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Tonight is Super Tuesday II.  Governor Mike Huckabee is expected to speak to supporters at 9:15.  Hopefully, he will announce his withdrawal or suspension from the campaign.  I supported Gov. Huckabee and voted for him in the Georgia Primary.  Now is the time for Republicans to unite and support Senator John McCain.

While I did not support John McCain initially, he is a war veteran who has given selflessly for this country.  He supports our troops.  He supports lower taxes and veto earmarks and pork projects.  You can go to his website to read more about his stance on the issues

So, with this being said, I am supporting John McCain for President.  Hopefully he will secure the nomination tonight!

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Talk About TuesdayIn the south, we are suffering from the 100 year drought.  This is a drought that is supposed to happen only once every 100 years.  There have been reports about Atlanta running out of water in less than 3 months if there is no relief from the Corps of Engineers.  There are reports that instead of loosening up on the water to take care of people and farmers’ needs water is still being released to protect mussels in Florida.  There are efforts to conserve.  There are plans for more reservoirs but it takes 15 years from proposal to completion of those reservoirs because of so many federal mandates and red tape.  There is talk that we may not be allowed to fill swimming pools this summer if the drought does not let up. 

I took photos recently of a local lake but then my hard drive crashed and I have not yet been able to retrieve them or able to take more photos.  Instead of my own photos, you can click to see this slideshow from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.  The slideshow is specifically of some local Boy Scouts cleaning up debris from the dried land that used to be the lake.  You will see boat docks that are simply standing on mud rather than floating in water.  You can even see a boat that is stuck in the middle of the dried up mud. 

The good news is that eventually it will rain again and the lakes and reservoirs will fill back up.  There are decisions to be made to determine what to do until the lakes fill back up.  Hopefully, the citizens and the elected officials will learn from this experience so that when a future generation has a 100 year drought they are more prepared than we are today.

This post is part of Laura Gallagher’s Talk About Tuesday.  It is like show and tell, bloggy style.  Check it out and leave your own post.

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My family moved when I was going into 9th grade from a large metropolitan city to a smaller city.  I thought I was moving to Mayberry.  One of the difficult things about moving at a young age is that it is difficult if not impossible to stay in touch with friends you had as a child.  I wrote letters to several people and some of my friends came to visit me at my new house.  But, over time and as teenager life takes hold, I lost touch with most of them.

There was one girl I always wondered about, Kara Moss.  She and I had many classes together as children and were friends, although never BFFs.  Her father died in Vietnam.  As I remember it, he was a helicopter pilot and got shot down.  I believe he saw her only one time in her life and he died a few months after she was born although he may have never seen her, I cannot remember exactly. 

Kara and I were patrols together in 7th grade and went to Washington, DC on a patrol trip.  We went in March of 1983, just about 5 months after The Vietnam Memorial opened.  There were 6 girls in our group from our school and 4 of us (including Kara and myself) hung out together during that trip.  So, on my first visit to DC and the first time I ever saw The Wall, I was there with Kara.  We looked her father’s name up and saw it on the wall.  It was very moving, even as a 12 year old, to be there with someone whose father died in this war.

Kara and her parents had an impact on my life.  I very rarely think of Vietnam without thinking about the sacrifices that her family made.  I witnessed those sacrifices.  Her mother became a single mom, who was a nurse and (apparently) had to work to support them.   Many times my mom would give Kara a ride home from church or school.  I can remember there were times when Kara forgot her key and had to climb in the garage through the cat door.  I did not know her well enough to know exactly what emotions she experienced because of the circumstances of her life. 

Just a month ago, I was fortunate enough to see her for the first time in 23 years.  I cannot believe I recognized her.  Maybe I did because I have thought about her so often over the years and wondered what happened to her.  As it turns out, she lives only a few miles away from me. 

As I think of what the families of our military must experience today, I often think of the children.  One of my friends from work, John, was called up for active duty a few years ago.  He is a single dad with 2 girls – one in high school and one in middle school.  His parents moved into John’s house to take care of the children so that they could continue to go to the same school.  His Humvee ran over a roadside bomb and he was injured.  One of the men with him had to have his arm amputated.  John’s jaw was broken and he also broke several ribs.  I threw a party for him when he got home from the hospital and before he went back to Iraq.  He went back to Iraq, voluntarily, to finish out his term.  I prayed for John and his family everyday that he was gone because I did not want those girls to experience the loss my friend Kara must have experienced. 

Last year, I had the opportunity to make arrangements for John and his girls to go see President Bush.  They were actually able to meet the President and he signed John’s Purple Heart.  That has to be the highlight of all my volunteer service over the years, the ability to make it possible for this man and his children who made sacrifices for my freedom to meet their Commander in Chief.

Since today is Veteran’s Day, I wanted to thank the men and women and the families of the men and women who serve our country voluntarily, risking their lives for our freedom. 

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Today as I remember those who died from the terrorists’ acts against our country on September 11, I say a special prayer for the family members and friends of those who died.  This day brings back so many painful and horrific memories.  I pray that they feel God’s presence through the prayers of so many in our country today.

Also, as I think about the significance of September 11, I am grateful for the men and women who make sacrifices each day for our freedom.  Since our military is a volunteer military, I am even more grateful for these sacrifices.  While we pray for our troops and their families each and every day, today the sacrifices seems more significant because of the images the memories of that day conjur.

May God bless the USA. 

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If you have not seen this amazing footage of Oklahoma State Police resucing flood victims, check it out:  http://www.newsok.com/video/brightcove/?bctid=1137835102&bclid=1137808870

This is the second rescue attempt like this that I watched today.   These rescue workers are true heroes.

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