Born in America - 05/28/14

  I often wonder why God decided I should be born here?  One day, I'm going to ask Him that.  I'm so grateful that I and every other American won the lottery on this.  What are the odds?  Consider there are more than 7 billion people in the world and just 313 million Americans.   Born in America....  where we can say what we want to say, do what we want to do, worship how we choose to worship, work where we want to work and live where we want to live.  This is not a slight on any other country.  I've visited many and always appreciate a new culture.  It's just to say... we've got it pretty darn good here and that's due in large part to our military and their selfless service.

  After witnessing abject poverty in other countries... kids living in boxes for example in the Philippines.... I'm overcome with a sense of gratitude every time I reflect on how relatively safe we are here.   Case in point: I can send my children to school... an amazing school... where I don't have to worry about a terrorist group barging in, stealing them and all of their classmates and ushering them off to a life of sexual slavery.  The 200 Nigerian girls have been missing 7 weeks now.  Once again, our US men and women, are offering up their services to help find the girls. We have 80 US troops there at present trying to help wrestle the girls away from the Islamic fanatical group, Boko Haram.  Its leader, Abubakar Shekau has said, "Allah says I should sell.  He commands me to sell.  I sell women."   That quote makes me want to puke right here, right now.
  

   America may take some flack as some accuse us of acting as the world's police, but we're the first everybody calls when they need help. So many countries want what we have.  Civility.  Safety.  Law & Order.  Peace.  It may not be perfect, but it's better than the alternative.  Memorial Day isn't just one May day a year.  Memorial Day is every day.  Omnipresent... seemingly just like our military.

 

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WATER THEFT CHARGE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of a northern New Jersey business found himself in hot water after admitting his role in a plan to steal at least $100,000 worth of water from a local utilities authority. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Nicholas Vene, of Holmdel, New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Officials say from January 2007 to March 2012, Vene and others diverted water flowing from a Jersey City pipe to a Reliable Wood location and away from the water meter on that pipe. That resulted in an under-reporting of water usage.Vene faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 26.

FREE SALMON

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- The early bird catches the fish, or at least a few lucky people did when they lined up with coolers Monday to wait for free salmon at a hatchery on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. Workers at Grovers Creek Hatchery, northwest of Seattle, netted several dozen fish from the pond and harvested eggs from female chum salmon. The hatchery gave away one salmon per person because of limited supplies so early in the season. But they told those who didn't get a fish Monday to come back later. The hatchery, run by the Suquamish Tribe, is one of a few in Washington with a salmon give-away program.

STINK BUG-MICHIGAN

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- An annoying insect is bugging homeowners in southwestern Michigan, and some say it just plain stinks. A Michigan State University program says the brown marmorated stink bug has been detected in low numbers in traps set around fruit and vegetable crops. But there are "a few hotspots." Cathie Buckley, of Stevensville, Michigan, lives with her husband on 6 1/2 acres including a former blueberry patch. The couple are finding the bugs "all over the place," and she says she's encountered hundreds of them. "I have lots of them -- and my husband can't stand the smell of them," Buckley said. "They are horrible." The stink bug does not bite or pose any danger to humans, but it has a gross smell.

SPEEDWAY WEDDING

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Two NASCAR fans raced to the altar to finally arrive at marital bliss. Kevin Lane and Ashlea Leggett got married on the Talladega Superspeedway infield before the GEICO 500 in Alabama on Sunday. The Athens, Georgia couple attended the race last year, as their first big trip together. So this year, they asked their friends and family to join them on the track for a ceremony before the race. The gathering was complete with a 10x10 foot white tent, flowers and music playing from a smartphone connected to a small speaker. After the 15-minute ceremony, the entire crowd shared wedding cake and watched the racers rev up.

 
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