Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Amish and Shunning

Dad and Mom
Today, I watched a 2 hour documentary on PBS about the Amish. 

It was interesting. The Amish are generally down to earth, devoted, generous, hard working and industrious. They live a God-centered life and believe that they are "in the world" but "not of the world". 

This documentary and other similar Amish related documentaries also talk about the "shunning" that occurs when Amish men and women, (usually in their teens or early twenties), leave the fold and go out in the world. Their parents are not supposed to eat with them, or acknowledge them as their children. As one Amish young man said: "When I left, my father said to me - It would be better if you don't come back."

The shunned son
Actually when I was watching this documentary, the lapsed Amish young men were hard-working, low-key, respectful and shy. They showed a group of five of these men working on a construction site as carpenters and before they ate lunch, they all said a prayer of grace. You wouldn't find 5 young men doing this on any other construction site, would you? 

It is extremely unfortunate when religion separates a father and son, one from the other, regardless of which religion you belong to. Life is tough enough without your loved ones kicking you to the curb over dogma. In the end, all of them lose. 

Let us pray for all of those people who have left their faith, whatever faith it is, and have been shunned by their loved ones. Amen.

Matt Waller - Firefighter - Texas

Firefighter Matt Waller, age 47, died while on duty on February 25, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas.

He was a member of the Memphis Fire Department, Texas. He had 29 years of service. Matt passed away from a stroke, while at the Fire Station. 

He was a 1982 graduate of Memphis High School. He also graduated from the Fire Academy at Amarillo College. Matt worked for the Memphis Fire Department for 29 years and was the fire marshal for the city of Memphis the last 15 years. He enjoyed helping with the Memphis Little League, Pee Wee Football and Memphis Relay for Life.
Saint Florian, patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Matt

Matt was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church. He taught the youth Sunday school class, managed the sound system on Sundays, and was involved in First Baptist mission work in El Paso.

Matt is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Charles and Violet Waller; sister Shelly Beam; his son, Cameron Waller and his wife, Dana Waller.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matt Waller is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, February 27, 2012

Christopher Atkinson

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher David Atkinson, age 33, died on February 23, 2012, in Temple, Texas. 

Pray for
Christopher
He was with the 1st Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade.

Christopher had suffered a gunshot wound on February 20, 2012, at Fort Hood, Texas. The cause of his death is under investigation.

Christopher joined the U.S. Army in April of 1998 as an infantryman. He arrived at Fort Hood in January of 2005. He had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade since September 2009.

He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December of 2005 to November of 2006 and from June of 2008 to May of 2009.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Christopher is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Dan and Louise; brother, Dan; sister, Serenity; his wife Adrian Atkinson and their five sons Micah, Elijah, Malikai, Raidyn and Isaiah. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Atkinson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Preston Ross Jr. - Law Enforcement - Illinois

Police Officer, Preston Ross Jr., age 48, died on February 25, 2012, in the line of duty, in Chicago.

Preston was a member of the Chicago Police Department. He had 25 years of service. 

He was working in the River West area outside downtown Chicago, when he experienced difficulty breathing and collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Angels of God, pray
for Preston
Preston is described as a role model for young men on the South Side — taking them to sports events, giving them work so they would stay off the streets and keeping in contact with them so that they did not fall behind and lose sight of their dreams.

Friends describe him as giving and caring and state that he was well respected by many. 

He won 17 awards during his years of service. 

Preston is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his son. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Preston Ross Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Robert Marchanti

Major Robert Marchanti, age 48, of Baltimore, Maryland, died on February 25, 2012, from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry, Kabul, Afghanistan. 

He was with the Maryland National Guard. 

Robert was shot during riots in Afghanistan against Qur'an burnings by Nato personnel earlier in the month.

For years, Robert Marchanti worked as a physical education teacher for Baltimore County Schools. He had served one tour of duty in Kosovo. This was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, pray
for Robert
Family members stated that he was the best soldier that anyone could have been. They also stated that he greatly loved his wife and was a great father to his children. 

