In Memoriam

Donald ‘Don’ Hemme

1 November 1940 – 21 August 2014

Father, Husband, Brother, Cold War Warrior, Liberator of Kuwait, Cavalry Scout

SFC, USA (ret.)


Your wise guidance will be missed, and you will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

In Memoriam DH

In Memoriam DH



Don has passed beyond, after a brave battle against throat cancer, he was surrounded by friends and family.  He is survived by a wife, three lovely daughters, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and innumerable friends and people whose lives he touched in a positive way.

Happy Veteran’s Day & Happy Remembrance Day

Today is a very important day, here in America it is Veteran’s Day, In the UK and the Commonwealth it is Remembrance Day.

So find a veteran and thank him or her for their service.

I would like to personally thank all veterans for their service.  Thank you.  We all appreciate the freedoms you have fought for, and kept safe for us.  We also appreciate all the sacrifices you have suffered to do this for us.  May the Peace you fought so hard for, be enjoyed by all of us.

If you want to Please give to one or more of the following organizations that help veterans:

or any other organization that supports veterans.

Sunday Contemplation

—FEMA was created to deal with National level disasters.  Does anyone think that they have done a good job?  or at least better than what the Military could have done?


—Who will be happy when the election is over?  Irregardless of who wins just to get away from all those ads.


—If a politician believes his/her vision (be it leftist or rightist) is correct, why lie about it?


—Should we be electing lawyers to be our politicians?  Could that be the root of our political problems?


—There is always talk of simplifying the tax code, but rarely of simplifying the legal code, why?  I’d rather pay money then my life over a bureaucratic error, wouldn’t you?


—Should we care more about the criminal or the victim of a crime?


—If we bring our troops home, couldn’t we use them to build infrastructure, the troops get practical experience and we get new bridges, roads, power grids etc.

Admiral John Byng & General Martin Dempsey

Admiral John Byng, that is a name that is quite famous in naval circles.  Admiral Byng was a well-regarded commander in the Royal Navy, but he is best known for losing the Battle of Minorca at the beginning of the Seven Years War, he was subsequently court marshaled and convicted of failing “do his utmost”, and then executed by firing squad on board the HMS Monarch.  His unfortunate death did have a beneficial effect, every British naval officer since has preferred to face death in battle rather than the humiliation of execution.  While I have no doubt that Admiral Byng was unfairly convicted and executed, it did serve a greater good.


Is it time for another court-martial of a major military commander, this time of General Martin Dempsey?  A good case could be made for his conviction.  IF he, as alleged refused to send troops to support the Americans in Benghazi, in violation of the order given by President Obama, then there is sufficient grounds for a court-martial.  General Dempsey would not be the only one either, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and AfriCom commander General Carter Ham.


That is assuming the President Obama DID give the order to do everything possible to secure the Americans in Benghazi, and that Secretary Panetta decided in conjunction with Generals Dempsey and Ham NOT to send troops.  Then they disobeyed a direct order which resulted in the deaths of 4 Americans and the injury to several more, to say nothing about the loss of material and classified intelligence.  All these offenses are punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), albeit the punishment is not death, but a long prison term.  If, on the other hand, President Obama DID NOT give that order then he should be impeached.


What do you think?  Is the President lying?  Are these officers falling on their swords for him?  Should we stand by and do nothing?  Should someone be punished for letting these Americans beg for help, and then to be refused by someone who was sitting safely behind a desk?


Ted Turner & Soldier Suicides

CNN owner Ted Turner was being interviewed by Piers Morgan, when asked what he thought about US soldiers committing suicide at a rate of 1 a day, he said “I think that is t…ter…good.”  I believe he was going to say that he thought it was terrific.

I have this to say to Ted Turner.

Well Mr. Turner, all that wealth you have, it is because you live in the greatest country in the world.  WE are a great country because of our soldiers and our veterans.  After reviewing your bio, I noticed that you did not serve our country.  I realize you are now to old to serve, you should have, your world view would be different.  I also noticed that your father committed suicide, You have my most sincere sympathy.  Since you know how people who are left behind feel, it seems odd that you would say such a horrible thing.  I realize that your father’s untimely death allowed you to take over his assets but, I pray, that is not why you would say a horrible thing about our brave troops.  While we are talking about your father, is your father’s right-wing activism why you are so left-wing, are you still angry about him leaving you.  I understand that.  I do.  BUT you need to let go of the hate and the pain, Ted.  Embrace the kindness of the world.  Seek out people who challenge your tiny world views, walk in the steps of your father, learn why he thought as he did, and stop hating, Ted.

Maybe I am being sensitive about Ted Turner’s words.

Maybe it is acceptable to wish the young men and women who put their lives on hold, who left friends and family, loved ones, to travel around the world, to defend freedom and democracy.  Young men and women who put their lives and their health in harm’s way.

Maybe it is acceptable to exploit these same young men and women to make money for your “News” organization.

Maybe it is acceptable.  Maybe.  BUT to me, I will NEVER accept it.  EVER.  It sickens me, it saddens me, it brings out a rage in me.  It brings blood to my eyes, and hate to my heart, it brings out the worst parts of me.

So here I sit, blogging and listening to the soothing voice of Toni Braxton, instead of losing control.  I will get off here, and go and love on my beautiful wife, and my loyal dog, and my wonderful children.  While remembering that Ted’s hate filled words are to be pitied and condemned not used to incite hatred.