Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

A Hero

Although I use this word sometimes to describe baseball players and grandfathers, my favorite use of the term “hero” is to describe a sandwich on Italian bread containing meat liberally covered in tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Tonight, I want to tell you about a real hero.

Leon Smith is my friend.  He served his country as a soldier in Vietnam.  Undoubtedly, he engaged in heroic activities during that conflict.  But, that’s not what I’m going to talk about in this post. Continue reading

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The Eagle and The Beaver

In the late 1990s, I asked an American who had lived in Canada what it was like to reside on that side of the border.

“Well,” she stated, pausing to think about it.  “Americans have almost no views on Canadians.  However, Canadians have very definite opinions about Americans.”

My years of living at the border and traveling within Canada have affirmed this wisdom.

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POP QUIZ FOR AMERICANS

  1. Name Canada’s current leader (hint: he is the Prime Minister).
  2. Name Canada’s two main political parties.
  3. Name at least one Canadian Football League (CFL) team.

(Answers are found at the bottom)

Yanks, you don’t know any of these, do you?  But, virtually all Canadians can answer these questions about the United States of America

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My favorite Canadian sign. Each time I see one of these, I feel like I've won a race.

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More Help for Veterans

I have a new gig.  I have now been appointed Co-Chair, Special Committee on Veterans’ Legal Services of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).  Up until now, I have held a similar post in my county bar association.  As they say on The Sopranos, I got a bump.

I still have my day job.  This is public service.  As some of you may know, this is my cause.

The incoming president of the NYSBA, Vincent Doyle III, consulted with me several months ago indicating that he wanted to make veterans’ issues one of the main initiatives of his presidency.  I applauded Vince for this impulse.  I indicated that I would help in any way I could.

Much to my surprise, Vince later contacted me to inform that he was creating this special committee, and that he wanted me to serve as co-chair.  I could not refuse.  Continue reading

Army Talk (Part Three)

Lawyers with guns: Rest easy, America.

This is the third of a three-part series.  To read Part One, click here.  To read Part Two, click here.

The military (known in the biz as “DoD”) has it own lingo.  The Army (“DoA”) is further sub-specialized.  Here are some more aspects of Army culture and Armyspeak that I find amusing:

Army branches — Everyone is trained to do a specialized job.  These jobs fall into four categories: Continue reading

Army Talk (Part Two)

This is the second of a three-part series.  To view Part One, click here.  To view Part Three, click here.

The military (known in the biz as “DoD”) has it own lingo.  The Army (“DoA”) is further sub-specialized.  Here are some more aspects of Army culture and Armyspeak that I find amusing:

More on saluting — Remember, only officers are saluted.  However, military members are required to salute superior officers in all sister services.  With the Marines and Air Force, there is no problem posed as they have the same rank structure and insignia as the Army.  As always, the Navy poses a problem.  If Naval officers are wearing those fancy uniforms with the ribbons on their sleeves, you stand a better chance.  But, they have so many uniforms that it’s really hard to tell whom you are encountering. Continue reading

Army Talk (Part One)

A young 1LT in BDUs.

This is the first of a three-part series.  To view Part Two, click here.  To view Part Three, click here.

Only the in the Army would c-a-r be spelled p-o-v.

On my second day of active duty, I was told to Autovon my post/camp/station to my SJA to learn whether the BOQ was available once I PCSed.

I had to learn fast.  This sentence meant: call (using the Army’s world-wide, toll-free phone network) to your boss at your new job to see if temporary housing is available once you move there.

The military (known in the biz as “DoD”) has it own lingo.  The Army (“DoA”) is further sub-specialized.  Here are some aspects of Army culture and Armyspeak that I find amusing:

Making a phone call — In the Army, all phones are treated like radios (walkie-talkies).  Therefore, special terms apply.  Continue reading

Religious Tomfoolery

I am going to break a few of my own blog rules in this post:

  1. I am going to talk about religion;
  2. I am going to go negative;
  3. I’m not going to attempt to be funny about it.

First, this is what I feel:

  • Everyone is entitled to their beliefs (as long as they are not physically harming others).
  • No one can claim sole possession of universal truth (i.e., what constitutes “God’s laws”).
  • They who attack or put down others for different beliefs lose legitimacy.
  • For some people (like me) religion and spirituality are intensely private.  Such people should be left alone and not judged.

Terry Jones and his Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida held the world hostage last year when they threatened to burn the Koran. Continue reading