Robert is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Peggy; son Aaron; daughter Leah; and 2 other adult sons. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Robert Marchanti is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

John Loftis

Lt. Col. John D. Loftis, age 44, of Paducah, Kentucky, died on February 25, 2012, from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry, Kabul, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan. 

John was shot during riots in Afghanistan against Qur'an burnings by Nato personnel earlier in the month. 

John worked in the Afghan Ministry of the Interior with the AfPak Hands program as the chief plans advisor.
He was a space and missile officer who became a regional affairs strategist in 2008. He entered the Air Force in 1996, receiving his commission through Officer Training School. Prior to deploying in March 2011, he had been assigned to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, Air Force Special Operations Training Center, Hurlburt Field, Florida. 
Saint Maximilian Kolbe,
pray for John

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. 

Military officials stated that John's ability to engage with the Afghans in their own language (Pashto) and earn their trust was a valuable weapon in the counterinsurgency fight. 

Family members describe John as a great American, devoted father and loving husband.

John is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Holly and his two daughters. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John Loftis is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Qur'an burning and the deaths that come from it

Four American military personnel have been killed in recent days due to a backlash against the American military for Qur'an burnings performed by Nato staff at a military camp in Afghanistan. 

As well, as many as 30 Afghans have died in these riots. 

Copies of the Qur'an are not to be burned, torn, mutilated, discarded or otherwise disrespected. To do so results in death for people who had nothing to do with the incident. 

The proper disposal of copies of the Qur'an is by burial or apparently by immersion in bodies of running water.

Apologies from US president Barack Obama and many other civilian and military leaders, and a call for restraint from Afghan president Hamid Karzai, have done nothing to quell the anger. 

American military commanders have ordered mandatory training on recognising and appropriately handling religious material for all 130,000 troops serving in the country. 

You would have thought that the American Military and all NATO military big-wigs would have mandated this training long before now. 

How much effort would it have taken to give a 30 minute course to all troops, at entry level, and before deployment to a Muslim country, to say: "Don't mishandle or disrespect the Qur'an.  If you are unsure of what to do, ask a superior"?

This isn't the first time that this issue has arisen. In March of 2011, a nut-bar Christian pastor in Florida burned a Qur'an. Not everyone can become a certified plumber or a certified electrician, but anyone can become a "pastor", even red-neck extremists. 

The result was that 5 men in Afghanistan died. 

Filaret Motco, age 43, a Romanian diplomat was killed on April 1, 2011, in Afghanistan, after extremists stormed a United Nations compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in protest against this Qur'an burning in Florida.

Min Bahadur Thapa, Chhabi Lal Purja Pun, Narayan Bahadur Thapa Magar and Dil Prasad Gurung, 4 Nepalese men who were former soldiers in the British Army and who were working as security guards at a U.N. compound, were killed on April 1, 2011, also in retaliation for this Qur'an burning in Florida. 


Some of these five men were beheaded by rioters. 

No doubt many four star Generals of all NATO countries, including the U.S.A., are shuffling paper across a desk and staring out the window. They send others to do the dirty work. But they couldn't comprehend the idea of a basic course on Islamic trigger points such as the mishandling of Islam's holy scripture, when this issue has resulted in deaths just last year? 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us. God save us from the disconnected bureaucrats in the Military. Amen.

Valiko Beraia, Ruslan Meladze, Paata Kacharava

Three soldiers from the Republic of Georgia died on February 21, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

All three served in the 31st Light Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Brigade. 
Ruslan Meladze, age 21,
killed on February 21, 2012

Valiko Beraia, Ruslan Meladze and Paata Kacharava died when their combat vehicle exploded following an insurgent attack.

No other information about the men is available at this time. 

The Georgian Government described the deaths as a painful blow. 

Father, lead Valiko Beraia, Ruslan
Meladze and Paata Kacharava
to Heaven
The Republic of Georgia has over 900 troops supporting the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, including 750 in Helmand. Another deployment of 600-700 will be sent this year, making Georgia one of the largest non-NATO contributors in the war. 

The deaths bring to at least 15 the number of Georgian troops who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan. 

