Stroke Risk Temporarily Increases For An Hour After Drinking Alcohol
Call it the not-so-happy hour. The risk of stroke appears to double in the hour after consuming just one drink - be it wine, beer or hard liquor - according to a small multi-center study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. "The impact of alcohol on your risk of ischemic stroke appears to depend on how much and how often you drink," said Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author of the Stroke Onset Study (SOS) and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.
Prior to the SOS, researchers didn't know if alcohol consumption had an immediate impact on ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in a vessel in or leading to the brain), although modest alcohol use (less than two drinks per day) may potentially lower risk in the long term.
Researchers interviewed 390 ischemic stroke patients (209 men, 181 women) about three days after their stroke regarding many aspects of their lives. Patients were excluded if the stroke seriously impaired their ability to speak or if they weren't well enough to participate. Fourteen patients had consumed alcohol within one hour of stroke onset.

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Believe it or not

Truck containing body parts blocks RI street
It's an innocent enough looking tractor-trailer, except for the fact that it's blocking a street in downtown Providence. But what's inside may give the heebie-jeebies to some.
A spokesman for medical instrument maker Smith & Nephew told The Providence Journal the truck contains human body parts as well as body parts models the company's using to demonstrate it's endoscopic surgery instruments at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The body parts, mostly isolated joints, are used so surgeons can get a feel for the company's instruments, or sharpen their skills. The truck has been parked in the street with permission from the city since Tuesday and is scheduled to leave Friday.


COMPUTER TIPS

Speed Up Windows Explorer (Windows XP/Vista)
You can speed up the display load time of Windows Explorer by disabling the option to search for network printers and folders. If you don't know what Windows Explorer is (it's a Windows program that lets you browse directories and folders on your computer), then you probably never use it and this tip won't do anything for you.
By default, each time Windows Explorer is opened it will try to locate any printer or folder on your computer network. If your computer is not on a network and/or you have no network printers, folders being shared, disable this option by following these steps:
1. Open Windows Explorer.
2. Click the Tools drop down menu and then Folder Options.
3. Within the Folder Options tab click the View tab.
4. Uncheck "Automatically search for network folders and printers."

That's it!


THIS WEEK'S INSPIRATION


Revelations 3:8 When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly! The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. When you reach the end of your rope You will find the hem of his garment..

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I would rather live my life as if there is a God, And die to find out there isn't, than live my life As if there isn't, and die to find out there is. Lord, I love you and I need you, Come into my heart, and bless me, Myfamily, my home, my finances, And all of my friends. InJesus'name. Amen.


Thats all the news for this week. Check back next Saturday. Thanks, Ole' Bill


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