Pray for all Georgians who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Valiko Beraia, Ruslan Meladze and Paata Kacharava are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen

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Michael Quin

Capt. Michael M. Quin, age 28, of Purcellville, Virginia, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2006, Michael was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and in 2008 was “winged” as a naval aviator. He was assigned to a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, HMLA 469, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

He was preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan this spring and was looking forward to the mission. 
Father, place Michael on the
stairway to Heaven

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

High school officials describe him as an outstanding young man. 

Family members describe him as a perfect son, who was self-motivated and respectful of others, who had an ardent desire to serve his country. They also said that he had a great love for his family and was faithful and loyal to others. 

Michael is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Bradley Quin; his mother, Betsy Quin, and two younger sisters, Phoebe Quin and Sarah Quin; and his fiancee Kate Richardson. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Michael Quin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Nickoulas Elliott

Lance Cpl. Nickoulas H. Elliott, age 21, of Spokane, Washington, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

Nick enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 4, 2009 and served as a helicopter crew chief aboard UH-1Y Hueys. 
Pray for Nick

His personal awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 

Nick is survived by many loving friends and relatives, who will greatly miss him. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Nickoulas Elliott is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Nathan Anderson

Capt. Nathan W. Anderson, age 32, of Amarillo, Texas, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona.

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

Nathan graduated from Amarillo High School in 1997 and is described by high school officials as an outstanding student, bright with a lot of potential. 
Mary, pray for Nathan

Nathan was commissioned in the Marine Corps on Dec. 20, 2002. He was assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. 

He served three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

His personal awards include the Air Individual Action, Air Strike/Flight, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, National Defense Service, Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Global War on Terrorism Service medals.

Friends describe him as a quiet leader whose work ethic made him a good fit for the military.

Nathan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Amanda. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Nathan Anderson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Benjamin Cerniglia

Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, age 31, of Montgomery, Alabama, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona.

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.
Light a candle for Ben.
Light his way to Heaven.

The Navy ROTC Program had honored him with its Academic Excellence Award.

Ben is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents and his two children, Benjamin Jr. and Ashlyn. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Benjamin Cerniglia is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Thomas Budrejko

Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, age 37, of Montville, Connecticut, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

Angels of God, pray for Tom
He was a 1992 graduate of Montville High School. Thomas graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering in May 1996 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was designated a naval aviator and an AH-1W pilot in 1999. Thomas Budrejko participated in Operation Rapid Cheetah in Kosovo in 2001, deployed to Kuwait in 2003, attended a weapons and tactics instructor course and immediately deployed again to support the operations in Iraq. He taught at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in 2005 and deployed again briefly.

He earned a master's degree in military studies from the USMC Command & Staff College, graduating with distinction. He reported to Camp Pendleton in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan.

Family members stated that Tommy was funny, successful, humble and kind. Others stated that Tommy wanted to be in the military since he was a boy and wanted to fly. 

Thomas Budrejko is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Donald; mother, Mary; 3 siblings; and his wife and son. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Thomas Budrejko is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua Born

Sgt. Joshua A. Born, age 25, of Niceville, Florida, died on February 23, 2012, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came under small arms fire. 


He was assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Georgia. 

Saint Francis of Assisi,
pray for Josh
He was shot and killed by a man wearing Afghan military or police fatigues during a protest over the burning of Qurans on a U.S. air base.

Josh served with the Army military police and deployed to Afghanistan seven weeks ago. 

Josh is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents and his wife, Megan Born. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joshua Born is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Timothy Conrad Jr.

Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr., age 22, of Roanoke, Virginia, died on February 23, 2012, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came under small arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Georgia. 


He was shot and killed by a man wearing Afghan military or police fatigues during a protest over the burning of Qurans on a U.S. air base.

Timothy grew up in the Roanoke Valley and graduated from Northside High School in 2007. He had been in the Army for about four years, including time in the Reserves. He was set to be promoted to sergeant on March 1. 
Father, place T.J. on the
road to Heaven

Tim was known as "T.J." to his family and friends. Friends stated that Tim was an upbeat, funny person.

Family members describe him as a good person who kept his word and who was always looking on the bright side of things.

Timothy leaves behind many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Mikki Wray; father Tim Conrad Sr.; sisters Alex Conrad and Amanda Meland; brother, Austin Wray; his wife, Holly and their 7 month old son, Bentley.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Timothy Conrad Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Friday, February 24, 2012

Canadian Banks - Rip-off Artists on A.T.M. fees

My bankers
It has been stated that all bankers are thieves. Instead of being dressed in a mask when they rob you, they are dressed in a suit and tie.  

Banks and money lenders are necessary.  No one would be able to buy a home unless they got a mortgage. No one would be able to buy a vehicle unless they got a loan. 

What stinks is that banks, world-wide, including Canada and the U.S.A., over-charge for services in order to maximize their profits. 

I am a Canadian, so I will talk about Canadian banking institutions.  Canada's big five banks made a record combined profit of $6.1 billion in the three months ended in November of 2011, with the full-year profits for 2011 at $22.4 billion, a sharp rise over the previous year.

The full-year combined result in 2010 was $19.5 billion.  So in 2011, banks in Canada made 15 percent more in profits.  Do you know anyone who received a 15 percent raise in salary in 2011?  Not me.  I know of people who were just lucky to hold onto their jobs. 

This $22.4 billion dollar profit for banks was in Canada which is about 1/10th of the size of the U.S.A.  You can imagine what American banks made in profit. 

Canadian banks price gouge on Automated Teller transactions.  I deal with a local credit union in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  This credit union does not have a branch in the district in which I live.  There is no credit union in my district at all. 

Therefore, to get cash, I go to an ATM machine at a local drug store, which is run by a chartered bank to which I don't belong.  This bank charges me $1.50 per transaction, which is justifiable.  This chartered bank is the institution which is paying for an ATM machine, paying for the rental of the space at the drug store, paying for the security service which is filling the machine with cash and is even paying for the ink that prints my transaction receipt. 

HOWEVER....my own Credit Union charges me an additional $2.00 for every transaction I do at this A.T.M. machine to cover "administrative costs" at their end. Yah right.  

So...every ATM transaction I do, costs me $3.50.  This fee is the same whether I take out $100.00 or $300.00.

This is unmitigated greed on the part of my credit union.  They do nothing to enable this transaction (except release your own money to you by way of a computerized program) and want more money in charges than the bank which is actually dispensing the money. 
Anonymous - Expect Us

It doesn't take Albert Einstein to figure out that this is all just a money-grab.  

Maybe it is time that "Anonymous" and other social justice groups started looking at Canadian Banks (and American Banks as well), with a view to determining what can be done to stop this blatant thievery by these corporations.

God save us from the greedy sons of b****** in this world.  They would steal the teeth out of your mouth and charge you for the pliers to do it with.  Amen

Justin Everett

Marine Sgt. Justin Everett, age 33, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

Justin was a helicopter pilot. He had been a Marine for a decade and had served two tours in Iraq. He was slated to deploy to Afghanistan in July.

Justin was from Fresno, California and was a graduate of Reedley High School in 1996. 

He was very involved in the youth ministry at Sunnyside Community Church and was a strong Christian.
Jesus, pray for Justin.  Pray
for his children, who have lost
their father

Friends describe Justin as a really great guy.

Family members stated that Justin was doing what he loved - flying. 

Justin is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, James; mother, Patsy; three brothers - James, Jason and Jeremy; his wife, Holly and a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Justin Everett is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Corey Little

Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Little, age 25, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

Corey lived in San Marcos, California, near Camp Pendleton. Corey grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 2004 and then attended Southern Polytechnic State University. He joined the Marines in 2009. 

Angels of God, pray for Corey
He was a Huey Helicopter crew chief.

Corey is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Wanda Little; his brother, Nickolas Little; his wife, Nicole Little, who is pregnant.

Family members stated that he was unique, and was a loving son, brother and husband.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Corey Little is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Tony Radulescu - Law Enforcement - Washington

Trooper Tony Radulescu, age 44, died in the line of duty, on February 23, 2012, in Tacoma, Washington. 

Tony was a member of the Washington State Patrol. He had 16 years of service.

He was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on a driver of a pickup truck on a highway in Gorst, Washington, shortly before 1:00 am.

He had radioed in his location and the pickup truck's license plate and description to dispatchers. When dispatchers were unable to contact him for several minutes, a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy was sent to check on his status and discovered him laying wounded outside of his patrol car. He was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The vehicle that Trooper Radulescu had stopped was found abandoned on a country road approximately three hours later. A SWAT team deployed to the registered owner's home and as they approached, the suspect committed suicide.
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for Tony

Tony was born in Bucharest, Romania. He graduated from Harrison High School in Harrison, New Jersey, in 1986 and lived in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the Army and was stationed for a time in South Korea.

Police Officials describe Tony as well-known and popular in the community. He is also described as personable, with a ready smile. It was also stated that he could handle problems with courage and he had those interpersonal skills that made everybody like him.

Family members stated that Tony was an awesome father, uncle, brother and friend. 

Tony is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Leslie; brother, Mario; and his son, Erick Radulescu. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Tony Radulescu is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Matthew R. Woods

Spc. Matthew R. Woods, age 22, of Lyman, New Hampshire, died on February 19, 2012, at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Matthew was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment in the 3rd Infantry Divison’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. 

He was found unresponsive in his barracks. 

He was a 2007 Lisbon Regional School graduate. He entered the Army in January 2009 as a cavalry scout. After training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade in May 2009.  He had previously served in Iraq. 

Light a candle for Matthew.
Light his way to Heaven.
High School officials describe him as a determined young man and a hard worker. 

Family members stated that he was an amazing son, who was loved and respected by many. They also stated that they are proud of Matthew for serving his country and for his accomplishments.

Matthew is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Rena Woods.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Woods is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jeremy Tighe - Firefighter - Indiana

Volunteer Firefighter, Jeremy Ryan Tighe, age 18, died in the line of duty on February 22, 2012, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Jeremy was a member of the McCutchanville Fire Department, in Evansville, Indiana.

Firefighter Tighe passed away from injuries sustained when the apparatus he was riding in was involved in a single motor vehicle accident. According to initial reports, the apparatus left the roadway onto the shoulder and tipped on its' side, striking a power utility pole causing extensive damage to the crew compartment, before coming to a final resting position in a drainage ditch. Firefighter Tighe was reported to have been wearing seat restraints. The driver of the apparatus was taken to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The engine had cleared the scene of a residential carbon monoxide check, stopped for fuel, and was returning to the station when the incident occurred. 

Saint Florian, patron saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Jeremy
Jeremy graduated in 2011 from Evansville Central High School graduate. He had joined the department through its cadet program 18 months ago and had been a full-fledged firefighter since he first turned 18.

Fire Department officials describe Jeremy as a great kid, who was part of their firefighting family and who was always trying to make people laugh. They also stated that he was motivated, and dedicated to the fire service.

Jeremy is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Jerry Johnson; and his girlfriend, Krissy Taylor. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jeremy Tighe is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Allen McKenna Jr.

Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr., age 28, of Noble, Oklahoma, died on February 21, 2012, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. 

The cause of his death has not been released as of this date. However family members have stated that he was shot during combat.

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. 

Allen was a graduate of Noble High School and joined the military after graduation. He joined the Army in September 2004. He was in his second deployment to Afghanistan, which began Sept. 6. His previous deployment was from March 2009 to March 2010.
Emil Kapaun, on your way
to Sainthood, pray for
Allen

His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal twice and the Army Achievement Medal.

Family members stated that he loved the military and was determined to serve. They also stated that his children meant everything to him and that everything he did was based around his family.

Allen is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Connie Sams-Mitchell; brother, Bobby Bingenheimer; and his wife and three sons. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Allen McKenna Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No help for Syria?

American War correspondent, Marie Colvin, age 56, and French photojournalist, Remi Ochlik, age 28, died on February 22, 2012, in the shelling of Homs, Syria, by Syrian Government forces. 

Remi Ochlik and Marie Colvin,  journalists killed in
Homs, Syria
Nine journalists have died in Syria in recent months while covering the uprising in Syria, against the dictator, Bashar Assad. 

The United Nations said last month that violence linked to the uprising has killed more than 5,400 people. U.N. officials stopped updating the death toll in January, saying it was too difficult to obtain information. Human rights groups and activists say more than 7,000 people have been killed by Syrian security forces since the uprising began in March. 

Hours before her death, Marie Colvin had reported to the BBC: 

I watched a little baby die today. Absolutely horrific, a 2-year old child had been hit. They stripped him and found the shrapnel had gone into the left chest and the doctor said, 'I can't do anything.' His little tummy just kept heaving until he died.

She also apparently asked: Where is the help for the people of Homs, Syria? Where is Nato? 

The rebels against the barbaric Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi, were aided by Nato forces, which helped in the toppling of the corrupt Libyan government. 

Anti-government rebels killed in Homs, Syria
Why is there no help for Syrian rebels?

Could it be that Libya has huge reserves of oil, which is of interest to Nato countries and Syria doesn't? 
Do we have to see oil pumps,
before we help the dying?

Syria is currently an exporter of oil, but it is predicted that in a decade they will be net importers of oil. In other words, their oil isn't worth s**t. 

Is this why Nato countries don't intercede in the on-going destruction of Syria? 

Only God and the politicians know the answer to this question. 

God help the citizens of Homs, Syria. God save their children. Amen

Whitney Houston and our greed for dirt

Whitney Houston, age 48, died on February 11, 2012, in Beverley Hills, California. 

Whitney was a very talented and very popular pop and R & B Artist, who was particularly famous throughout the late 1980's and the 1990's. She was one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She wasn't a bum in the park. 

She had a voice like an angel - crystal clear and powerful. She had a troubled marriage and had addiction problems. The cause of her death may have been due to a mixture of Valium, Xanax and alcohol. 

The night before her death, she was at a Nightclub with friends. She got into an argument with another woman who she felt was hitting on her boyfriend. Whitney was drinking and partying.

Many images of Whitney Houston have been published by the News Media and on the internet showing her leaving this nightclub on the night before her death, looking "high" and dishevelled and argumentative. This is due to the Paparazzi, who live like parasites from taking photos of celebrities at their worst. The Paparazzi feed our greed for dirt. 

Paparazzi - leeches who live off of the faces of Celebrities
Would you like to be photographed leaving a nightclub at 2:00 a.m., after you had been drinking all night? I wouldn't. 

The price of fame is scrutiny. But somehow all of these photographs cheapen someone's life, as if "that photo" was the be-all and end-all of a person's life. Whitney Houston's life and contribution to music was much more than that. 

Pray for all who are troubled by addiction.

Pray for Whitney Houston, that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Feti Vogli

Albanian soldier Captain Feti Vogli, age 30, died on February 20, 2012, in southern Afghanistan.

He was with the Eagle 4 Albanian contingent.

Albanian soldiers were escorting a UASAID team to meet with local Afghan officials to discuss building new schools and health care centers in a local village. Afghan police officers accompanying them, opened fire on the Albanians, killing Feti Vogli.

The shootings appeared to be the latest in a growing number of attacks by Afghan police or army soldiers on foreign forces. 

Feti Vogli was born in the village of Baldushk in the district of Tirana. He is married to Alva, and they have a 2-year-old daughter called Egi. He graduated from the Military Academy specializing in Army Artillery and joined the Armed Forces as Platoon Commander in the Basic Training Brigade, Bunavi. After finishing successfully the Special Forces’ Base Course in 2005, he became part of the Special Forces Battalion as Group Commander. From the 1st June 2010, he was the commander of the 1st Special Group in the Special Company for water operations. 

Military officials describe Feti Vogli as an excellent officer. His medals include “Medal of Carrier” in 2007, by the Commander of Joint Force Command; “Medal for International Services”, by the Minister of Defence in 2007; and “Medal for Distinguished Services”, by the Minister of Defence in 2010. 

Pray for Albanian soldiers who die in the service of Albania.  

Let us pray to God the Father that Feti Vogli is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen